Thursday, 06 August 2020

Benson becomes Midsomer

THE stars of ITV?s Midsomer Murders descended on Benson for five days of filming.

THE stars of ITV?s Midsomer Murders descended on Benson for five days of filming.

Scenes were filmed at the Crown Inn, the Crown Garage and two properties in Observatory Close as well as at RAF Benson.

The cast and crew were making an episode called The Incident at Cooper Hill for the 18th series of the ITV police drama, which is likely to be shown later this year.

The actors included Neil Dudgeon, who plays DCI John Barnaby, former EastEnders star Michelle Collins and Gavin and Stacey star Alison Steadman.

Tim Cullimore, landlord of the Crown Inn, said Collins stayed a night at the pub.

?She was absolutely lovely,? he said. ?She said she hadn?t slept so well in ages. A few of the crew had dinner here and there was a great atmosphere in the bar afterwards.?

Filming took place outside the pub as well as in the kitchen, bar and restaurant. Mr Cullimore said: ?Our chef Michal Zubel is on film as they asked him to be in the background cooking. They also constructed a hotel reception area in our bar. There?s going to be a lot of it on film.

?I have to say the whole production company and the director were great. They were very professional, very friendly, and they didn?t put us out at all. The two principal stars were absolutely delightful ? very friendly and nice with my kids.

?I think it?s the first time Midsomer Murders has come to Benson. My wife and I have watched the show over the years and it?s always exciting trying to spot places you know.?

At RAF Benson 13 service personnel served as extras for scenes filmed outside the Puma Force hangar. Sgt Fiona Cully, a fan of the programme, was thrilled to meet Dudgeon.

She said: ?I?m finishing my career on October 7 after 22 years and I couldn?t think of a better way to end it. His driver said ?if you ask him for a picture, he?ll give you one?. He was very personable and very pleasant.?

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