Series 18 is the most current series of Midsomer Murders and they aired starting in January 2016. There were 6 movie length episodes.The 18th series brings the number of total episodes up to 110. That's like a 165 hours of programing. That's good bit, huh. The writing, acting and production values continue to be top notch.
Neil Dudgeon plays DCI John Barnaby, Gwilym Lee plays DS Charlie Nelson, Fiona Dolman plays Sarah Barnaby and Manjinder Virk plays the new pathologist Dr Kam Karimore.
Habeas Corpus has a body disappear out of this big old house. The detectives are driving that Volvo nowadays. John asks if it's body snatching or someone covering up a murder. John and Charlie look into that and root out the villains. There's the usual kind of Midsomer happens going on.
The Incident At Cooper Hill returns to the world of UFOs. There was a UFO episode several years early. People are being murdered by being dipped into some unknown goo and left in the woods in a rubbery cocoon. The local UFO crowd thinks it's a sure sign the aliens are here. The incident in the title also is a big ass lie.
Breaking The Chain has murder in the world of competitive bicycle racing. That's Charlie and Kam, they're just about to take part in a race when they get the call to check out the dead guy. There's tension in the village over the annual bike event. Some like it and some don't but that isn't the reason for the killings. There's secondary story confusing the murders.
A Dying Art takes place in the Sculpture Park on a big estate. The rich guy gets murdered on the day he opened his Sculpture Park. Some others soon follow, their bodies fouling the sculpture. Serious art criticism? Hardly, just another dumb ass murderer.
Saints And Sinners has guest star Julia Sawalha, whom I'd just been seeing in Jonathan Creek, as an archeologist. They've just found the bones of a local Saint. Problem is there are already set of bones in a church that are supposed to be the same Saint. The bodies start piling up.
Harvest Of Souls is set in and around the funfair at Whitcombe Mallet. The steam powered rides are from a real fair that operates in England. The local squire is murdered and the village has mixed reactions. The man was not too popular with the locals as he was evicting many of them so he could expand his horse stable business. Reason enough to kill him right there. There's others, mostly involving the rich family of the dead man. Not too surprising there.
The series continues to entertain me. I think there must be a few other people who are liking them since they are coming back for a 19th series in 2017. I did read that Gwilym Lee has left the series and there will be a new partner for DCI Barnaby. He was a good character, I'll miss him. I still miss Tom Barnaby but I have the DVDs to watch so there's that.