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Midnight Murder: Midsomer Murders #89 – S14 E08 – A Rare Bird – Neil Dudgeon, Fiona Dolman, Jason Hughes


Retired financier and bird enthusiast Peter Morgan is found bludgeoned to death in woodland. There is a wide list of suspects, including farmer George Napier, who has fallen out with Peter over his plans to drain adjacent land, and members of the Midsomer-in-the-Marsh ornithological group, whose members have had a heated argument over an alleged sighting of a rare African bird. Matters become more complicated when it emerges that Peter’s wife Nina, a former lead ballerina with the Russian Kirov Ballet, is pregnant and it seems that he cannot be the father. A further murder occurs before photographs and sound recordings lead the detectives to a very obsessed killer.

The Series

Midsomer Murders is a British crime drama television series, adapted by Anthony Horowitz and Douglas Watkinson from the novels in the Chief Inspector Barnaby book series (created by Caroline Graham), and broadcast on two channels of ITV since its premiere on 23 March 1997. The series focuses on various murder cases that take place within small country villages across the fictional English county of Midsomer, and the efforts of the senior police detective and his partner within the fictional Midsomer Constabulary to solve the crime by determining who the culprit is and the motive for their actions. It identifies itself differently from other detective dramas often by featuring a mixture of lighthearted whimsy and dark humour, as well as a notable soundtrack that includes the use of the theremin instrument for the show’s theme tune.

The programme has featured two lead stars—from its premiere in 1997, John Nettles as Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Tom Barnaby, until his retirement from the drama in February 2011; then Neil Dudgeon as DCI John Barnaby, Tom’s younger cousin, since March 2011. Both main stars have featured a list of supporting actors who worked alongside them, including Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson, Daniel Casey, John Hopkins, Jason Hughes, and Gwilym Lee, with Nick Hendrix as the current co-star working with Dudgeon. Midsomer Murders remains a popular feature in British television schedules and has been broadcast internationally in over 200 countries and territories. MORE AT LINK

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