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It's been a rough year, but there's good news for Midsomer Murders fans – Series 22 has begun filming! Though the pandemic has added a bit of uncertainty to television production this year, it's nice to know that some shows have been able to get back into the swing of things.
Midsomer Murders Series 22 Begins Filming
Season 22 of Midsomer Murders began filming in early October, marking the occasion with an announcement on their official Instagram page:
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We have some very exciting news (that you've all been asking about)… Midsomer Murders Season 22 has started filming 🕵️ Neil Dudgeon told us, "Everyone is excited to be back to work. Sadly there won't be as much hugging and kissing on set as usual but we've all got to make sacrifices! It's bound to be a bit strange at first with all the safety protocols but hopefully we can all keep each other safe and shoot another great series." We'll be bringing you more from behind-the-scenes of Series 22 very soon…
Luckily, they're adhering to a strict set of safety protocols to help keep both cast and crew safe. Executive producer Michele Buck commented:
We are very pleased ITV has asked us to produce more Midsomer Murders. We will have our signature mix of tantalising mysteries, wonderful guest stars and stunning locations while also maintaining a safe working environment for all our cast and crew in these current challenging circumstances.
Aside from the image above, no photos have been officially released just yet.
Filming usually starts much earlier in the year, but it was understandably delayed this year due to the COVID-19 crisis. Since the warmer months generally offer the best shooting conditions in the UK, one has to wonder if the upcoming series will have been revised to include far more indoor scenes – or whether a bit of creativity and hard work has made it possible to get all the crucial outdoor scenes filmed before weather stops cooperating.
*We use “series” and “season” interchangeably because we have a mixed audience of readers from both the UK and North America – so our readers search for it in both ways.
What Do We Know About Series 22 of Midsomer Murders?
Very 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 (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?
At the moment, there's no official word on a premiere date. Past releases have been somewhat irregularly, occasionally premiering OUTSIDE the UK before it premieres within the country – so it's anyone's guess at this point.
We'll update when we know more. In the meantime, you can check out a bit of Midsomer Murders trivia HERE.
Where Can I Watch Seasons 1-21 of Midsomer Murders?
Your local library may also have free streaming options you can use to watch.
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. What do you think? Will you be watching when Season 22 premieres?
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