Following the announcement from the BBC today, we have issued the following statement:
WGGB General Secretary Ellie Peers said:
“The closure of Doctors is a terrible loss to the UK writing community, and to audiences. Initially considered a ‘training’ show for creatives, it has long developed into a much-loved programme with fantastic stories written by dedicated teams of scriptwriters.
“It is essential in an increasingly global market that the UK continues to provide distinctive content and opportunities for our writers. It is therefore of real concern that this is the second long running drama series to be scrapped by the BBC in the last two years, the first being Holby City. The closure of another drama series leaves a big hole in the drama slate, and in the pockets of Doctors writers, many of whom have written for the show for years.
“We will be continuing our conversations with the BBC on this and providing support for our members who are affected.”
WGGB Chair Lisa Holdsworth said
“I am shocked and saddened to hear this news. I know that the Doctors writing team boasts some of the most passionate and dedicated writers working in UK television. Over the years they’ve generated thousands of inventive and impactful stories, often reflecting the realities of modern British life whilst still remaining entertaining and accessible to the audience. I hope the BBC and the wider industry appreciates their talent going forward.”
WGGB members affected by the closure can contact email@example.com
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