Over the last two weeks I have been going through comments in various media about my paper on the funding of the BBC.
Some of it was depressing. Some of it was supportive. But there was little on the core objective of the project: how we do grow our media industry and our media exports? How do we take full advantage of the new “trade routes” offered by the broadband Internet?
The UK’s success with formats should be recognised and is something to be proud of. But drama is what earns the money overseas. It is also what gives our country “profile”.
So here is a tribute to two series that have achieved that and which play all over the world: Midsomer Murders and Wild at Heart. Some people find them "ordinary". But both series know exactly what they are doing, and who they are aiming at.
Apart form the traditional family and romantic issues, Wild At Heart can give us animal attacks, tropical storms and the rest of it. We love to see people facing up to such challenges when the performances are well executed.
Both series avoid a social agenda. People back from work on an average day can easily get depressed over problems they know they can do little about.