Village’s Midsomer Murder scenes to be aired

Film crew shooting Midsomer Murders at David Truesdale's garage.
Film crew shooting Midsomer Murders at David Truesdale's garage.

Vale residents who tune into Midsomer Murders on Wednesday night are likely to spot some very familiar locations.

Cast and crew from the popular television series spent several days in Haddenham last summer filming an episode called Murder by Magic.

They shot scenes in the church, around the pond and at nearby properties.

Parish council vice chairman David Truesdale’s garage was converted into a flower shop and his wife Angela provided cups of tea for some of the cast including Neil Dudgeon who plays DCI John Barnaby.

Mr Truesdale said: “Our garage was filled with 20 years of rubbish and clutter, they sorted it all out and did us a favour.

“We’ve got more space now, it was a good opportunity for a clear out!

“It was very interesting watching the filming process.”

This was not the first time Midsomer Murders has used the picture perfect village of Haddenham as a location for the series, and in fact Mr Truesdale’s property has also been used before.

He said: “They have been here several times, and our property has been used as a country petrol filling station. This time around we also provided space in our home for the actors to rest and relax. My wife made them cups of tea and we also supplied electricity. It would be lucrative if it happened regularly!”

Although he is currently watching the Tudor drama Wolf Hall, which is on BBC2 at the same time as Midsomer Murders, Mr Truesdale, who is area director of a housing association in Oxford, said he would find a way to view the episode.

He said: “We shall be curious to find out what happened in our garage when it was dressed as Blossoms on the Green.”

Haddenham’s street signs were changed to say Midsomer Oaks during the filming.

The episode screen on ITV at 8pm tonight.