Throughout the year there have been plenty of Oxfordshire places, people and stories which have been featured on the small screen.

Oxfordshire towns, buildings and countryside have served as both the inspiration for, and real life locations of, the settings of television programmes.

While people from the county have also been the source of stories and featured on screen.

Clarkson’s Farm

Of course, we could not mention Jeremy Clarkson’s Amazon Prime farming show.

Clarkson’s documentary series focuses on him running Diddly Squat farm in Chipping Norton.

The show was a hit with viewers and has been praised for raising more awareness about the farming industry.

The show has also made a star of Chipping Norton’s own Kaleb Cooper, who told the Oxford Mail in June that he ‘can’t walk through Chippy without being recognised’.

Love Island

This year’s series of Love Island featured two contestants hailing from Oxfordshire.

Bicester girl Chloe Burrows scored second place in the popular reality show, alongside partner Toby Aromolaran.

Earlier in the series Sharon Gaffka, who is from Didcot, made her exit from the show on day 19 when she was dumped from the island.


A prequel to the long-running series Inspector Morse, the show follows a young Morse and is set primarily in Oxford.

The eighth series of the show was filmed in the county between March and June 2021.

It was broadcast from on ITV from September 12 2021 and was set in 1971.

There were three episodes in the series with more than five million viewers tuning in to watch the young Morse in action.  

A Discovery of Witches

This show is a fantasy series based on a book series by Deborah Harkness.

The city of Oxford, Oxford University and Bodleian Library are all settings for scenes and important plot points in the series.  

The second series of the show aired on Sky One from January 8 to March 12.

The Pembrokeshire Murders

Although not set in Oxfordshire, the case of couple from the county who were murdered by killer John Cooper is told through the series.

Peter and Gwenda Dixon, from Witney, were murdered in Little Haven, Pembrokeshire by Cooper on June 29 1989.

Their murder went unsolved for nearly two decades before new technology enabled police to link Cooper to the crime.

The series shows the authories, and families, finally get justice for the couple. 


The third season of crime documentary series Murdertown features an episode focused on Oxford.

Episode 7 examines the case of Vikki Thompson who was brutally attacked while taking her dog for a walk in 1995.

Mark Weston was arrested for the murder of Vikki Thompson, but was acquitted after being found not guilty.

Although new evidence was found by police, they were unable to re-try Weston due to the double jeopardy law, which stops a person from being tried twice for the same crime.

However, a law change lead to Weston being found guilty.

This episode also features the Oxford Mail’s own Digital Audience and Content Editor Fran Way speaking about the case.


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