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Meredith
Meredith  | February 19, 2012
Agreed about Garrow's Law. Here was a programme that truly felt original and fresh, and with a small four week footprint in the schedule, I can't fathom why it was jettisoned in favor of safe retreads like Great Expectations and The Moonstone. I like classic literature as much as the next person, but ANOTHER version of that Wilkie Collins chestnut is an answer to a question nobody was asking.

Even though I'm younger than either Mr. Stephensen or Danny Cohen, every time they open their mouths and talk about "edgy" programming (what is this, 1996?) or "fucked up" and "conflicted" characters, I want to roll my eyes and yell at them to get off my damn lawn.

If BBC drama makes this woman in her 20s feel old and ignored, I think there's little hope for them appealing "women in their fifties"
 
Mrs_Silvester
Mrs_Silvester  | February 18, 2012
I definitely think the decision to cancel Garrow's Law is criminal - an injustice! The programme just keeps getting better and better and series 3 was the best yet! There is a dedicated fanbase in the UK as well as in America, and viewing figures have been consistently around the 5 million mark. BBC Scotland is producing some excellent quality drama and Garrow's Law increased the reputation of the BBC. The cancellation decision seems irrational given the BBC wish to produce more drama at BBC Scotland.

There is so much more potential for development with Series 4 of Garrow's Law - the new character of George Pinnock is excellent, and Garrow's relationship with Sarah could be further explored now that they are starting a family. Moreover, interesting possible storylines include Garrow's route to the Bench and a possible alliance between Garrow and Fox. The archives of the Old Bailey still provide a rich source of case material that has plenty stories to yet to be explored.

I speak on behalf of many fans when I urge the BBC to reconsider their decision!
 
Richard
Richard  | February 17, 2012
Big budget gift wrapped chocolate box, safe classic adaptation, detectives or "fucked up" - where's the risk being taken with original writers of new drama? If you cancel/diminish drama commissioning for BBC 3 and 4 where producers can be creative for lower budgets (light on tired old special effects) - the seed bed for emergent new drama and writers to develop - and we're left with same old, same old. We want the BBC to be the best - not the broadcaster driven by American sales and worldwide distribution of cliche British stereo types. US drama imports give us original - the BBC gives us tired. Give the intelligent (license fee paying)audience a break on the BBC Ben - or breathe some fresh air into the commissioning process with some new blood!
Oh, and does 'unstuffy' refer to the use of the vernacular? A bit more listening and feeling challenged might reflect better than the complacent self satisfied enjoyment of "my stuff being on the telly".
 
Robin
Robin  | February 16, 2012
Quite agree about Garrow's Law. The Beeb had just moved it to the prime Sunday 9pm slot – and then dumped it. It was a fascinating and intelligent drama. I enjoy some BBC and ITV dramas, but I'm dazzled by the brilliance of many American series – Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire to name a couple. Could the BBC really only afford to make three 20-parters, or even one without sacrificing many other series? Is it really so much poorer than the likes of HBO? While I know the government is always pressuring the Beeb over money, I suspect it lacks something other than cash – more like a little ambition and daring.
 
Andrea
Andrea  | February 16, 2012
I have enjoyed(via box-sets)several of the BBC-dramas. But why axing Garrow's law?? Innovative concept(despite the period), unusual setting, top-notch actors and new talent and an appeal to 5 million viewers. Better shows? Yet to be proved!(and a new Moonstone and a Tudor-rip-off are hardly original).
 
Viv
Viv  | February 16, 2012
"Our average audience is a woman in her fifties" Well that's me - and I'm furious that you've abandoned Garrow's Law when there's more story about this iconic, complex, different character. He may not be "fucked up" but the system he was reforming certainly was! The writing,setting and language of this series has been exceptional - the acting has been sublime - I daresay you've never watched - but 5 million of us have & stuck with it because we can see it's of the highest quality.


















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