1. Midsomer Murders, Set 24 (Blu-ray) ~ Jason Hughes Neil Dudgeon
WHAT EVIL LURKS BEYOND THE WELL-TRIMMED HEDGES OF MIDSOMER…
The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries. Inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham, modern master of the English village mystery, the series stars Neil Dudgeon (Life of Riley) as the capable Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby, with Jason Hughes (This Life) as his earnest, efficient protégé, Detective Sergeant Ben Jones. Guest stars include Martine McCutcheon, Cheryl Campbell, Maggie Steed, Kate Ashfield, and Julie Graham.
Written in the Stars—The death of an amateur astronomer during a total eclipse of the sun shines light into some dark corners of the star-gazing community in Midsomer Stanton.
The Sicilian Defence—Star-crossed lovers and championship chess intersect as the detectives search for a killer who leaves a chess notation at the scene of the crime.
Schooled in Murder—A series of gruesome murders appears to be related to secret plans to modernize the dairy that produces the famous Midsomer Blue.
2. Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXX (DVD) ~ Joel Hodgson
For those of you who have one (or possibly 30 now) of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 collections, please skip to the third paragraph.
Welcome new friends. You’ve heard about this show, possibly read an article in a magazine or seen it referenced on some other show you watch: but what exactly is it? Basically, it’s a show about a guy and his two robot friends aboard a space ship who are forced to watch old, cheesy movies by mad scientists. To get through it, they make wisecracks during the movies, a comic call-and-response. It was on TV for ten years. There’s a feature film, too. That’s the gist of it. You know enough now. Read on.
Okay, we’re back on for four more of you know what, with you know who getting all kinds of nutty. Enjoy.
3. Half of a Yellow Sun (DVD) ~ Chiwetel Ejiofor
Based upon the acclaimed novel, Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in this beautiful sweeping story of two sisters caught up in the events of the Nigerian civil war, ending in chilling violence which shocked the entire world.
4. SECRET STATE/DVD ~ Gabriel Byrne
After a devastating industrial explosion kills 19 people, Deputy Prime Minister Tom Dawkins (Gabriel Byrne, The Usual Suspects, In Treatment) investigates the cause of the accident and seeks justice for the families of the victims. Matters are complicated with a shocking plane crash involving the Prime Minister, which leaves Chief Whip John Hodder (Charles Dance, Game of Thrones, Bleak House) poising Tom for the appointment of replacement PM. As Hodder's orchestration pits candidates Ros Yellend, Felix Durrell (Rupert Graves, Garrow's Law, Sherlock), and Tom against each other, Tom's mission for retribution becomes muddled as he gets stonewalled by a petrochemical company.
Based on the novel A Very British Coup by Chris Mullins, this four-part series follows Dawkins along a quest for the truth that is mired with financial, diplomatic, and personal hurdles that include a banking scandal, impending war, and his most personal secrets being exploited by journalist Ellis Kane (Gina McKee, The Forsyte Saga, Notting Hill) as political fodder. As Dawkins gets more entwined in unraveling an international conspiracy, he learns to face his challenges with the utmost fortitude as a political leader.