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Law & Order: UK and ITV
It seems that the future success of Law & Order: UK and ITV are strongly tied together. Mark Wright of The Stage posted an interesting article stating if 'Law & Order: UK' had been produced by ITV five years ago, the network would not be in such dire straights now. And, yes, Mr.Wright seems to think very highly of the series and, in particular, singles out Bradley Walsh and Jamie for praise.

And Sky News is reporting that tomorrow, or later today depending on what time zone you live in, ITV will be laying off 500 employees as well as close one of it's studios due to the current economic crisis. Sadly, even if Law & Order: UK is considered a hit (viewership was down by 600,000 viewers this week, but the drop was not unexpected), there is no guarantee it will be renewed for a second series.

The Guardian reports on how ITV came to be in it's current situation. as does BBC News.

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esmerelda_t From: esmerelda_t Date: March 4th, 2009 09:19 am (UTC) (Link Me)
From what I've read in the press over here, the 500 jobs are being lost at that studio. ITV cancelled two of their long running Sunday night dramas based at that studio even though they were still fairly popular, they must have been a serious resource drain though given the location, sixties setting and longevity.

I think next week will really be the decider for the show's fate. If it keeps a steady rating, then I think ITV will consider it a solid, if not spectacular, hit. They can't really afford to throw that away and it's unlikley they'll go completly under so they'll still need shows. If it drops again though then I think that's a sign it really is bleeding
viewers and ITV aren't in the position to nurture under performing shows to see if they can grow.

ETA: The BBC has got some more info



Edited at 2009-03-04 09:27 am (UTC)
asta77 From: asta77 Date: March 4th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I just added your link as well as one to an article The Guardian posted. ITV has suffered for some of the same reasons as networks in the US have - shortsightedness. It doesn't seem they jumped on the internet bandwagon (in terms of streaming shows ad selling ads) when they should have. I've seen complaints from people as to their online content and availability of programming. The network shouldn't go under anytime soon, but it looks like viewers may not have the programming options they had hoped to have which could further erode ad revenue. I do agree, if L&O UK maintains solid ratings it is likely to survive, especially if it gets a US network to commit to airing it soon.
From: chani86 Date: March 4th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Oh, I hope they can keep up the ratings, I know absolutely nothing about British TV, but maybe the absence of any soap opera elements isn't what the audience is used to?

Also it doesn't seem like the cheapest show to produce compared to soaps and panel shows etc. On the other hand they could probably do with a solid drama show and I think quality wise it definately holds up with other British shows I've caught a glimpse of.
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