2013 has already been a great year for fans of Midsomer Murders. So far this year we’ve been treated so several new episodes of the UK’s most popular crime drama series.

New episodes such as ‘Written in the Stars’, starring the fabulous Maureen Lipman, have shown that the show is getting even better with age. Not bad for someone about to celebrate a centenary (Midsomer is very close to passing the 100 episodes landmark).

However, the news is about to get even better as the production team have revealed that filming has already started on the next series of Midsomer Murders.

Series XVI will be coming to our screens next year and alongside Neil Dudgeon there is a new member of the team. Detective Sergeant Charlie Nelson will be played by Gwilym Lee in the upcoming series.

Gwilym said: ‘I am delighted to be joining such a popular and long running series as Midsomer Murders. I have always watched it and can’t wait to start work on it now, as a regular character. It’s a bit of a dream come true and I am even looking forward to the various stunts that lie ahead of me – I know Barnaby doesn’t like jumping into freezing lakes!’

Series executive producer Jo Wright said: ‘We looked long and hard for the right person and feel that Gwilym can bring so much to the new series of Midsomer Murders. I know he is a great choice, and he will work so well alongside Neil Dudgeon.’

Great news for all fans and it also means that filming will be taking place in and around the Southern Oxfordshire area as usual. So keep your eyes peeled and you might just get to see some of favourite stars in the flesh.