Well, after the excellent Clerkenwell Films worked long and hard to develop Bryant & May as a TV series, creating a script for the pilot and getting the wonderful Derek Jacobi and Michael Gambon to sign to the show, ITV, Sky and the BBC all turned it down, citing the trend against original programming at the moment. Instead, it looks like we’ll be getting more existing old brands, shows about obese people losing weight and foreign imports. Jane Eyre and Robin Hood are probably around the corner again.
Everyone tried very hard to get the UK networks interested in the shows, to no avail. Perhaps a production company in the US could take a chance on it – they seem more innovative. If not, ‘Bryant & May – The TV Series’ goes away into mothballs until a more interesting time arrives for stuffy old British television.
Fifty years ago, Bruce Forsyth, Cliff Richard and Lulu, Sherlock Holmes, Dr Who, James Bond and Come Dancing were on our TV screens. They still are.