As I don’t see much on television myself (though at the moment I’m enjoying ‘Once Upon a Time’ on 5*), here’s some thoughts I rather enjoyed from writer Karen Barclay.
I read lots of novels, I go to the cinema and the theatre, I have lots of DVDs of British dramas from the 70s and 80s written by greats like Alan Plater, Colin Welland, and Dennis Potter, I listen to radio dramas… but I haven’t watched British television dramas on a regular basis since 1999 when the Reality T.V. boom began.
I don’t think the quality of t.v. drama dipped, I think its concerns stagnated. You still had black drug dealers, Jehovah’s Witness’s whose children needed blood transfusions and absolutely everyone had at least one speech in a concluding episode about being abused as a child.
Also a combination of Liberal melodrama, Marxist realism and fashionable nihilism had given serious drama a sort of blood libel feel. You wondered who killed Christ and who was going to get pogromed for it, if only we could work up the enthusiasm. Usually it…
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