God on the Box
Midsomer Murders is notorious for not portraying Christians and Anglican priests in a sympathetic light. Some thought John Nettles must have an aversion to religion but the bias continued after he retired. Blame was then attributed to Brian True-May, the producer. He was forced to retire as well after he voiced objections to having black characters. Under a new regime, black characters are appearing but the anti-religious bias remains. Last week we had a woman who wore a cross prominently displayed around her neck and was zealous in good works but who turned out to treat her husband badly and to have a passion for a man many years her junior. Anti-Christian bias appears to have entered the DNA of Midsomer Murders. Scriptwriters adopt this particular plot line without thinking. But there was compensation this week on BBC1, which showed a series about Father Brown (albeit at 2.10pm in the afternoon). Fr Brown once declared he was really a ‘fisher of men’ and said that he caught one particular man ‘with an unseen hook and an invisible line which is long enough to let him wander to the ends of the world, and still to bring him back with a twitch upon a thread’ – a marvellous image for divine grace.