When it comes to implementation, common sense will come into play - single writers may be co-commissioned a writer to ensure gender balance, for example.
That's not common sense though. Imagine if Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong had been told they had to work with another writer - male or female - to get another series of
produced, simply as a box ticking exercise.
The commissioner was literally talking only about "writers rooms". Going by Twitter it seems only a few commenting have a clue how they operate.
Everyone who went into a rage about box ticking would have known this if they'd actually read what ITV said.
I can't believe how thick people are.
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