Thursday 18th August 2016
Is there anything less funny than BBC comedy?Charlotte Gill, Daily Mail, 16th December 2018
In his new memoir, How to Produce Comedy Bronze, former BBC head of comedy Jon Plowman allows himself what he calls a "moany bit" about how the influence of his former department has declined at the corporation. "It's not the force in fun that it once was and this is partly because of competition but also because of the hours of comedy that have been lost on the main channels because, apparently, on the main channels people don't want to laugh any more," he says.
The Beeb's current head of comedy, Shane Allen, tends to put things more succinctly. At a BBC press presentation in April 2015, his distinctive Northern Irish tones could clearly be heard heckling then BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw as she was introducting her slate of dramas for the new season: "Drama's fucking shite. It's all dead kids."Private Eye, 19th September 2018
The film-maker weighs in on the controversy surrounding BBC comedy chief Shane Allen's comment about ''six Oxbridge white blokes'.The Guardian, 4th July 2018
The head of the corporation's comedy department has promised us greater diversity. About time too .Rebecca Nicholson, The Guardian, 23rd June 2018
Let's get one thing straight, neither 'white' nor 'Oxbridge' comedy is dead. It has not ceased to be, it has not expired, it is not ex-comedy.Shane Allen, BBC, 22nd June 2018
Comedy stars from John Cleese and Eric Idle to Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie built successful television careers after honing their craft at Cambridge Footlights, but the national broadcaster is now looking for more diversity.Matthew Moore, The Times, 19th June 2018