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Midsomer racism

Midsomer Murders always struck us as being a bit like a cosy blanket for those who want to hark back to a simpler time: a simpler time, admittedly, which seems to involved lots of people being killed, but a simpler time nonetheless. There weren’t any of ‘them’ about, that’s for sure. You know who we’re talking about, right?

Well it appears that the show’s producer Brian True-May knew exactly what you were thinking as well, because he decided to ban ethnic minority actors from the show, using the spurious excuse that they weren’t ‘English’ enough to sell the show abroad. Unsurprisingly ITV went into a tailspin after reading what he said in the Radio Times, and he was suspended by All3Media, the production company who make the show.

‘It would look out of place,’ said True-May. ‘We just don't have ethnic minorities involved. Because it wouldn't be the English village with them. It just wouldn't work.

‘Suddenly we might be in Slough. Ironically, Causton is supposed to be Slough. And if you went into Slough you wouldn't see a white face there. We're the last bastion of Englishness and I want to keep it that way.’ Nice.

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