But suddenly it was nothing to do with me any more. I felt like a spare part while decisions were being made without me. It had been youthed-up, dumbed-down, two episodes had been merged into one, characters had been removed because they were deemed "not part of the BBC3 demographic" and one producer actually wrote a few bits himself. Oh, and now you always saw the bar.
Back in the room, the eyes of the exec went wide. An idea! He touched his nose with a finger. And spoke:
Him: "You know what's really popular right now?"
(A fearful silence from me)
Him: "Vampires!" (his hands make an "offering" gesture)
Him: "Do you think we could bring in a supernatural element?"
Me: "It's a pub."
I knew at that point that not only was my show doomed, but that I never wanted to work in TV ever again.
- John Warburton, 'TV commissioning is just a bad joke', Guardian, 30 June 2013
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