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Paper Monitor

10:48 UK time, Friday, 25 March 2011

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

The newspapers have a long tradition of investigative journalism - News of the World fake sheikh, otherwise known as reporter Mazher Mahmood, take a bow. But now there is a new champion of this noble art - the showbusiness editor at the Daily Express, Elisa Roche.

Not so long ago the producer of Midsomer Murders, Brian True-May, caused a media storm by saying the ITV1 programme "wouldn't work" if it featured racial diversity. In subsequent weeks the rest of the media moved on from the story, after all there was the small matter of an earthquake, tsunami, military strikes against Libya and a budget to write about.

The Express, however, never took its eye off the ball. It was going to find a non-white face in the programme even if it took nearly two weeks of watching endless episodes both day and night, which it probably did as the show has run for 14 series.

But as Woodward and Bernstein knew, patience is a virtue. Ms Roche's rich reward for all those hours of investigation was in an episode from 1997, called Left For Dead. It's mixed-race actress Indra Ove.

"Midsomer DID once feature a mixed-race star" the paper's headline triumphantly shouts. She played a "bright young woman" called Charlotte Knight in the episode. And... that's it. That's the whole story. Case closed. Pulitzer Prize is in the post.

And here's some other equally important "news" in the papers today, diced and sliced for you, just in case you missed it:

Coleen Rooney holds a yellow flag on a Barbados beach - in the Sun.

Carol Vorderman wears leather trousers and is 50 - in the Daily Mail.

Crooner Chris de Burgh sells wine for a lot of money - in the Times.

Now you know all you really need to, go and enjoy the sunshine.

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