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YMMV: Midsomer Murders
  • Adaptation Displacement: Only serious crime-novel readers know that the series began as an adaptation of a series of detective novels by Caroline Graham.
  • Anvilicious: The Straw Woman certainly hammers a couple straw men.
  • Base Breaker: Scott could be considered one, being either awesome for not being Troy or awful for not being Troy.
  • Deconstruction: Last Year's Model does this in several ways. Firstly, we find out that the person Barnaby arrested might in fact be innocent of the crime. Secondly, a large portion of the episode is courtroom drama focusing on a murder that occurred months ago. Finally, the gambit they use to trap the real murderer is both extremely risky and almost fails.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Sykes.
  • Memetic Mutation - Not internet, but a running gag in general British popular culture; while Inspector Morse was already joked about for the sheer numbers of murders in a medium-sized city like Oxford, this show takes it to even more ludicrous levels in the rural setting.
    • Given a hilarious Lampshade Hanging in episode 3 or season 9, where Barnaby asks about a death and is told that it was natural causes, "surprising as it may be in Midsomer".
    • Queen Elizabeth II of the UK herself has actually asked (of the producer, Brian True-May, at the opening of a studio): "Why does anybody move to Midsomer anymore? They're just going to get murdered."
    • Note that Midsomer is actually a county, not a village as it is often misreported (perhaps understandably, since the same two policeman seem to be responsible for every single town and village within it), though many of the villages (especially in the earlier episodes) still have ludicrous enough murder rates in their own rights to qualify. Never mind wondering why anyone lives there; wonder why there is anyone left alive.
    • According to a Radio Times feature on the show, there were no less than 239 murders (plus 11 suicides, 11 accidental deaths and only 7 deaths by natural causes) over its 14 series—making it about 17.1 homicides per series and 2.7 per episode. If each season corresponds to a year, then Midsomer's murder level is roughly 1/6 of that of London (pop. 8 million). The Third Estate blog assumed that Midsomer has roughly the population of the rural county of Somerset and each episode covers a typical week (meaning about 140 people die a year); that would give Midsomer a murder rate of 17-per-100 000, 12-times higher than the UK average, with only 5 countries in the world having a higher murder rate per capita.
  • Narm: "Screw you, grandma!" ("Days of Misrule", series 11)
  • Narrowed It Down to the Guy I Recognize
    • Actually averted (or subverted) with the episode featuring Orlando Bloom, since it was before he was famous. He's actually a murder victim.
    • Happens again with an episode featuring a before he was famous Henry Cavill. His character ends up being the first murder victim.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Generally not the aim of the show, however it may have its moments.
    • "The Sword of Guillaume": A burglar discovers a creepily-smiling decapitated head while rooting around in the victim's dark bedroom.
  • Special Effects Failure: The movies that appear in "Death and the Divas" have several. Including one with poorly made rubber suit monster and a one with an obvious rear projected background. This was deliberate, seeing as in-universe they were low-budget horror movies made in the 70s.
    • In a different sense, those movies (which were supposed to be made in the 70s) were obviously filmed using modern cameras, averting the expected Video Inside, Film Outside look.

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