But the actor, who is still well remembered for playing the TV detective for a decade from 1981, has revealed how he was outcast by his friends for being involved in the three-part expose about the Nazi occupation of Jersey during the Second World War.
At the time Nettles had no idea that the show would receive such a hostile reception from the islanders and thought it would be an interesting chance to learn more about the island he had spent so much time in.
A plane has crashed and the cast of the film turn out to be ghosts who 'disappear' as their bodies are recovered.
In the end there is one sole 'ghost' until the searchers return and find his body under the tail plane.
I still don't know the name of the film and would love to know it.
I sent this very enquiry to "Empire" film magazine last year and they confirmed that the film is indeed Sole Survivior, a TV movie made in the early 1970's and starring , amongst others, William Shatner.
The crew of US airmen had crashed their WW2 plane when a bomb got stuck in the bomb bay.
The final "survivor" was almost left alone by the plane until his body was found and his ghost released.I think, although it was set in WWII, it was made in the late 60s or early 70s.It sounds like you're talking about "Sole Survivor", which was made in the seventies.The ghosts are the crew of an American B-17, which crashed in the Libyan desert during WW2.The wreckage is found twenty-odd years later, and among the recovery party is a USAF general (Richard Basehart) who was the young navigator who got them lost, then bailed out on them.I think the film you're thinking of is "Sole Survivor".