Monday, March 23, 2009

Mysteries on TV: Midsomer Murders and Taggart

Mysteries on TV

, your source for the most complete selection of detective, amateur sleuth, private investigator, and suspense television mystery series now available or coming soon to DVD, is profiling two British series that have DVDs being released this week.

The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in the contemporary British television mystery series . Inspired by the novels of , modern master of the English village mystery, the series stars John Nettles as the unflappable Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby with Jason Hughes as his earnest, efficient protégé, Detective Constable Ben Jones.

The Midsomer Murders: Set Twelve DVD set of 4 discs contains the 4 episodes shown during September 2006: Four Funerals and a Wedding, Country Matters, Death in Chorus, and Last Year's Model. Special features include the 50th episode production notes, interviews with John Nettles and Jason Hughes, and cast filmographies.

Edgy mysteries, intriguing characters, and a dark sense of humor give , the longest running crime drama on television, a universal appeal even while reveling in its seamy Scottish setting. Detectives Matthew Burke, Robbie Ross, Jackie Reid, and Stuart Fraser -- a team of Glasgow cops as hard as the criminals they chase and as gritty as the city they call home -- together take on everything that the mean streets of Glasgow throw their way.

The Taggart: Set One DVD set of 3 discs contains the 7 episodes that aired in December 2002 and January 2003. Though titled Set One, the DVD actually corresponds to Series 19 in the order shown in the UK.

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