BBC1 Comedies Too Middle Class?

Recently appointed BBC1 controller Danny Cohen is reportedly concerned that the channel’s current crop of comedies centres too much around the middle classes.

According to a source, Cohen fears that programmes such as Outnumbered and My Family focus on formats “about comfortable, well-off, middle class families whose lives are perhaps more reflective of BBC staff than viewers in other parts of the UK.â€?

The source said: “One of his (Cohen’s) priorities is getting more programming that reflects the different social classes and what he describes as ‘blue collar’ comedies. In the past, programmes like Porridge, Birds Of A Feather and Bread were about real working families and the workings of their lives… Danny is conscious there are not programmes like that on BBC One at the moment and is making it a priority to change that.”

However, Cohen has denied that he is focusing specifically on bringing in ‘working class’ programming, saying, “We will work hard to capture the lives and experiences of a broad range of British people but it’s not right to suggest any one group will be given priority over others.”