Cult 1960s horror films which spill over into everyday life, murderous moves on a chess board and a bizarre series of deaths linked to the world-famous Midsomer Blue cheese are the latest cases facing Barnaby and Jones in top ITV1 drama MIDSOMER MURDERS.
Neil Dudgeon and Jason Hughes return in a new series of three two-hour episodes of Britain’s best-loved detective series, made by Bentley Productions.
Joining Neil as DCI John Barnaby and Jason as DS Ben Hughes are a stellar array of guest stars including Cheryl Campbell, Sinead Cusack, Julie Graham, Henry Goodman, Con O’Neill, Fay Ripley, Martine McCutcheon, Patrick Robinson, Maggie Steed and Harriet Walter.
The drama also features two well-known faces from the Hammer House of Horror Studios – Caroline Munro and John Carson – who play actors in classic films from the 1960s and 70s.
Fiona Dolman also returns as Barnaby’s wife Sarah and Tamzin Malleson plays pathologist Dr Kate Wilding.
Hollywood comes to Midsomer in “Death and the Divas, as the murder of a journalist has chilling echoes of a 1960s horror film starring Midsomer’s own Stella Harris (Sinead Cusack). When Stella’s more famous sister Diana (Harriet Walter) returns after a 40-year family rift, the killings escalate, each reminiscent of a movie plot. Is life – and death – imitating art?
In “The Sicilian Defence”, Harriet Farmer (Jo Woodcock) wakes up after being in a coma since the night she tried to elope. Soon afterwards, a killer strikes members of a chess club. Could the attack which left Harriet for dead a year ago be linked to moves on a chess board?
And in “Schooled in Murder”, Barnaby and Jones investigate the home of the world-famous Midsomer Blue when a woman is crushed to death with a giant round of cheese. Secret and controversial plans to modernise the dairy are revealed while rumours about private lives of the parents cause a row at the prestigious local prep school. As other people linked to the dairy meet agonising deaths, long-held secrets start to emerge...
MIDSOMER MURDERS attracts top viewing figures on ITV1 and is one of the UK’s best programming exports with sales to 230 territories, from Afghanistan to Zambia. It is also a hit on Facebook, where the official page has nearly 100,000 fans.
The new episodes are written by Rachel Cuperman, Sally Griffiths, Paul Logue and Lisa Holdsworth, directed by Nick Laughland, Alex Pillai and Andy Hay and produced by Jo Wright. The drama is made by Bentley Productions, part of the All3Media Group, for ITV1.