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!]