midsomer_2017ITV has announced that a new sidekick will join DCI John Barnaby when popular crime drama Midsomer Murders returns next year.

Joining Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) for the six feature length episodes is Nick Hendrix (Marcella, The Crown) as DS Jamie Winter.

Commenting on his arrival in the show, Hendrix said: “I’m genuinely thrilled to join this bastion of British TV. It’s a real privilege to be part of a hugely successful and much loved show and I am looking forward to stepping into the wonderful world of Midsomer.”

Returning for the 19th series of the successful drama, made by Bentley Productions (part of All3media) for transmission in 2017, are Manjinder Virk as pathologist Dr Kam Karimore and Fiona Dolman as Sarah Barnaby.

Storylines this series will include a deserted village full of secrets, an extreme Neighbourhood Watch, a cricket festival and a rabbit and guinea pig show…

Jo Wright, executive producer, said: “All the team here at Bentley feel it’s a great privilege to be filming the latest series of Midsomer Murders,  and especially to welcome the talented Nick Hendrix to the family.  We are sure he will help Neil Dudgeon keep as many people as possible safe on the dangerous streets of Midsomer County. “