Midsomer Murders' viewers angry as new series is delayed by Arsenal v Man City match


Midsomer Murders fans who settled down with their cups of tea to enjoy two hours of quaint cottages and murder were confronted with a horrible sight when the new series should have started on Sunday.

The pre-season Arsenal v Manchester City football match went into extra time, delaying the debut of the 18th series of the ITV show by 21 minutes.

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Gwilym Lee, Manjinder Virk and Neil Dudgeon in Midsomer Murders (ITV)

Naturally viewers were furious that the football had delayed the return of DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and his sidekick DS Charlie Nelson (Gwilym Lee).

It was a welcome return when it did begin at 20:21, with an understated warning to viewers to expect "some violence" in Britain's deadliest village.

Surprisingly the new series opened not with a mad plot of blackmail and Cluedo-worthy murder scenes as many expected but the disappearance of the body of the local squire from his deathbed, with Helen Baxendale and Monarch Of The Glen's Alastair Mackenzie starring.

Later this series, newbie DS Jamie Winter (Nick Hendrix) will also be adding to the drama.