A one-off episode of ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders is to be filmed in Denmark and will feature Borgen actress Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (pictured below) and Ann Eleonora Jørgensen, who starred in The Killing.
The Danish Broadcaster DR and Bentley Productions for ITV will join forces this October to film the episode ‘The Killings at Copenhagen’ for the forthcoming 16th series. The episode will be filmed partly in Copenhagen and its surrounding area and in the UK it will return to its first ever murder location – the iconic setting of ‘Badger’s Drift’.
In the story DCI Barnaby [Neil Dudgeon] and DS Nelson [newcomer Gwilym Lee, pictured] travel to Denmark when a body is discovered there that links back to a family who live in Midsomer.
Jo Wright, Executive Producer of Midsomer Murders, says: ‘Midsomer Murders is incredibly popular on prime time Danish television. It is known as “Barnaby” and has been running for 12 years winning 40 per cent of the audience share. The idea to shoot in Denmark came about because we wanted to do something special to mark the 100th episode, and it’s great to be working with DR, producer of the award winning series ‘The Killing’.
Midsomer Murders out of the UK to film. And it is also fantastic to work with Danish actors from the ‘The Killing’ and ‘Borgen’.
Kaare Schmidt, DR’s series acquisitions executive says: ‘Midsomer Murders is a benchmark in television entertainment and Danish viewers favourite programme for more than a decade. It’s an honour and a thrill for us to be able to contribute to the series distinguished line of murder victims and police detectives’.
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Gwilym Lee is the new face to join Midsome Murders following the departure of Jason Hughes as DS Jones. Gwilym will play DS Charlie Nelson the new partner to DCI John Barnaby [Neil Dudgeon] helping to solve the many murders that crop up in the county of Midsomer.
The duo will start filming five new episodes for the sixteenth series of Midsomer Murders at the end of April for transmission on ITV later this year.
Gwilym said today: ‘I am delighted to be joining such a popular and long running series as Midsomer Murders. I have always watched it and can’t wait to start work on it now, as a regular character. It’s a bit of a dream come true and I am even looking forward to the various stunts that lie ahead of me – I know Barnaby doesn’t like jumping into freezing lakes!’.
Neil Dudgeon said: ‘We’ve met and got on really well and I really look forward to working with him this year. It will be good to bring a new character into the series – and keep Barnaby on his toes!’.
Jo Wright, Executive Producer said: ‘We looked long and hard for the right person and feel that Gwilym can bring so much to the new series of Midsomer Murders. I know he is a great choice, and he will work so well alongside Neil Dudgeon’.
Louise Sutton, Producer added: ‘He is a delight to be with, enthusiastic and will be a great addition to the series. It will show a totally new dynamic to the partnership with Barnaby which I am sure the viewers will enjoy.’
Gwilym’s TV credits include: Restless, Fresh Meat; The Hollow Crown, Land Girls, and his many theatre credits include The Promise, Othello, Hamlet, Oedipus and Richard III for the National, RSC, the Crucible and the Donmar, and King Lear on Broadway.