Following hot on the heels of today's news announcing the relegation of BBC 3 to an Internet-only channel, other cuts are being planned at The Beeb and it's understood that nowhere will they bite deeper than in the world-famous drama department.
Reports say that it is to be completely disbanded with no more big name stars being cast in subsequent drama programming. Instead new shows will be provided by amateur dramatic companies from in and around the Home Counties and in a throwback to the late 50s and early 60s these are to be broadcast live to save on costly recording equipment and storage space.
The first programme commissioned under the new regime will an adaptation of the James Joyce classic, Ulysses, to be performed by The St Michael's Anglican Church Strolling Players from Watford, with the verger, Mr Alan Chivers, cast in the lead role of Leopold Bloom. Daphne Miller a doctor's receptionist as well as the group's creative director and seamstress said, "Alan's really not bad at all once he settles his nerves, and his Sky Masterson when we did Guys and Dolls last Easter was warmly received by the critic in The Watford News.
A tearful James Nesbitt was said to be distraught at developments and a source close to the ubiquitous star told The Sun, "Jimmy's gutted. After getting away with riding the gravy train for so long he just doesn't know what he's going to do next."