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Cando1,478 posts since 8 Mar 2012
London London
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 Peep Show produced, simply as a box ticking exercise.
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The commissioner was literally talking only about "writers rooms". Going by Twitter it seems only a few commenting have a clue how they operate.


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JCB2,033 posts since 21 Sep 2004
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 Peep Show produced, simply as a box ticking exercise.
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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. Rolling Eyes I can't believe how thick people are.
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elmarko1,054 posts since 27 Jul 2010
STV Central Reporting Scotland
Jonathan Pie is not on "the left", indeed some of his material is written by a guy involved with Spiked. He plays it as a down the line centrist, although these days that means you have compassion but like the occasional joke that punches down instead of up.

Also: I would caution a forum full of men that your lived experiences are not the same as a woman's. And if you're listening to JBP for any kind of rationality then you're in the wrong place.

But that's possibly a derail and not one I think would be appreciated. Suffice to say: The guy dresses his weird ethno-Christian views up in pseudoscience and big words and people lap it up.
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Brekkie32,287 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
It comes across as tokenism and if the trainee role is more than a box ticking exercise it's actually discriminatory to exclude people based on gender for what actually would be a fantastic opportunity to work with proven sitcom writers.
I preferred the internet when it had a sense of humour.
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Lou Scannon1,212 posts since 1 Jan 2016
HTV West Points West
ITV and sitcoms with ethnic minorities... Oh boy.


"Curry & Chips", anyone?

(Short-lived ITV sitcom starring Eric Sykes and Spike Milligan, the latter being browned-up as a Pakistani character with a "bud-bud, ding-ding" accent. Thankfully only lasted one series (1969). Was intended to highlight racism rather than promote it, but obviously comes across badly. Citizen Khan, it certainly ain't).
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harshy6,225 posts since 24 Mar 2001
ITV and sitcoms with ethnic minorities... Oh boy.


"Curry & Chips", anyone?

(Short-lived ITV sitcom starring Eric Sykes and Spike Milligan, the latter being browned-up as a Pakistani character with a "bud-bud, ding-ding" accent. Thankfully only lasted one series (1969). Was intended to highlight racism rather than promote it, but obviously comes across badly. Citizen Khan, it certainly ain't).


First time I saw it I didn’t find it offensive at all.