Word is, drama production at Scottish ITV provider, STV, is on its final pages as long running series Taggart is yet to be re-commissioned by ITV.
With the recent sackings of Taggart’s producer and STV’s Head Of Drama said to be part of a restructuring plan, the new head of content at STV has echoed the company’s desire to keep the series going, but ITV is wanting cop series aimed at the more contemporary aud of shows like The Wire.
Dramas like Taggart, which began in 1983, employ around 100 people on a series and crews and production staff were once kept very busy on highland productions including Rebus, Hamish Macbeth and Monarch Of The Glen. In recent times, Taggart was the only regularly returning series to keep people employed along with local soap River City.
With the gradual absorption of the regional broadcasters like Granada, Yorkshire and STV into the ITV brand, it appears the brand has become much more London centric in its thinking and programming, with Emmerdale and Corrie being the few indications that there is life beyond the southern borders.
A glimmer of hope though from the BBC who have committed to increasing productions in Scotland by 8.6% by 2012. Let’s hope there’s still the local crews there to make them.
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