ITV were "shocked and appalled", All3Media suspended him from work and a national debate was sparked when Midsomer Murders producer Brian True-May spoke to Radio Times about the show's appeal:
"Well, we just don't have ethnic minorities involved. Because it wouldn't be the English village with them."
Listen to an excerpt from the original interview, conducted by Benji Wilson.
You can read the full interview with Brian True-May in the new issue of Radio Times magazine, on sale now.