I’m not sure if it’s always been with us and I’ve just not noticed before but there seems to be a growing amount of ‘Oh, that’ll do’ TV – programs where the writing is blatantly unbelievable and yet no-one involved seems to care.
There was a pretty spectacular example in last week’s Merlin. It makes no sense for any character in a series where magic is known to have existed to claim alchemy was “impossible”, but where that character is a magician with a tame dragon in the basement it just smacks of lazy writing.
Similarly, fully enjoying BBC One’s Survivors requires an audience to believe that airborne virus can kill the whole population overnight and that every road would be improbably clear of cars and bodies.
The soaps, complete with their comedy characters, are probably still the worst examples of this. Emmerdale recently produced a storyline where a character broke into prison without any legal consequence and the show’s current Sister Act-inspired, cliche ridden plot is both embarrassing beyond belief and hideously predictable.
It’s impossible to understand how some of this tripe gets on air under the guise of drama. The loser is the viewer who is shortchanged with sub-par TV simply because no-one cares enough to do better.