MIDSOMER MURDERS SERIES ONE – The English village mystery gets a contemporary spin in this hit British television series. Bucolic settings harbor macabre crimes and eccentric characters that are no match for nice-guy detective Tom Barnaby (John Nettles, Bergerac) and his eager assistant, Sergeant Troy (Daniel Casey, The Wingless Bird). Charming locations, dry humor, and an outstanding ensemble cast have earned the series a worldwide following. Guest stars include Emily Mortimer, Jonathan Firth, Elizabeth Spriggs, Anna Massey, Joanna David, Bernard Hepton, and Nicholas Le Prevost. 5 cases, 8½ hrs, 3 DVDs, SDH.
MURDOCH MYSTERIES SEASON ONE – Cutting-edge Victorian science meets cunningly plotted mystery in this new Canadian television drama. Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) is an investigator in Toronto in 1895, using then unconventional means to solve crimes: fingerprinting, blood testing, and trace evidence. He crosses paths with some of the era's most famous figures including Arthur Conan Doyle and Prince Alfred. "Stylish period thriller"-- Globe and Mail (UK). 13 episodes, approx. 10 hours, 4 DVD. SDH.
DOC MARTIN SERIES ONE – Meet Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes, Men Behaving Badly), an eminent physician with a nasty disposition. Forced to give up his career as a London surgeon after developing a blood phobia, he takes a job as GP in the sleepy Cornish village of Portwenn. His irascible manner and permanent scowl soon have the town in an uproar. He insults each patient he sees and offends nearly everyone else. Quirky characters, comic situations, and impossibly picturesque scenery have made Doc Martin a smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Clunes is brilliant as the arrogant physician with a head full of knowledge and no people skills. Will he throw in the towel or succumb to the charms of village life, including those of lovely schoolteacher Louisa Glasson (Caroline Catz, Murder in Suburbia)? Best TV Comedy Drama, British Comedy Awards. 6 episodes, approx 280 min. on 2 DVDs.