ITV viewers branded Midsomer Murders ‘lame’ and ‘far-fetched’ after watching the detective drama‘s Strictly episode.
Last night’s (21.01.20) instalment featured a touring dance show which, beneath its glamorous exterior, hid some rather nasty feuds that boiled over when one of the dancers was murdered.
Tuesday’s episode was the first in the new series and guest starred former Coronation Street actor Nigel Havers, who played the ailing sponsor of the dance extravaganza, Andrew Wilder.
Titled The Point of Balance, it also featured a swathe of past Strictly Come Dancing contestants – including actor Cassidy Little, former Steps singer Faye Tozer, ex Hollyoaks star Danny Mac, Natalie Gumede of Corrie fame and Tom Chambers, who has appeared in Holby City and Casualty.
Despite the numerous recognisable faces, not all viewers enjoyed the episode.
Reacting on Twitter, one said: “The cast were great but I thought this week’s was one of the worst I’ve ever seen, rather dull tbh and not wrapped up as well as other cases #midsomermurders.”
Another viewer tweeted: “Not sure if tonight’s #midsomermurders was the best, but excellent cast!”
A third wrote: “#midsomermurders – it’s official. It’s as far-fetched as [bleep] from China.”
This week’s was one of the worst I’ve ever seen.
Someone else said: “Just when I thought #midsomermurders couldn’t get any more wonderfully lame, they do a crossover with Strictly Come Dancing.”
“How boring, Nigel could have done it from the comfort of his own home and escaped in the helicopter in a dramatic fashion but nooooo,” said another, adding: “It was chief inspector from Father Brown and his dreadful eyeliner.”
A sixth disappointed viewer joked: “#midsomermurders Definitely the best bit, end credits.”
Not sure if tonight's #midsomermurders was the best, but excellent cast!
— Christian Cawley (@ChristianCawley) January 21, 2020
Just when I thought #midsomermurders couldn't get anymore wonderfully lame they do a crossover with Strictly Come Dancing
— Madeleine Swann (@MadeleineSwann) January 21, 2020
Nigel could of done it from the comfort of his own home and escaped in the helicopter in a dramatic fashion but nooooo
It was Chief Inspector from Father Brown and his dreadful eyeliner
— Felicity Todd (@_Flik_) January 21, 2020
#midsomermurders Definitely the best bit , End credits 🙄🙄
— Sir Conman (@ConmanSir) January 21, 2020
Some viewers enjoyed it though, with one tweeting: “Loving the #Strictly spectacular #midsomermurders tonight! How many ex-contestants?”
Someone else said: “No matter what, #midsomermurders @ITV is such a joy, the stories are fun and the murder stories crazy, just know this is a fabulous comedy crime drama. Yes, I added comedy, just think about it.”
— vickie jamieson (@vickiejamieson) January 21, 2020
— Emma Louise Webb. ITV (@EmmaLouiseWebb3) January 21, 2020
– Midsomer Murders is available to watch on catch-up at ITV Hub
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