Where does the time go? Incredibly, it’s now 2014, which makes it seventeen years since the first ever Midsomer Murders was screened in 1997. To put it another way, Midsomer would now be an unruly seventeen year old, going out with its friends and getting into trouble.

It’s amazing to think about everything that has happened in the last dozen and (almost) a half years. And despite everything that has changed, some things have stayed the same. Take Midsomer Murders for example. OK, so some of the faces may be different – this Christmas we welcomed Gwilym Lee onto our screens – but everything else about the show remains the same. There is the same superior acting, brilliant scripts and top production values now as there was when episode one was screened all those years ago. It’s a remarkable achievement.
Midsomer Murders 2014

Yet what is more remarkable is that the show is showing no signs of stopping. The new series has just launched and in an age where the Christmas television seems to get worse every year, Midsomer stands out as a beacon of quality amid a sea of mediocrity.

What is also remarkable about Midsomer is that unlike many other TV shows, you can actually visit the set whenever you want. Not many other shows have an attachment to a location like Midsomer does to Southern Oxfordshire. So many of the iconic locations on the show can be visited and viewed because they are real places.

Why got to the trouble of creating sets when they already exist all around us? If you don’t believe us, then why not check out some of the towns and villages around Wallingford, Thame and Henley and you’ll soon see that it bears a striking resemblance to Midsomer.

So, this year, why not make it a resolution to visit some of the show’s most famous landmarks?