Sir Steve Redgrave has officially named a new hire craft from Hobbs of Henley aimed at fans of the ITV series Midsomer Murders from all over the world.

Many of the scenes for the long-running series have been filmed along the Thames and Sir Steve made a cameo appearance in an episode filmed at Henley Royal Regatta.

Midsomer, a Linssen 36.9, is named in recognition of the large number of towns and villages that have featured in the programme, including Henley where the boat will be based. Hirers of the self-drive vessel can follow a ‘Midsomer by Boat’ river trail covering a seven day itinerary between Marlow and Wallingford. 

Pouring champagne over Midsomer’s bow, Sir Steve Redgrave (pictured above left with Hobbs' Managing Director Jonathan Hobbs) said “When I was asked to name the boat I thought ‘is it because I know this stretch of river like the back of my hand, or my new appointment as Regatta Chairman?'

" But no, my appearance in Midsomer Murders seemed to be the key. When I was asked to act in MM. I think they must have seen the name Redgrave and presumed I was from the acting family.”

The launch was hosted by Henley Business School itself a Midsomer Murders location.

Hobbs of Henley is a fifth generation family run boat hire company based in Henley on Thames for 145 years. With 61 vessels, they operate the largest fleet of hire boats on the Thames. ‘Midsomer’ joins sister Linssen motor cruiser Jacqueline.

Henley (filming location for Causton) and many local businesses have featured in Midsomer Murders. Other locations accessible by boat further upriver include Wallingford (the original Causton), Dorchester (Midsomer Newton & Lower Crosby), Warborough (Midsomer Mallow) and Mapledurham House.

Story dated May 26th 2015