The producer of ITV drama Broadchurch has claimed television is likely to move way from stories being told over an entire series to shows featuring “story of the week” episodes.
Jane Featherstone, the chief executive of Kudos Film and Television – which also made Spooks and Life On Mars – said there is a current trend to tell one story across a number of episodes, as Broadchurch did.
But she said this would change in favour of series where each episode tells a new story each week.
”It will swing back, these things always do. For the next two or three years we will see more of these [stories told over entire series] but it will swing back the other way, to story of the week episodes, with a strong iconic central character,” she said.
Featherstone was speaking on a panel at this year’s Edinburgh International Television Festival about crime drama on television, which also featured Ben Stephenson, controller of drama at the BBC.
Speaking about BBC2’s The Fall, and the amount of violence featured within it, Stephenson admitted “sexual violence” is one of the “hardest lines to cross”.
But he said: “We had conversations about how far is too far in a show that has a sensitive approach to its issues, but needs to go into extreme places. Once that was sorted and the writer knew what the piece was we didn’t give any notes, I don’t think, on the violence at all.”
He added that viewers like to watch murder on television, because it “is never going to happen” in most people’s lives.
“It’s a heightened experience – a ghost train,” he said.
Stephenson also dismissed Kevin Spacey’s claims made earlier in the festival that viewers like to be able to watch an entire series in one go.
He said: “I love the fact that Broadchurch kept us on tenterhooks for eight weeks and The Fall kept us on tenterhooks over five weeks.”
Stephenson also said this allowed for viewers to tweet about episodes as they were broadcast, which he added is not possible for something like House of Cards, which was made available in its entirety on Netflix.