Minorities may die in Midsomer Massacres

Picture of John Nettles, who played DCI Tom Barnaby in Midsomer MurdersThe BBC doesn’t have a monopoly on ridiculous plotlines in its drama, despite the recent trends of Casualty, Holby City and EastEnders (not to mention the sappy ridiculousness of the school drama series, Waterloo Road). ITV has been running a rural crime drama called Midsomer Murders since 1997, in which, according to today’s Daily Mail, there have been 222 murders over 81 episodes, all taking place in the fictional English county of Midsomer. Today, the programme provoked some controversy when the producer, Brian True-May (who lives in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire), insisted that there had been no ethnic minorities in the series and it was going to stay that way, because “it wouldn’t be the English village without them”. ITV have suspended him. (More: Enemies of Reason.)

The Daily Mail article notes that several commenters have pointed out how unrealistic Midsomer Murders is, with or without ethnic minorities — English villages do not generally have such a stupidly high murder rate. I once heard it said on the radio that urban French do not have a very high opinion of the countryside, regarding it as a place where “everybody’s mother is also their sister”. Midsomer Murders (or Midsomer Massacres as we call it, given the large numbers who come to a sticky end) seems to take a very French view of the countryside, a place of inward-looking groups of people with vicious grudges that frequently lead to multiple murder. It’s a very unflattering portrait of the English village and one which ethnic minorities might feel more comfortable left out of.

I’ve always thought Midsomer was meant to be somewhere in the south-west, given that there is a place called Midsomer Norton, in north Somerset, but it’s actually set in south Buckinghamshire where there is actually a substantial ethnic minority (particularly Asian) population. There are substantial Asian populations in Slough, Chesham and Aylesbury, the latter two being very close to Great Missenden. If there is such a thing, the typical English village is not to be found anywhere in the Chilterns any more than it is to be found in the North Downs or anywhere else in the London commuter belt — a fairly substantial proportion of residents are people who commute by car to Aylesbury or Reading, or by train to London. I very much doubt that these people would relocate to the countryside if it really was the near-war zone portrayed in this series.

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  • Too MIDSOMER MURDERS with ethnic characters won’t work, and I speak as a non-white. People of all races dip into it for a very traditional idea of Englishness and English village wife and don’t want token ethnics being introduced to mess it all up.

    The foreigners who watch this abroad will desert the show in droves if token ethnic minorities characters are introduced in the name of Political Correctness.

    Have we all gone mad?

    Why doesn’t someone ask me how it feels to be the only sane person in a nation whose brains have turned to poo?

    I feel really really sorry for white people, I really do. That is why I joined the BNP, to try and help them and nurse them through their very disturbing phase of liberal dementia. Well, I do hope it is just a phase.

    If it all goes pear-shaped I can always go live in Libya and work for Colonel Gaddafi (if he offers me a job after he sorts his local difficulties out) or go back to where I came from as these rabid liberals are always snarling at me to do, but I don’t want to desert white people in their time of need. There are still good things worth conserving in this country and I don’t want the liberal extremists to completely poo over all of it.



    to protest against Brian True-May’s farcical suspension.

    White people can’t even have a PRETEND all-white village all to themselves!

    To even say, as Brian True-May did, that people who watch it wish it to be so is apparently THOUGHTCRIME in liberal totalitarian Britain!

    That would be analogous to creating African, European and Asian characters to insert into Peking Opera so as to make more inclusive, relevant and modern, irrespective of the wishes of those who enjoy Peking Opera.

    How very strange and how very sad to see the British reduced to this disgusting and contemptible state of self-abnegation. They must really hate themselves for being so helpless, so stupid, so cowardly and so demented.

    Free Brian True-May now!

    Tar and feather those who suspended him, who are enemies of free speech!

    Then string ‘em up and hang them high!

  • M Risbrook

    That is why I joined the BNP

    You can’t have been a member for long because your name is not on the (leaked) BNP membership list - unless you are posting under a false name.

  • Only about a year, M Risbrook.

  • M Risbrook

    Only about a year, M Risbrook.

    After I had left. I joined back in the 1990s when Tyndall was leader. They days when you could find real Nationalists rather than the Islam bashing Daily Mail reading types that increasingly fill the ranks and files nowadays.