So then. Red faces at Midsomer Murders. Which at least provides a bit of diversity among all the white ones. Producer Brian True-May's ill-judged comments about it representing "the last bastion of Englishness" have caused a predictable storm and counter-storm, with one side crying racism and the other crying about the cries of racism.
But is the overwhelming whiteness representative of the English countryside? Well, I grew up in south Oxfordshire, very close to some of the locations used in Midsomer Murders, specifically near a town called Wallingford, which used to double as "Causton" in the series. It's also – fittingly – where Agatha Christie died. Oh, and it used to regularly show up in the Ronnie Corbett sitcom Sorry, if you're interested. Which I sense you aren't.
To the best of my knowledge, when I was growing up, there was