Crass BBC decision (Larraine Gray)
Why, oh why did the BBC decide to delay the final episode of <i>Shetland</i> until Friday 4th March? This is the second time this has happened.
I think this series has been an improvement in so many ways to the previous two. The earlier series were weekly stories whereas this series is one main story spread over six episodes.
Two weeks in and we were left with one poor guy hurtling off the cliffs having been shot only to be told by the TV announcer that “The next episode of Shetland will be in two weeks’ time”. Why? A football game, that’s why.
The reason this time appears to be a rugby match. Surely the BBC schedulers know when they will need a period of clear weeks to programme their dramas. Perhaps not or is it just Shetland and Dickensian that must suffer.
They didn’t do it to Poldark and they don’t do it to Death in Paradise or Happy Valley. They should schedule all such series when they can be seen in their total length and without interruption.
Living in Shetland, I know how much work went into producing this current series. For ITV, making the series for BBC, the financial commitment would have been considerable.
The storyline in this series has progressed to present, in my opinion, a first class and exciting story with important social issues highlighted and it’s an insult to the programme makers, writers, actors and the public to mess us around like this.
The BBC should be ashamed of themselves. Or do they expect we will all go out and purchase the eventual DVD? Do they really need the money that much that they have to employ such tactics?
I, for one, will be viewing the final episode but it will be out of loyalty to the story, the series and its production crew and not because the BBC has deigned to allow me to watch it.