Sleepy Midsomer is set to be rocked by revelations that one of its top detectives is not retiring, as reported throughout the media, but has been fired.
The Spoof has been shown internal documents from the Midsomer Constabulary HQ at Causton that reveal Det Ch Insp Tom Barnaby has really been given the push after failing to impress his superiors.
Authorities had told the media that DCI Barnaby was retiring after the latest series of Midsomer Murders, in which cameras follow his investigations. The new series begins airing tonight (Sept 8).
However the confidential documents tell a story of increasing despair in the constabulary's CID with Barnaby's handling of his many murder cases.
"We note with concern the direction of the current investigation," says one memo dated April 1, 2008. "DCI Barnaby's case involved investigating a body found in a brewery... the case now concerns four murders of the same family."
Another document, from two years earlier, says: "Barnaby had a satisfactory conclusion to the ... case - he got a conviction and the murderer was sent down for life. However, what started out as a simple hit-and-run resulted in two more murders."
A source inside the constabulary said: "It looks like the top brass have tired of the increasing body count in the manor. Barnaby simply had to go."