Which roles need to be recorded?

We want to capture?Perceived diversity data?for as many characters or?contributors?on screen as possible. But for shows with large numbers of background roles (such as audiences, crowds, people at the back of the pub, etc.), it won?t be possible to record Perceived data for everyone.

You?should capture?Perceived diversity data for:

  • Characters or contributors with a speaking role.
  • Characters or contributors whose actions affect what happens in a show even if they don?t speak.
  • Narrators who are not seen (such as the voice-over commentaries on ?Big Brother? or ?Come Dine With Me?, or the unseen narrator of a wildlife programme).
  • Background figures who have an effect on the action or appear in close-up on the screen.
  • Audience members who speak or participate in some other way. For example, people who ask questions on ?Question Time?, audience members who are mentioned and appear in close up in shows like ?The X Factor?, or audience members who interact with a stand-up comic.
  • Audience members or other participants on whom the camera focuses. For example, if a choir is featured and the camera fully focuses on one or more members you should capture their Perceived data.
  • Dancers, pop stars and bands that are a central focus of a programme.
  • Individual members of groups (bands, orchestras, choirs, dance groups, school or sporting teams, etc.) who appear prominently or in close-up, e.g. a head shot of an orchestra leader.
  • Stunt Performers when they are visible, i.e. not doubling for an actor.

You?do not need to capture?Perceived diversity data for:

  • Members of crowds.
  • Background figures who do not speak or whose actions do not affect the show significantly.
  • Audience members who do not speak, act or appear in close up.
  • Individuals (e.g. musicians, dancers) who are part of a group but do not appear in close-up.

When an actor plays multiple roles (e.g. in sketch shows), perceptions of each character should be recorded separately, as far as possible. The principle is the same ? record data based on what you see and hear about the characters in each sketch. In this case, only one row will have been generated for the actor in the?Diversity Perceived Form?(based on information ported from the?Contributors Form). You can manually add rows to the Perceived Form, in order to record distinct?diversity data?for each role played.

Perceived data should not be captured for people who are appearing in the programme without having given consent (for example, in a work of investigative journalism which contains footage from undercover surveillance).