Leech asks Channel 4 to think again over Irish Famine comedy


South Manchester MP and Lib Dem spokesperson on Culture, Media and Sport John Leech MP has asked Channel 4 to think again about commissioning a comedy about the Great Irish famine. 

He has submitted a motion on the subject in Parliament.

John Leech MP said today, “Of course we live in a tolerant, diverse society and it is up to Channel 4 to decide what they produce. What worries me about this 'comedy' is that it is likely to poke fun, make light and reinforce stereotypes about the Irish and a famine which killed a million people.

John added, “I remember the early series of Channel 4’s Shameless which deliberately mocked, exaggerated and stereotyped Mancunians. My fear is, if Channel 4 don’t think again, the same will happen here”


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