I'm wrapping up my British telly series of posts with two more favorite shows. As Time Goes By and Midsomer Murders.
Once upon a time, a dashing young British Army officer and a lovely student nurse fell deeply, magically in love. Then he was shipped off to Korea and they never heard from one another. Forty years later, fate brings them together again...with hilarious results. Judi Dench is marvellous as Jean Pargetter, Geoffrey Palmer the crusty Lionel Hardcastle, and they are joined by Jean's daughter Judith, her friend Sandy, and Lionel's publisher Alistair. A great cast, terrific show.
The county of Midsomer is a dangerous place to live. There may be garden shows, fêtes, amateur dramatic societies, book clubs, cricket matches, church bazaars, and ladies who lunch, but there are also some absolute scoundrels. Initially led by DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles, left above) and then his cousin, DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon, right) plus a parade of dishy Sergeants, there's never a dull moment in Midsomer.