The producer and co-creator of the hit TV drama Midsomer Murders has been suspended after telling The Radio Times in an interview that there was no place in the series for ethnic minorities.
Brian True-May said,
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 … We’re the last bastion of English-ness and I want to keep it that way.
Maybe I’m not politically correct … I’m trying to make something that appeals to a certain audience, which seems to succeed. And I don’t want to change it.
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I am a Midsomer Murders fan. The series is set in a quintessential English village and the characters are all upper middle class folk who drink tea and eat scones, and then go on to murder each other.
To be honest I never even thought about the non-existent presence of people of colour in the show. But it’s good to know what Brian’s thought’s are on this subject matter. It’s always good to know where we stand. At least black and Asian actors/actresses who may have had ‘aspirations’ to star in a one off episode now know that it will be a COLD DAY IN HELL BEFORE THAT HAPPENS.
Also Brian’s remarks shouldn’t come as a big surprise. There are hundreds of TV producers and executives who think like Brian and say the same thing in board rooms up and down the country on a daily basis. Why do you think so many black actors/actresses pack up and relocate to the States?
I just hope Brian doesn’t attempt to go in to ‘back track’ mode and all of a sudden they introduce some random character who happens to be black, brought in to clean the village church, in a bid to try and smooth things over. I will double over with laughter if that happens.
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