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It's been a rough year or so, but there's good news for Midsomer Murders fans – Series 22 is coming soon! Though the pandemic has added a bit of uncertainty to television production over the last year or so, it's nice to know that some shows have been able to get back into the swing of things.
The new series began filming in autumn 2020, and while they're still working on the last four episodes of the new series, they did manage to prepare two new ones for spring 2021.
What Do We Know About Series 22 of Midsomer Murders?
Relatively few details have been released so far, but that doesn't mean we have ZERO details about Series 22. We know that Neil Dudgeon will be returning as DCI John Barnaby, now in his 10th year in the role. Nick Hendrix will also be back as DS Jamie Winter, and Annette Badland is returning as pathologist Dr. Fleur Perkins. Barnaby's wife Sarah will continue to be played by Fiona Dolman, and Paddy the Dog also returns.
Guest stars for the upcoming season will include Amanda Abbington (Sherlock), Mark Williams (Father Brown), and Maimie McCoy (Van der Valk). ITV had indicated that further guest role announcements will be coming at some point in the future.
In terms of episodes, we can expect to see:
- An urban myth that becomes all-too-real
- A twisted scarecrow festival (perhaps modeled on the Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival we wrote about in our post on strange and quirky British festivals?)
- A post-op heart rehab club where members see their lives cut short
- A classic murder mystery weekend
- An amateur dramatics company with deadly secrets
Season 22 of Midsomer Murders will include *6* feature-length episodes in total (a nice change from some of the shorter seasons).
Directors for Season 22 include Matt Carter, Roberto Bangura, Audrey Cooke, Toby Frow and Fiona Walton. Writers include Chris Murray, Jeff Povey, Helen Jenkins, Nick Hicks-Beach and Julia Gilbert.
When Will Midsomer Murders Season 22 Premiere?
In the US, the first two episodes of Midsomer Murders Season 22 will premiere on April 19th, exclusively on Acorn TV. As soon as the other four episodes are available this autumn, they'll also be exclusive to Acorn TV.
We don't have information about dates in Canada, AU/NZ, or the UK at this time.
While you wait, you can check out a bit of Midsomer Murders trivia HERE.
Where Can I Watch Seasons 1-21 of Midsomer Murders?
Acorn TV is now the exclusive US home for ALL episodes of Midsomer Murders. If you're on a tight budget, you can use Tubi, Pluto, or IMDb TV to watch early seasons for free.
Your local public library may also offer either DVDs or digital access to Acorn TV.
Will You be Watching Season 22 of Midsomer Murders?
Though some people say Midsomer Murders is past its prime, we still enjoy every new season that comes out. It's not quite the same, but it still beats a lot of the other shows on TV these days.
What do you think? Will you be watching when Season 22 premieres?
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