Northern Ireland features frequently on network television, but only as a news item after some outbreak of violence or impending political crisis.
Locally produced programmes depicting ordinary life or drama account for less than 1% of network hours on the BBC, ITV or Channels 4 and 5.
There is significant acting and production talent in the province. Now the NI Affairs Committee has urged the television companies to stop neglecting it and has suggested that the Government provide funding for local programming which could go nationwide. We have so many real life dramas here, it cannot be difficult to produce a few fictional ones.