Quote: Charlie Boy @ 20th June 2019, 6:17 PM
AbFab was a BBC production, but, if it was an ITV production, they'd probably have to add a male to make it fair.
Yes, I gave AbFab as an example of what a bloody good job women writers and women actors can do with TV comedy when you get the right women doing the job.
If the BBC's diversity initiative and ITV's diversity initiative and everybody else's diversity initiative results in seriously talented people being put into jobs that they'd stand little chance of getting in traditionally (I've even heard someone say "hideously") white organisations and traditionally (I've never heard anyone say "hideously") male organisations, I say hooray and hurrah.
However, if those initiatives result in purely token people of limited talent being put into those jobs, I say boooooooooooooo!
As Lazzard has already suggested, however, Saskia Schuster's policy is probably just so much window-dressing. Unless she is genuinely demented, she's not going to let the quality of ITV comedy suffer by really implementing a Draconian and entirely irrational policy of "no all-male writing teams".
If she wants to be seen to be sticking to that policy without actually sticking to it, she can always dress the credits up to make writing teams appear suitably diverse but for a TV company that depends for its very existence on viewer approval, at the end of the day she's not going to put the strict and literal implementation of such a rule before her fundamental purpose as head of comedy - the putting of bums on seats in front of British tellies.
If she decides to take the high ground with regard to diversity versus bums on seats, viewing figures will fall and she'll have to backpedal or she won't be head of ITV comedy for much longer.
All in all, I don't think male writers have very much to worry about.