More news from ITV1 which doesn’t bode well for the future.

Following cutbacks that’ll see The Bill shrink from two episodes to one  a week, Wire In The Blood axed, and production on drama warhorses Heartbeat and The Royal halted – possibly indefinitely – the terrestrial network has now postponed the broadcast of various one-off dramas.

Apparently, the way these things work, a TV commission isn’t accounted for on a balance sheet until the programme is actually aired. I don’t quite understand how that works, considering the money has already been spent – but accounting isn’t, and never will be, the strongest card in my deck.

It goes without saying that the ITV network appears to be attempting to save money left, right and centre as the downturn bites and advertising budgets are slashed. I can’t imagine there will be too many further major commissions in the forseeable future, Doc Martin and Foyle’s War excepted.

ITV has ominously stated that it’s “scrapping for its life.” Let’s hope it – and other broadcasters – can find its way through the recession. 

Whatever happens, the television drama landscape is going to look very different over the next couple of years.

So not the best time, perhaps, for me to attempt to change careers.

But, as they say, where there’s a will, there’s a way. I’m playing the long game, as I’m sure you are.

How do you see TV drama evolving over the next few years?

Where will the new opportunities be for writers?

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