All in all the stuff that makes the show what it is could be listed as The DCI and his family, the DS, the location, the music, the scripts, the dark humour, the quirky murder scenarios, the actors and the attention to detail. You change any one of them and you lose the very charm of Midsomer Murders. In all of this, the show has given a gnarly image to rural England, such that country-loving anglophiles will have a hard time dreaming to settle in one such charming village, lest they get murdered for plucking the wrong flower in the wrong garden. The county of Midsomer has seen so many quirky murders that it makes one wonder if Miss Marple grew up here!
The attention to detail is exemplary: the sword and shield replica wall decor, the white and lavender coloured Yardley talcum powder tin, a drawer with plastic hair rollers, Kashmiri embroidered ponchos… all of which takes the viewer back to the bygone era of the late 70’s and 80’s or even the 90’s (it is strange how those 3 decades seem so similar to each other while 5 years ago from now seem ancient: technology has made time move so fast). Coming from a town around the same region as McCluskieganj, these details are all too familiar. This movie has given me a sense of identity and belongingness like no other.