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Published on April 1st, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

Welsh Whingers

Is it me, or are the people of Wales – a major contributor of British television in the 21st century – getting a little complacent about producing Doctor Who and other top BBC shows?

A former BBC head of programming, Richard Lewis, has declared that the BBC has “lost direction in Wales” – despite attracting jobs and awards.

“In my day we made important programmes on subjects like Dylan Thomas and Nye Bevan.

“It’s all very nice for Cardiff to make programmes like Doctor Who, Torchwood and Casualty but does it do anything for Wales? My view is no.”

This rather barmy outlook – when BBC Wales have made ongoing Welsh dramas such as Belonging – seems to indicate that Mr Lewis would prefer Welsh unemployment and insular programming.

Meanwhile, a disgruntled resident of Llandaff has complained to the local press thta he didn’t get tickets to view a preview of The Eleventh Hour.

Why should he, you might ask? Well, the BBC very kindly issued tickets to residents of the town following filming of the first episode of the new series, and Mr Steve West of the picturesque village reckons the BBC should have been more careful with their random invitations.

“I feel really upset and really let down by this,” he said. “The BBC does not care about whether the people who have tickets are from Llandaff or not.

“I think it’s only right the BBC check ID and turn away anyone who is not from the area.”

As you gathered, he didn’t get an invite. However it seems that Llandaff is a hive for people to have a go at the BBC – remember this man?

The Doctor Who production team would do well not to bother returning to this village of ingrates in future…

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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