TV Drama Goes Regional
Has anyone else noticed the sudden popularity in UK TV dramas based in regional settings, as opposed to the overused city environment? BBC One’s True Love has been airing across four consecutive nights (with a double-bill tomorrow). The drama is set in the seaside town of Margate and often features prolonged, silent shots of the sea backed up by some soothing (but subtly suggestive) jazz music. It makes for visually stunning television, and is a refreshing change from the usual gritty dramas set in urban England. ITV has announced its latest drama project, which is set in ‘an ordinary market town’ in Scotland. The Town stars Andrew Scott (Sherlock) and focuses on how his character has to readjust to quiet town life after being away for a long period of time. Once again, we see regional settings take centre stage.
British television production companies are responding to the financial crisis by taking their production out of the cities. The end result is a refreshing shift in trends and more opportunities to showcase the more scenic areas of the UK that have been neglected by the TV world for so many years.