Why I Love Midsomer Murders

How horrid it is to like something with murder in the title. Oh well. I love Midsomer Murders for many reasons, more than I am probably conscious of, however, I will attempt to make a list.

Someone’s driving is always funny, especially Sergeant Troy’s.

The country scenery is beautiful to no end. Trees, trees, and more trees. Love it!

Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby is likeable and fair. He does not use his position to bully, torture or power trip. For instance, if he discovers that a crime has been committed he often weighs the seriousness of the offense with the situation. In American police shows if a cop happens upon two people fighting (men or women, as in women in Midsomer’s “The Tale of Two Hamlets” and men in “A Worm in The Bud”) he or she will become aggressively involved, pick sides and make an arrest almost every time. However, Barnaby is more inclined to break it up and tell them to go home and grow up. Also instead of arresting the older couple growing marijuana in one episode Barnaby just reiterates that marijuana is illegal and if he finds it during a routine search, he will have to arrest someone. In an American show, the AFT would be immediately called in, everyone would be hi-fiving the arresting officer and they would throw grandma and grandpa on the ground roughing them up as if they were responsible for the entire drug trafficking in the world.

In “Death’s Shadow,” Barnaby and Troy find an adult man in bed with a nineteen-year-old boy. It is the younger Troy who is disgusted, however since it is legal Barnaby says, “I’m not interested in your personal life, I’m here to investigate a murder.”

I like when Barnaby points out Troy’s lack of delicacy when using the English Language.

People drink and socialize and it is not framed in the either/or set up, —as a rabid destructive alcoholic or a glamorous must drink to look cool setting. Moreover, I think drink and drive, or “drink driving,” sounds more civil than “drunk driving.” Actually “drunk driving” has a rushed to judgment implication/assumption to it that “drink driving” does not. I am not sure what I am saying or meaning here, something is uncomfortable.

There are hardly ever any guns involved, particularly police waving pistols like little menacing terrorists. Actually the one episode that had police and guns, “Painted in Blood” was one of the worse episodes that I have seen.

Although Midsomer Murders have misogynistic elements, it is not dripping around every corner in an alluring acceptable way. The women are not all made up to be sexbots. Often older women have sex, desires sex, are attractive and desired by men of all ages and they are not necessarily super thin or flawless in an airbrushed way. Nevertheless, I did not particularly like when they had an older woman seduce Troy in “Ring out Your Dead; she was probably one of the thinnest women ever on a Midsomer Murders.

People garden and take pride in their gardens for the beauty of the garden and not simply for neighborly competitiveness. Even though it is the case sometimes, as in how rude the older women was to the little girl in “A Worm in the Bud.” She told her “you must try harder.” Please, I do not know many ten year olds who are even willing to work on a garden at all.

I like how there are so many good actors appearing as guests.

If you love Midsomer Murders too, why not share your reasons?


8 thoughts on “Why I Love Midsomer Murders

  1. Your love of Midsomer Murders is enchanting, and you explain the obsession well!There will be —or ought to be— an episode called “The Cucumber Sandwich Incident” in this series.


  2. Talking of the character “Troy” — the film is on telly right now, it is a bloody AWFUL peice of rubbish, that has managed to make an one THE supposéd Classics look more like a dodgy Star-Trek spin-off, this doesn’t make me sad at all because this macho-myth is which pure bollocks and with all its so-called “Mythically Accurate” credo.


  3. I am not really a Brad Pitt fan so I have not seen this movie yet. I was told that the Gods/Goddesses were completely left out. Also that when Achilles dragged the body of Hector around it was because Hector killed Achilles’ “cousin”, not “lover” as the myth goes. I guess they did not want Brad Pitt to be portrayed as a homosexual or even bisexual. I thought it was “hip” to be bi. HAH!


  4. I am willing to wait for your book. In the mean time, I have been reading letters between Elizabeth Gaskell and Charles Dickens. She wrote for his month/weekly paper. Also, she stayed at Florence Nightingale’s home when she wanted peace and quiet to write. Apparently, Florence Nightingale was big on institutionalized education and daycare. LOL! In addition, did you know that England during Victoria’s time felt like there was a “woman” problem, because apparently there were more women than men due to that war with Russia? Anyway, so apparently there were not enough men to marry the women, the women turned to prostitution, and it was considered a problem that the government had to deal with. It sounds ominous, like dealing with the “Jewish Problem.” Did you see the movie Conspiracy, Colin Firth, Kenneth Brannaugh, etc…?


  5. I’ve not heard of Conspiracy, was it any good?Believe it or not, our Imperial past used to call these adventures in places like Crimea as just a part of “The Great Game” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Game).I’ve wondered what sort question “The Woman Question” was too. I first heard it from a character in the “The Idiot” and I just presumed it was about whether women should vote or not, as there was a time when they couldn’t.Imagine getting letters from Dickens? Apparently Florence Nightingale was a nasty piece of work (compare her high-handed style to the incredible Mary Seacole).


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