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Midsomer Murders – A Rare Bird – on ITV 11th January 2012

Neil Dudgeon in Midsomer Murders. Image © ITV

Midsomer Murders is suitably eccentric for the English countryside with a multiple murder among the ornithological society of Midsomer-in-the-Marsh on the land of a former Prima Ballerina.

The attractions of the trophy wife of Patrick Morgan don’t go unnoticed and several men flit around the pretty dancer, including local ne’er do well, Dave Foxely, played by Paul Nicholls. The former Eastenders star is also on air in January 2012 as DS Sam Casey in Law & Order UK. He said of the part in Midsomer Murders:

“Dave is described as a ‘ne’er do well’ and he’s basically a thief, with low intelligence, who has a fondness for the ladies. He likes money and he’ll do something risky and illegal for 20 quid. He lives in a caravan and enjoys a drink and a fight.

“I worked with Neil Dudgeon when I was 16 in a detective drama called Out of the Blue. It was one of my first professional acting jobs and Neil really made me laugh. He is such a fantastic actor, so when I was offered Midsomer Murders I just thought ‘yes’. Jason is also a great actor and a nice guy too.”

The quintessentially English murder mystery has its own in-house fancy-man as the plot of “A Rare Bird” hints at Jones keeping company – perhaps audiences will get to meet the lucky lady later in the series…

Midsomer Murders: A Rare Bird airs on ITV1 at 8pm on Wednesday 11th January 2012 for UK audiences only.


DCI John Barnaby played by Neil Dudgeon
DS Ben Jones played by Jason Hughes
Sarah Barnaby played by Fiona Dolman
Kate Wilding played by Tamzin Malleson
Patrick Morgan played by Alex Hanson
Nina Morgan played by Genevieve O’Reilly
Tim Whitley played by Paul Bigley
Ralph Ford played by James Dreyfus
George Napier played by Tony Haygarth
Dave Foxely played by Paul Nicholls
Michael Hipsman played by Allan Corduner
Dr Ian Markham played by Nicholas Boulton
Olivia Carter played by Amanda Lawrence
Aimee Whitley played by Ella Al-Khalil Coyle


Producer Brian True-May
Director Nick Laughland
Writers Steve Trafford
Consultant Betty Willingale
Based on characters created by Caroline Graham

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