Friday, 4 July 2014

Russell T Davies: Soap Dish

“I actually think soaps are in trouble, and we need to be careful – as ratings slide slowly downwards, you can now see a landscape in ten years' time where they won’t exist any more, or they will be substantially reduced."

“And they contain a vast amount of our gay characters. Without the soaps, you’ll find those stats that count gay visibility on screen will plummet. So I wouldn’t take them for granted.”

“We’re gay, so we tend to notice the gay stuff, which means that we can miss the fact that whole nights of TV can sail past without a single gay person in sight.

“If you took away the soaps, then the schedules would be even more empty.”

“Don’t just look at where we are, look at where we’re not.

"There are whole vast empires where we don’t exist – there’s not a single gay person in Star Wars, in Star Trek, in Disney, in Pixar, and this stuff isn’t old, it remains current. There’s still a long way to go.”

RTD in an interview with Attitude, quoted in the Mirror.

After an elephantine pregnancy, our Russell's gay TV thing, Cucumber/Banana, is scheduled for 2015. *Drums fingers*

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