DCI John Barnaby will have a new sergeant at his side for the forthcoming series of Midsomer Murders which starts filming this week.
Neil Dudgeon (DCI Barnaby) returns to film another six feature length episodes of the hugely popular ITV crime drama and this time DS Jamie Winter, played by newcomer Nick Hendrix (Marcella, The Crown), will be beside him upholding the law in Midsomer county.
Also returning for the 19th series of the successful drama, made by Bentley Productions (part of All3media) for transmission in 2017, are Manjinder Virk as pathologist Dr Kam Karimore and Fiona Dolman as Sarah Barnaby.
Storylines this series will include a deserted village full of secrets, an extreme Neighbourhood Watch, a cricket festival and a rabbit and guinea pig show...
Jo Wright, executive producer, said: "All the team here at Bentley feel it's a great privilege to be filming the latest series of Midsomer Murders, and especially to welcome the talented Nick Hendrix to the family. We are sure he will help Neil Dudgeon keep as many people as possible safe on the dangerous streets of Midsomer County. "
Nick Hendrix says: "I'm genuinely thrilled to join this bastion of British TV. It's a real privilege to be part of a hugely successful and much loved show and I am looking forward to stepping into the wonderful world of Midsomer."
The last series of Midsomer Murders, which aired on ITV earlier this year, averaged a consolidated audience of 6.4 million with a share of 25% - its highest share since 2009. It has sold in over 220 territories and is a top rating show in Germany, Denmark, Sweden and France.