Christmas Day TV in the UK was typical, with films most of the day and mostly SOAPs in the early evening. Indeed, if not for the incredible Doctor Who, most people would have had three hours of SOAPs to contend with.
As it was, BBC1 captured the viewing figures by sandwiching Doctor Who with Eastenders. But the reality is, over Christmas Day and Boxing Day, the only brilliant, new drama was Doctor Who and The Old Curiosity Shop.
What has happened to terrestrial TV when during the main period of TV entertainment, each of the major channels could only provide one drama each of such quality? I suspect it is the tyranny of the viewing figures, and SOAPs.
Don’t get me wrong. I like our main SOAPs, but not at the expense of quality drama elsewhere. Perhaps we should have a campaign to ban SOAPs at Christmas.
© Anthony North, December 2007
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