Earlier this week BBC Comedy stated that it is still active in promoting BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) comedic talent in its network. With that, it announced the second Felix Dexter Bursary. The bursary is a six-month training opportunity to prepare comedic writers for a career in the BBC.
Felix Dexter as Floyd Honeybuns (The Real McCoy)
BBC has been the home of mostly white comedy with classic shows such as The Young Ones and Are You Being Served. In the 1990s, Black and brown talent appeared on more shows with a few featuring non-white leads such as The Real McCoy, Red Dwarf, and Chef!
The Felix Dexter Bursary 2018
In 2017, bursaries were awarded to Nottingham’s Leah Chillery and London’s Jonny Wright. The two would write for a number shows on the main BBC channel as well as the network’s other media. They continue to write for BBC via BBC Comedy and BBC Writersroom.
The bursary is in tribute to British comedian and actor Felix Dexter who was a regular on The Real McCoy which ran for six seasons between 1991 and 1996. Dexter passed in 2013 but touched many British comedians. He was known for his ability to play various characters and for his observations of life in Britain as a West Indian.
BBC Writersroom states that the bursary is “open to Black, Asian, ethnic minority writers or writing duos who are aged 18 or over.” Entries will be accepted between June 19 and July 30.
Enjoy two of Felix Dexter’s popular characters from The Real McCoy.
Felix Dexter as Nathaniel the Accountant (The Real McCoy)