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PremierLeague-News.Com - Do you live in a more dangerous area than the characters of Midsomer Murders?
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Since the popular ITV show first aired in 1997, regular viewers have witnessed more than 400 murders. And with numerous suicides and accidental deaths also taking place across the 22 series and 132 episodes shown so far, the overall death count currently stands in excess of 586, according to fan site, Midsomer Murders Wiki. Meanwhile, during the 24 years Midsomer Murders has been running, Cheshire Police has investigated 191 homicides - which include cases of both murder and manslaughter. It shows that DCI John Barnaby (played by Neil Dudgeon) and his predecessor and on-screen cousin, DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) have investigated more than twice as many deaths as Cheshire Police. In 1997, the year Midsomer Murders first aired, police investigated eight deaths in Cheshire. The deadliest year was 2018/19, when detectives were called on to investigate 18 homicides. The latest figures available show that Cheshire Police recorded 13 homicides in 2019/20 and six during lockdown, between April and September last year. Over the 24 years Midsomer Murders has aired there have been a total of 19 homicides for every 100,000 people living in Cheshire. As it is not a real place, there are no census records revealing the population of Midsomer. However, clues in the show have led fans to speculate that it might cover Berkshire and part of northern Hampshire. Taking the population of these real-world locations, the 400 murders seen over the course of the series works out as 37 for every 100,000 of the population of Midsomer. That figure doesn’t include some of the historic murders that detectives on the show have investigated, many of them with an unknown number of victims. This homicide rate would make the imaginary county the fifth most dangerous place to live in England and Wales, if it were real. Only people living in Greater Manchester, London, Merseyside and the West Midlands are more likely to be killed than the villagers and townsfolk of Midsomer, while people living in South Yorkshire are just as likely. Series 11 of the crime show - which is filmed in the lush countryside of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire - has been the bloodiest so far.
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. However, the highest death count in a single episode was seen in series nine’s Four Funerals and a Wedding, which first aired in September, 2006. It included a total of 15 murders and 12 other deaths - although most of those characters were killed years before the “present day” setting of the episode. On average, there are nearly five deaths per episode - including three murders. Some of the show’s most memorable moments have involved bizarre and often outrageous deaths. They include that of Debbie Moffatt (Martine McCutcheon), who was crushed under a massive round of cheese in Schooled in Murder (2013); or the builder, played by Hugo Speer, who was drugged and put into a car which was then slowly filled with concrete in Not in My Back Yard (2011). Filming of the 21st series of Midsomer Murders was interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, which meant that while the first two episodes of the series were screened in 2020, fans had to wait until last month to see the conclusion. That series featured 13 murders and five further deaths. So far, after two episodes of the latest series of Midsomer Murders - which returned to screens this month - there have been six murders and one other death. Actor Neil Dudgeon, who is celebrating 10 years in the role of DCI John Barnaby, said: “It’s a fantastic job – wonderful crew, beautiful locations, great scripts, marvellous guests, great fun and nice catering - what more could one ask for? “Some of the deaths have been marvellous, Murray Melvin falling to his death having seen a headless horseman is something that doesn’t happen around our house every day. “Martine McCutcheon killed by cheese of course, the guy who was covered in truffle oil and then eaten alive by a wild boar was very inventive. “The marvellous episode I love was all about the UFOs and then we actually showed one crashing in the woods. I thought we had lost the plot but the writing was so brilliant. “It’s the people - the crew, the cast, the murderers and some of the more lavish, thoughtful deaths are the highlights that stand out to me.”
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