'Marginalised working class' a focus for BBC2
White working-class life in modern Britain is to be the focus of an "unflinching and provocative" BBC2 season.
The "white season" will explore issues around immigration and the "complex mix of feelings that has led some white working-class people to feel marginalised", the channel said as it unveiled its schedules yesterday.
Highlights will include White Girl, a drama by Abi Morgan, which features the Bleak House actor Anna Maxwell Martin as the mother of 11-year-old Leah and her siblings, who are the only white children at their new school in Bradford; a documentary, All White In Barking, exploring relationships in east London; and The Poles Are Coming, about the effects on the economy if recent Polish immigrants returned home.
Roly Keating, the BBC2 controller, said: "The white season is a complex look at how life has changed for the white working-class in Britain."
The documentaries also include Last Orders, the story of the Wibsey working men's club in Bradford, Rivers Of Blood, which examines the impact of Enoch Powell's speech 40 years on, and Wonderland, a set of real-life stories.
Other highlights include the drama series House of Saddam, set in Iraq, and BBC2 will broadcast the Doctor Who spin-off, Torchwood. The channel has also commissioned comedy shows, including Lab Rats and Taking the Flak, about a small African war as viewed by journalists. In Alternative Therapies Kathy Sykes explores meditation, hypnotherapy and reflexology, and Monty Don, in Around The World In 80 Gardens, visits some of the world's most celebrated gardens.