Wednesday, August 18, 2010

STV viewers to miss out on new ITV dramas

By Simon Johnson for
STV hopes ratings will increase as more Scottish programming makes its ways onto its schedules, but critics claim the cash-strapped channel is more interested in saving money by using cheaper alternatives.

...Among the shows in ITV’s autumn 2010 schedule that will not be shown Scotland is Downtown Abbey, is a period drama written by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes and starring Dame Maggie Smith.

[Another], Joe Maddison’s War [written by Alan Plater], stars Kevin Whately and Robson Green as two friends who reluctantly join the Home Guard.

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  1. I think it's sad that Scottish viewers won't get to enjoy Alan's last drama, especially because of his love for Scotland. To quote Alan's obit in the Guardian:

    "He produced some joyous work in recent years for Barrie Rutter's Northern Broadsides company in Halifax, and Peter Maxwell Davies's St Magnus festival in Orkney, a place he loved as deeply as anywhere in Britain."

    Not a great thank you. Why not write to STV and complain? This could be Scotland's last chance to see a new drama from Alan.

  2. Anonymous5:45 pm

    STV - what does the 'S' stand for?

  3. Rob Roy5:55 pm

    Enough of STV - what about BBC Scotland being run by a bunch of cultural imperialists from London who send millions on that shite River City and haven't commissioned a piece of original work from a genuine Scot since GOd was in short pants?

    Where's Braveheart when you need him?


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