Thursday, June 17, 2010

It's For Children.

Whilst I agree with whoever it was that described Stephen Fry as "a stupid person’s idea of what an intelligent person is like", he's not wrong here:
: 'It's just shocking. The only dramas the BBC will boast about are Merlin and Doctor Who, which are fine but they're children's programmes. They're not for adults.
Exactly right. I saw adults complaining that the new Dalek design was obviously aimed at children, to which the only reasonable response is "well duh". The only occasionally adult aspects to the show are when the writers try to shoehorn in unsubtle political propaganda.

There are very few high quality programmes aimed at adults on British television, particular with dramas.


JuliaM said...

Which is one reason US series (particularly HBO ones) have done so well here...

TDK said...

Well I grant that Dr Who tries to shoehorn in politics and I concede that the writer thinks that is a concession to adult viewers but the reality falls rather short.

A few episodes spring to mind but what is adult about Christopher Ecclestone telling Blitz era Londoners to remember to create the NHS. An adult version might tell us that the Labour Party of the time was opposed and the Guardian rather reluctant.

Chuckles said...

Since they have spent so much time and effort setting up everyone as permanent children and state dependents, they are now surely one and the same?

Anonymous said...

I think the politics is aimed at the children, to condition them to the multicult. It seems too blatent to fool adults, please tell me thats true.

The best episodes have been those that just relaxed and got on with telling a story. eg the original weeping angels episode. Apart from that black guy crowbarred into the story, it went fine.

Russel T.Davies has left the prog now, generally his episodes were the worst offenders re gay themes, multicult propaganda.

The new style daleks, why change them to appeal to children? The old ones appealed to children just fine, from the '60s until, well, now.

We can all think of similar failures of the imagination of course.

Scooby Doo appealed to children, the producers added Scrappy Doo, to appeal That Failed of course and Scrappy has been erased from more recent offerings.

Star Wars had R2D2 which appealed to small children, then George Lucas lost his mind and created Jar Jar Binks, in some misguided attempt to appeal to children - or the educationally subnormal.