Midsomer Murders

8:30pm – Sunday, February 26 on ABC1

Teenage vandals smash a stained glass window at Midsomer Priory but the Prioress, Mother Julian (Joanna David) doesn’t want the police involved. However, when Mother Thomas Aquinas (Susan Sheridan) is strangled, Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and Jones (Jason Hughes) must enter their cloistered world.

In Midsomer Malham Father Behan (Michael Colgan), chaplain to the Priory, complains to Barnaby that the nuns have no money but remain reluctant to move out of the Priory.

The nuns are shocked to find that their 17th century French silver altar set worth �60,000 has vanished from the safe. Mother Thomas wanted to sell the silver to help their finances.

Rich kid Duncan Hendred (Jamie Blackley) admits having sex in the convent grounds. He tells police that his trousers containing his new driving licence were stolen by a nun, but he denies stealing the silver. The Hendred family home is opulent, decorated with African masks owned by his father Matthew (George Irving).

8:30pm – Sunday, February 19 on ABC1

A VAT inspector goes missing as he hunts for an illicit cider still responsible for brewing The Beast – a potent hooch. At the Midsomer Abbas spring fayre Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and Jones (Jason Hughes) sample the local cider. Suddenly, Barnaby is violently ill as the body of missing man Peter Slim is found floating in the cider vat.

Orchard owner Silas Trout (Stephen Marcus) is found distilling The Beast but before the detectives can discover who else is involved, Rev Grigor (Greg Hicks) and the temperance mob arrive.

Slim’s car is found near a blood-covered staff and a satchel containing statements from a Swiss bank account. Nearby is a cider mill owned by Anthony Devereux (Patrick Ryecart) complete with a tree shaker – a large hydraulic arm used to harvest apples.

Samuel Quested (Warren Clarke) of The Stag pub, tells fellow publican Will Green (Richard Hawley) of The Apple Tree in Midsomer Herne, that he wants to restore an ancient rite – the Stag.

Jones links the Swiss bank account to Devereux and he admits to import fraud but denies murder. Visiting him in prison, Quested offers Devereux an alibi in return for partnership of his cider mill.

It’s the night of the Stag – when men go in search of women from another village in order to ‘refresh the gene pool’. As the detectives discover Rev Walker (Andrew Havill) dead in his vestry and find their car tyres punctured, they must locate the stag party on foot. Will Barnaby and Jones arrive in time to stop them?

8:30pm – Sunday, February 12 on ABC1

When the body of a farmer is found in the middle of a stone circle in Midsomer Mow suspicion is pointed at local druids. The murdered man, Alex Preston (Justin Shelvin), had planned to plough Gorse Meadow, making Crowcall Circle inaccessible to the group led by high priests Ezra Canning (Alan Williams) and Leticia Clifford (Susan Brown).

Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and Jones (Jason Hughes) are joined in their investigation by new pathologist Kate Wilding.

Local copper Sgt Gibson (Lee Ross) brings Jones up to speed with local gossip – Ezra had been cautioned for issuing threats against Preston.

Meanwhile, the dead man’s widow Eleanor (Claudia Harrison) has disappeared. Later that night, a gutted hare is left on the bloodstone and historian Caradoc Singer (Robert Pugh) tells Barnaby it’s a warning.

Eleanor returns, claiming to have been with friends. However, Sgt Gibson says he saw her car in Causton.

Her phone calls link her to fencing coach Aidan Hardy (Noah Huntley).

At her cottage, Leticia shows Barnaby that sacred ley lines run through the stone circle. Later, she phones Ezra, convinced she has made an exciting discovery. But before she can share her theory, she is stabbed to death.

Evan Jago (Richard Leaf), a poacher and petty thief, attacks Sgt Gibson and disappears after a charity box is stolen from the village pub.

Tonight is the official start of the 2012 ratings survey.

Sunday Night, Seven, 6.30pm
An exclusive with family and friends of Ian “Molly” Meldrum – a victim last year of a tragic accident.

Young Talent Time, Ten, 6.30pm
The fresh cast of young performers hit the stage to celebrate all things ’80s. Expect INXS, Michael Jackson, Guns N’ Roses and more. Plus, the next batch of talent quest acts hits the stage.

The Code, SBS ONE, 8.30pm
A three-part series presented by mathematics expert Professor Marcus du Sautoy as he goes in search of a mysterious code: the numbers, shapes and patterns that govern the world around us. In the first episode, Marcus reveals how significant numbers appear throughout the natural world. They’re part of a hidden mathematical world that contains the rules that govern everything on our planet and beyond.

Midsomer Murders, ABC1, 8.30pm
New series – new episodes. When the body of a farmer is found in the middle of a stone circle in Midsomer Mow, suspicion is pointed at local druids.

Muriel’s Wedding, GEM, 8.30pm
Wow – just as Excess Baggage moves to GO!, GEM plays the movie featuring one of the “celebrities”.

No Strings Attached, showtime, 8.30pm
In this comedy, Natalie Portman stars as Emma and Ashton Kutcher as Adam, life-long friends who almost ruin everything by having sex one morning. In order to protect their friendship, they make a pact to keep their relationship strictly ‘no strings attached. This means no jealousy, no expectations, no fighting, no flowers and no baby voices. It means they can do whatever they want, whenever they want, in whatever public place they want, as long as they don’t fall in love. The questions is can you have sex without love getting in the way and can their friendship survive?

At 6.05pm Sunday Feb 19, is the final of Expedition Tiger. This week, Grand Designs goes to Cornwall, while Midsomer Murders continues at 8.30pm with The Night of The Stag. At 10pm is Too Poor For Posh School which follows 11 sgort-listed candidates who compete for an education at one of the most prestigious schools in the world.

Tuesday Feb 21, sees the launch of new series A Farmer’s Life For Me at 6.00pm which is about Nine British couples with a dream of leaving the rat race, having the opportunity of a lifetime when they compete to win a sensational prize of running a farm in Suffolk for a year.

At 8.30pm, Tuesday Feb 21 is The Wild Ones: Kangaroo Mob where we meet a mob of “street smart” kangaroos moving into Australia’s capital city. At 9.30 Genious features Hairy Bikers and Jane Moore. That is followed by Artscape: Ochre and Ink at 10.00pm.

Wednesday night at 8.00pm is new series Woodley which is a refreshingly original eight-part comedy series Woodley, starring one of Australia’s favourite physical comedians Frank Woodley. Filled with virtuosic physical mayhem, Woodley is an unashamedly romantic comedy series the whole family will enjoy.

Adam Hills continues at 8.30pm, followed by Outland at 9.30pm Wednesday February 22.

Thursday’s (Feb 23) episode of Family Confidential features dashing corporate raider Robert Holmes à Court, The Straits follows at 8.30pm, then Dragon’s Den.

8.30pm Friday night Feb 24 sees the launch of new series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (pictured). Get ready to immerse yourself in the opulent, exciting world of Australia’s leading lady detective Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis), in ABC1′s new 13-part drama series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Phryne (pronounced Fry-nee) is a glamorous and thoroughly modern woman of the 1920s. Our lady sleuth sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger sharp wit.

At 9.30 Friday Feb 24 is Luther while Accused on Saturday Feb 25 is Alison’s Story.

On Sunday Feb 12, at 6.05pm Expedition Tiger continues. After the news, at 7.30pm, is Grand Designs featuring a small property in Herefordshire. At 8.30pm, is the return of Midsomer Murders with new episodes – a show that rates very well for the ABC (read more here). Following that at 10.00pm is Dancing with the Dictators which looks at control over Burma’s media.

On Monday Feb 13, Australian Story at 8pm focused on the story of Di Gilcrist and the hit-and-run accident that took the life of her cyclist husband, Ian Humphrey. Four Corners, Media Watch and Q&A follow.

Tuesday Feb 14, at 8.30pm, is The Wild Ones: Shark Harbour which investigates the rare occurrence of sharks entering Sydney Harbour in 2009. 9.30 is Genius: Russell Howard And Hazel Irvine where celebrity chat meets inspired thinking. 10pm is Jennifer Byrne Presents: Words Aloud – a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing.

Wednesday Feb 15 has the 20th Anniversary Specials of Absolutely Fabulous at 8pm, followed by Adam Hills In Gordon Street Tonight at 8.30. New series Outland is at 9.30pm.

Family Confidential this week, on Thursday Feb 16, looks at the story of Sally and Ernie Dingo. The Straits episode 4 is at 8.30pm, then Dragon’s Den continues at 9.30pm.

Saturday Feb 18 at 6.10pm is a revamp of the series Minder – Minder: In Vino Veritas. Accused at 8.30pm is Kenny’s Story.

8:30pm – Sunday, August 14 on ABC1

Bullard (Barry Jackson) asks Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) to investigate the disappearance of Lucy Oliver (Elizabeth Crarer), the daughter of some friends.

Lucy was a member of the Oblong Foundation, a New Age cult based at Malham Hall. Jones (Jason Hughes) returns from leave, with a beard, and Barnaby seizes the opportunity to send him into the cult, undercover, as new recruit Cosmo Jones.

In return for the favour, Barnaby and Sarah (Fiona Dolman) ask Bullard to help them secure a place for their dog Sykes with Bullard’s sister Millie (Barbara Flynn) who is a very particular dog minder.

Jones and Barnaby soon start digging into an old case involving the death of a couple called the Lamberts in a boat explosion.

What really happened to the Lamberts – and does it have a link to the missing woman?

8:30pm – Sunday, August 7 on ABC1

A 23-year-old woman is drowned in a bath, wrapped in net curtains and made to look like a bride. A chilling lipstick message is written on the mirror.

She wears a ring and a bouquet of cheap flowers is placed on the toilet seat – but murder victim Dianne Price had no plans to marry.

This terrible crime triggers a spate of ghoulish wedding-themed murders in Great Worthy.

The case takes Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and Jones (Jason Hughes) to a donkey sanctuary, a pub run by an ex-copper and former brothel madam, and a heritage steam railway. Could history be repeating itself?

8:30pm – Sunday, July 31 on ABC1

A 23-year-old woman is drowned in a bath, wrapped in net curtains and made to look like a bride. A chilling lipstick message is written on the mirror.

She wears a ring and a bouquet of cheap flowers is placed on the toilet seat – but murder victim Dianne Price had no plans to marry.

This terrible crime triggers a spate of ghoulish wedding-themed murders in Great Worthy.

The case takes Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and Jones (Jason Hughes) to a donkey sanctuary, a pub run by an ex-copper and former brothel madam, and a heritage steam railway. Could history be repeating itself?

8:30pm – Sunday, July 24 on ABC1

The reclusive life of elderly eccentrics William (Edward Fox) and Mary Bingham (Phyllida Law) comes under police scrutiny when a social services investigator is killed.

Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and Jones (Jason Hughes) must unearth generations of family secrets and decipher astronomical charts to find the murderer.

Meanwhile, Barnaby’s wife Sarah (Fiona Dolman) arrives in Midsomer as new head of Causton comprehensive school but deputy Josie Parker (Abigail McKern) seems annoyed at the appointment of an ‘outsider’.