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The end of murders in Midsomer?

Midsomer Murders tipped to be axed after new series…

Midsomer Murders is 8/11 to be cancelled after the airing of the new series, according to betideas.com, following ITV’s decision not to screen the latest episode this week.

In last night’s show viewers were taken to the village of Blacktrees-on-Marsh that not only sits in the very heart of Midsomer, but extraordinarily enough, it was once also listed on secret Cold War documents that detailed the places Russia would target in England in the event of nuclear war. While the listing is more than likely a myth or a joke that someone cracked in The Huntsman’s Horn, there are still some who are convinced of its truth… even plagued by it.

Blacktrees-on-Marsh has always been haunted by the shadow of the Blacktrees Prophecy, and for some the fear has seeped into them so deeply that a small group of locals founded Midsomer’s first doomsday prepper group.

Founded two decades ago by Warren Kane, an obsessive, compulsive fearmonger, Warren’s apocalyptic beliefs have grown to dominate every second of his existence. He initially became a prepper after attending the site of a natural disaster, Warren’s PTSD led to him growing increasingly terrified of life and the spectre of imminent disaster. Fear burrowed into his brain so deeply that he plunged his life savings into the building of a bombproof underground bunker stocked with rations to last four people for months on end.

One morning Warren receives the call he was been waiting for – nuclear missiles have launched – vindicated, Warren races to the bunker and radios for the other preppers to meet him there. But as dawn breaks over Blacktrees-on-Marsh, the sun rises over village green serenity, rather than a scorched earth. Warren’s resentful wife Clodagh arrives at the bunker to tell him it was a hoax but discovers Warren dead.

As Barnaby and Winter arrive to investigate, they discover Warren was suffocated, someone tampered with the air filter and sucked the oxygen out – this is someone with technical skills.

Lee Astley, spokesperson for betideas.com:

“The new series of Midsomer Murders was met with a mixed reception last night and with no confirmed date for its second episode, it appears ITV could be losing patience with its long-running drama.”

The 23rd series of the crime drama kicked off last night but after a mixed reception, ITV appear to have pulled it from their imminent schedule, with episode two not screening this weekend and no confirmation as of yet on when it will go live.

That has led to speculation that ITV could be looking to axe the show, with Midsomer Murders now just 8/11 to be cancelled following the screening of the new series.

Lee Astley, spokesperson for betideas.com:

“Series 23, whenever it does resume, could well be the last one to hit our screens, with the show now just 8/11 to be canned after the latest season is aired. Meanwhile, ITV bosses could look to keep hold of the show but instead give it a major revamp to appeal to new viewers, including a new cast, with Midsomer Murders 6/4 to receive a significant rebrand.”

Midsomer Murders

Will the show be cancelled after Series 23?

Yes

8/11

No

11/10

Will the show get a revamp?

Yes

6/4

No

8/15

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