Speaking at a Bafta event on Monday, ITV’s director Kevin Lygo has praised the light-hearted storylines of dramas such as The Durrells and The Good Karma Hospital and has called for more of the same.
“I bet you well over half our drama output will always have in some way crime at its heart,” began Lygo.
“I’m a bit tired of endless murders where in the first five minutes someone, always a woman or a child, is abducted, raped, knifed, killed or bludgeoned,
“In comes a hard-bitten cop with a drinking problem or a woman who never got over the fact that her parents were murdered and couldn’t solve the crime, and in six weeks they find the killer and it ends up being Pauline Quirke around the corner.
“There are brilliant versions of that show and not great versions and I just feel: enough. They will always be around but the success of the Durrells was a positive thing, a sweet, happy, well-made brilliantly performed show, perfect for a Sunday evening.”
Recently debate has arisen surrounding the violent and distressing scenes aired in TV dramas. A column in the Daily Mail described BBC Two drama The Fall as an “invitation to share an extended rape fantasy.”
Allan Cubbit, the writer of the drama, defended The Fall, saying: “There has been one female death in The Fall across the first 11 episodes and that was the character of Sarah Kay. The other ones are reported, but I only showed the murder of one woman on screen, which I needed to do to show what it was that Paul Spector [Jamie Dornan’s character] was about.
“I don’t expect to be applauded for my restraint, but I do think that compared with a great many other dramas I could mention The Fall has never indulged itself in that way.”