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The EastEnders writer has created another great cop show, By Any Means. Why don't we give TV soap and drama scripts the credit they deserve?

You can tell a lot about an artform by who gets most credit. Although movie actors are paid astonishing amounts of money, film is largely a directors' (or, in the case of Harvey Weinstein, producers') medium, with the Woody Allens, Martin Scorseses and Quentin Tarantinos calling the shots and dominating the publicity. In theatre, leading playwrights get their name on the posters in a type at least equal to the actors and, if they write a hit, can earn millions for decades.

TV drama is essentially an actors' form, partly because of the importance of on-air trails in promoting new shows: having seen someone in A, we are expected to tune in to B, after seeing a glimpse of them in it just before the news. »

- Mark Lawson

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