British television detective drama Midsomer Murders first aired as a pilot on ITV. The series proper began exactly a year later. Based on Caroline Graham’s Chief Inspector Barnaby book series, and originally adapted by Anthony Horowitz. The current lead character is DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon), working for Causton CID and is the younger cousin of former lead character DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles). Dudgeon first appeared as randy gardener Daniel Bolt in the Series 4 episode “Garden of Death” and permanently joined the show in 2011 following Nettles’ departure.
Set in modern-day England, the show revolves around Tom Barnaby’s (later, John Barnaby’s) efforts to solve numerous murders that take place in the idyllic, picturesque but deadly villages of the fictional county of Midsomer.