Midsomer Murders: Last Year’s Model

“Now it is a strange thing, but things that are good to have and days that are good to spend are soon told about, and not much to listen to; while things that are uncomfortable, palpitating, and even gruesome, may make a good tale, and take a deal of telling anyway.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

Ooh, I haven’t seen any Midsomer Murders for ages. The last one I reviewed featured, I think, Fake Barnaby, as played by Neil Dudgeon, as opposed to Real Barnaby, also known as John Nettles, who, happily, features in Last Year’s Model.

All of which is a very roundabout way of saying that this is a fairly old episode of Midsomer Murders.

In an intriguing change from the usual sequence of events – investigate the murder, catch the murderer, send him/her off to court where Justice is Done – Last Year’s Model begins with a murder trial already in progress. DCI Barnaby helped to catch the suspect, but are they trying the right person?

This is mildly interesting, because it suggests that justice is not infallible (and it’s so easy to forget that in Murder Mystery Land). But only mildly, because this is Midsomer Murders, after all.

I can’t even summon up the energy to be snarky about it. An inoffensive episode with a nice premise, but not exactly high drama.


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