|04-02-2012, 07:02 AM||#31|
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IIRC, the first Richard Curtis/Rowan Atkinson-written 'The Black Adder' didn't do particularly well compared to the later Curtis/Ben Elton-written series, and the BBC wanted to axe it due to poor ratings and high costs- the second series only got the green light on condition the production costs were much lower, particularly without all the location filming from Series 1.
These days, I suspect if it's not an instant hit, particularly on ITV with their dependence on viewing figures and advertising revenue, it gets canned.
There's a flipside to that particular coin as well- sometimes there's been a tendency to milk successful sitcom formats well past their sell-by date. Did anyone think those last couple of 'Fools & Horses' Christmas specials were up to scratch?
Sometimes it's better to quit while you're ahead- Fawlty Towers is consistently regarded as one of the great highspots of British TV comedy, and there were just 2 series- 12 episodes.
If John Cleese and the BBC had tried to milk it for 8-10 series, might Basil have turned stale?
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|04-08-2014, 11:06 PM||#32|
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They just need to actually be funny unlike most of the crap that is out there now.
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