Pandora: Clip sent to room 101

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Feeling sensitive? The BBC is – or so it seems.

Paul Duddridge, show-business agent-turned documentary maker, is soon to premiere his new project, A Film About Races, in Los Angeles. The work poses the esoteric question "what is race?" and part of it, we're told, examines Anne Robinson's notorious remarks about the Welsh on Room 101 ("What are they for?" she asked "I never did like them.")

All well and good, you might think, except for the fact that the BBC have taken the highly unusual step of refusing Duddridge permission to use the clip, despite his offers of payment.

"We've been in contact with them for five months," he explains . "We were going to be on the BBC's side, too." The production company behind Room 101, Hat Trick, have also refused access, despite the potential for royalties. Neither they nor the Beeb were inclined to comment. "We'll discuss it anyway," says a defiant Duddridge. "We just won't have the clip."

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