The Duke of Cambridge has praised television scriptwriters for placing climate change messages in their shows in order to keep the issue at the forefront of viewers minds.
He was speaking via video-link at last night’s BAFTA award ceremony.
According to The Telegraph:
The Duke hailed the “innovative” and “emotive” messages now written into television programmes to persuade audiences to want to save the planet.
In a video address to Bafta in his role as President, he shared his hope that programme-makers would do more to keep “environmental issues high up on the agenda”.
His message introduced a special segment at the Bafta Television Awards highlighting “Planet Placement”, in which drama, documentaries, sports and entertainment shows sprinkle “sustainability messages” throughout their ordinary programming.
Recent examples, praised in a 2021 report about UK broadcasting, include the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee competition including a section on transforming charity shop clothes with a view to sustainability, and an episode dedicated to “reduce, reuse, recycle”
At ITV, ice-skaters Torvill and Dean visited Alaska to fulfill their dream of performing the famous bolero, only to find the ice had melted.
Poor Torvill and Dean. I hope the absence of any ice hasn’t adversely affected their mental wellbeing. Ah well, sure if it has, they can always make a documentary about that.
The Duke of Cambridge concluded his address, saying:
“By creating innovative, educational and emotive content for television, writers and producers are playing a unique role in ensuring the future of our planet is something that we all want to talk about.
“Over the past year, we’ve seen some fantastic examples of this across a wide variety of programmes and genres.
“I hope you will all continue to carry on your invaluable work, keeping environmental issues high up on the agenda of programming in the years ahead.”
In other BAFTA-related news, the new Dr. Who made an appearance, much to the delight of this morning’s news anchors. Ncuti Gatwa is black and he’s gay. Let the virtue signalling commence.
SKY’s entertainment editor called it a “clear sign of progress” this morning. Pass the sick bucket please.
Progress will occur when they choose the actor/actress based on their ability and not on the colour of their skin, their sexual orientation or their gender identity.
That would be radical.