The rural countryside of a fictional county in England provides the backdrop for this long-running crime series based on the novels of Caroline Graham. A lush visual style, quirky characters, and ubiquitous red herrings recall classic public television British mysteries of the past. At the center of the investigations is Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles), who, along with his partner, solves cases involving homicide, blackmail, greed, and betrayal.

On CPTV: Fridays at 8 p.m.