John Nettles says Midsomer would work with minorities

John Nettles
Image caption Nettles had starred in Midsomer Murders since it began in 1997

Former Midsomer Murders actor, John Nettles, said the ITV 1 drama would work if it included ethnic minority characters.

The producer of the ITV detective show claimed part of the programme's appeal was the absence of racial diversity.

Brian True-May was suspended for his comments but later apologised and has been re-instated.

Mr Nettles, who played the show's main character Tom Barnaby, said the producer made a mistake.

Mr Nettles, who has been named patron of the Friends of the Jersey Opera House, said: "I think he was probably wrong, it would work if there was racial diversity there.

"It just seemed to be a never never land, where such considerations where never broached."

John Nettles's final appearance on the drama was watched by up to 7.1m viewers.

The 67-year-old bowed out of the series after 14 years playing DCI Tom Barnaby.

Actor Neil Dudgeon replaced the central character as DCI John Barnaby, Tom's cousin, when the series returned.

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