Midsomer Murders boss Brian True May to step down

The producer will leave at the end of the current run following comments about the lack of ethnic characters in the series

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Midsomer Murders executive producer Brian True-May, who sparked a row after comments he made in an interview with Radio Times, has confirmed he will step down at the end of “the current production run”.

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The controversy began when True-May told RT that he didn’t use ethnic minority characters in the series because “it wouldn’t be an English village with them”. He said of Midsomer Murders, “We’re last bastion of Englishness and I want to keep it that way.”

The producer, who was suspended and the subject of an internal investigation by the programme’s production company All3Media, has been reinstated for the rest of the current series.

A statement on the company website read: “Brian apologises if his remarks gave unintended offence to any viewers.”

An ITV spokesman said: “We welcome the apology from Brian True-May and understand that he will step down from his role on Midsomer Murders at the end of the current production run.”

Midsomer Murders is one of ITV’s most successful drama formats and is broadcast in more than 200 territories across the world.

The programme is about to begin its 14th series on ITV1 with a new star, Neil Dudgeon, as DCI John Barnaby, replacing John Nettles (DCI Tom Barnaby) as the central detective.

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You can hear an excerpt from Brian True May’s interview with Radio Times below: