Hey, Midsomer fans! There’s gonna be a whole lotta Nettles going on, starting in a few days, courtesy of public TV stations. As in more Midsomer Murders, encore screenings of a behind-the-scenes documentary, plus exclusive video clips featuring John Nettles.
I had the pleasure of interviewing John Nettles (by phone) when he was a special guest at American Public Television’s annual Fall Marketplace in San Diego last November (alas, the recording of our chat went awry, ergo no article about it), and he is as pleasant and down to earth (and funny!) as his Midsomer Murders character, Tom Barnaby. (Trivia for your next pub quiz: Q: How many pet donkeys does John Nettles and his wife have? A: 2.)
Viewers may get to see a bit of Nettles’ humorous and serious sides when he turns up on public TV stations to share his favorite murder scene, toughest scene to shoot, and more, in support of their pledge drives. Many stations will be integrating this material with the newly-released Midsomer Murders: Series 9 starting 1 March 2015. (Check your local listings.)
UPDATE: The good folks at APT pointed me to this interview that WGBH Director of Programming, Ron Bachman, did with John Nettles at APT’s Fall Marketplace. The actor shares many anecdotes (some hilarious), and you can listen to them via podcast on iTunes.
Not only that, he and several of members of the Midsomer cast and crew, plus author Caroline Graham, return to telly when stations re-air the behind-the-scenes documentary, Midsomer Murders: Super Sleuths.
What’s in store in Series 9? Well, DC (later DS) Ben Jones (Jason Hughes) joins Barnaby as the DCI’s new sidekick, and together they investigate many a gruesome murder, including those committed by way of garrotting, bludgeoning, shooting, stabbing, and poisoning. Guest stars include George Baker (Ruth Rendell Mysteries), Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Sian Phillips (I, Claudius), Julia McKenzie (Agatha Christie’s Marple), Dominic Jephcott (Holby City), Juliet Aubrey (The White Queen), Claire Holman (Inspector Lewis), and Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who), amongst others.
As of this writing, the stations below are confirmed for Midsomer Murders: Series 9, both with and without the John Nettles clips and/or Midsomer Murders: Super Sleuths special.
Midsomer Murders: Series 9 + John Nettles Clips + Super Sleuths Special
Midsomer Murders: Series 9 + John Nettles Clips
Midsomer Murders: Series 9 + Super Sleuths Special
|DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA||Washington, DC|
|NEW JERSEY||Camden, Montclair, New Brunswick, Trenton|
|NEW YORK||Garden City/New York City|
Midsomer Murders: Series 9
|MINNESOTA||Minneapolis, St. Paul|
|UTAH||Salt Lake City|
Stations airing earlier series of Midsomer Murders with the John Nettles clips (and Super Sleuths, where noted with an asterisk) include the following:
For the remaining stations broadcasting Midsomer Murders: Super Sleuths, click here.