Ferabbee’s Circus has come to Swynton Magna, the village in Midsomer County where Joe (Jason Watkins), the owner of the circus, grew up with his now estranged brother Curtis (Neil Stuke), who still lives in the village. Soon after the arrival, evil clown sightings are not only scaring the inhabitants of Swynton Magna but Inspector Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) must also face one of his biggest fears.
Not all that glitters is gold at Ferabbee’s – the circus is in deep financial trouble. Harry (Andrew Gower), Joe’s son, has plans to modernize the acts but his ideas fall on deaf ears, and clown Groucho (Kevin Eldon) wants to take on a better offer and leave the circus. The pressure is high on the remaining circus staff when things take a turn for the worse, and one of their own is killed in the circus ring.
Inspector Barnaby, his partner DS Jamie Winter (Nick Hendrix) and pathologist Fleur Perkins (Annette Badland) have their work cut out for them as the list of suspects is long and everyone in Swynton Magna has their dark secrets: who is Curtis’ attractive wife Freya (Lorraine Burroughs) having an affair with and what is going on in young Mostyn Cartwright’s (Andrew Knott) basement?
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They also had the following information about Andrew’s character Harry Ferabbee and about Andrew himself:
Who is Harry Ferabbee? Harry is Joe’s son who works with him at the circus, but is frustrated and worried by their dramatically falling trade. He thinks that their brand needs a major revamp, but his father routinely dismisses his ideas.
What else has Andrew Gower been in? He is probably best known for playing Charles Stuart in the second season of time travel drama Outlander, but has also appeared on BBC One hit Poldark and big-budget Amazon fantasy series Carnival Row.
Andrew Gower‘s Midsomer Murders episode “Send in the Clowns” will finally make its debut on British television. ITV will show the episode on Tuesday, 14 January 2020, at 8pm.
Things take a gruesome turn when Ferabbees Circus comes to town, bringing with it a chain of sinister clown sightings, threatening notes and deathly dangerous circus acts. Barnaby has to face up to his fears in order to solve the case.
British television network ITV will air another episode of season 20 of popular crime drama Midsomer Murders in the new year. Episode 20×05 “Till Death Do Us Part” will air on Monday, 6 January 2020 at 8:30pm.
According to websites TV Maze and TV Wise, Andrew Gower‘s episode “Send in the Clowns” is scheduled to air on Tuesday, 14 January 2020 at 8:00pm. Fingers crossed this turns out to be true!
Unfortunately, there is no more news regarding Andrew Gower‘s Midsomer Murders episode 20×06 “Send in the Clowns” and a potential transmission date on ITV in the UK. Along with episode 20×05 “Till Death Do Us Part” it has not been broadcast yet on the British network.
We regret that we aren’t able to share better news with you but will keep you posted as soon as we have further information. We hope a lot of you will be able to watch Andrew’s episode on BritBox or DVD at least.
German TV broadcaster ZDF has an early Christmas present for all fans of popular British crime drama Midsomer Murders as they just announced the release of all six episodes of S20, including Andrew Gower‘s episode “Send in the Clowns”.
Das ZDF hat die Premiere der 20. Staffel von „Inspector Barnaby“ (OT: „Midsomer Murders“) für Sonntag, den 22. Dezember um 22.15 Uhr angekündigt. Den Anfang macht der erste von insgesamt sechs neuen Folgen mit dem Titel „Mord nach altem Rezept“. Zuschauer mit digitalem TV-Empfang können wahlweise die deutschen Synchronisation oder in den englischen Originalton wählen.
(ZDF has announced the premiere of Season 20 of “Inspector Barnaby” (OT: Midsomer Murders) for Sunday, 22 December at 10:15pm. The first of a total of six new episodes will be “Mord nach altem Rezept” (“Murder Following an Old Recipe” / “The Ghost of Causton Abbey”). Viewers with access to digital TV can choose between a German dubbed version and the original English one.)
If ZDF follows their usual pattern and shows one episode per week, they will air on these dates:
Streaming service BritBox, which was formerly only available in the USA and Canada, has now fully launched in the UK, as a collaboration between the BBC and ITV with additional context by Channel 4 and Channel 5.
Included in your BritBox subscription, set at £5.99 a month, are also the so far unaired episodes of Midsomer Murders‘ latest season, 20×05 “Till Death Do Us Part” and Andrew Gower‘s episode 20×06 “Send in the Clowns”.
According to TV Wise, these episodes “wont air on ITV for several months”. If you don’t want to wait for so long, you can also subscribe to BritBox for free for 30 days, so this might be an option for you.
You can also always have a look at our Gallery with screencaps from the episode if neither option tickles your fancy.
According to actor Ryan Hayes‘s Instagram, who will play Constable Hatch in Andrew‘s upcoming fantasy-noir series Carnival Row, the Amazon Prime production is in its final stages! The actor was called in for an ADR (automated dialogue replacement) session which is usually done towards the end of the editing and post-production process.
Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne will star in the series that is scheduled to be released later this year.
With his roles in the upcoming final season of Poldark, Carnival Row and his guest appearance on Midsomer Murders, fans of Andrew Gower really have a lot to look forward to this year!
Thanks to the Radio Times we can now confirm that series 20 of British detective drama Midsomer Murders will return to ITV on Sunday 19 May 2019! ITV had previously only shown the first two episodes before giving the time slot to period drama Victoria.
Although only episode 3 “Drawing Dead” shows up on their website, it also says “episode 3 of 6”, so we’re hoping that there won’t be another hiatus and all four remaining episodes of S20, including Andrew‘s episode “Send in the Clowns” will be shown. He is joined by fellow Outlander alumni Annette Badland (series regular), Richard Rankin (“The Lions of Causton”) and Being Human‘s Jason Watkins (“Send in the Clowns”).
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.
According to the Radio Times, tonight’s episode of Midsomer Murders‘ season 20 “Death of the Small Coppers” is the last one, ITV will be airing for now. The time slot will be taken over by Coronation Street and the new season of historical drama Victoria.
There’s no information as to when Midsomer Murders (including Andrew’s episode “Send in the Clowns”) will return to British TV.
The first two episodes of Midsomer Murders series 20 air in March 2019 […]. A further four feature-length episodes will be scheduled later in 2019, completing the six-episode run.
Great to hear post-productions is going well and that we should be able to see Running Naked later in 2019. Together with the release of Midsomer Murders (UK premiere), Poldark and Carnival Row, this is shaping up to be a great year for all of Andrew’s fans!
Mirror Online mentioned the return of Midsomer Murders to British television next month in an article about “Famous faces” who’ve been killed in the show over the years, and it was also confirmed by Annette Badland via her Twitter account.
ITV was unable to confirm the news or give a certain air date upon inquiry but they didn’t deny the news either. (ETA2: The launch of season 20 on 10 March 2019 is now confirmed!)
Thank you for your email regarding series 20 of Midsomer Murders and delighted you are such a fan of the series.
I am afraid we are not in a position to confirm a schedule date for the above programme at this time as we can only confirm schedule dates 10 days in advance. It will of course be advertised nearer the time, please keep an eye on our website below and listing magazines for further updates.
As always, we’ll keep you updated as soon as we learn more!
ETA: Please note that the following is only pure speculation at this point!
Last year season 19 held the Sunday 8pm time slot which is currently occupied by the new season of Endeavour. According to IMDb and epguides season 6 of Endeavour has 4 episodes which places the airdate of the last episode on 3 March 2019 leaving the time slot free for Midsomer Murders to take starting 10 March 2019.
Andrew’s French fans can catch his Midsomer Murders episode “Send in the Clowns” (Inspecteur Barnaby “Faîtes entrer les clowns”) tonight at 9pm on France3.
Un clown maléfique terrorise les habitants de Swynton Magna depuis l’arrivée du cirque Ferabbee’s. Barnaby et Winter se rendent sur place afin de mettre fin aux agissements du mauvais plaisant. Leur enquête prend un tour dramatique lorsqu’un clown abat accidentellement son partenaire en pleine représentation. Fleur découvre bientôt que le clown n’est pas l’auteur du coup de feu fatal. Le cirque et son propriétaire semblent être l’objet d’une véritable campagne d’intimidation, d’autant que le terrain sur lequel il est installé est l’enjeu d’un conflit entre deux frères ennemis. […]
La dernière enquête inédite d’Inspecteur Barnaby, c’est ce dimanche 03 Février sur France 3. L’épisode sera ensuite disponible en replay et en streaming sur france.tv.
According to stuff.co.nzMidsomer Murders returns to Prime in New Zealand on 19 January 2019. If a new episode is shown every week, Andrew’s episode “Send in the Clowns” should air on Saturday, 23 February 2019.
ETA: “Send in the Clowns” might air at a later day as the Midsomer Murders broadcast seems to be delayed by a rugby live transmission.
We’ll update this page as soon as we know more!
Air dates for Midsomer Murders season 20 on Prime:
20×01 The Ghost of Causton Abbey: 19 January 2019, 7:30pm
20×02 Death of the Small Copper: 2 February 2019, 7:30pm
20×03 Drawing Dead: 9 February 2019, 7:30pm
20×04 The Lions of Causton: 16 February 2019, 7:30pm
20×05 Till Death Do Us Part: 23 February 2019, 7:30pm
News reached us that Season 20 of Midsomer Murders (including Andrew’s episode “Send in the Clowns”) is also shown in Belgium and The Netherlands.
Unfortunately the information that NPO1 in the Netherlands airs the episodes every Wednesday evening only reached us this morning – the morning after “Send in the Clowns” was broadcast! Good news is that the episode is still available online if you missed it or would like to watch it again!
This week you can still catch Andrew’s Outlander co-star Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield MacKenzie) in episode 20×04 “The Lions of Causton” which means Andrew’s episode 20×06 “Send in the Clowns” should air on 21 October with repeats in the following week.
This completely slipped our radar but Andrew Gower was not only cast in an episode for popular British detective drama Midsomer Murders, his episode was already released on BritBox and AcornTV in the US and Canada.
Andrew plays Harry Ferabbee in season 20, episode 6 “Send in the Clowns”.
Things take a gruesome turn when Ferraees Circus comes to town, bringing with it a chain of sinister clown sightings, threatening notes and deathly dangerous circus acts. Barnaby will have to face up to his fears in order to solve the case.