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John Nettles (born 11 October 1943) is an English actor, best known for playing the leading roles in Midsomer Murders and Bergerac.

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  • The episode Fit For Murder is actor John Nettles’ final appearance as he hands in his police badge after over 80 episodes and 14 years in the starring role as British television’s top detective.
  • More than 250 suspicious deaths have rocked the tranquil surroundings of Midsomer since Barnaby took office. Stabbing and strangulation have been joined by many bizarre murderous methods, including death by poisonous frogs, spontaneous combustion, falling from a doped horse and getting speared by King Neptune’s trident.
  • Some of the top names in British television join John for his final episode. Geraldine James, Lesley Manville, Jason Durr, Ronni Ancona and Shaun Dingwall are among the latest guest stars joining the roll call of almost 1000 famous names who have played killers, victims or red herrings in the drama.

"I wanted to die in noble fashion in the service of my country and then be buried with full military honours in Westminster Abbey. In the event, Tom and his long-suffering wife Joyce will simply retire. It’s always better to leave when people want more.

Barnaby has been a great character to play; he’s an island of calm surrounded by death and destruction. I think the hundreds of murders he has solved more than meets the targets of modern policing!

It has been a joy to be involved in such a long running series, with so many good actors and great storylines. If Neil has half the good times that I have had on Midsomer then he will be in seventh heaven. I am only worried that he is much younger than I am and a much better actor!"

– John Nettles

"The departure of John Nettles from Midsomer Murders marks the end of an era, as the series grew from a single, pilot episode to become one of the best-known and most-watched TV dramas in the world.

Although we will miss the huge contribution that John has made to the series, the brand of Midsomer is so strong that I am confident of its continuing success. We look forward to our new Barnaby tackling more murder and mayhem in Midsomer.

Having said that, Barnaby’s final scene is a very emotional one, and there was scarcely a dry eye when we finished filming. I’m sure it will touch a chord with John’s many fans in the UK and around the world, but it’s a tribute to the brilliant actor and great gentleman that he is, that the handover to Neil Dudgeon is so seamless."

– Producer Brian True-May