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With In The Flesh and At­lantis axed, what’s hap­pened to all the UK sci- fi/ fan­tasy TV?

It’s sad that sci- fi TV seems to al­ways get the short end of the stick, but a lot of the time net­works set things up to fail by lack of pub­lic­ity and silly times. It even hap­pens to Doc­tor Who, to a lesser ex­tent – moved about on a Satur­day to suit what­ever re­al­ity junk is shown be­fore/ af­ter. Give things a de­cent set- in- stone time, advertise right, and the view­ing fig­ures would im­prove.

Of course you can say there’s iPlayer, but th­ese are shows peo­ple want to share and dis­cuss. Mov­ing air­ing times makes this harder and in th­ese busy times view­ers are not as in­clined to check a TV guide ev­ery week to find when the show they en­joy will air. They’ll just give up. It’s hard to turn a ca­sual viewer into a die- hard fan this way.

Stacey Shaw, Bunt­ing­ford Ex­pen­sive flops. At­lantis. Demons. Out­casts. Sur­vivors. The US-fi­nanced se­ries of Torch­wood. All se­ries which had se­ri­ous money ploughed into them, but which failed to de­liver. And when a genre fails to de­liver a sus­tain­able hit over a num­ber of years TV ex­ec­u­tives begin to con­sider it risky to com­mis­sion shows in it.

I’d hope not, but if things con­tinue in the fash­ion which they cur­rently are it might be a good long while un­til we see Bri­tish TV chan­nels tak­ing the risk on a long run­ning sci- fi or fan­tasy show. At which point we’ll prob­a­bly have to mi­grate to view­ing US TV com­pa­nies’ wares for a while again, un­til the risky pe­riod blows over.

Mark Roberts, email

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