The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (branded as WGGB – The writers’ union) has launched a campaign to save BBC Doctors, following the announcement last week that the show was to close after two decades.

It has set up a special campaign page here 

The page includes a template letter which supporters can use to write to their MP, urging them to write to BBC Director General Tim Davie, asking him to reverse the decision. There is support for Doctors writers affected by the decision, plus how they can get involved in the campaign.

There’s also a link to a petition that has reached over 5,000 signatures at the time of writing, as well as social media assets to help spread the word.

The WGGB made a statement last week following the announcement the show was to close:

“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,” said WGGB General Secretary Ellie Peers. “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.”

“I am shocked and saddened to hear this news,” added WGGB Chair Lisa Holdsworth. “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 remaining entertaining and accessible to the audience. I hope the BBC and the wider industry appreciate their talent going forward.”

Michael Burns

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