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.