Dastardly Deeds in a Cosy Setting; ONE TO WATCH

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Midsomer Murders: Work can be murder for Daniel Casey. For the past six years he has appeared as Sergeant Gavin Troy in Midsomer Murders, a likeable tale of homicide in picturesque settings. It's a long way from his early days treading the boards in another tale of crime and punishment - with splurge guns. Casey was born in Stockton on Tees and caught the acting bug after appearing in a stage production of Bugsy Malone at the age of 14. ``I knew when I was rehearsing that it was what I wanted to do. As soon as I walked on stage it just felt like home.''

Fast forward a few years and after appearing in acclaimed BBC drama Our Friends in the North, he got the call to appear with John Nettles in Midsomer Murders. It seemed like a nice little job but few of the cast thought it would still be going after six years. The adventures of Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) and Sergeant Gavin Troy touched a chord with millions who wanted a break from the gritty style of NYPD Blue or more home grown offerings such as The Bill. So what is it that keeps Daniel coming back for more? ``It's the series itself, I think. It's a kind of modern day morality tale. It's a contemporary programme but it has a 1950s feel about it.

``It inhabits a kind of netherworld that doesn't really exist.'' And playing the same role for six years, he's bound to have an affection for his character. ``Troy's good fun. …