TV has too much period drama, says Band of Gold writer Kay Mellor

TV has too much period drama, says Band of Gold writer Kay Mellor

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01:23 GMT, 13 March 2012

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01:25 GMT, 13 March 2012

Kay Mellor, who was behind Band of Gold and Fat Friends, said it was 'not always good to have your head in the sand.'

Kay Mellor, who was behind Band of Gold and Fat Friends, said it was 'not always good to have your head in the sand'

Too many costume dramas are being shown on the small screen, an award-winning TV writer claimed yesterday.

Kay Mellor, who was behind Band of Gold and Fat Friends, said it was ‘not always good to have your head in the sand’.

She said that although there was room for different types of drama, British TV was ‘leaning a lot towards bonnets and period drama’.

As well as Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs, both ITV and the BBC are launching department store-based period dramas and ITV is also set to air Titanic.

Leeds-based Miss Mellor, whose latest work, The Syndicate, features a group of lottery winners, said there needed to be a balance between different TV styles. ‘I don’t think it is always good to have your head in the sand,’ she said.

‘That’s what we as a society have had, our head in the sand for a long time. The Syndicate is a different type of drama – a kind of “bring your head up a bit, this is what’s going on”.’

Miss Mellor also took a swipe at lottery bosses for encouraging jackpot winners to reveal their identities.

Lack of balance: She said that although there was room for different types of drama, British TV was leaning a lot towards bonnets and period drama,' such as Downton Abbey pictured

Lack of balance: She said that although there was room for different types of drama, British TV was 'leaning a lot towards bonnets and period drama,' such as Downton Abbey pictured

‘It seemed to me the most natural and sensible thing to do was not to go public,’ she said.

‘But yet they do, for all sorts of reasons, largely to do with the fact that the lottery company want them to, of course. So they are under a lot of pressure to go public.

‘They say things like “No, you won’t get begging letters” and “No, this won’t happen” and all this sort of thing, and some people believe it.’

Period drama: As well as Upstairs Downstairs, both ITV and the BBC are launching department store-based period dramas and ITV is also set to air Titanic

Period drama: As well as Upstairs Downstairs, both ITV and the BBC are launching department store-based period dramas and ITV is also set to air Titanic