Lynda La Plante criticises BBC Drama
Above Suspicion writer Lynda La Plante has criticised BBC Drama and claimed the corporation would rather see a script from a young Muslim than one of her own.
Prime Suspect and Above Suspicion writer Lynda La Plante has criticise the BBC and its drama output and claimed the corporation would rather read a script for a “little Muslim boy” than one of her own scripts. The writer has carved out herself a career at ITV producing memorable dramas such as Widows, The Commander, Trial and Retribution, Prime Suspect and Above Suspicion. However, in an interview with The Daily Telegraph the television writer criticised the commissioning process of BBC Drama and claimed the corporation wasn’t interested in her work.
“If you were to go to the BBC and say to them, ‘Listen, Lynda La Plante’s written a new drama, or I have this little Muslim boy who’s just written one’, they’d say: ‘Oh, we’d like to see his script. Whether they’re just frightened of me being an independent [production company], and quite a powerful independent, I don’t know.” – Lynda La Plante talking to The Daily Telegraph
However, Ben Stephenson, the head of drama at the corporation, defended BBC drama and stated he had met with La Plante on several occasions and the BBC were working with her on several projects. La Plante’s latest crime series of ITV, Above Suspicion, returns to the broadcaster on Monday for a new three-part special.