The ITV1 detective show, which has run for 14 series, ‘wouldn’t work’ if there was any racial diversity in it, producer True-May said.
‘We’re the last bastion of Englishness and I want to keep it that way,’ he told Radio Times.
He insisted he had never been tackled before about the ‘whites only’ rule in the show, which stars John Nettles as Det Ch Insp Tom Barnaby.
He said: ‘I’ve never been picked up on that but quite honestly I wouldn’t want to change it.
‘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 (one of the main centres of population in the show) is supposed to be Slough. And if you went into Slough you wouldn’t see a white face there.’
Asked why ‘Englishness’ could not include other races, he added: ‘Well, it should do and 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.’
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The English ideology
What goes through the mind of a television creative: