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Inside No 9: cult comedy heroes Reece Shearsmith & Steve Pemberton return

3 February 2014 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Two of Britain's brightest and most inventive comedy brains are back. Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton return to BBC Two this week with Inside No 9 - a new series of one-off darkly comic vignettes that the pair are pitching as a contemporary counterpart to classic anthology shows like Armchair Theatre and Nigel Kneale's Beasts.

"I think it is a hard sell for people," Shearsmith says of the format. "There's this idea that you don't build an audience with an anthology - every week, you've got to start again and if you don't like the first one [you see] you might not watch again. That's the fear! But I think the appeal is the absolute excitement of not knowing what you're going to get."

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Britain's ethnic minorities need better access to the TV and film industry | Lenny Henry

24 January 2014 11:33 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

We have a small golden circle of writers who do everything, in effect closing the door on Britain's rich diversity of talent

A meeting I attended this week, chaired by the culture minister Ed Vaizey in the House of Commons, was in many ways a ground-breaking event. For the first time, representatives from film, television and the performing arts came together to acknowledge that representation among black, Asian and ethnic minorities across the television and film industry – most significantly behind the camera – has fallen from 7.4% in 2009 to 5.4% in 2012, and is continuing to decrease, and that it is not an acceptable state of affairs in a vibrant democracy which boasts a rich diversity of cultures. Most important, we recognise it is our job collectively to reverse this trend by ensuring that the inequalities faced by ethnic minority talent become a thing of the past.

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- Lenny Henry

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