'Midsomer Murders' Producer to Step Down Over Race Row

Brian True-May will quit the long-running drama he co-created after the current production run.

LONDON -- Midsomer Murders producer Brian True-May has quit the long-running drama he co-created, after saying the English village drama "wouldn't work" if ethnic minority characters were cast.

True-May will step down after the current production run, a spokesman for ITV said.

Made by All3Media, the murder whodunit is now in its 14th series and is exported to 230 countries around the world. The sleepy village setting has witnessed more than 220 murders in and around it.

But despite a death-rate that would shame The Wire, True May told the Radio Times that the show's credibility came from its all-white cast.

"We just don’t have ethnic minorities involved. It wouldn't be the English village with them. It just wouldn't work… we're the last bastion of Englishness and I want to keep it that way."