Midsomer Murders star admits they ‘wouldn’t switch on’ to watch ITV drama

Midsomer Murders: Neil Dudgeon comments on acting standards

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Returning to screens this October, DCI John Barnaby and DS Jamie Winter are back in the heart-stopping ITV murder mystery. The longest-running detective drama has captivated audiences for more than 20 years. Neil Dudgeon, who plays DCI Barnaby, admitted that he wouldn’t switch on to watch him in the show.

Dudgeon explained to RadioTimes.com: “I always see myself as the Geoffrey Boycott in the side, not the The Flash-ing Blade.

“You get in there, and you stay at the crease for days at a time, grinding the innings out, then you bring in Claire Bloom, and she whacks the ball out of the ground.

“I don’t really imagine people switching Midsomer to watch me, I wouldn’t switch on and watch me, I get enough of me at home,” he said modestly.

However, millions of people switch on to watch Dudgeon and co-star Nick Hendrix solve peculiar crimes and outrageous killings.

Dudgeon’s character has solved nearly 150 deaths, mostly those that wouldn’t necessarily happen in normal life.

He agreed: “I’ve always thought our deaths are sort of fantastical, they aren’t the sort of ways that people are generally fretting about dying.”

Dudgeon also spoke about how the coronavirus pandemic positively impacted the show and increased the viewings of every episode over the past two years.

He explained foreign channels bout two years of Midsomer Murders, and because of the lockdown, everyone binged them, calling it “fantastic” that people enjoy the show.

Dudgeon also spoke about his fear of catching Covid and the pressure he felt trying to keep 80 to 100 people working whilst filming the show.

“That would be a very good lesson for life if you took that out of this last year: you behave in a way that looks after the other fella, rather than just yourself.”

He described the feeling of resuming filming for the latest series as: “like getting out of prison” and felt they were filming a post-apocalyptic Midsomer.

Back in April 2020, Midsomer Murders released two episodes of season 22 before it came to a close due to the pandemic.

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At the time of filming restarting, Dudgeon said: “Everyone is excited to get back to work, sadly there won’t be as much hugging and kissing on set as usually, 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.”

The third episode of season 22, which airs tonight, is titled “Happy Families” and will focus on a murder mystery weekend with paying guests.

When things take a turn as a sinister killer strikes for real, Barnaby must separate fact from fiction to solve the crime.

Nick Hendrix, who plays DS Jamie Winter, tweeted a picture next to Neil Dudgeon with the caption: “Tonight 8pm @ITV we solve some frosty murders in ‘Happy Families’ Ep3 S22 #midsomermurders.”

Excited fans replied to his tweet, with @sarahreading writing: “Finally, can’t wait, perfect end of the weekend telly!”

@MrDavid_885 adding: “There is new #MidsomerMurders tonight, and I am so excited!!”

“These little villages stay full of murder. I love it. #MidsomerMurders,” @tnwhiskeywoman commented.

Midsomer Murders season 22 continues tonight at 8pm on ITV. 
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