Belfast Telegraph

OBE honour for veteran TV detective

John Nettles, who has entertained audiences for decades with his portrayal of TV detectives, is to receive an OBE from the Queen.

The actor first found fame playing Jersey-based maverick detective sergeant Jim Bergerac.

He then proved equally popular as detective chief inspector Tom Barnaby pursuing wrongdoers in the fictional English county of Midsomer.

"I never thought when we were filming the pilot, The Killings at Badger's Drift, in 1996 that I would go on to film so many episodes," John said about the hit series Midsomer Murders.

The actor is leaving the show and by the time of his final scenes early next year he will have chalked up more than 75 appearances.

He will be replaced by Neil Dudgeon, playing DCI John Barnaby, a cousin of DCI Tom Barnaby.

Also receiving an award will be screenwriter Brian Clemens, best known for penning The Avengers series during the 1960s but he also worked on Bergerac amongst a host of television and film projects.

He will be awarded an OBE for services to broadcasting and drama.

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