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CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: To bee or not to bee killed? Why in Midsomer, the puns are lethal

CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: To bee or not to bee killed? Why in Midsomer, the puns are lethal

CHRISTOPHER STEVENS evaluations the weekend’s TV: To bee or not to bee killed? Why in Midsomer, the puns are lethal

Midsomer Murders

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Queen Elizabeth: Love, Honour And Crown 

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Frank Muir, the dapper humorist by no means seen with out his pipe and pink bow tie, used to inform a narrative about an Inuit fisherman who felt the chilly.

Regardless of how he wrapped himself up in sealskins, the poor fellow spent every single day huddled in his canoe together with his tooth chattering. So he determined to set up a wooden range in the prow.

Consequence — catastrophe. The boat caught fireplace and sank, and the unfortunate Inuit was become a smoked iceberg. The ethical, stated Frank, was plain: you may’t have your kayak and warmth it.

Muir, who died in 1998, would have liked writing for Midsomer Murders (ITV), the place wordplay is lethal. Each pun leaves a sufferer.

DCI Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon, front)u00A0never does any detecting in Midsomer Murders

DCI Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon, entrance) by no means does any detecting in Midsomer Murders

The most recent episode in this 24-year-old present started with apiarist Griff Rhys Jones getting bashed on the head in a honeycomb maze by a maniac in a beekeeper’s veil. He survived, just for the assassin to make a second try, this time by dumping him certain and gagged in a sarcophagus and embalming him in honey.

Griff, alias Dr Deddington, obtained off frivolously. The native physician (Renee Citadel) was smeared in bee pheromones and stung to loss of life by a rogue swarm, whereas an unwelcome townie (Aaron Anthony) obtained jabbed with a syringeful of bee venom earlier than a barrel of beeswax turned him right into a 6 ft candle.

DCI Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) was unimpressed. He wears the perpetual grimace of a person who can’t see the level of cryptic clues and double meanings. Native oddbod Melissa Deddington (Jacquetta Could) was buzzing round him, making an attempt to convey the killer’s names via Shakespearean allusions, however Barna-bee was having none of it.

Defective tower of the weekend:

Decorators sprucing up Delgatie Citadel in Scotland on Rent My Residence (C4) discovered the earlier proprietor had constructed bookcases over the home windows. Basil Fawlty, livid if friends wished a room with a view, would approve.

He by no means does any detecting. Every clue is examined with distaste and discarded. Barnaby is aware of that, if he scowls for lengthy sufficient, the killer will surrender and are available ahead unprompted to clarify all the puns. 

Pathologist Fleur (Annette Badland) provides to his distress and ours with a sequence of excruciating jokes. ‘Kill or bee killed,’ she stated. ‘Buzz off and let me get again to work.’ ‘Bee off with you.’

The solid undergo the motions, following the system and ready in line to be got rid of as if they’re queuing for his or her Covid vaccine. 

Often, somebody is caught appearing — former Play Away favorite Derek Griffiths frothed and raged as the mad vicar, as if he had been auditioning for a Hammer Horror. This bee-hiviour is discouraged (sorry, it is catching).

Nonetheless, an invite to seem is thought to be a praise, and Holly Willoughby was delighted final week when Neil requested her on This Morning to participate in the subsequent sequence. Little question Holly will seem in the Christmas particular, strangled with ivy by a serial killer referred to as Carol.

Simply as formulaic was the rehash of royal historical past in Queen Elizabeth: Love, Honour And Crown (C4). Speaking head Piers Brendon was good worth, although. He claimed the Duke of Edinburgh was caught climbing over a wall at Buckingham Palace after a late night time in Soho in the Fifties, and described Prince Andrew as ‘a couple of sandwiches in need of a picnic in phrases of mind’.

However there was little right here that followers of The Crown on Netflix do not know by coronary heart. We heard about Princess Margaret’s ill-fated affair with Group Captain Peter Townsend, and why Prince Charles might need been happier at Eton than Gordonstoun.

In accordance to hearsay, Prince Philip chased the Queen Mom, out of Buckingham Palace and off to Clarence Home, by ordering the central heating to be turned off in her residences. It is an amusing story, however whether or not it is true is one other matter.


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