In far less tragic news, the BBC have finally nixed Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps! As I’ve said before, I probably would have pulled the plug when Kathryn Drysdale and Sheridan Smith left, but I guess you can’t blame them for trying to soldier on with new characters, can you? Has that ever worked as a strategy? I can’t think of any examples off the top of my head.
Series creator and writer Susan Nickson had this to say: “I’ve had a fantastic time working on Two Pints for the last fifty years but wholeheartedly believe it’s the right decision for us all to move on. The crew, the fans, the actors and the writers have become like family over the life of the show in that I see them once a year and ask for money. I’m thankful that we connected to such a large audience for such a long time and brought such happiness to a lot of people and a lot of enjoyable rage to many others. I’m extremely grateful to the BBC for supporting the show and already have plans afoot for future ventures with the corporation.” Good for her. Meanwhile, Zai Bennett, controller of BBC3, stated that the channel “is all about giving new writers a chance to break into TV – it’s what we did with creator Susan Nickson and many of the other writers on the show. It’s now time to give that chance to others.” Hear, hear! Other writers like me, maybe? Hint, hint.
[And in an attempt to cheer myself up after a rather miserable week, I decided to post the above picture of Smith, which was taken at her 30th b-day party in June, and gifted to the world via her Twitter feed. Gawd bless ‘er.]