Midsomer Murders Season 22: Premiere Date & Where to Watch It

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Midsomer Murders returns for Series 22 (image from Series 21)

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:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CGCSI43C0ST/

 

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?

As much as we'd love a Father Brown-Midsomer Murders crossover, we doubt Mark Williams will appear in his Father Brown attire

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?

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The Miniature Murders
Neil Dudgeon as DCI John Barnaby

Both BritBox and Acorn TV have all the current seasons 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 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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Midsomer Murders Season 22 Premiere & Filming

27 Comments

  1. ResoundingYes!!! I have watched seasons1-21 at least 4 times each. Some individual episodes more than that. Midsomer Rhapsody , The Green Man,Fit for Murder,The Killings of Copenhagen and the Christmas ones especially. Everything about this show is just perfection. Can’t wait for 22.

    • Have to say I got really bored with it. It had got to be like watching paint dry at times. Then Neil Dudgeon came in and breathed new life into it. Same thing when Nick Hendrix arrived to make the best partnership ever. Add in the ever wonderful Annette Badland and I now look forward to each new episode.

  2. I totally love, love, love “Midsomer Murders!” To qualify that – I’m also totally in love with Inspectors Morse, Lynley, and Banks,too! My apartment building (a refurbished tobacco warehouse on a cobblestone alley shared with the Salvation Army) has SkyWire – and the only freebie channel is PLUTO (200+ channels) – and there’s a channel entirely dedicated to “Midsomer Murders” and nothing else 24 hours a day! Other PLUTO offerings include taped news, sports, and countless reruns from yesteryear. I can almost repeat line-for-line from Midsomer scripts. Ha! Ha! The ads interrupt a lot – unlike PBS – but, that’s why PLUTO is free! I am in awe of thatched roofs and stately mansions!

  3. Love this show here in Detroit, MI ! Never miss
    Never miss an episode. Can’t wait for season 22 to start
    I will watch as long as this show runs- forever right? Be safe and wear your gear 😉

  4. Oh yes. We watched it from the start, had a hiccup while we moved to Canary Islands. We’ve returned, lost touch, but decided to watch it from Day1, scene 1. We are now up to end of Season 21, and patiently waiting for 22 to hit.

  5. I have watched this show from the start and love it even more now! It is not past it’s prime! I enjoy the side stories about Barnabys’ family.

  6. I have watched it since it began. I really like Neil and Fiona and look forward to many more years. I am from London Ontario Canada

  7. One of the things that’s gotten me through 2020 has been that every Wednesday, I visit my sister (the only place I go other than to buy food or other necessities); we have dinner together and watch MidSomer Murders. We’ll be watching season 22, and will keep watching as long as the show continues!

  8. We love Midsomer Murders. Have all 21 series on Britbox. My only disappointment was that there were only 4 episodes in series 21. Fleur and is one of the best additions in a while. Didn’t care for Cam. We really liked Charlie. Wish he’d have stayed longer.

  9. A lot of us Canadians with Newfoundlanders especially, absolutely love Midsomer Murders. I definitely will be watching Season 22. Can’t wait!

  10. I will certainly be watching. Have seen all of the episodes in the 21 seasons. I was disappointed in the last season—21. I hope the writing gets better. I thought DS Winter got a raw deal….little personality and not very interesting relationship with Barnaby. The interplay between Barnaby and his DS has been for me one of my favorite aspects of this series…..up until Season 21.

  11. My husband & I really enjoy watching Midsomer Murder. We enjoy the way the stories are told. We are looking forward to the new season.

  12. Definitely YES! All long as the actors stay true to their craft, and the writers keep it fresh, interesting, and original, Midsomer Murders should self perpetuate for their fans for many more years to come.

  13. Absolutely yes. Have watched every season from the very beginning. Was skeptical when John Barnaby replaced Jim Barnaby but John quickly won me over. Hopefully this series will continue for many years.

  14. Hi I am glad to see that. Midsummer is coming back again, both my Husband and I have watched Midsummer from the very
    begging,and have enjoyed all of them.

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