July 21, 2009

CHANGE IS BAD:

Interview: John Nettles on Midsomer Murders: As Midsomer Murders returns to ITV1 its star John Nettles reveals why DCI Barnaby will soon be investigating his final murder. (Clive Morgan, 17 Jul 2009, Daily Telegraph)

Television detectives of a certain age are fast becoming an endangered species. John Thaw’s Inspector Morse is gone, if not forgotten, Detective Chief Inspector Jack Frost (David Jason) is retiring and now charismatic DCI Tom Barnaby, the old-fashioned sleuth in ITV1’s Midsomer Murders, is preparing to bow out.

‘It’s the end of an era for me,’ says John Nettles, who plays Barnaby, ‘and while I’m very sad to be handing in Barnaby’s police badge, he has solved some 200 murders, which I think meets the targets of modern policing.’

However the decision to quit was not an easy one for the 65-year-old actor and former Bergerac star. ‘I suddenly realised that I’m going to be the oldest detective in the business now that David Jason has thrown off the mantle,’ he says. ‘But it was a very difficult decision to make. I’ll have been doing Midsomer Murders for 14 years by the time Barnaby leaves. I’ve formed familial ties with the people involved in the show and they will be hard to break.’


There are a few even older dogs on the very amusing New Tricks, Amanda Redman: The laughing policemen are back in New Tricks (Kate Whiting, 7/13/09, Wrexham Chronicle)
Viewing figures for repeats of the BBC One show regularly leave prime-time programmes trailing in the dust and New Tricks star Amanda Redman thinks she knows why.

Glamorous in a pale silk top with her blonde hair in a neat bob, set off by a deep tan, Redman, who turns 50 in August, explains: "We get really positive feedback from real officers, saying that out of all the police dramas on television, we're the most true to what they know happens in real life.

"They say the banter and the humour is absolutely correct as well as the police procedure - we're really strict on that."

She's right about the quality of the banter. The chemistry between the four main characters - DS Sandra Pullman (Redman) and retired police officers Jack Halford (James Bolam), Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman) and Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong) keeps viewers entertained.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 21, 2009 7:39 AM
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