There’s a lighthearted detective drama series running here in the UK set in rural England called ‘Midsomer Murders’, where the main character is a Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby. There is a worryingly high proportion of murders in and around the Midsomer area considering the relatively low density of population, but never mind, Barnaby always gets his man (or woman) in the end.
Over the years there have been two different Barnabys – DCI Tom Barnaby was played by John Nettles from 1997-2011, and DCI John Barnaby (scripted as Tom Barnaby’s cousin, who took over after Tom’s retirement) is currently played by Neil Dudgeon, who has starred in the lead role since 2011.
I’m a bit of a detective-drama-freak, so love watching old replays of Midsomer Murders, and my husband often gets pulled in to following the storyline too. He likes to know which Barnaby it is, but never remembers which character is called Tom and which is called John, especially as the actor who plays Tom Barnaby is actually called John in real life.
However, as in a previous brush with the law a much younger John Nettles played yet another detective (with the Bureau des Etrangees in Jersey) called Jim Bergerac (which I also loved), we now refer to his Midsomer character as Bergerac Barnaby – problem solved!
Oh, and we also love watching both ‘Silent Witness’ and ‘Waking the Dead’, two similar-but-different detective dramas based around close-knit teams of forensic pathologists, one investigating ‘fresh’ corpses and the other dealing in cold cases. However, as we always find ourselves getting the programme names mixed up, we’ve taken to referring to both series as ‘Waking the Silent Dead Witness’… that way we’re always sure to be right! 🙂