Lucky 13 for Nettles as Drama Plays on; the Actor Has Signed Up to Be Inspector Barnaby Once More - after Starring in 12 Series MIDSOMER MURDERS SUNDAY, STV, 8pm
Byline: BY CHRISTINE SMITH
He is one of the country's most popular TV detectives and even counts the Queen as a fan.
So her Maj will be pleased to hear Midsomer Murders star John Nettles has no plans to give up the show, which starts its 12th series this week.
John, 64, who first shot to fame as Jim Bergerac in the 1980s, says he loves playing Inspector Tom Barnaby in ITV's hit drama, which sees him solve complex murder cases against the backdrop of Britain's beautiful countryside.
"I really enjoying playing Tom," says Nettles at the launch party for the new series. "I prefer him to Bergerac because he's more grown-up. He's not dysfunctional in any way and I definitely think the show has matured as it has gone on.
"The writing gets better and as long as I can stagger in to work, then I will carry on.
I have signed up to do a 13th series."
In the first of four new cases, entitled 'Bloodbath Wedding', Barnaby is called out to investigate the death of a bride's maid of honour on her wedding day.
It coincides with the marriage preparations of Barnaby's own daughter and fans will be left on tenterhooks to find out whether he can solve the crime and be on time to walk daughter Cully down the aisle.
"Filming this episode was very moving," admits Nettles. "I have a daughter too. I gave her away to a much better man than myself and it was very touching. Fathers aren't supposed to cry but they do.
And I did."
John thinks the reason why Midsomer Murders is so popular is because it combines great murder plots with human stories.
He says: "It's getting to the stage where we are character-led now and you're not just concerned with the mechanical plot, like a crossword.
"I think it's important to have humanity. …