Nettles Lined Up For New Drama With Midsomer Producer

June 3, 2010 by  
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Just as John Nettles is finishing up his final investigation in the blood-soaked hamlet of Midsomer, ITV are lining him up another role for him, possibly as a “justice of the peace” in another country village.

The actor is about to film a farewell episode of Midsomer Murders after 13 years as Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, but his producer Brian True-May is developing a new project for his leading man with the working title Country Matters.

“I’ve got one of our top Midsomer writers, Michael Aitkens, working on it, in collaboration with ITV who are very keen,” True-May told The Guardian.

“We’re hoping to start something next spring. John will probably be a justice of the peace and he won’t be Mr Ordinary living in an ordinary house. He’ll probably be much more middle class, living in a country mansion in a farm area.”

Midsomer Murders fans should not panic however, Neil Dudgeon will begin filming the fourteenth series in July taking the lead as Barnaby’s cousin, Det Chief Insp John Barnaby.

When asked if he was going to bother approaching the BBC with his new project True May replied: “No, I don’t want to alienate the BBC but I’ve given up working for them a long time ago. There’s too many chiefs and not enough Indians.”