Fans might expect that the high murder rate in the infamous village of Midsomer would make it the small screen crime capital of the world, but research by the Open University found it was in fact Cabot Cove- the stalking ground of amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher.
Open University statisticians identified the place with the highest murder rate per head of population. The results show that the ITV show Midsomer Murders has an average of 2.6 murders per episode over a series run of eight episodes, meaning 21 murder victims each year.
Assuming "Midsomer County" has the same population as Oxfordshire, where it is filmed, the annual murder rate would be 32 per million (three times more than the real figure).
However, Cabot Cove, a picturesque fishing village on the east coast of the United States, is named as the most deadly place in TV crime fiction, where the number of suspicious deaths was found to have a murder rate of 1 490 per million. That makes it 50 times more deady than Honduras - the real-life murder capital of the world.
The Honduras murder rate is 910 per million - making it the deadliest place on earth. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime there is a violent death every 74 minutes in Honduras which is riddled with drug traffickers and crime gangs.