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Carroll writes BBC Comedy short

Jack Carroll sitting between the two other cast members of mobility

Comedian Jack Carroll, runner up on Britain’s Got Talent in 2013, returns to our screen in BBC’s new comedy short Mobility, revolving around three students who catch the mobility bus to school on their first day of sixth form.

Carroll, who has cerebral palsy, co-wrote the script with Tom Gregory who both have high ambitions of the show which they see as "very much as a pilot episode of a sitcom".

The former BGT contestant also plays lead character Mike in the programme which ends with a potential arc of turning into a full series.

Carroll (pictured above sitting between the two other characters)  told Radio Times: "I don't know whether that's how the channel sees it necessarily, and I think it's great that they have given people the ability to experiment with this short film strand. I think it's great for new emerging talent, that's how people work things out and get bigger."

Just to give you a heads up, the rest of the article contains spoilers. So, for once, here’s our standard footnote a little earlier than usual.

[ Mobility is available to stream on BBC iPlayer now ]

Carroll went on to say:  "I think, from our perspective, it is definitely a short pilot for a sitcom series, and with the reveal of Ramona at the end of the episode, the series would be kind of her learning the ropes on how to make the most of your disability through the other lads really. And that's a conversation we've definitely had.

"But you never can tell with these things and if that was not to be the case then we've also got a pretty neat little short film that I'm very, very proud of. So either way is great for me."

The short takes place solely on the mobility bus, but Carroll and Gregory have discussed other scenarios if the show is commissioned for more episodes.

He said: "We probably would have to open the action out a little bit but then also, who's to say that it's not the morning trip to sixth form and the bus back as well? So there's a number of ways we could go with that.

"I think the main thing that we've settled is that the Ramona character would become more the focus of a series and the viewer’s way into the kind of secret society of disability."

Carroll also addressed the inclusion of disabled people on TV when he was asked if he felt there were enough people on our screen with a disability. He said that it was "always a difficult question to answer because I can only speak from my perspective, my experience of disability, and there's thousands of different types of disabilities and experiences that people have with those disabilities".

He continued: "I think it's getting better. But I think that we've got to find that diversity within diversity. Because I think there is a danger that people go, 'Oh we've got one or two shows with disabled people in them and that's enough'. But there's a lot of diversity within disability that I think doesn’t really get the coverage that it should.

"But then again, in my more compassionate moments I go, 'Well, it's very hard to get anything on TV, whether you're able-bodied or whether you have a disability.' So maybe people are working within the parameters that the crowded space of TV offers them."

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