Tellyspotting survives small English village with a day in ‘Midsomer’

For fans of Midsomer Murders and Father Brown, you know how difficult it is to survive life in a small English village. With a overall body count expected to rise about 400 during filming of the 25th series of the extraordinarily popular British drama, Dorchester-on-Thames was the next stop on the KERA British Telly Tour this week. Fortunately, I […]

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Tempting fate, once again, Tellyspotting survives the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone to begin KERA’s Great British Telly Tour!

As your head hit the pillow Saturday evening, Tellyspotting had begun the nine hour trek to London to begin the 2022 Great British Telly Tour courtesy of KERA and Transcendent Travel. Overall, a pretty nondescript flight which, these days, is a very good thing. The highlight, oddly, was when the pilot again pointed out that we were […]

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‘Silent Witness’ celebrates their 25th with the return of Amanda Burton!

Taking a page out of the Midsomer Murders 25th anniversary playbook, Silent Witness is celebrating its own 25th by bringing back original series star, Amanda Burton. Burton led the series for its first eight seasons as forensic pathologist Sam Ryan before Emilia Fox took over as Dr. Nikki Alexander, as part of the forensic pathology team at the Lyell […]

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The Barnaby cousins to re-unite for ‘Midsomer Murders’ 25th anniversary special

In this increasingly unfortunate 21st century world of ‘one and done’ mysteries that we all seem to live in these days, Midsomer Murders continues to buck the system and is now the UK’s longest-running contemporary detective drama, having aired on ITV since 1997 with 22 series and 132 episodes. The series is based on the Chief Inspector Barnaby crime-novel […]

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’20 Things to Do in Midsomer….Before You Die’

Presented by John Nettles, who played DCI Tom Barnaby in Season 1-13, 20 Things to Do in Midsomer… Before You Die is a 20th anniversary special featuring stars past and present discussing the peculiar quirks (who can forget death by wheel of cheese!) of the delightful yet deadly Midsomer county. Much like its fictional Carribean island cousin of Saint Marie, paradise isn’t always….well, paradise.

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‘Death in Paradise’ adds new crop of ‘victims/suspects’ for S11

Tamzin Outhwaite (New Tricks, Eastenders, Ridley Road) Nicholas Bailey (Sally4Ever), Jason Done (Waterloo Road), Ben Onwuke (Safe) and Ben Starr (Jamestown) join Death In Paradise for series 11. In addition to it being a bit hazardous to your health to live in a small English village, kudos to the DIP creator/writer, Robert Thorogood, for continuing to find some ingenious ways to kill off visitors to the picturesque fictional Carribean island of Saint Marie.

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Remembering Midsomer Murders’ Sykes and other 4-legged screen pets on National Love Your Pet Day 2021!

No self-respecting animal lover will ever forget Isis and Pharoah, the two 4-legged companions that were forever by Lord Grantham’s side in Downton Abbey or the majestic visual of Seamus riding up and down the Cornish coast in Poldark with Captain Ross Poldark at the helm or Queen Victoria’s beloved Dash, always at the young Queen’s side in Victoria. To celebrate National Love Your Pet Day, my thoughts immediately turned to the fictional English county of Midsomer and one of its most recognized residents, Sykes. It was a sad day back in September 2016 when one of the most beloved TV dogs since Lassie announced his retirement from Midsomer Murders. Sykes, John Barnaby’s beloved pet dog, hung up his lead following series 15 and retired after five years with the show.

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Anthony Horowitz talks ‘Moonflower Murders’ and much more for DMA Arts & Letters Live

The brilliant mind palace of New York Times best-selling author Anthony Horowitz is hard at work, once again, with the forthcoming release of Moonflower Murders. The masterful sequel to his worldwide bestseller Magpie Murders, once again, features Susan Ryeland, who is retired from her publishing career and running a small hotel on a Greek island. That mind palace will be on full […]

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DCI John Barnaby keeping the streets of Midsomer safe once again as S22 filming gets underway!

In the 21st century era of ‘one and done’ British dramas, there lives among us the UK’s longest running contemporary detective drama series, Midsomer Murders, which celebrated two decades of murder in the picturesque, but deadly, countryside of Midsomer back in 2017. Showing no signs of slowing down, filming is currently underway on the 22nd series of Midsomer Murders which, once again, promises another seemingly endless array of shocking and bizarre mysteries for Detective John Barnaby to unravel.

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