ITV has renewed long-running crime drama Midsomer Murders for an eighteenth season.
Six feature-length episodes have been ordered for the show’s eighteenth season, up from the four episodes ITV ordered for the most recent season. Storylines for these six new episodes will range from bodysnatching, to competitive cycling and the sighting of UFO’s over Midsomer County.
Midsomer Murders follows DCI John Barnaby and DS Charlie Nelson as they tackle intricate murder mysteries in the beautiful but deadly countryside of Midsomer. The series, which only recently wrapped its seventeenh season on ITV, is produced by the All3Media owned Bentley Productions and stars Neil Dudgeon and Gwilym Lee.
“Midsomer Murders is one of ITV’s most enduring and successful dramas,” said ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November, who commissioned the new season alongside Controller of Drama Victoria Fea. “We’re delighted to be recommissioning a further six episodes and to be continuing our working partnership with Jo Wright and her team”.
The scripts are being penned by Rachel Cupermanm Sally Griffiths, Chris Murray and Paul Logue; while Jo Wright is returning as the executive producer. “We are back for even more episodes next year thanks to ITV, which gives us chance to explore more strange and entertaining tales of Midsomer life”, said Jo Wright. “And with a new pathologist who will cause DS Nelson trouble in more ways than one.”
Manjinder Virk is joining the cast as a series regular for the new season. She will play pathologist Dr Kam Karimore. Production on the new season is now underway for a 2016 premiere. Repped by Hamilton Hodell, the actress is arguably best known for her turn on BBC One’s Hunted.
Production on the eighteenth season of Midsomer Murders is now underway for a 2016 premiere.