Midsomer Murders to Introduce More Ethnic Minorities

Andy Bloxham, Telegraph (London), February 8, 2012

Jo Wright, the producer of the ITV programme, said the next series would “continue to develop and evolve as a drama”.

Her comments come after her predecessor lost his job after saying non-white characters had no place in the show.

The producer, who has also worked on the BBC drama 55 Degrees North, said: “I strongly believe Midsomer Murders should represent its audience and, alongside some of the core characters, we have the opportunity to introduce a range of characters from different backgrounds within the films in the next series.”

Her comments to The Radio Times come a year after her predecessor, Brian True-May, was suspended after making remarks perceived as racist. Mr True—May said the show was “the last bastion of Englishness” and “wouldn’t work” if ethnic minorities appeared on screen.

Anthony Horowitz, the award—winning writer who helped create the show, later defended Mr True-May, saying that it made perfect sense that villages in the fictional county of Midsomer should have no black faces. Mr True-May left his job at the end of the last series.

Next week’s episode, the start of the show’s 15th series, sees the Hong Kong-born actress Natalie Mendoza, 33, featuring prominently. The episode will be broadcast on ITV1 on Feb 1 at 8pm.

Natalie Mendoza

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  • Anonymous

    I’ve watched most episodes of the last 5 series of Midsomer Murders. In many ways it was just like any other detective drama – except that it was very White and very English (sometimes stereotypically so), and I loved it.

    Brian True-May was persecuted for telling the truth. I will not be tuning in for the new series. Is nothing sacred?.

    • Anonymous

       I asked myself that very same question when I learned that one of my favorite colonial vilalges had become host to a community of somali refugees. Crime, of course, ensued.

      There are no refuges left, and there is less and less good news. We simply have to wrap our heads around this prospect, and take comfort in the one aspect of our lives that cannot be contaminated: family.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/XJ3PDTMXOPAUKGQ62S7MU2BNIA Cecil

        “We can take comfort in one area that cant be ccntaminated- family??—

        Sorry, NOT TRUE:

        This thinking from the media eventually leads to attempts to control your family, those you associate with and what you value.  Think you race is important and choose accordingly???  IF they get the chance they will outlaw this and control your family to do it. 

        Here is part of a speech delivered by Rabbi Emanuel
        Rabinovich, before the Emergency Council of European Rabbis in Budapest
        Hungary, Jan. 12, 1952.

        This war will end for all time our struggle against
        the white race. We will openly reveal our identity with the races of Asia and
        Africa. I can state with assurance that the last generation of white children is
        now being born. Our Control Commissions will, in the interests of peace and
        wiping out interracial tensions, forbid the whites to mate with whites. The
        white women must cohabit with members of the dark races, and the white men with
        black women. Thus the white race will disappear, for mixing the dark with the
        white will be the end of the white man, and our most dangerous enemy will become
        only a memory.

        • Anonymous

           I’m sure the mod will delete this, but here it goes:

          From Wikipedia:

          Rabbi Emanuel Rabinovich is a non-existent figure cited in antisemitic propaganda. Like the “Israel Cohen” of A Racial Program for the Twentieth Century, “Rabbi Rabinovich” was invented by Eustace Mullins.

          “Rabbi Rabinovich” supposedly gave a speech entitled Our Race Will Rule Undisputed Over The World
          to the “Emergency Council of European Rabbis” in Budapest, Hungary on
          January 12, 1952. The speech outlines a plan for Jews to subjugate the
          world via a “Third World War”. This forgery is taken as a “proof” of a
          Jewish plot against gentiles in much the same way as another hoax, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, invoked in the Rabinovich speech, is used as “proof” of Jewish global conspiracy.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/XJ3PDTMXOPAUKGQ62S7MU2BNIA Cecil

            Nope:  the pattern of behavior fits, has been repeated MANY times and is consistent with Jewish behavior.  Watch Jews and Jewish groups sometime.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XJ3PDTMXOPAUKGQ62S7MU2BNIA Cecil

    pure racism, social control and exploitation of a people..

    Freedom means the right to exclude.   This is the envy— that there might be a place where white people live on their own terms. 

    This stuff if REALLY offensive.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U66JJRCQNH2BBVU2ZCW7YE7XEI CA-WASP

    Pretty soon Sherlock Holmes will morph into a Pakistani Muslim and James Bond will be a homosexual black guy….

    England is becoming more and more like The Village in the series The Prisoner — mass brain washing and mind control by a totalitarian state….

    How I miss the England of John Steed & Emma Peel! (Although Rigg did look Asian, or at least Eurasian….)

  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    Non-whites have no place in a show about murders?  Isn’t that the politically correct party line when it comes to crime drama writing?  Don’t forget, every New York City murder is done by a white man, especially a right-wing white man, according to CSI.  Of course, I forgot, there is room for minorities…the mayor, the chief of police, the genius detectives who cracked the caper, the black astrophysicist who had an unfortunate run-in with the murderer who called him the N-word.

    • Oil Can Harry

      I recall a recent article claiming that the white yuppies who watch these crime drames (I sure don’t) prefer white villains because they want to see a cat-and-mouse battle of wits between intelligent adversaries.

      Also, the yuppies find black and hispanic criminals depressingly familiar.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Byronius-Maximus/100001910490409 Byronius Maximus

    I demand more roles for Swedish midgets in Bollywood. 

  • Anonymous

    Let’s all say it again – that which is historically non-white must remain so, that which is historically white must be integrated

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    It’s time for an organized boycott of the show. Do Brits do boycotts?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U66JJRCQNH2BBVU2ZCW7YE7XEI CA-WASP

    Ha, ha. Sorry about getting you upset, RB.

    Since I’m one of those AmReners who thinks Asians & Caucasians can be a good match, it wasn’t meant as an insult. 

    Frankly, it was only after watching the episodes w/Rigg again a few years ago that I realized admiring her when I was a teen may have been the reason that I find many East Asian gals attractive — wide, flat, heart shaped face w/prominent cheek bones, straight dark hair, slim figure, small bust, and flat behind! ;) 

    Even you have got to admit that in some pics in the youtube below she looks at least Eurasian.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVdBREmS63I 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U66JJRCQNH2BBVU2ZCW7YE7XEI CA-WASP

    LOL! 

    Yeah, true. Sorry. My mistake. Thanks Goddard. Don’t want to misrepresent AmRen’s position. Will edit. 

    I guess I should have said I’m a person who comments on articles on AmRen who thinks….