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