You may have thought I was joking earlier and that Janina might have been engaging in a spot of wishful thinking, but now it's straight from the horse's mouth...and the Guardian...
Yes, the BBC really did choose to go with its new Game of Thrones-style epic, The Last Kingdom, because of its helpful 'message' about immigration - i.e. that we English are all immigrants:
The BBC was inspired to make a lavish new series about King Alfred the Great because of current debates about immigration and nationhood, according to the author of the historical drama.
The Last Kingdom is based on the novels of Bernard Cornwell about how King Alfred became the first king of the Anglo-Saxons and created England.
Cornwell said the BBC was interested in the story because it had echoes of today.
“That’s why they [the BBC] picked it”, he said. “I do see something modern in it – that we are all immigrants. The Saxons are immigrants – according to the British, the Celts, they have stolen the land they have. The first shield wall battle which Uhtred takes part in is [for the Saxons] against the Welsh.
“The Saxons were very successful colonisers, and neighbours, then the Danes, the Normans, the Huguenots, you name it … right through to this century, we are all immigrants.”
Thank you Mr Cornwell for confirming yet again that the BBC has precisely the agenda we think it has.