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BBC plans more 'working class' sitcoms?

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The BBC is reportedly planning to develop more sitcoms about the working class.

The Daily Mail claims that BBC One's controller Danny Cohen has ordered a consultation and is talking to programme makers about new shows.

Cohen is allegedly concerned that many of the channel's current comedies, such as Outnumbered and My Family, focus on middle class people.

"Danny is not reinventing the wheel," a source said. "But he feels the BBC has lost its variety and become too focused 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.

"One of his 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 denied that he is focusing on any particular class.

"BBC One is focused on working with Britain's most talented comedy writers and performers to get the best programming for our viewers," he said. "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."

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