Idris Elba has said that his new comedy In The Long Run better reflects the era he grew up in, when people were “thicker-skinned”.
The Luther star plays Walter in the upcoming Sky1 series, with his character loosely based on his own childhood growing up in east London in the 1980s.
The six-part programme, created by Elba himself, is set in a multicultural London and the script contains moments of casual racism.
Speaking to Radio Times he said: “It's good that that's come across because in early, early talks that was something I wanted to be upfront about.
“I wanted people to be reminded that, as PC as we all are now - which is fine, it's good - we were thicker-skinned back then."
He added: "Not that it makes casual racism right, but actually in the long run we all got along with it."
"At one point my character's wife says something like: 'They're English, they don't know any better’.
“And there's an Asian character who is casually racist towards Africans.”
Elba concluded: “We wanted to make sure it was a full picture."
In The Long Run begins on Sky1 on Thursday, March 29.
Additional reporting by Press Association.