Peeve of the week

I tried to ignore it, I really did. Does it really matter? said I. The people who don’t already know won’t care, and surely the rest of us Auntie-loving lefties will forgive them the odd howler.

In the end, I couldn’t let it go. So, I sent my letter to ABC complaints:

Please please please can the ABC promotion for the upcoming new season of the Midsomer Murders series stop referring to Midsomer as a TOWN?

Anyone with a nodding acquaintance with English crime fiction knows that the names of the places in this series indicate a wide variety of villages and towns in the fictional COUNTY of Midsomer. The large number of Australians who have backpacked/toured through England surely know it as well.

Such a careless inaccuracy does not meet the high standards of the ABC. Get it right.

I bet some copy writer’s copping it as we speak.

[Update: see comments – they’re fixing it!]



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3 replies

  1. Thank you for pointing this out.
    This means that Midsomer (the county) merely has a preposterously high rate of murders, as opposed to Midsomer (the village) which had an *unsustainably* high rate of murders.
    It would make a great tourist slogan. ‘Come to the beautiful County of Midsomer! You’ll meet lots of nice people, and you probably won’t be murdered!

  2. …as opposed to, say, the town where Blue Heelers was set, or Country Practice’s Wandin Valley (which surely had the highest rates of rare diseases anywhere in Australia)
    I’ve not watched much of Midsomer Murders, or spent time in the UK, so I didn’t realise it was a whole county. I’m relieved to be better informed.

  3. I got a reply!
    Thank you for your email pointing out the error in our promotions for ‘Midsomer Murders’.
    I have brought your email to the attention of the ABC’s Promotions Department who will correct the error.
    Thank you for taking the time to contact us. We appreciate you drawing this to our attention.

    How to make a pedant happy.

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