Well I seem to be on a TV kick at the moment. I was interested to read yesterday that ITV’s advertising revenues and profts are steeply down so Michael Grade is dramatically slashing production costs by canning a number of shows/programmes. Expensive drama productions are the first in line for the guillotine and, in the midst of all this televisual doom and gloom what happens? along come, not one, but two dramas to demonstrate the power of the tv medium. I wrote about the programme Margaret only recently and then on Thursday night I caught the first in the trilogy entitled Red Riding. It’s set in West Yorkshire in the late 70’s and features child abductions, torture, the gruesome Ripper killings and a corrupt and amoral police force. It’s dark, bleak and lacking in any sense of redemption. And it starred Sean Bean, the truly annoying voice of Aw Toe. I should have disliked with a passion but it was gripping viewing even if most of it was done through clenched fingers. Here’s a thought Michael Grade, kill off all that Heartbeat crap and invest in programmes like this – totally absorbing drama for a change.