Midsomer Murders: How many episodes are in series 22?

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Midsomer Murders will be returning this weekend with DCI John Barnaby (played by Neil Dudgeon) and DS Jamie Winter (Nick Hendrix) back investigating deadly crimes in the fictitious county of Midsomer. The ITV show is the country’s longest-running crime drama, having been on our screens for the past 24 years. Season 22 will also mark a special occasion for actor Dudgeon.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Midsomer Murders.

Actor Dudgeon has been part of Midsomer Murders for 10 years this series, having joined the cast in 2011.

He was introduced as the replacement for John Nettles who played DCI Tom Barnaby for 14 years.

Dudgeon’s character John is the cousin of Tom who retired from the force, making way for the new DCI to take over.

Season 22 will see Dudgeon celebrate his 50th episode on Midsomer Murders.

How many episodes are in season 22 of Midsomer Murders?

The number of episodes in each season of the crime drama has changed over the years.

The first series had five, while many of them consisted of four episodes.

But for the past few years, apart from 2020, there had been six in every series.

This was a different story last year as filming was interrupted by the country going into lockdown.

Season 21 of Midsomer Murders was made up of just four shows as a result.

Filming for the upcoming series began in October 2020 with both Dudgeon and Hendrix back in their leading roles.

Thankfully, shooting for the new series hadn’t been disturbed so was able to go ahead.

As a result, series 22 will be longer than season 21 with six episodes in total.

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Like with all television shows being made during the pandemic, health and safety measures had to be put in place to protect the cast.

Dudgeon previously said: “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.”

The first episode of series 22 which will premiere this weekend will be called The Sting of Death.

In this instalment, Barnaby and Winter have to search for a masked assailant who attacked beekeeping fanatic Lord Ambrose Deddington (Griff Rhys Jones) and his hive.

However, when they are trying to work out who committed the attack, the village doctor is found dead and covered in bees, linking the two crimes together.

Midsomer Murders season 22 airs on ITV.

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