MIDSOMER MURDERS: Season 17
Airs Thursdays, May 7 - 28, 2020 from 10 - 11:30 p.m on KPBS TV
Monday, May 4, 2020
Credit: Courtesy of American Public Television
Barnaby is back!
Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and Detective Sergeant Charlie Nelson (Gwilym Lee) investigate murder and mystery as pulp fiction and folk songs from beyond the grave stir up bitter resentments in the surprisingly lethal MIDSOMER MURDERS Season 17.
Armed with his extraordinary intuition and caustic wit, DCI John Barnaby investigates with his partner, DS Charlie Nelson, and the help of Chief Pathologist Dr. Kate Wilding (Tamzin Malleson). Even as the morbid creativity of the murders ramps up, Barnaby and his team are up to the task.
This season, Barnaby and his wife Sarah become proud new parents.
After many successful years as John and Tom Barnaby’s stalwart sidekick, Detective Sergeant Ben Jones accepted a promotion and was transferred to Brighton.
In his place steps DS Charlie Nelson, who is more decisive than many of his predecessors. He takes initiative and often has things done before being asked by DCI Barnaby. Will his “take charge” demeanor serve him well in dangerous Midsomer, or put him at risk?
Sarah, John’s wife of more than 10 years, is the headmistress of the Causton Comprehensive School in Midsomer county and lives with John and their dog Sykes in a large country cottage.
Due to her full-time job, Sarah does not figure as much into her husband’s cases as Joyce Barnaby was with Tom.
This season, Sarah and John welcome their new daughter, Betty, to the world!
Dr. Kate Wilding is the chief pathologist at Causton CID, and her confident and no-nonsense approach quickly earns the detectives’ respect. She has her work cut out for her this season, as the killings are more grotesquely creative than ever.
Unfortunately, Season 17 is Tamzin Malleson’s last as on MIDSOMER MURDERS.
“The Dagger Club,” Parts 1 & 2 air Thursday, May 7 from 10-11:30 p.m. on KPBS TV - The unveiling of a newly-discovered novel by deceased Midsomer crime-writer George Summersbee at the Luxton Deeping Crime Festival is jeopardized when the manuscript is stolen and a woman is fatally electrocuted by a booby-trapped roulette wheel. Can new dad Barnaby untangle a web of jealousy and obsession to find the killer?
“Murder By Magic,” Parts 1 & 2 air Thursday, May 14 from 10-11:30 p.m. on KPBS TV - When a pub landlady is crushed to death during a magic show in Midsomer Oaks, Barnaby and Nelson uncover conflict between the village church and ancient pagan traditions. Is famous magician Gideon Latimer to blame or is he the target?
Guest star Amanda Burton (SILENT WITNESS; WATERLOO ROAD).
“The Ballad of Midsomer County,” Parts 1 & 2 air Thursday, May 21 from 10-11:30 p.m. on KPBS TV - Could a ballad made famous by late, lamented folk singer Johnny Carver be an inspiration for murder. Did someone want to kill Toby Winning for threatening to take the Little Crosby Folk Festival away from Midsomer - or is the true motive something hidden for 20 years?
“A Vintage Murder,” Parts 1 & 2 air Thursday, May 28 from 10-11:30 p.m. on KPBS TV - The fizz goes out of a sparkling wine launch when the glasses are laced with poison. Who is targeting the Midsomer Vinae Winery and what does the attack have to do with the death of a child in a hit-and-run accident?
Guest star Claire Bloom (DOC MARTIN; "Limelight") Last appearance of Tamzin Malleson as resident pathologist Dr. Kate Wilding.
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