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THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER TEMPO MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2003 C5 Series success no mystery By Jean Prescott Knight RidderNews Service If s much too easy, actually, to dial other countries from the warmth and safety of our own little cubicles - as simply as we dial the lunch delivery guy. Punch in 15 digits, wait a moment and, bingo, on the other end of the line a voice heretofore heard only on TV, the voice of John Nettles, a k a Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, keeper of the law in the mythical village of Midsomer. A fifth season of this popular British mystery series, Midsomer Murders, is under way on A&E (the Monday Night Mysteries block at 9 p.m. today with Midsomer Murders: Tainted Fruit.) The cast and crew have completed a sixth season, "and we've been extended for a seventh and an eighth season," Nettles declares, clearly pleased that he has been asked to continue to play a crime-solver who strikes us as inscrutable. "No, I would say he is very English ... reserved, conservative. He wears sensible three-piece suits, drives a sensible car, has a sensible wife. He is the epitome of that class," says Nettles. i A&E John Nettles (left) portrays Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby and Daniel Casey is Troy in A&E's Midsomer Murders. "I admire that kind of reserve," he says. "He is hugely interested in people, and there is a species of politeness abroad in this series - well, he might say even to the serial killer, I'm terribly sorry but would you mind if I put on these cuffs?' Just a basic decency." Barnaby's junior, his detective sergeant and driver, Troy, is a brash young man for whom "youth is his only excuse," Nettles says. "He is homophobic, xenophobic, he can't drive, he wears terrible suits. By contrast, the young fellow who plays Troy, Daniel Casey, "is a university fellow ... really quite young but about to open in a play." The stories in which these two play out their roles are convoluted, but fans of A&E's British mysteries desperately love the cat-and-mouse, the bits of seemingly unrelated information sprinkled throughout and the two hours they have in which to get ahead of Barnaby and Troy. The environment in which they pursue justice is an English village of the sort rapidly changing if not disappearing from the landscape, Nettles says with a just hint of longing. "It becomes more mythic each day," he says. "The small villages are becoming occupied by people who have weekend cottages there. It's been going on for many years now." To see Nettles at work as DCI Barnaby, here's the series remaining schedule: Feb. 17, 9 p.m. Midsomer Murders: A Worm in the Bud, in which two local residents are murdered.. On subseq uent Monday nights, the two-hour slot will be mystery-filled, often with Midsomer Murders, but occasionally with other , programming. Pampered pooches on parade By Fred Sinister. Los Angeles Daily News If your dog is so well bred it not only picks out its own food at the supermarket, the pooch is probably already reaching for the remote to set the channel for tonight's canine show of shows. For purebreds and breeders, the annual Westminster Kennel Club pageant is the Oscars, Grammys and World Series rolled into one. Tickets for the two-day event, in which 2,500 fussed-over competitors strut around Madison Square Garden under the scrutiny of judges and a national cable audience expected to draw nearly 5 million, are as coveted as seating for Springsteen. Despite rampant dog breath, these high-society mutts are remarkably polite. But then, they're in the media's glare. More than 400 reporters fly in from throughout the United States, Europe and various nations to cover the program. Now in its 127th year, the Westminster has earned the right to be picky about snouts and pouts; it's Westminster Kennel Club Show What: The Academy Awards of show-dog derbies is in its 20th year on TV. Like the Oscars, nominees aren't fed until afterward. Where: USA Network. When: 8 p.m. today and Tuesday; repeated 11 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. the second-oldest continuously held sporting event in the country after the Kentucky Derby, which has a leg up by 20 months. All 159 eligible breeds will be represented. Leading entries include rottweilers, whippets, pugs and Labrador retrievers. Top dogs from the dachshund, beagle, Chihuahua and poodle communities will also compete. Pooches that reach the top will have been passed by judges in the breed, group and Best in Show areas. USA Network will televise the working, terrier, toy and nonsport- ing selections tonight and winners in the sporting, hound and herding categories will be announced Tuesday. Here are some facts and figures from the annals of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Last year, miniature poodle Surrey Spice Girl was the champ. The doggie took home the Westminster Kennel Club's silver-plated trophy, the James Mortimer Memorial sterling silver trophy and a silver-plated replica of the Leash's Challenge Cup. Leading the entries for the 10th consecutive year is the dachshund, whose three varieties number 75 contestants. The remaining most-popular breeds are: Irish setter (58), Chinese crested (44), rottweiler (43), pug (36), Labrador retriever (35), golden retriever (32), Australian shepherd (30), boxer (29), Portuguese water dog (29), Chinese Shar-pei (28). Some well-named winners: Fairewood Frolic (Norwich terrier), Whisperwind on Carousel (standard poodle) , Warland Protector of Shelterock (Airedale terrier). 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