The producer of Midsomer Murders has been suspended by the series' producing company, All3Media, after controversial remarks on the absence of visible minorities in the show.
In an interview with the Radio Times, Brian True-May said: "We just don't have ethnic minorities involved. Because it wouldn't be the English village with them. It just wouldn't work. Suddenly we might be in Slough ... We're the last bastion of Englishness and I want to keep it that way."
True-May, who co-created the show, justified this by explaining that he is "trying to make something that appeals to a certain audience, which seems to succeed".
All3Media said it launched an investigation on the matter. Meanwhile, an ITV spokesperson claimed the broadcaster was "shocked and appalled", adding that True-May's ideas are "not shared by anyone at ITV".
A new series of the drama begins next week.