BBC comedy risks becoming 'sexist and racist' | Says Jessica Knappett of BBC Three plans © C4/Aimee Spinks

BBC comedy risks becoming 'sexist and racist'

Says Jessica Knappett of BBC Three plans

The BBC’s comedy output risks becoming more ‘racist, sexist and classist’ because of the Government-imposed cuts, Inbetweeners actress Jessica Knappett has said.

She claims that moving BBC Three online will further marginalise shows that do not fit a middle-class viewpoint.

In comments reported by the Daily Star, the creator of E4’s Drifters said: ‘We are seeing a lot of middle-class comedy at the moment. There is a certain amount of snobbery around about watching people who are from a working-class background.

‘Losing BBC Three does worry me. I feel like it is a door closing. Putting stuff online is not going to help. I can’t help thinking we are robbing an audience and a new generation of talent of a creative outlet.

‘I think it is very disappointing. It is a pot of diversity and it is a surefire way of the BBC to be come more racist, sexist and classist overnight.’

In sitcoms, at least, BBC One’s current output is largely working-class, especially since the end of Miranda. Its biggest shows are Mrs Brown’s Boys, Peter Kay’s Car Pool, Still Open All Hours, Citizen Khan, and the lower-middle-class 1970s show The Kennedys.

Published: 16 Oct 2015

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