Short series and a long wait for returns shows corporation is already struggling to provide quality and quantity
When I was felled by flu over Christmas there was one thing that proved a pick-me-up – a brilliant new version of Just William, which made me laugh out loud. Yet the BBC treated it with a strange carelessness.
Just William was scheduled around midday but the start time was not fixed. And then it came to an abrupt end, after just four half-hour episodes. Nonetheless, more than a million people switched to it, and several TV professionals say it was the best thing they watched over Christmas.
The reasons for its success include the casting of 10-year-old Daniel Roche, one of the stars of Outnumbered, as William Brown, and of Warren Clarke and Caroline Quentin as the nouveau riche Bott family.
- Maggie Brown
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