Midsomer Murders 2021 release date: Cast, plot and when it’s next on TV

Barnaby and Winter return for season 22.

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DCI John Barnaby and DS Jamie Winter are returning to our screens with a new episode of Midsomer Murders – a heart-stopping murder mystery titled The Stitcher Society.

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The episode marks the second instalment in season 22, following on immediately from the previous two episodes in season 21.

The longest-running detective drama in the UK has captivated audiences with its peculiar crimes and ridiculous killings for more than two decades, while Neil Dudgeon is approaching his 10th year on the show after taking over from predecessor John Nettles back in 2011.

The upcoming episode features a number of guest stars, including Keith Allen and John Thomson.

Here’s everything you need to know about when Midsomer Murders is back on our screens, and the release dates for season 22.

When is Midsomer Murders on TV?

The next episode of Midsomer Murders will air on Sunday 11th April 2021 at 8pm on ITV. Titled ‘The Stitcher Society’, the episode is the second of season 22.

Season 21 of Midsomer Murders previously continued on Sunday 21st March after a year-long hiatus with the episode, ‘The Sting of Death’. The first two episodes in the season – (The Point of Balance and The Miniature Murders) – aired back in January and February 2020.

The season was brought to a close and ITV isn’t wasting anytime when it comes to season 22, with the first two episodes airing in April.

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Midsomer Murders season 22 release date

While season 21 only came to an end last weekend, Midsomer Murders was back with season 22 on Sunday 4th April with ‘The Wolf Hunter of Little Worthy’, which stars Harry Potter’s Mark Williams, Van Der Valk’s Maimie McCoy, Mank’s Ferdinand Kingsley and Doctor Who’s Louise Jameson.

Back in October 2020, it was confirmed that filming was underway on season 22 – with COVID protections in place.

Neil Dudgeon said at the time: “Everyone is excited to get back to work. Sadly there won’t be as much hugging and kissing on set as usual but we’ve all got to make sacrifices! It’s bound to be a bit strange at first with all the safety protocols but hopefully we can all keep each other safe and shoot another great series.”

Executive producer Michele Buck said: “We are very pleased ITV has asked us to produce more Midsomer Murders. We will have our signature mix of tantalising mysteries, wonderful guest stars and stunning locations while also maintaining a safe working environment for all our cast and crew in these current challenging circumstances.”

Two episodes were announced for season 22: The Wolf Hunter of Little Worthy and The Stitcher Society.

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What is The Stitcher Society about?

The Stitcher Society, the second episode of season 22, follows a local outcast, who was controversially acquitted of murder years previously. He is the latest inductee into a post-operative heart rehab club – but following his arrival, members’ dreams of a second chance at life begin being cut short.

According to the synopsis: “Tamworth Springs is home to Midsomer’s very own Stitcher Society, a social and health club for recovering heart bypass patients; the name of the club was inspired by the post- operative scar running down the middle of the members’ chests.”

Midsomer Murders cast

Annette Badland in Midsomer Murders

Neil Dudgeon returns as DCI John Barnaby, with Nick Hendrix by his side as DS Jamie Winter.

Fiona Dolman will also return as John’s wife Sarah Barnaby, as well as Paddy the dog – the family’s “faithful canine companion”.

In season 20, EastEnders’ Annette Badland joined the team as “formidable” new pathologist Dr Fleur Perkins, replacing pathologist Dr Kam Karimore (Manjinder Virk), who moved to Canada at the end of series 19. Badland remains a part of the cast.

Neil Dudgeon said: “The team thought it would be interesting to introduce a character who would test Barnaby, somebody with whom he would have a more provocative relationship, and Fleur does just that.”

Midsomer Murders guest stars

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The second episode of Midsomer Murders’ 22nd season – The Stitcher Society – features guest stars Keith Allen and John Thomson.

Rounding out the cast are the likes of Natalie Simpson, Hannah Waddingham, Nimmy March, Peter de Jersey, and Jacob Fortune-Llloyd.

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