I see from the news and from social media that Channel 4 have not commissioned a third series of middle-ranking (1.2 million viewers) Raised by Wolves. The writer and creator has decried the decision, describing RBW as the “only TV in Britain by and about working class women” – (Empire Online) and has set up a Facebook campaign to have the show made by other means. The last media news I heard about RBW was that it was being developed for American TV by the writer of Juno, so it *does* seem a bit soon for the show’s star to wane.
I wonder if The Massive has any thoughts on number of issues raised (hah!) by this series of events. I see that one correspondent recently mentioned that he didn’t find Ab Fab remotely amusing because he didn’t identify with the characters (I’m paraphrasing). Is that the thinking behind the cancellation?
Are TV commissioners really the hopeless dolts that The Talent often portray them to be – at least when shows are being dumped, not commissioned – based on what they put on our screens?
Are there really no shows for and about working class folk (Channel 5’s output with *insert random series of adjectives followed by the phrase ‘on benefits’ aside) on the tellybox these days?
How working class can you describe yourself as being after spending twenty years as a broadsheet columnist – perhaps in the same way as on that Word Podcast where a script writer for Eastenders, a former presenter of The Old Grey Whistle Test and the man who presented worldwide Live Aid coverage described themselves as “normal blokes working in an office”?
Personally, I like the show. But then I’ve liked a lot of shows that never made it past their sophomore* series.