Midsomer Murders 100th episode: exploring the Copenhagen setting

As the ITV detective drama heads for the Danish capital, producer Jo Wright reveals more about the moody setting...

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In tonight's landmark 100th episode of Midsomer Murders the cast and crew have done something special – they've left behind the cosy (but bloody) countryside of Midsomer and gone on a trip to Denmark. The Killings of Copenhagen (8pm, on ITV) will see the Causton cops team up with stars of 'Nordic Noir' dramas The Killing and Borgen.

"We wanted to inject something extra special for the 100th episode," said executive producer Jo Wright. "We talked about going to another country where Midsomer Murders is popular and, although we mentioned a few different places, Denmark soon became the favourite."

The Midsomer Murders inaugural foreign shoot is a collaboration with Danish broadcaster DR. "The success of shows like The Killing has sparked an international interest in all things Nordic," explained Wright. "It seemed an ideal opportunity to bring the culture and scenery of Copenhagen into Midsomer."  

DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) will leave rural Causton (shot in South Oxfordshire) for the Danish royal palace of Amalienborg, and the historic Palace Hotel in the centre of Copenhagen. Actors Ann Eleonora Jorgensen (The Killing) and Birgitte Hjort Sorensen (Borgen) will appear as local police alongside Barnaby and sidekick DS Nelson (Gwilym Lee).


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Wright explained than the Danish royal palace has real European grandeur, "we felt it gave a wonderful opening to Barnaby’s arrival in Copenhagen."  The crew were even given special access to sights used in The Killing. They filmed at Politigarden (Denmark's answer to Scotland Yard). "Because we were Barnabywe were given access to the interior,” revealed Wright. “They very rarely allow filming but there was no question about it – once you mentioned the name Barnabyit literally opened the doors of the hotel and the manager even appears as a porter!”

In the 100th episode die-hard fans may recognise similarities with the very first Midsomer Murders – The Killings at Badgers Drift said Wright. "Sharp-eyed viewers may also spot a cameo appearance by original author Caroline Graham, who is aptly in a scene set at a funeral wake! 

"I think the partnership with works really well and I hope viewers around the world enjoy watching the fruits of our collaboration as much as we enjoyed filming it.”

Watch 100th episode of Midsomer Murders tonight at 8pm, on ITV


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