The PR fanfare for this series last week heralded the return of the legendary detective, by which we suspect it referred to Tom Barnaby (played by John Nettles from 1997 to 2011) and not Neil Dudgeon’s John Barnaby, who arrived in Midsomer only last year.
While John Barnaby hasn’t had enough time to reach legendary status, he does share one characteristic with his predecessor, and that is an inability to identify a killer until there have been several murders, as happens tonight when a convicted murderer returns to town hellbent on revenge. It’s familiar fare even down to the light-hearted bickering between Barnaby and his younger partner, Jones. It’s the episode viewers have beenwaiting for – Gene Simmons finally proposes to his partner of almost 30 years, former Playboy Playmate Shannon Tweed.
Yes, this episode is almost two years old, but for fans of the series it’s no less gripping as the proposal is a bittersweet moment for Tweed. She’s happy she has finally become engaged but sad because she feels Simmons only did it because he thought he had to.
In the rest of the episode the pair tackle this issue in counselling and we also see the reaction from their friends as they share their news.
It’s voyeurism at its best.