If disaster strikes in the theatre, an understudy replaces a leading actor, sometimes even during the interval.
The campaign was spurred on by reports of the huge drop-out rate of women working in television production.
Yet performers, on stage or screen, are still seen as the last people who should be asking for flexible working.
Patel argues that inflexibility in television production means talented people leave the industry, or get stuck in roles below their skill level.
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