When we rejoin the drama in the most dangerous village in Britain, Midsomer, it’s at a time of joy and happiness for once…
Christmas is coming and DCI Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and his wife Sarah (Fiona Dolman) are celebrating the happy news that she’s pregnant!
But it’s not the only change that’s facing Barnaby in the five-part series as new detective on the block Charlie Nelson (Gwilym Lee) moves into the patch, taking up his posting just in time for an investigation at a ‘haunted’ house.
The regular team is completed by the return of Tamzin Malleson as pathologist Dr Kate Wilding, and as we’ll see, Kate becomes landlady to DS Nelson so, together with the Barnabys, she helps him celebrate his first Christmas in Midsomer.
Baby Barnaby, who’s due to make an appearance later in the series, was written into the drama’s plotlines when actress Fiona Dolman discovered she was pregnant.
The pregnancy, though a surprise, was much longed-for by single mum Fiona. In real life, her baby Madeleine Charlotte was born in July.
Fiona said: “I didn’t think I’d ever have a child so I feel very blessed. I am very happy to bring up the baby on my own as I have incredible support and love from my family.
“Things might not be perfect but from the moment I held Madeleine in my arms we felt like a team. I’ve got so much love around me, so I know we’re going to be all right.”
She added: “Everyone on Midsomer Murders has been so supportive and lovely. I went back in October to film the fifth episode and Neil was very excited for me…
“I’m sure the Barnabys will be good parents as they are both practical and have a good relationship of equals.
“They share a fundamental set of values and approach problems in a similar sort of way.
“The only problem is whether Sykes the dog feels has been usurped by the newest member of the family!”
The festive Midsomer Murders episode, The Christmas Haunting, is set in Morton Shallows and sees DCI Barnaby and DS Nelson investigate the fatal stabbing of a man with an antique sword during a ghost-hunting party at a ‘haunted’ manor house.
Is the blacksmith’s daughter Rose Wilton seeking revenge from the beyond the grave? Or can Barnaby and Nelson find a more earthly motive behind the murder and trap the killer?
Guest stars in this episode include Elizabeth Berrington, Les Dennis, Mark Heap, Emily Joyce, James Murray and Hannah Tointon.
We don’t have a trailer to show you as yet, so instead, we thought you’d like a reminder of what ITV had in store for us over Christmas ten years ago…