Unique: The BBC have defended plans to do a film American Idol-genre acting competition series followed by cast comparisons of format hunger games,
show, working title bring dramawas announced last month and it promises to give untapped acting talent a shot at the big time with a winning security agency representation and a role in the BBC drama.
ContinuousWarner Bros. is the Discovery-owned production company behind Netflix glow uphas begun casting for the six-part series and applicants are being told that they must not have attended drama school or have an agent for acting work.
bbc said bring drama To provide a break for those who have been unable to access professional training or representation.
But the show angered some in the acting community, who raised concerns about the format and called on the BBC to give better opportunities to qualified actors in need of work.
Among those to raise their concerns was BAFTA-winning writer and actor Reece Shearsmith, who has starred in films such as good omens, league of gentlemenAnd number 9 inside,
He tweeted a gif of him shaking his head and shaking his head with the caption, “Sorry, what?”; Tweet was shared by sherlock star Amanda Abbington.
Amy McPherson, who appeared on The CW’s pandora, joked: “The hunger games The prequel looks very exciting. theater director Adam Morley said: “Here’s an idea, why not work on casting more untapped talent and less celebrity driven shows. Instead of gladiatorial entertainment at the cost of people’s dreams why not spend time and resources on more casting and opportunities. Actors’ expectations We do not have entertainment.
Acting Unit on Equity’s Race Equality Committee Tweeted: “We’d like to ask the BBC why don’t they cast their net more widely and be more inclusive of the untapped talent that already exists in our rigidly elitist profession?”
The BBC said: “The aim of bring drama The aim is to open the door to aspiring actors who may not have previously been able to consider professional training for a variety of reasons, for example lack of funding, geographic distance or lack of diverse representation.
“All participants will receive an invaluable insight into the world of acting and tutoring from leading industry mentors. The series is being bring drama celebration which will showcase careers in a range of non-performing roles across the creative industries.
Contestants undergo intensive training and are watched by prominent casting directors and talent agents. The series will culminate with a dramatic performance during which a winner will be crowned.
Emily Smith is executive producer, while Alan Brown is show runner. bring drama The format is distributed by Warner Bros. International Television Production.