The executive producer has been sacked after this came out: "The controversy erupted after he said he did not use black and Asian people in the series because ‘it wouldn’t be an English village with them’.
In the Radio Times he described Midsomer Murders as the ‘last bastion of Englishness’ which relied on an ‘English genteel eccentricity’, and suggested it would not work if there was racial diversity in the village. He also said that if he had more minority cast members ‘we might be in Slough’."
"Mr True-May was adamant that he was not stepping down from his role. He claimed that his comments may have been misinterpreted.
Many fans of the show expressed their anger on the internet over what they saw as an overreaction by ITV and the production company.
But Labour MP Keith Vaz, chairman of his party’s Ethnic Minority Taskforce, said: ‘I am appalled at Mr True-May’s comments.
‘The decision to exclude ethnic minorities from Midsomer Murders not only misrepresents modern Britain, but also dismisses the valuable role ethnic minorities play in enriching our country.’"
Edited by bambbbam, 16 March 2011 - 08:43 PM.