Finchingfield village spotted in new Channel 4 comedy show

EAGLE-EYED viewers noticed that a new Channel 4 comedy show was recently filmed in the area as Midsomer Murders arrived in Essex.

New comedy show Complaints Welcome, hosted by comedian Tom Allen, saw its host visit the village of Finchingfield for a comedy sketch.

Complaints Welcome sees audiences and hosts scrutinize viewers’ increasingly bizarre complaints, with the cast deciding whether the complaints should be dismissed or upheld.

The fun show, which features adult humor, strong language, and in some cases full frontal nudity, has chosen long-running TV series Midsomer Murders as its recent target.

The panel received a complaint that the murder mystery show featured unrealistic and wacky methods of sending characters dead.

Examples included being killed with a block of cheese, being force-fed with pesto, being run over by a stack of newspapers, and being put in a tumble dryer.

Host Tom Allen then featured a cutaway clip that saw him visit “Buckinghamshire”.

However, eagle-eyed viewers may have noticed that the skit was filmed in Finchingfield and not in Buckinghamshire, where the drama was filmed, or in the fictional county of Midsomer where the series is set.

The idyllic village’s green and historic bridge, church, and shops are clearly recognizable when Allen speaks to the camera.

The village appears in the second episode of the first series.

On the show, Tom said, “To find out how unrealistic Midsomer is, I put myself in one of the most dangerous places on the planet.

“Forget Chernobyl, I went to Buckinghamshire.

“So, if the show is to be believed, this place is an absolute death festival.

“Quite risky for Channel 4 to send its cheapest presenter.

“To help with my investigation, I have to walk in among the locals and find out if they think this is an extremely dangerous place to live.”

Tom then asked the puzzled locals who responded that Finchingfield was a great and safe place to live.

The skit continued to see Allen talking to a local real estate agent, with a sign visible in the background showing Braintree and Witham – oops – before showing real absurd death scenes from the show to a forensic expert .

The scene ends with Allen trying to get the villagers to murder him before it is shown that he has killed a man in the village square to fit in.

Complaints Welcome can be viewed online at All 4.

Javier E. Swan