I had watched these over a couple of months as they became available at the library and I thought about checking to see if the next DVDs had made it to the library. Series 15 has 6 movie length episodes. Each nicely self contained and right pretty to look at. There's the usual well written scripts, entertaining characters, great locations and plenty of corpses.
Neil Dudgeon plays DCI John Barnaby, Jason Hughes plays DS Ben Jones, Fiona Dolman plays John's wife Sarah Barnaby and Tamzin Malleson plays Dr Kate Wilding, the police forensic lady. Sadly it will be the last series of John Hughes. I'll miss him, he was a good detective sergeant and a nice guy.
The Dark Rider February 1 2012 A headless horseman scares a guy into falling off his big ass house. His family is putting on an English Civil War re-enactment in the area and that's got them all in a tizzy. Another local family are their enemies, since the time of the original English Civil War. Tom and Ben dig into the life of Bentham DeQuetteville and find some stinky secrets. William Gaunt is one of the guests. I remember him from the British TV series The Champions.
Murder Of Innocence March 21 2012 A dead barrister fills John and Ben's days. The guy that looks like the likely suspect has an alibi. That's a good thing to have, huh. Kate comes up with a nice clue and John and Ben get the baddie.
Written In The Stars September 25 2012 There's a total eclipse of the sun and an amateur astronomer Jeremy Harper has his head smashed by a meteorite. John suspects foul play, the man had had a row with the head of the university observatory, and starts digging. There's murder, sex, and ambition, as the academic's get active.
Death And The Divas January 2 2013 All the murders have a film tie in. The first murder victim is found with vampire like puncture marks in her throat.
The Sicilian Defense January 9 2013 A woman wakes up from a coma and there's death at the chess club. That Midsomer is a dangerous place to be in a club or organization. Or in business, or in a family, or walking your dog. Just damn deadly dangerous.
Schooled In Murder January 30 2013 A woman is killed by a giant wheel of cheese in the first of a series of dairy related deaths.
I was quite pleased with the stories but I've liked the consistency of the writing and plotting since I first saw a few episodes. It maintains a high standard for production and you can see that they spent money on the series and it was well spent. The show sells well and it's popular in many countries. I have to admit I like the John Nettles episodes a bit more than the Neil Dudgeon ones but it's a minor quibble. I hope 16 comes right quick, I'm ready to watch them.