Midsomer Murders star John Nettles. Photo Getty
Nothing burdens the soul like guilt.
Guilt sits with its victim at night, wakes him each morning
with its weight, and robs him each and every day of any
moment of peace.
Guilt is weighing heavy in the Midsomer air.
Midsomer is of course, the setting for Midsomer
Murders, the show that follows a wave of sick and violent
fatal crime that has been surging through the fictional but
pretty English countryside these past 15 years.
Midsomer is not, itself, a village.
It is a county, containing 60 villages, with names such as
Midsomer Abbas and Great Worthy.
There have been 93 episodes since the show began in 1997,
meaning a little more than 1.5 murders a year in each quiet
And 93 murders mean 93 murderers.
It is no surprise, then, that the pain of 93 guilt-riddled
minds is even distorting the true and rightful religion that
only Anglicans practice.
A new series of Midsomer Murders - the superstitiously
named series 13 - began on Sunday on UKTV.
Sonia was feeling the emotional pinch of something that
happened just two years before; the death of her husband.
She was on the way to take confession with her Anglican
vicar, after feeling unable to take communion earlier in the
What??!! I hear all good Anglicans ask.
Confession? We don't do that!
But most in the congregation at church are looking guilty,
and considering the crime rate, that is no surprise.
The vicar was banging on in his sermon about the intolerable
burden of sin.
Its toll was clearly twisting his faith into something more
Roman in nature, as he offers Sonia absolution in the
But, of course, Sonia doesn't make it that far.
Long shadows darken the graveyard as she treads the path to
the denominationally-confused vicar's door, and someone -
lets call him Mr Stabby - has a sharp plan that means she
never makes it.
Of course, Barnaby (John Nettles) is quickly on the scene,
ready to point the trembling finger of guilt directly at the
baddie by show's end.
And nothing can be more certain than the success of the man
who shares a large country cottage with his wife Sarah and
Except that series 13 of Midsomer Murders will again
be enjoyable, as, no doubt, the already made series 14 and 15
will be when they arrive.
Watch and enjoy.
- Charles Loughrey