The wrong way

I read this article in The Guardian the other day.

It’s about why the BBC are axing Ben Elton’s “The Wright Way” sitcom after only one season.

Their point is about how social media amplifies the instant negative reaction, not allowing new TV shows time to develop and grow, and how this means that shows that might have succeeded in the past, never get a chance today.

This is a fair point, social media is chock full of unfair shouty criticism, but it overlooks the key point: the show is rubbish.

Ben Elton set out to write an “old-fashioned mainstream comedy” and insofar as it is both “old-fashioned” and “mainstream” it works, it’s the “comedy” objective where it stumbles*.

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