Midsomer Murders cast member Neil Dudgeon, 59, has divulged that he is hoping to film more scenes with Fiona Dolman, 50, who plays his character DCI John Barnaby’s other half Sarah Barnaby. When quizzed on any changes or developments he would like to see for his role in the ITV series, Neil exclusively told Express.co.uk that the actress is “great fun to work with”.
However, the actor admitted it can be “quite difficult” to get his on-screen wife involved in other aspects of the storyline outside of John Barnaby’s home life.
Neil explained: “It’s quite difficult, but the thing I always like is when Fiona, who plays Mrs Barnaby, is more involved, because she tends to be only in for like a day or two for the scenes in the house and when we can find ways of her being involved in other aspects of the story.
“So there was one in the last series I think about a steeple chase run through the countryside and she became a part of that, so she was in other scenes.”
Neil went on to say he would also like the couple’s dog, Sykes, to get more of a starring role in the series.
Midsomer Murders’ Neil Dudgeon in admission about on-screen wife
Neil Dudgeon said he loves filming with Fiona Dolman and their on-screen dog
He added: “I always like it when they can work her into the story a bit more because she’s great and great fun to work with and the dog as well.”
Neil also shared some of his other favourite parts of being part of Midsomer Murders and revealed producers are “always on the lookout for the most bizarre deaths” for the series.
He said: “We’re always on the lookout for the most bizarre deaths to work into the show because I think they’re a great high point to the series, the strange and bizarre deaths and the more twisty the story is the more I like it and the more eccentric and bizarre and outlandish.”
In spite of his love of the show’s surprising crimes, Neil insisted they can’t get too “silly”
Neil Dudgeon explained he wants his on-screen wife to have more of a role in Midsomer Murders
Neil Dudgeon has always been a Midsomer Murders fan
He continued: “You can’t get silly with it, you’ve got to kind of make a background story for why if something extraordinary happens.
“You’ve got to kind of have the background story that kind of justifies you getting to this extraordinary point where a UFO crashes in the woods or something.
“You’ve got to kind of build up to it and then you’ve got to explain it or it’s just mad, it can’t happen, you’ve got to find a way of working everything into the story and that’s a great challenge for the writers I think.”
Neil explained he has always been a big fan of the drama, even before he was cast in the role.
He revealed: “I spent 13 years watching the show as a fan before I was in it so I’m just as much still a fan of the show as anyone else is I think.
“It’s made me think of a downside to the show of course, which is that I can’t now watch a new episode and think hey, I wonder what’s going to happen here, who did it? Because I’m in it so I know!
“It spoils the episode for me, so that’s the downside, it’s spoiled watching Midsomer Murders for me! I just know what’s going to happen.”
As a result of his passion for the show, Neil reassured fans that he couldn’t see himself moving on from the cast unless he “decides to retire” from acting.
He candidly said: “I can’t imagine why I would voluntarily give it up.
“As long as one remains hale and hearty and able to do it and as long as there’s demand for the show and people want the show done.
“If I decided to retire or give up the business or something then I might want to stop doing anything at all but I can’t imagine I’d stop doing Midsomer in order to carry on acting doing something else because everything for me would kind of be a step down from doing Midsomer so I think I don’t have any plans to hand in my badge and my truncheon just yet.”
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Midsomer Murders airs tonight from 5.20pm to 11pm on ITV3.