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Tuesday 19th April 2011 8:33 pm

I am, amazingly, up to date on Midsomer Murders! Well, until tomorrow. I struggle to get round to watching it because I have to cross stitch while it's on (or watch it in bits) because it's just so slow. I wish they only had an hour and Taggart had their two hours back. But aside from that I am liking the new bloke. Although the last episode was like a Drop the Dead Donkey reunion - it had Alex (with dark hair), George Dent and Dave in it.

Then Lewis, of course, keeps on having people in who've been in other things. I spent the whole of the last episode going mad over the psychiatrist's assistant. It was only after I'd finished watching it that I looked it up on imdb, which thankfully is up to date on the cast per episode. So then I found out she was Jasmine in the new Reggie Perrin.

On the subject of murder mysteries, on the advice of [info]hhertzof I think it was, I tried an episode of Castle. And it turned out to be good! This is unusual because American cop shows spend too much time on soapy stuff and not enough on the crime. But Castle have got the balance just right - which is quite impressive given that they have 10 minutes less than an hour long program on ITV.

And lastly, Red Dwarf is coming back. I'd be excited about it if I knew it was going to be good. But the three episodes they did at Easter a couple of years ago were not that great. I can't decide whether I want more Red Dwarf, or I'd rather it died if it wasn't going to be good. Although it is going to be on Dave, so it will be shorter by definition. Mind you, I'd love to go to a recording, even if it wasn't very good.

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Midsomer Murders and a meme
Monday 10th August 2009 9:44 pm

I've just watched the latest three episodes of Midsomer Murders. They always take me a while to get round to because they're so slow you have to do something else while they're on. It was quite surreal because the first one had Vila from Blakes 7 in, the second had Peter Davison and the Borg Queen (and a couple of other people I recognised but couldn't be bothered to look up) and the last had that woman from Ultraviolet - with exactly the same hairstyle. Although it says everything about my visual memory that I can't remember if it's the same colour and I only saw Ultraviolet a few months ago.

And now for the meme that's been going round and I hadn't got round to putting up yet:

Ask me my fannish Top Five [Whatevers]. Any top fives. Doesn't matter what, really! And I will answer them all in a new post. Possibly with pictures.*

* There won't be pictures.

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Midsomer Murders
Monday 8th December 2008 8:03 pm


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In between the endless tea breaks, we actually saw some of Midsomer Murders being filmed this morning. Jesse Birdsall (and it's definitely him) was dressed normally, although put a coat and tiny scarf on between scenes. Seriously, that scarf was definitely girly. It was cold, but that's no excuse.

Three times I saw them film a tiny little bit where Barnaby and the Sergeant walked from the road into the courtyard, met up with Jesse Birdsall beside the dinghy, which had been moved and was now devoid of plastic sealife stuck to it. Then they went off further into the courtyard out of shot and it was quite a while before they called 'Cut'.

I was really excited to see them all close up anyway. I bet when the episode is on in six months time it'll all be completely unrecognisable. But we all really want to know why Jesse Birdsall was dressed so strangely on Thursday and what the dinghy is all about.

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Cop shows
Thursday 1st May 2008 10:06 pm

I like cop shows. So it was quite annoying when someone mentioned Taggart last Wednesday, which made me remember that there was a random episode of it on last week. Two days before. But, I thought to myself, all will be ok because ITV have their own equivalent of the BBC iPlayer and 4oD. Or not. They do have it, they're just selective about what is on it. Which is to say you can watch all the crap they've put out in the past week, but none of the good stuff. Thanks ITV, that's really helpful.

I did remember to tape tonight's though. The trouble with Taggart at the moment is that the last few episodes have been on at random times and only an hour long. I remember when it took them three hours to solve cases. Then it got cut to two hours and I can't quite believe it's now one. The first one or two it was fine because it was a bit different. But now it's all got a bit simple and it's feeling a bit like The Bill in Scotland. Although tonight's did have a suitably gruesome murder.

In contrast, last Sunday was a random Midsomer Murders. There must be so many villages around Causton, all with murders and barking mad residents that it must be a small city by now. I missed some a while ago and I'm still a bit confused there's a new sergeant. The trouble with Midsomer Murders is that I have to cross stitch to it because it goes so slowly. It's completely mad though.

recommended State of Play to me, so I added it to the top of my amazon rental list and I really liked it. The cast list was crazy: John Simm (with a rubbish beard), Bill Nighy, Philip Glenister (with short hair and his normal accent - he sounds a lot like his brother), James McAvoy (Tumnus in Narnia), Marc Warren (he gets everywhere). It was quite interesting to see a murder mystery mostly from the point of view of a newspaper.

I kept recognising names of actors and the writer and when I looked them up I discovered it was State of Play I recognise them from because it gets mentioned a lot. I just never knew what it was about.

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Midsomer Murders
Friday 23rd August 2002 11:16 pm

I switched over to Midsomer Murders at 9.30 to see the second half as I couldn't be bothered getting up. It looked quite interesting so I left it on. A few minutes later, the characters walked out of the theatre and it looked suspiciously like the Corn Exchange in Wallingford. But I thought, no, it can't be. They showed it again later with view of some of the other shops, which all looked quite similar. I went and asked my landlady, and yep, it was Wallingford! That is so amazing. I was living in Causton (sp?) and never knew it. I hoping they're going to film some more sometime soon now!

Then of course I looked it up on the web and they've certainly been around. Not that I know any of the other places, I don't have much of a need to go to any other dead little villages. I was going to go to bed at 10.30 because I was tired. Never mind, at least I get three lie-ins now. I hope!

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