Midsomer Murders: Happy Families | Preview (ITV)

As the owners of Karras Games gather for a murder mystery weekend, the immersive experience takes a puzzling twist when a killer strikes for real. The police’s detective skills are put to the test as they are forced to solve this case on their own.



VICTOR KARRAS has been at the helm of Karras Games for over 50 years, transforming the family run business which create beautifully handmade board games.



Since the Karras family have made their fortune in games, Victor’s pregnant wife ELEANOR decided that to celebrate her husband’s 70th birthday, it only seemed fitting to build such a celebration around a game and so arranged a murder mystery weekend.


Gathering at Hulton Manor, a sprawling edifice on its own island, a storm rages outside adding to the immersive experience of the fictional murder playing out in front of them, until Victor tumbles down the stairs, and is impaled by a life-size Egyptian figure– killing him for real.


As BARNABY and WINTER arrive to investigate, FLEUR informs them that Victor was not killed when impaled by the Anubis but was dead before he hit the ground – he was poisoned with cyanide.


With this, the team reason that it was likely administered in something he ate or drank in the 30 minutes before his death, giving them their window. As Fleur returns to the mainland with Victor’s body, the violent storm washes away the chain ferry, the only means of transportation off the island, marooning Barnaby, WINTER, the remaining family, and most importantly – the killer.


Midsomer Murders returns Sunday at 8pm on ITV.