BBC admits writer’s secret plot to 'indoctrinate' viewers with 'militant woke agenda'

BBC screenwriter Lily Seriki says she wants to push her woke agenda on viewers

BBC screenwriter Lily Seriki says she wants to push her woke agenda on viewers

Jack Walters

By Jack Walters

Published: 22/10/2023

- 12:16

Updated: 22/10/2023

- 12:47

Critics claim the BBC’s most recent intake of writers are left-leaning and focus on identity politics

The BBC has admitted one of its writers has a secret plot to “indoctrinate” viewers with her “militant woke agenda”.

Screenwriter Lily Seriki tends to focus her stories on empowerment, joy and friendships of girls and women who do not fit in.

The broadcaster’s released an update about its Drama Room writers on October 16.

It said: “She’s addicted to cuteness and social justice and hopes that by finding the recipe for irresistibly adorable characters, she will be able to indoctrinate many unsuspecting viewers with her militant woke agenda.”

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Seriki, from London, previously wrote 'silly Girl', which was set in Regency-era England. The story "follows two teenage girls meant to be mastering the performance of simpering femininity. But Cecily is an autistic gynaecologist with no tolerance for pretence. And Olive is a mixed-race ‘mulatta’ with explosive ADHD."

The description goes on: "Up against a world that seeks to ‘cure’ their minds by controlling their bodies, the best friends learn to love their pathologised identities and fight for a life that’s free, independent, and defiantly insane."

Critics accused the BBC of skewing its talent development projects towards “woke” writers and creators.

They say winners of the BBC’s most recent Drama Room - a one year "talent development scheme" - hold hard-left views which are don't represent most British people.

The BBC said its Drama Room aims to “develop and prepare talented emerging writers for the television drama industry”.

It added: “Our drama writing schemes are designed to attract the very best emerging writers from across the UK regardless of background, the application process is incredibly robust and prioritises the quality of the writing.”

Amy Arnold, who is a Macclesfield-based writer, won a place after creating an “environmental thriller”.

Sophie Chetin-Leuner is also releasing a play which “unflinchingly confronts the hard truths of our crumbling NHS mental health services”.

The controversy comes as yet another blow to the BBC.

Opinion polls conducted over the last two decades have shown collapsing support for the broadcaster.

YouGov showed 81 per cent of Britons trusted BBC journalists to tell the truth in 2003.

However, the proportion plummeted to just 47 per cent in 2020.

The BBC has been roundly criticised for its coverage of Hamas' onslaught against Israel.

The broadcaster opted to call Hamas “militants” rather than terrorists.

But the BBC has since quietly U-turned o how it describes the group.

The corporation will now call Hamas a “proscribed terrorist organisation” following Government guidance since 2019.

Members of the Jewish community gather outside BBC Broadcasting House to demonstrate against the BBC's ongoing refusal to label Hamas as terrorists

Members of the Jewish community demonstrate against the BBC's refusal to label Hamas 'terrorists'


A statement from the Board of Deputies of British Jews said: “The BBC confirmed it was committed to continued dialogue.

“It also confirmed it is no longer BBC practice to call Hamas militants.”

Davie added: “The BBC is committed to continuing dialogue through this period.”

A spokesman from the broadcaster also said: “What the BBC does not do is use the word terrorist without attributing it, nor do we ban words.

“We also confirmed that for some days we had not been using 'militant' as a default description for Hamas, as we have been finding this a less accurate description as the situation evolves.”

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