The executive producer of Midsomer Murders has revealed that he has written to the Prime Minister in an effort to protect nature in South Oxfordshire and the rural filming locations used in the series. Brian True May, when he isn’t overseeing the production of Britain’s most popular detective series, chairs Conserve the Chilterns and Countryside (CCC) a group dedicated to preserving the natural beaty of the Chiltern Hills.
The Chilterns’ unspoilt beauty makes it a great place to visit. Go there and you can walk or cycle along its well-trodden footpaths, breathe in the aroma of its rare fauna and orchids, and catch a glimpse of the rare red kites which were re-introduced to Great Britain in the late 80s.
On weekends in South Oxfordshire you might also catch sight of Brian and his production team filming an episode of Midsomer, in towns such as Amersham and Chesham.
Which is one of the reasons the producer is keen that government plans for a new high-speed rail route from London to Birmingham – a network which is due to be routed through the Chilterns – don’t impair the quality of life for its residents and visitors.
Mr True May told the Daily Mail that he is yet to receive a reply from David Cameron; surprising, as the PM is rumoured to be a fan of the show.
A two-page letter from Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond to the producer suggests that cooperation between the CCC and the government over the high-speed link could be possible.
Mr True May is particularly keen to preserve nature in South Oxfordshire, and the peace and quiet of the Chilterns – a tranquility which makes it a great place to capture key bits of Midsomer Murders dialogue as well as a perfect spot to unwind from the stresses of modern life.