Given the competitive nature of the TV industry it’s perhaps hard to imagine our biggest broadcasters and independent production companies coming together to discuss how they can work together on a project that might just change the entire industry. But for the past year, eleven of some of the biggest companies in the industry have been meeting once a month to do just that – all in the name of saving the planet.
It seems we can’t get enough of murder. Whether it’s Waking the Dead, The Killing, Murder She Wrote, Luther, Midsomer Murders, Miss Marple, Lewis – even Sherlock we’re a nation obsessed with murder. Our screens are flooded with detective shows and they are piling up much like the bodies.
As a 1980s teenager, finally deemed old enough to be allowed to stay up late and watch TV with my parents, it was the moment I feared the most – THE SEX BIT. On the screen that is, not in the living room.
On Tuesday a report appeared on a local news website in Kent about an electronics engineer from Southborough who hasn’t watched a TV programme since 1988. What has he missed?
Stating firmly and without qualification that I will never agree to appear on television again is a bit like stating firmly that I would no longer accept being asked to play football in midfield for Spain, or would no longer consider sharing “quality time” with Maria Sharapova; a futile gesture perhaps, but one about which I am adamant.
Six years ago, the BBC ran an extensive campaign to promote its brand. Unlike those of other broadcasters, the budget of this project wasn’t blown on paying C-list celebrities to stand in front of a camera and beg viewers to watch programmes.
ITV’s ‘The Exclusives’ sees 6 desperate young writers hit the offices of Bauer Media in an attempt to see who can humiliate themselves the most as they’re hurled into candid interviews with their idols. Robbie Wojciechowski can’t believe that the programme’s commissioners have stooped that low.
Let me put my cards on the table. I am firmly in the camp which believes that television damages children and that the less they see the better.
Spank! It’s not quite up there with “pukka” and “done”, yet it surpasses both in pandering to the inane gender stereotyping engrained in The Fabulous Baker Brothers. Put it in the oven, Spank. Throw it on the table, Spank Spank! Even Jim Davidson would shun Spank as a catchphrase.
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