The acclaimed screenwriter Russell T Davies has said TV drama is enjoying a golden age but claimed the BBC is heading for oblivion.
Davies, who is behind hits such as the revived Doctor Who, Queer as Folk, Years and Years and Channel 4’s It’s a Sin, suggested that UK broadcasters, under threat from US streaming giants such as Netflix, were in a perilous position.
Davies made his comments when the podcast presenter Gaby Roslin asked him how he felt about being credited with saving television from extinction, thanks to the success of his TV shows. He said the BBC, which has screened several, was heading for extinction “right now in front of us”, but said we were experiencing a “golden age for drama”.
“The amount of author-owned, personal drama pieces that are being broadcast is 10 times the number than in the 60s,” he said.
“People say Play for Today was the height of television. We’re getting series like that every week now, not quite every week, but it’s in a glorious state.”
“The state of the broadcasters is not so magnificent … I’ve given up fighting” for it.
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