Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Midsomer Murders - Set Seven |
The Green Man / Bad Tidings / The Fisher King / Sins Of Commision
Actors: John Nettles, Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson, Laura Howard, Jason Hughes
Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries. Inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham, modern master of the English village mystery, the serie... more »
Similarly Requested DVDs
Member Movie Reviews
Beth H. (bhinchee) from TAMPA, FL
Reviewed on 8/28/2009...
This is my favorite British mystery right now. I love it!!
Sorting out the Viewing order, Great series!
andreas838 | Geneva, Switzerland | 10/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Fully in line with my expectations for BBC excellence, the Midsomer Murders series doesn't disappoint. I did find however the Set numbering quite confusing as it didn't seem to correspond to the character developments.
For those new to the series, I would recommend viewing the series in the order in which it was aired, not by the consecutive order of the Set numbers. For instance, "Set 5" is actually Season 1 which aired in 1998. "Set 4" is mostly Season 5 which aired in 2002. Below, is an overview for your viewing convenience.
The Killings at Badger's Drift S 1 x E 1 1998 US Box Set 5
Written in Blood S 1 x E 2 1998 US Box Set 5
Death of a Hollow Man S 1 x E 3 1998 US Box Set 5
Faithful Unto Death S 1 x E 4 1998 US Box Set 5
Death in Disguise S 1 x E 5 1998 US Box Set 5
Death's Shadow S 2 x E 1 1999 US Box Set 1
Strangler's Wood S 2 x E 2 1999 US Box Set 1
Dead Man's Eleven S 2 x E 3 1999 US Box Set 2
Blood Will Out S 2 x E 4 1999 US Box Set 1
Death of a Stranger S 3 x E 1 2000 US Box Set 2
Blue Herrings S 3 x E 2 2000 US Box Set 2
Judgement Day S 3 x E 3 2000 US Box Set 2
Beyond the Grave S 3 x E 4 2000 US Box Set 1
Garden of Death S 4 x E 1 2001 US Box Set 3
Destroying Angel S 4 x E 2 2001 US Box Set 3
The Electric Vendetta S 4 x E 3 2001 US Box Set 3
Who Killed Cock Robin? S 4 x E 4 2001 US Box Set 3
Dark Autumn S 4 x E 5 2001 US Box Set 3
Tainted Fruit S 4 x E 6 2001 US Box Set 4
Market for Murder S 5 x E 1 2002 US Box Set 4
A Worm in the Bud S 5 x E 2 2002 US Box Set 4
Ring Out Your Dead S 5 x E 3 2002 US Box Set 4
Murder on St. Malley's Day S 5 x E 4 2002 US Box Set 4
A Talent For Life S 6 x E 1 2003 US Box Set 6
Death and Dreams S 6 x E 2 2003 US Box Set 6
Painted in Blood S 6 x E 3 2003 US Box Set 6
A Tale of Two Hamlets S 6 x E 4 2003 US Box Set 6
Birds of Prey S 6 x E 5 2003 US Box Set 6
The Green Man S 7 x E 1 2003 US Box Set 7
Bad Tidings S 7 x E 2 2004 US Box Set 7
The Fisher King S 7 x E 3 2004 US Box Set 7
Sins of Commission S 7 x E 4 2004 US Box Set 7
The Maid in Splendour S 7 x E 5 2004 US Box Set NA
The Straw Woman S 7 x E 6 2004 US Box Set NA
The ghost of Christmas Past S 7 x E Special 1 2004 US Box Set NA
Things That Go Bump In The Night S 8 x E 1 2004 US Box Set NA
Dead in the Water S 8 x E 2 2004 US Box Set NA
Orchis Fatalis S 8 x E 3 2005 US Box Set NA
Bantling Boy S 8 x E 4 2005 US Box Set NA
Second Sight S 8 x E 5 2005 US Box Set NA
Hidden Depths S 8 x E 6 2005 US Box Set NA
Sauce for the Goose S 8 x E 7 2005 US Box Set NA
Midsomer Rhapsody S 8 x E 8 2005 US Box Set NA
The House in the Woods S 9 x E 1 2005 US Box Set NA
Dead Letters S 9 x E 2 2006 US Box Set NA
Vixen's Run S 9 x E 3 2006 US Box Set NA
Down Among the Dead Men S 9 x E 4 2006 US Box Set NA
Death in Chorus S 9 x E 5 2006 US Box Set NA
Country Matters S 9 x E 6 2006 US Box Set NA
Last Year's Model S 9 x E 7 2006 US Box Set NA
Four Funerals and a Wedding S 9 x E 8 2006 US Box Set NA
Dance With The Dead S 10 x E 1 US Box Set NA
Set 7 is the first set in line with the actual season numbering. Whilst this isn't a saga, I do think a production of this quality deserves to be viewed in the correct order. Happy sleuthing!"
Even more corpses in Set Seven, but perhaps a little tiredne
C. O. DeRiemer | San Antonio, Texas, USA | 10/10/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There's no apparent sign that Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) is undergoing any mid-life crisis, but it may be that Midsomer Murders, now in its seventh season, is. Set Seven contains only four of the seven programs that made up the season. Almost without exception they show signs of strain in the writing and plotting. Although still quite enjoyable mysteries involving the many murders that occur in quiet, well-mannered Midsomer County, they nonetheless, in my opinion, lack a little of the style and cleverness of the earlier shows.
The problems arise, I think, because the writers are beginning to fall back on over-plotting and on plot devices that more often than not are used simply to keep the stories going for the full 100 minutes each. In one of the mysteries we encounter long periods of time spent with an indigent tramp who bonds with the animals in the woods. He's an important plot element, but more time than is needed is spent establishing his goodness. A fox and its progeny become a dramatic element that has little point to the story but is used simply to evoke feelings that have already been established. In another story, murderous, adulterous and larcenous authors stumble over each other in a story so over-plotted it's difficult to keep the issues and the characters straight. In an egregious bit of plotting, several characters' gay orientation is brought in, but simply as unnecessary red herrings. The sexual issue disappears halfway through the story and is never a believeable factor in the outcome. More subversive to any mystery, the murderer is shown performing highly unlikely athletic feats when doing the murdering. In one other of the stories, two of the primary actors are easily confused in medium and long shots. This seems due only to sloppy casting since there is no purpose for confusion of the characters to the plot.
Two other weaknesses, in my view, have been creeping into the series. While the acting remains highly competent, it doesn't seem to me to reach the level of subtlety and skill present in the earlier programs. I'm not talking about the regular, recurring characters, but the actors who make up each separate story. Perhaps it's just that I miss the number of well known actors who made so many appearances in previous episodes. There is almost none of the pleasure of recognition in this set. More seriously, Cully Barnaby (Laura Howard), Tom Barnaby's daughter, is starting to show up as a major cast character. While in previous shows she simply was used to fill in background concerning Barnaby's family, in Set Seven she's given major parts in two of the mysteries. As portrayed by Howard, Cully Barnaby is a rather grim, serious young woman who seldom smiles and who often looks like she's bearing the weight of the world on her shoulders. I don't know whether it's the actress or how the character is written, but Cully Barnaby is just not very interesting. She also seems to be used by the writers to slip in a bit of contemporary open-mouthed smooching with young men who might be murderers, might be boy friends, and who usually never reappear.
Set Seven also gives us Detective Sergeant Dan Scott (John Hopkins) to work with Barnaby. Gavin Troy (Daniel Casey) has passed his exams for Inspector and moves on after the first episode. Scott is from London and is unused to the courteous ways of Barnaby, not to mention Midsomer County's high body count. Hopkins does a fine job.
Don't get me wrong, Midsomer Murders is an engaging murder series which I continue to enjoy. I'm looking forward to the DVD issue of additional sets. I just think the writers might be getting a little tired, and I hope they snap out of it. The DVD picture is excellent. The set includes a map of Midsomer County, cast filmographies and a biography of Caroline Graham, on whose books the series is based."
More Fantastic Midsomer Murders
Oliver W. Bedford | Queenscliff, NSW Australia | 01/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"How can one ever tire of these marvellous yarns, with such excellent acting including of course from the fantastic John Nettles.
And here's a little private secret; I was born and bred in "Midsomer country" where much of the filming takes place, ie Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, and I get a personal kick from seeing locations such as The Lee ("Badgers Drift") where a hundred years ago my grandmother was governess to the children of the Lord of the Manor.