Scriptwriter Anthony Horowitz suggested the title of Midsomer Murders for the television series.
Cast and crew have eaten approximately 212,073 breakfasts and lunches in over 80 episodes.
Popular locations used for filming are Brightwell Baldwin, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Chenies, Thame, Great Haseley, Haddenham, Hambleden, Latimer, Little Missenden, Long Crendon, Nether Winchendon, Nettlebed, Peppard, Stanton St John and Worminghall.
Caroline Graham’s book, The Killings at Badger’s Drift, inspired the series. It was published in 1987 and was voted one of the top 100 crime novels of all time by the Crime Writers’ Association.
Sykes, Barnaby’s dog is trained by Gill Raddings after she took him in as a stray in 2004, and he is already something of a star. He’s seen doing the ironing, cooking and even mowing the lawn in the award winning ad Every Home Needs a Harvey. Sykes was also seen collecting Peter Kay’s newspaper in a John Smith advert, and episodes of Doc Martin and Casualty.
In the hard winter months, the cast have learned to suck an ice cube before any dialogue, this then hides the frostiness of the outside atmosphere. As the ice cube melts their breath becomes transparent, which works particularly well if the episode is set in a summer barbecue.
Filming is already under way for the 18th series with plots including bodysnatching, competitive cycling and the sighting of UFO’s over Midsomer County.