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BBC runs writing contest for multicultural programming

Public broadcaster bids to shake off 'white middle class' label with ethnically diverse programmes

The BBC has launched All Mixed Up, a competition to find suitable multicultural sitcoms in a bid to change the perception of the public broadcaster as being too "white middle class".

Writers have been called upon to submit the first ten pages of a sitcom to the BBC from 31 August onwards. The six best scripts will be work-shopped and developed ahead of a showcase, and staged at London's Soho Theater by a professional cast on 4 December.

Two winners will receive a £1,000 prize and the chance to develop their script for a show, the rights to which will be owned by the BBC.

The BBC College of Comedy, which was launched in 2008 to help new writers, will run All Mixed Up in collaboration with Triforce Promotions, an organisation which promotes talent from different backgrounds.

Creative head of the college, and My Family executive producer, Micheal Jacob, said, "I think there is a feeling perhaps that the BBC is a closed door for writers who are not necessarily white middle class.

We hope the competition will attract entries from writers who may feel their lives are not currently reflected in television comedy."