Murders: The Fans Favourites
the setting of idyllic villages,
the brilliant and critically-acclaimed
television drama series Midsomer
Murders follows a top detective as he
solves a number of unusual, seemingly
unsolvable, bizarre and complicated
cases that inevitably involve false trails,
clever plots and red herrings...
INDULGE IN A SPOT OF MIDSOMER MAYHEM with the release of two fabulous box
sets featuring the best of the television series Midsomer Murders.
Given the choice of Midsomer Murders: The Fans' Favourites, featuring
the four episodes voted most popular by the fans, and Midsomer Murders: The
Crystal Collection, with the 15 highest-rating episodes taken from each
of the series we chose both!
Tom Barnaby (the superb John Nettles) has his work cut out for him as he tries
to rein in the inexperienced Sgt Troy (Daniel Casey), deal with his would-be
cordon bleu cook wife Joyce (Jane Wymark) and find time for his daughter Cully
likeable characters and
plots give the mystery
crime drama series
Midsomer Murders an
Midsomer Murders: The Fans' Favourites includes the intriguing The
Killings At Badger's Drift, which is the pilot episode of the series involving
elderly spinster Emily Simpson (Renee Asherson) who is murdered in her cottage
after witnessing something shocking while searching for a rare orchid, the Spurred
Coral Root, in the woods part of a competition with her friend Lucy bellringer
A number of the residents of Badger's Drift are hiding secrets, but what do
the camp young undertaker Dennis Rainbird (perfectly portrayed by Richard Cant)
and his strange mother Iris (the equally clever Elizabeth Spriggs) know about
it? And why is the wife of Dr Lessiter (Bill Wallis), Barbara (Diana Hardcastle)
Perhaps young Katherine Lacey (Emily Mortimer), who is to marry the wealthy
Henry Trace (Julian Glover) knows more than she will admit to? And why does
she continually fight with her artist brother Michael (Colin Firth's equally
talented brother Jonathan)? Does the murder have any connection with the death
of Henry's wife Bella, years before? And why is Bella's sister Phyllis (Selina
Cadell) so nervous?
Music composed by Jim Parker; Produced by Betty Willingale and Brian True-May;
Director of Photography is Nigel Walters; Directed by Jeremy Siberston.
Also included is Ring Out Your Dead, where Midsomer Wellow's bellringers
are about to enter the local Striking Competition. The obsessive Peter Fagan
(Adrian Scarborough) is determined that Midsomer Wellow should win but
suddenly the bellringers are being bumped off one-by-one.
The lovely Jen Ebbrell (Caroline Lintott) is about to marry Liam Brocker (Siamus
Whitty) but womaniser Gregg Tutt (Dugald Bruce-Lockart), whose wife Sue (Clare
Holmes) has just thrown him out after finding him in bed with the sexy lady
of the manor Rosalind Parr (Carmen du Sautay), is also interested in her.
When Gregg is killed, Liam is led to believe that Jen had made an assignation
with him and he calls off the marriage. As more bodies pile up, each bears part
of the nursery rhyme Ding Dong Dell, and Barnaby begins to believe the deaths
have something to do with a 19th Century killing where some bellringers despatched
Ring Out Your Dead also features: Hugh Bonneville as Hugh Barton, a once-successful
businessman who has fallen on hard times; Jamie de Courcey as Marcus Steadman;
Gwen Taylor as Frances le Bon and Julia Swift as Angie Blumstone. This episode
is written by Christopher Russell and Directed by Sarah Hellings.
The other two episodes are: Orchis Fatalis, where the arrival of a beautiful
rare orchid smuggled into Midsomer Malham seems to be the trigger for a spate
of murders; and The Sword of Guillaume where during a trip to Brighton, Barnaby's
cousin DCD John Barnaby helps him to investigate the beheading of a local businessman
at a fair.
Midsomer Murders: The Fans' Favourites
| Release Date: 7 May 2012 | Running Time: 386 minutes approx on 4 discs | RRP:
£25.99 | Catalogue Number AV8023.
Special features: Biography of the writer | Cast Filmographies.
of the superb Midsomer Murders will have cause to celebrate further with
a second DVD boxed set celebrating the 15th anniversary of Britain's most popular
crime drama Midsomer Murders: The Crystal Collection.
in addition to the thrilling pilot episode The Killings At Badger's Drift
and Ring Out Your Dead, this contains an amazing 13 more episodes of
this brilliant series: Written In Blood; Dead Man's Eleven; Sauce For The
Goose; Vixen's Run; Left For Dead; Fit For Murder; Strangler's Wood; Destroying
Angel; The Maid In Splendour; A Tale Of Two Hamlets; They Seek Him Here; Secrets
And Spies; and Dark Secrets. Enough to satisfy even the most avid
Midsomer Murders: The Crystal Collection
| Release Date: 7 May 2012 | Running Time: 1,440 Minutes approx on 15 discs
| RRP: £99.99 | Catalogue No: AV8022.
Special Features: Biography of the Writer | Fascinating Facts | Cast Filmographies
| Midsomer Map | Interview with John Nettles & Jason Hughes.
"Riveting storylines, likeable characters and keep-you-guessing plots give the
mystery crime drama series Midsomer Murders an irresistible appeal"
Maggie Woods, MotorBar