Midsomer Murders: Murder of Innocence

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”

Ray Bradbury

Ah, Midsomer Murders, possibly the only Murder Mystery still on television in which you can doze off for minutes at a time without noticeably missing any of the story.

In Murder of Innocence, a convicted murderer is released from prison. Those known to be on his hit list are murdered one by one – but is he the murderer this time around?

The amount of actual plot in this 2-hour episode could quite easily be condensed into a 45-minute episode of any other murder mystery show, but I suspect most people don’t watch Midsomer Murders for the plot.

Do they?

I really hope they don’t, but I can’t think of anything else you might watch it for. The characters are hardly compelling (the fact that Barnaby was so easily and indistinguishably replaced by Fake Barnaby attests to that), it’s not funny, and there is no suspense whatsoever. You know, right from the off, that Barnaby and Jones will find the murderer in the nick of time while he is gloating over his latest victim. County Midsomer is populated by some of the most conveniently inept criminals ever seen in Britain.

The sad truth is, Midsomer Murders is only really good for killing time when there’s nothing else on.

That said, this was a particularly gormless episode, so don’t take my word for it.


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