The BBC is attempting to address a hole in their content by launching a competition to find ‘affirming’ comedy scripts featuring transgender characters.
The publicly funded broadcaster has joined forces with Trans Comedy to launch a competition to find scripts for comedies that ‘portray transgender charters and the transgender experience in an affirming manner’.
‘There is lots of buzz out there and we are looking forward to seeing just how many scripts come in,’ said Claire Parker from Trans Comedy, The Stage reports.
‘We see this is a starting point – let’s keep people talking, let’s get people excited and throw all that rubbish away about "bad representation". Let’s not dwell on that and see how we go.’
The winning script, chosen by judges executive producer of Absolutely Fabulous John Plowman and BBC head of creative resources Ian Critchley, will receive £5,000 ($8,000, â‚¬6,000) for further development.
The Trans Comedy Award is accepting submissions from now until 28 February.