Have you ever wondered what John Nettlesâ€™ ten favourite episodes of Midsomer Murders are? Well, you need wonder no more as the actor, who played Inspector Tom Barnaby from 1997 until his last screen appearance in February 2011, has revealed his list of top ten investigations â€“ all of which feature in a new DVD compilation.
Midsomer Murdersâ€™: Barnabyâ€™s Top Ten begins at the beginning with the first-ever episode: The Killings at Badgerâ€™s Drift.
John also selects A Talent for Life as being â€śthe most bizarre episodeâ€ť he has ever starred in â€“ the church in the lovely South Oxfordshire village of Brightwell Baldwin was used as a filming location during this mystery.
Another South Oxfordshire village - Lower Assendon â€“ also features in Johnâ€™s box set, courtesy of the A Worm in the Bud episode. But it is possible that John might have been a little distracted while filming scenes near the acclaimed Golden Ball gastro pub â€“ the investigation features the actorâ€™s â€śfavourite leading ladyâ€ť (youâ€™ll have to buy the collection to find out whether this is Mrs Barnaby).
Blue Herrings makes the top ten on the grounds of it being Johnâ€™s favourite story line â€“ it is the episode in which Barnaby visits his convalescent aunt and ends up investigating some suspicious deaths at her nursing home.
Space is also found in the collection for Murder on St. Malleyâ€™s Day (“most dramatic episode”) and Death of a Hollow Man (â€śmost intriguing crimeâ€ť).
Of course, Midsomer Murders isnâ€™t just about crime and murder â€“ the inclusion of Dead Manâ€™s Eleven (â€śfunniest episodeâ€ť) is a reminder of the seriesâ€™ lighter side.
It must have been hard for John to pick out a favourite episode from his top ten but, showing a decisiveness sometimes lacking in Barnaby, he sticks his neck out and plumps for Stranglerâ€™s Wood. If youâ€™ve forgotten what makes this episode so great youâ€™ll just have to watch the box set!