Oh good God. Of the many articles I’ve seen in the wake of the revamped BBCA schedule, this one takes the cake: Christopher Howse‘s piece, titled “Showing off a baboon’s bottom to America,” seems better suited for The Sun than a supposedly high-end paper like The Daily Telegraph. It is, at once, smug, backward-thinking, unfair, and misinformed – as wrong-headed as anything Victoria Newton craps out and not nearly as entertaining. He doesn’t want us to be BBC AMERICA, he wants us to be PBS, running endless repeats of older shows. Great shows, yes, but you can watch Fawlty Towers and Monty Python on DVD to your heart’s content. British TV has moved on.
As shown by the plethora of recent British series being re-made by the broadcast networks, America hungers for more, and the endlessly innovative UK television industry has more than enough to sate our appetite. How dare we deny U.S. viewers the Emmy-winning Life on Mars, the BAFTA-winning Doctor Who, Little Britain, The Catherine Tate Show, the Golden Globe- and Peabody-winning Gideon’s Daughter, and exciting, daring shows like Jekyll, Whistleblower, and The Innocence Project?
Also, in a gaffe worthy of our friend Victoria, Howse displays his ignorance of America with this quote:
BBC America is also plugging Spooks. Oddly enough, it is not called Spooks in America, even though we borrowed the word spook from them. It is called MI5. MI5 is not a familiar term to many Americans.
Does this man know what the word spooks most usually conjures up for Americans? African-Americans, in particular? Hint: it has nothing at all to do with spies, especially coming from people who wear pointy white hats and burn crosses.Read More