This crime drama has been referred to by some as a New Zealand-ish Midsomer Murders. However, as there have so far been only 12 episodes (three series of four episodes, with a fourth series in the pipeline), the town of Brokenwood has nowhere near as many deaths as Midsomer. The lead characters though are pretty conventional. These are Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea) who has a torrid love live and doesn’t play by the rules; and his partner Detective Kirstin Sims (Fern Sutherland) who does things by-the-book. In the opening episode, Shepherd and Sims investigate the murder of a local farmer, and soon discover that the deceased’s family have had their share of tragedy. The Brokenwood Mysteries is on Drama at 20.00.