However, that mutual affection was disrupted two years ago when Nettles - who is also a history graduate - fronted a three-part documentary about the Nazi Occupation of the Channel Islands during the Second World War.
Drawn to the history of a place where he had spent so many years and yet where he had been "only vaguely aware of German bunkers", Nettles was unprepared for the hostility the documentary would provoke.
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"People are deeply, deeply hurt by accusations that they are anti-Semitic, or that they were too much inclined to load the Jews on to the transporters."Their defence is, 'We didn't know what was going to happen to them' but there seems to be a lack of awareness that the Jews were a special case in the Nazi ideology.
They were there to be killed and they were deserving, therefore, of the protection of the civil authorities."This is something they did not receive.
ONE particular case involves Louisa Gould who hid an escaped Russian.
The Germans brought over hundreds of Russian slave workers to build fortifications and they were regarded as "Untermenschen" - lower than animals.
Those who couldn't leave or had nowhere to go braced themselves to await the enemy.
Part of Nettles's intention is to overturn a popular myth that for those who remained on the islands the ensuing five-year occupation "was a rather gentle, even benign affair".
Another heroic figure was Albert Bedane who managed to hide three Russians and one Jewish woman.
The punishment for concealing a Jew was execution but despite the stress the concealment must have caused Albert he succeeded in keeping his guests undetected for the duration of the occupation, saving their lives.
Nettles makes mention of informants and of girls guilty of "collaboration horizontale", who were nicknamed Jerrybags.