Unfortunately, not even DigitalSpy can answer these questions for sure. In their article they discuss the reasons why beloved British procedural Midsomer Murders disappeared so quickly after only two episodes of Series 20 aired in its home country.
Midsomer fans watching on ITV had already endured a lengthy wait before getting to enjoy the latest episodes: series 20 only launched in the UK in March of this year, but all six episodes have been available in the US through the streaming services Acorn TV and BritBox since May 2018.
British TV shows being released in the US first before being broadcast in the UK is not unprecedented: ITV’s Victoria, the show that coincidentally replaced Midsomer Murders on Sunday nights, was also shown stateside first. DigitalSpy also admits that the 10-month wait British Midsomer Murder fans had to suffer are “unusual”.
In a statement to Digital Spy, an ITV spokesperson said: “Each Midsomer Murders film is a self-contained story and consequently it gives us the flexibility to play as special episodes in the schedule rather than as a series.”
ITV keeps quiet about when we might expect to see the remaining four episodes but Victoria’s series finale will air on 12 May which leaves the Sunday time slot open again. Unfortunately, this is no guarantee that we will get to Andrew‘s episode “Send in the Clowns” (the last in the series) anytime soon.