The ninja community is ‘drastically underrepresented’ in almost all television drama, according to a report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
‘We sampled 150 crime drama programmes, and found not a single portrayal of ukigusa-gatsure, despite statistics which show that this method of concealing your underwater escape from a crime scene with duckweed was used in eight per cent of all crimes in 2010,’ said Commission chair Trevor Phillips.
ITV’s Downton Abbey attracted particular criticism. ‘This drama contained not a single ninja character, even among the aristocracy’ Phillips said. ‘It is a totally skewed picture of British society.’
TV executives accepted some of the criticism. Coronation Street producer Phil Collinson said his team aimed to represent every strand of society and acknowledged that the ninja contribution to British life had been overlooked. ‘We’re remedying it in an explosive new storyline next month,’ he said. ‘When Audrey Roberts is kidnapped by terrorists, only one woman can save her. We’re not sure how the locals at the Rovers will react when Betty Turpin comes out as a trained ninja though.’