Well, I’ve given it two episodes now, mainly because the writers (Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah) also created the incomparable ‘Life on Mars’ and ‘Ashes to Ashes’. And because I thought the first episode might just be a deliberate dud, designed to hook viewers and failing badly, and it might settle down and get better.
The first episode of the series achieved 6.8 million viewers, but I haven’t yet seen any figures for the second. I’m guessing about 4000 (and those mostly the production team’s friends and relatives).
But it is without a shadow of a doubt, the worst BBC tv production I’ve ever seen. And the thought that someone greenlighted this pile of childish cack for prime-time fills me with despair. Reviews have been uniformly hideous, and even though some poor soul has set up the inevitable fan site, the comments sections are deluged with irritated watchers demanding the heads of the writers for foisting such unadulterated, poorly-made, inconsistent rubbish on them.
I can only hope that the writers are playing an elaborate practical joke, designed to see just how much leeway their other smash hits have gained them with the Beeb, and the characters will break the fourth wall in the finale and say to the audience ‘Gotcha!’.
And with this series costing the BBC license fee payer god-only-knows how much (if it was more than £37 and a round of drinks for the camera crew, it was to much…), they certainly have….