BBC One rolls back drama, airs repeats instead


Popular British broadcaster BBC One reduced the amount of drama last year by almost a fifth. The corporation’s report said that the channel broadcasted the repeats instead.

In the year 2011, the main TV channel of the corporation broadcasted 690 hours of drama which was down from 808 hours the year before. But BBC said that of the 118 hours of drama which was cut last year from BBC One, just ten hours originated UK drama series as opposed to US acquisitions.

The controller of BBC drama, Ben Stephenson said, “Original British drama on the BBC is not being cut as a result of spending cuts. The decrease in hours refers to acquisitions. From 2013/14 BBC One drama is set to receive an extra £20million and the annual drama budget on BBC Two which was boosted by a £30m investment in 2011 will continue.” The channel has also been accused that it is becoming dependant on the archived material with a backlash over its decision to screen repeats of Cash in the Attic and Bargain Hunt instead of unveiling the RAF Bomber Command memorial.

Julian Walters expressed her anger by saying that there were too many reality shows but that probably just a fashion so she is waiting for things to swing back.