ITV continue to retain faith in what is, in TV terms, an old warhorse of a show which next year will celebrate its 20th anniversary and has over 100 episodes behind it. There’s 6 new ones this year, 2 more than has been the case in recent series and they kick off with this moody tale of missing bodies. It’s one of those episodes that the series does so well building momentum gradually- though some may find the pace a little too slow- until a moment that seems to open up a more dynamic final section. Midsomer Murders is a director’s show in many respects with the mix of the macabre and the ordinary offering a wide palette. The countryside- especially at night- is a vivid backdrop with which all sorts of things can be suggested. Because it is not a fantasy series there has to be a reasonable and probable explanation for any strangeness but directors often use the tools of fantasy or horror to suggest all kinds to the viewer. Here for example a drive along a night time country road becomes full of danger especially to a character trapped in the boot of a car with a body. The sequence climaxes when an illicit burial in a lake is exposed yet this itself is a large red herring but the choreography of the scene is impeccable.
|"No bodies then? What shall we do?" "I did catch a fly."|
As the theme is bodysnatching thee’s a different slant whereby Barnaby and Nelson are more concerned with where the corpse is rather than how they were killed though there is a new pathologist in the form of Kam Karimore played by Marginder Verk who makes a strong debut. She has to examine crime scenes rather than bodies though.