Denis McGrath follows my perfunctory referral to Jane Featherstone's Guardian profile with a great post about the potential benefits to both the UK and Canada of teaming up in order to move away from the predominant six episode serial model. There are very good reasons to do this - longer running shows stand a greater chance of making back their budget in foreign sales, and provide training ground for new writers, something the UK is in real need of right now. At the moment, Featherstone states, most of our TV writers train in theatre, or on soaps, making their name in an environment which actually provides very little preparation for the move to working on a drama series. The writing talent is out there, but it is not well nurtured; moving towards a format that can actually provide a means to develop new talent is better for everyone - the writers, production company, TV stations, and the audience.
The End of the British 6-Pack?.
Category: Movies and TV