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The Life of Riley actor will play the cousin of John Nettles' character when he takes the reins of the long-running drama, ITV has confirmed.
Feb 09, 2010
Neil Dudgeon Replaces John Nettles on Midsomer Murders
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The Life of Riley actor will play the cousin of John Nettles' character when he takes the reins of the long-running drama, ITV has confirmed. When John Nettles announced plans to retire early last year he'd been in Midsomer Murders for over a decade. For many fans his character, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby,...

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Midsomer Murders star John Nettles character will reportedly not be killed off when the actor retires from the show.
Jun 29, 2009
No murder for Midsomer star Nettles

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Midsomer Murders star John Nettles character will reportedly not be killed off when the actor retires from the show.

The 65-year-old Bergerac actor is retiring as DCI Tom Barnaby in the much loved ITV drama and is due to film his final scenes in August next year.

Producer Brian True-May told the Daily Express: "John will bow out in a normal episode, his character DCI Tom Barnaby won't be executed or have his head chopped off."

The producer believes the show will continue to be popular with viewers after Nettles' departure, and the team are already considering who could fill his shoes.

He said: We do have someone in mind already to replace John who is almost 95 per cent certain to be cast - but I'm not saying who at the moment."

Did you notice that it's Christmas? No? Well, this weekend's TV scheduling will certainly let you know. Here's the best of the Christmas-themed shows on this weekend!
Dec 21, 2011
What to Watch: Christmastime

Our guide on what Christmas-themed programs to watch on Aussie TV during the Christmas weekend.

The 2010 ratings season is over, and what a year it was!
Nov 28, 2010
Who won the 2010 TV ratings?

Seven, Nine and TEN are all claiming victories -- but who is the real winner?

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Jul 17, 2010
Taggart Returns, But For How Long?

There's clearly something compelling about Taggart: it's captivated audiences from across the world, aired over 100 episodes, and is quickly approaching its 26th season. Time has moved on since it first aired in 1983 though, and with so much crime competition now vying for its viewing figures the Scottish detective series has to up its game when it returns to ITV1 this Sunday.

The first murder is that of a troubled gambler. Your instincts tell you his debts cost his life, but it can't be that simple can it? Actually, the motive is completely transparent and there are slim pickings as to the identity of the killer. Despite this, viewers are suitably--and at times too obviously--misguided about who's behind it all.

Nothing's changed though: the set up, the storylines, and the team dynamics are the same. Taggart has done nothing to set itself apart from ...

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Don't want to watch the World Cup? There are alternatives...
Jun 11, 2010
The Alternative World Cup Guide, Part One

Don't want to watch the World Cup? There are alternatives...

For one month, the beautiful game will dominate television but there are plenty of escape options if your idea of pleasurable viewing isn't watching grown men hoof leather spheres into each other's nets. So, especially for World Cup widows and other outcasts, here's TV.com's best-of-the-rest round up.

France vs Uruguay kicks off this Friday at 7pm on BBC1. For the disinterested, there's this instead:

On E4 at 8pm, catch the repeat of Monday's Glee. It's the hilarious funk-themed episode where Mr. Shuster decides the way to beat Vocal Adrenaline is to remind them that they lack soul. Cue much funky stuff strutting from New Direction.

Not a fan of show choir? Well then, how about a double dose of Bones on Sky One? Series five runs again again from the beginning ...

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Scottish viewers will be able to watch the police drama despite STV axing it; Midsomer Murders, Lewis and Kingdom also cut from STV schedule.
Jul 22, 2009
ITV3 gives Scots second chance with The Bill
ITV3 has changed its schedule to include The Bill so that Scottish viewers don't miss out following the show's cancellation by ITV's franchise holder in the region, STV.
John Nettles has said he is quitting Midsomer Murders because he didn't want to be the oldest detective left on television.
Jul 06, 2009
John Nettles on quitting Midsomer

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John Nettles has said he is quitting Midsomer Murders because he didn't want to be the oldest detective left on television.

The former Bergerac star films his final scenes in August next year after 14 years as Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby in the hit ITV drama, and told The Sun he was inspired by David Jason quitting A Touch Of Frost.

John, 65, said: "I have been doing it for 13 years, and that's a long time; now David Jason has thrown off his mantle as Frost I realised I would be the oldest detective in the business."

He added: "People are dying around me and so before the grim reaper comes knocking on my door I want to try some other things."

John revealed he wanted his character to be killed off ...

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The countdown to Christmas has begun, and in the runup to the big day many of our favourite shows will be celebrating with seasonal specials and returns. Which festive treat will you tune in for?

Dec 03, 2008
Christmas Crackers 2008

The countdown to Christmas has begun, and in the runup to the big day many of our favourite shows will be celebrating with seasonal specials and returns. Which festive treat will you tune in for?

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Doctor Who, The Next Doctor

Thursday 25 December, 6 p.m.
BBC1

It's Christmas Eve 1851 and there are two doctors in town. David Tennant is joined by a second Time Lord, played by James Morrissey, in a quest to free the world from the clutches of the Cybermen and save Christmas day.

Midsomer Murders, Days of Misrule

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ITV1

DCI Tom Barnaby and DS Ben Jones have no time to celebrate this Christmas after there's an explosion at a haulage yard and a man's body is found floating in a lake. Will they be able to solve the ...

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Lots of new shows debut on TV this week, and plenty of your favorites are back, too. But if you still haven't had your fill of the small screen, you may find something among this week's list of DVD releases. Check out the second season of My Name Is Earl to see why Jaime Pressley was awarded an Emmy, or get all brainy with the crew on Numb3rs. And no matter how you look at it, you won't want to miss Dog the Bounty Hunter: The Arrest.
Sep 21, 2007
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DS Charlie Nelson [ 2013 - ]
DCI Tom Barnaby [ 1997 - 2011 ]
Sergeant Gavin Troy [ 1997 - 2003 ]
Sergeant Dan Scott [ 2004 - 2005 ]
DC/DS Ben Jones [ 2005 - 2013 ]

Welcome to the Midsomer Murders guide at TV.com.

This English crime drama series, based on books by Caroline Graham, is filmed mostly in the villages and towns of the rural counties of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. John Nettles played Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby of Causton CID, a laconic, down-to-earth detective who faced many ingenious and remarkable murders — usually several in each episode — amid the eccentric denizens of Middle England. Barnaby's partners in detection were Sergeants Gavin Troy (Daniel Casey), Dan Scott (John Hopkins) and Ben Jones (Jason Hughes). Other regulars included Tom's wife Joyce (Jane Wymark) and his daughter Cully (Laura Howard). In 2011, Nettles left the show, and Tom Barnaby was replaced by his cousin, DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon).

Midsomer Murders has been sold to more than 200 countries around the world. The show is made by Bentley Productions for ITV.

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