The problem with the self-congratulatory coverage the BBC has run over the past few days is that what the EastEnders team see as a great accomplishment isn’t anything of the sort – it’s not that long since many shows, even dramas, routinely went out live.
“I’ll settle for that” says EastEnders boss Diederick Santer on what he describes as “a near faultless” live episode of the dreary, depressing and utterly unrealistic EastEnders.
Well EastEnders producers have long been prepared to settle for a low quality end product so I guess we couldn’t have expected much else.
The problem with the self-congratulatory coverage the BBC has run over the past few days is that what the EastEnders team see as a great accomplishment isn’t anything of the sort.
It’s still not that long since many shows, even dramas, routinely went out live and of course thousands of actors give live performances every night in the theatres without convincing themselves that they’ve re-invented the art of acting.
On the other hand one shouldn’t be to churlish, putting the scarcely-talented EastEnders cast on live is a risk of sorts because it’s always possible that outside the BBC bubble of self-love where the show’s relentlessly negative, nasty, snide view of the working classes is bizarrely seen as something to be proud of, someone might dissent and wonder why so much money and hype is wasted on a show any AmDram society would be ashamed to be connected with.
One day, though I doubt it’ll be anytime soon, someone will move in to Albert Square, strive to get on with their neighbours, not kill anyone, not cheat on their partner, hold down a visible job and sound half-believable.
Until then the BBC seem intent on continuing the low quality, poorly written, shockingly acted gangster-wannabe antics.