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Barnaby and Hughes are back on the case....
Acorn Media / 360 Minutes / 2012 / Unrated / Street Date: August 6, 2013
The John Nettles age is squarely behind us now, but even if Midsomer Murders is a show past its prime, the mystery drama remains one of the greatest of its kind on the air. Fusing long-form episodes with consistently compelling long-range story arcs and developments, it’s the sort of programming that can make a weekend disappear right in front of your eyes: good or mediocre, this is marathon programming at its most addictive.
Ushering us into the blood-spackled worlds of The Sleeper Under the Hill, The Night of the Stag, A Sacred Trust, and A Rare Bird are John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and his go-to wingman, Ben Jones (Jason Hughes), a pair of detectives who both work well together and provide often troublesome situations for one another. They’re not particularly antagonistic or anything, but let’s just say they have particularly differing ways of doing business.
Midsomer Murders has been around for a while, so it should come as little surprise that this twenty-second (!) compilation is perhaps not its most outstanding hour, but MM on its worst day still delivers the goods. As solidly-constructed old-fashioned crime dramas go, the adventures of Barnaby and Hughes might be the real deal – but even the best in the business can’t hit it out of the par every time.