The class imagine they are the bosses at ITV.
They can decide which programs get made and which do not, they pick from the list below. They must pick the shows they think most people will watch.
Pick the top three shows
As teacher you play the role of the programme maker. You must pitch these programmes to the class who vote for which three ITV will buy.
Read out the programme ideas one at a time. Take a vote after each programme. Record the votes on the board.
What would most people watch?
[A] A streetwise young black man struggles to bring up two kids on his own (drama).
[B] An Asian grocer and Greek kebab shop owner are always arguing (comedy).
[C] An Italian family run a greasy cafe full of wacky punters. They are passionate about football (comedy).
[D] A teenage boy from an Indian family can't be bothered to do any work. He hangs out on the dole and dreams of becoming a racing driver (comedy).
[E] Two wheeler-dealer market traders from south London are always trying to sell dodgy goods (comedy).
[F] An elderly white woman forms a community group with her elderly black neighbours. They go on day trips but have such a wild time they often get into trouble (comedy).
[G] A Chinese detective investigates a series of murders amongst members of a violent Tri-ad drugs gang (thriller).
Did they challenge stereotypes?
How many of the programmes they agreed to make would challenge stereotypes? There are no right or wrong answers. All the shows involve some stereotypes. After the activity, read the story