BBC2 heralds 'white working class'


LONDON -- BBC2 is dreaming of a white Christmas, putting the "white working class in Britain" in the spotlight for its upcoming winter season.

The broadcaster's second channel on Tuesday said it has programmed a season examining "why some sections of this community feel increasingly marginalized today."

It will include programs that look at the complex mix of feelings that lead some white working class people "to feel under siege and as if their very sense of self is being brought into question."

"It's BBC 2's role to reflect contemporary society and this is a timely moment for us to examine the roots of this debate," BBC2 controller Roly Keating said. "The White Season is a complex look at how life has changed for the white working class in Britain."

Keating said the lineup will give audiences the chance to consider "the views and circumstances of people who have a strong point of view" and seems destined to stir up controversy.

Highlights include drama "White Girl," written by "Sex Traffic" scribe Abi Morgan and starring Anna Maxwell Martin ("Bleak House").

Morgan's drama focuses on an 11-year-old girl who moves to an entirely Muslim community in Bradford and finds herself and her siblings the only white children at school.

Documentaries include "Last Orders," which tells the story of the embattled Wibsey Working Men's Club in Northern England.

"The Poles Are Coming" sees Tim Samuels taking a subversive look at the reality of immigration in Middle England.

As Gdansk's leaders travel to Peterborough to plead with their countrymen to come back to a Poland, where there is a shortage of workers, the program asks what would happen to the U.K. economy if they did leave and whether any will be tempted away.