Midsomer Murders' John Nettles

Tea Time Tidbit for the week of August 20, 2018

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Nettles and friend

Fan of Midsomer Murders and Midsomer’s Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, played by John Nettles, are in for a treat on Friday, August 24th when we’ll be airing a special program in which Nettles reflects upon his 13 seasons of life in Midsomer Country. A Midsomer Conversation with John Nettles airs at 9:45pm, following two back-to-back episodes of Midsomer Murders at 8pm.

Nettles left Midsomer in 2011 and although the 73-year-old actor appeared in season 2 and the first episode of season 3 of Poldark, Nettles now seems to be living the life of a retiree. Last month for instance, he attended an Open House for the Devonshire horse rescue and rehoming charity, Mare & Foal Sanctuary, of which he is patron.

“Being Patron of the Sanctuary is the biggest role I’ve ever played,” said Nettles. “The people who look after them are without exception splendid people who work tirelessly, brilliantly for the good of the horses.”

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Animal lover Nettles

Nettles’ love of animals was reportedly passed onto him by his parents. As Nettles once said in an interview, “they thought animals should be treated well and I’ve had a love for them ever since.”

At the time of that interview, a couple of years ago, Nettle’s had quite the menagerie – his pets included seven equines, one dog, three cats, half a dozen chickens, two geese and an assortment of “wild things that have taken refuge with us.”

Nettles grew up not far from Devon in St. Austell in Cornwall, and although he attended Southampton University to study history and philosophy, he eventually embarked upon a theatrical career.

Nettles and his wife still live in Devon, having returned there in order that they’d have enough space to house their donkeys and horses. Their two grandchildren live with Nettle’s daughter by his first wife, on the island of Jersey, where Nettle’s filmed the series that made him famous – Bergerac, which ran from 1981 to 1991.

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