Discussing the decision to axe BBC1's Rufus Sewell drama Zen two months ago, Cohen said: "You can't keep on doing everything if you want to bring in new things. I felt that we risked having too many male detectives and arguably we have had maybe too much crime.The fact that there's 'too much crime' on every channel including the ones that have to make a profit, rather than suckle on the taxpayer's teat, might tell you that that's what people want to see.
He went on: "Detectives and crime is the real staple of quite a lot on the BBC but also a huge amount of ITV drama ... I want to broaden the palette a bit."
But hey, why should I give you free advice? Go make more 'Bonekickers', more 'Outcasts', if you want to continue to haemorrhage viewers...
He went on to say that he sometimes wonders about "the degree of scrutiny of the BBC" on a daily basis in newspapers and warned: "Britain would be a poorer place without the BBC, we should be careful how far we kick it."I know just how far I'd like to kick it!