Sunday, 19 June 2016


Felicity Ford, a forest ranger, is blinded by mysterious lights while driving by night between Midsomer Stanton and... Well, not this week.

Midsomer Murders, the venerable ITV detective drama, usually returns in France in April (since a few years) but series 18 started last week on France 3. Except that this sunday the public broadcaster aired episode 2... of series 16, Let Us Prey. And not The Incident at Cooper Hill (1).

Habeas Corpus, the eighteenth series premiere, impressively caught 3.307.000 viewers (13%) vs an Euro 2016 football match (Germany/Ukraine) on TF1 and France 3 was ranked #2. Tonight the match was Switzerland/France (on M6) so maybe the channel didn't want to hurt the rating numbers of a brand new episode against a match of the national football team.

What is less understandable is the choice of Let Us Prey for this repeat as there's a village facing a flood in it. So soon after the similar events which hit several parts of France.

(1) The Incident at Cooper Hill is announced for next sunday.

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