Ex-minister calls Derry Girls comedy ‘distinctly British’ – Derry Daily
DERRY Girls writer Lisa McGee scoffed at suggestions that her hit comedy was one of the “distinctly British” programs public broadcasters should make.
Just before he was removed from his post as media minister in the cabinet reshuffle, John Whittingdale was mocked on social media for his comments to the Royal Television Society on Wednesday.
He proposed that public service broadcasters do more and said he wanted a legal obligation for them to produce clearly British shows like Only Fools And Horses and Derry Girls.
“So in our next white paper I intend to include proposals which will broaden the mandate of public service broadcasters so that they are required to produce uniquely British content,” he said. he declares.
While admitting that Britishness was a “difficult concept to measure,” he said the government would talk to regulator Ofcom about how it would work.
“I’m talking about continuing to make the programs that are ours and only ours, which could only have been done in the UK,” he added.
“Take Derry Girls, a show that tackles the issues and the rise and fall of Take That with the same passion.
“It could only have been done here.”
Responding on Twitter, Ms McGee said, “The most ‘Ach I can’t handle this today’ track I’ve seen on the show. And there have been a few.
Derry Girls cast member Siobhan McSweeney, who plays Sister Michael, added: “Derry Girls is made by a UK company and broadcast by a UK channel. But this is not a “typical British” program. But what would I know?
Derry Girls fans quickly took to Twitter to wonder if Mr. Whittingdale had even watched the Channel 4 comedy.
One said: “I wonder if the British government ministers behind this plan ever considered why ‘Derry Girls’ isn’t called ‘Londonderry Girls’, or, better yet, have Have they ever considered watching the show to get a feel for what the characters are about?
Another commented: “I too watched the scenes about famine, English ridicule, Irish Catholic traditions in Derry Girls and thought, ‘Wow, this is so British!’ “
A reporter for a British newspaper added: “In writing this about the Derry Girls described as ‘quintessentially British’, I discovered that Father Ted was voted second best British sitcom of all time.”
Speaking to BBC Radio UIster, local writer Claire Allan described Mr Whittingdale’s comments as squeaky and deaf.
“They aren’t great, are they?” They make your teeth cringe a little when you listen to them for so many reasons – you might unwrap it for a long time, ”she said.
“Obviously you have to recognize that it was broadcast by Channel 4, a UK broadcaster, and is being produced by a UK production company.
“But it’s a very Irish program. The main characters identify as Irish, the writer identifies as Irish, and it comes from that perspective.
“I guess when there’s the background to The Troubles, he doesn’t look at it with positivity.
“I guess there’s something very deaf about comparing the way he looks at The Troubles and people’s love for Take That on the same level and praising that as a good thing… it’s weird.
“I think maybe no one has watched it and they don’t know what they’re talking about.
“Maybe they think it’s about the cheese producers or something, I don’t know.”
“I guess they must have mentioned something from that part of the world and there are a lot of good programs going on here.
“But of all the great programs that are being made in Northern Ireland, this one seemed odd to identify for uniquely British qualities.”
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