I thoroughly enjoy Midsomer Murders, and Series 18 is no exception. The goal, as the producers have stated before, is to have murders just a little off-kilter. They usually manage to do this, and the eerie theme music always helps.
Causton CID has a new pathologist, Dr. Kam Karimore. She's smart and feisty, and a running gag throughout this series is her competition with Charlie Nelson in – everything! Even who would be better at dog-sitting Sykes.
A second running gag is the little competition between John Barnaby and his wife Sarah. Each parent tries to coach their baby, Betty, on her very first word. Will it be "DaDa" or "MaMa"? This was a hit with me, because it reminded me of our same attempts with our daughter.
Series 18 of "Midsomer Murders" has the 105th through the 110th episodes of this long-running mystery show. They originally aired January/February 2016. The six mysteries total 557 minutes without commercials. The BluRay/DVD sets include 35 minutes of Bonus Features. Both the episodes and the six Bonuses have English subtitles available.
....Episoode 1. "Habeas Corpus" Gregory Lancaster, 75, has just died from pneumonia at his home, upstairs. The undertaker, Caleb Southwood, goes upstairs with his assistant. After a look in the master bedroom, Caleb goes to the head of the stairs and calls down, "Mrs. Lancaster, a word please... Where's the body?" Now this is Midsomer weirdness! Though the motivations are a little far-fetched.
....Bonus A. "Behind the Scenes of Habeas Corpus" (4 minutes) Commentators include Ray De-Haan (stunt co-ordinator), Helen Baxendale (plays Rose), Alastair MacKenzie (plays Felix) and Ciaran McMenamin (plays Craig). The consensus is that the stunt performers aren't just good at derring-do. They're also good at making the non-stunt actors comfortable.
....Episode 2. "The Incident at Cooper Hill" Felicity Ford, forest ranger, is driving at night when a brilliant white light forces her to stop in the middle of the road, just at the crossroads to head up to Cooper Hill. All they find the next morning is her car, still running with its doors open, and one of her boots.
It's UFOs in Midsomer!
....Bonus B. "Behind the Scenes of The Incident at Cooper Hill" (5 minutes) Commentators include Phil Hunter (producer), Steve Evets (plays Carter), Steve Oram (plays Nathan) and Alison Steadman (plays Abigail). Hunter explain that they had to make a choice whether the UFO would be a scale model or life-size: "In the end, we drove a 90-meter crane into Black Park... and we flew our life-size UFO through the skies of Buckinghamshire." AFTER warning the locals.
....Episode 3. "Breaking the Chain" It's the last minutes of the 2nd leg of the 5th annual Midsomer Cycling Grand Prix. Greg Eddon, "young rebel rider", wins for Team DJM, even though he had orders not to. He heads to the tent for his cool-down on a stationary bike. And doesn't notice when someone sneaks in to literally throw a wrench in the works.
....Bonus C. "Behind the Scenes of Breaking the Chain" (4 minutes) Commentators include Neil Dudgeon (plays DCI Barnaby), Manjinder Virk (plays Kam Karimore), Gwilym Lee (plays DS Charlie Nelson), Tessa Peak Jones (plays Mary) and Joe Megann (plays Jez). Dudgeon: "We start shooting a new episode every five weeks. So, we have a week of preparation and four weeks of filming."
....Episode 4. "A Dying Art" Brandon Monkford is hosting a Grand Opening party. In spite of the controversy about fencing off paths which some think should be public right-of-way, he has opened his dream – a modern Sculpture Park. After his speech, the guests take off with flashlights in the warm summer night to find the sculptures throughout the grounds. Clementine Staples finds the piece de resistance, a sculpture fountain with a waterfall of golden liquid. Unfortunately, Brandon Monkford is leaning upon it, quite dead, with the liquid gold flowing over his head.
....Bonus D. "Behind the Scenes of A Dying Art" (5 minutes) Commentators include Neil Dudgeon, Ramon Tikaram (plays Lance Auden), Matt Carter (director), Paul Booth (production designer), Richard Field (art director), Gwilym Lee and Cherie Lunghi (plays Alexandra Monkford).
....Episode 5. "Saints and Sinners" In a field outside of town, an archeological team led by Zoe Dyer has just discovered a long-buried body. Zoe exclaims, "The hallux is missing. It's her! It's Cicely!" Unfortunately for someone, the bones of Cicely Milson, Protestant martyr, already lie in state in the crypt of the local church. Supposedly. I counted at least 4 murders in this episode, including death by headstone.
P.S. The "hallux" is the big toe.
....Episode 6. "Harvest of Souls" Harry Wyham plans to turn a big portion of his land into a world-class equestrian center. Even if it means not renewing tenant leases and refusing to host the village's annual Harvest Fair. That includes leaving no room for the traveling carnival at the fair, too. Plenty of bad feelings all around.
....Bonus E. "The Dogs and Babies of Midsomer" (4 minutes) Neil Dudgeon describes the joys of filming with babies. The right effect can be a long time coming, but when it does, it's marvelous. And then there's Sykes, "He does everything just for the sausages, purely mercenary."
....Bonus F. "An Introduction to Dr. Kim Karimore" (3 minutes) Commentators include Neil Dudgeon, Manjinder Virk and Gwilym Lee.
Are you keeping track of Midsomer Murders' village names? In this series we get Little Malton, Burwood Mantle, Angel's Rise, Midsomer Cicely and Whitcombe Mallet.
DS Charlie Nelson is leaving the show after this Series 18. Actor Gwilym Lee wants to pursue other opportunities. His replacement for Series 19 is DS Jamie Winter, played by Nick Hendrix. It's been reported that he'll get to investigate murder at a Rabbit & Guinea Pig Show.
- Actors: Manjinder Virk, Gwilym Lee, Fiona Dolman, Neil Dudgeon
- Directors: Renny Rye
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 4 (This version of the DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 4
- Studio: Madman Entertainment
- Run Time: 480 minutes
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- ASIN: B077697SC8
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