STATEMENT: DIRECTORS UK RESPONDS TO BBC DECISION TO END DOCTORS
18 October 2023
Read the full statement from Directors UK CEO Andy Harrower in response to the BBC decision today (18 October 2023) to end daytime drama Doctors after 23 years:
“At a time when directors and production teams are struggling for work, it’s especially sad to see this long-running drama come to an end.
For many of our members, Doctors has been a launchpad for their careers. It’s been somewhere that directors like S. J. Clarkson, Jordan Hogg, and Directors UK Board member Alexander Jacob have honed their craft. It’s opened doors for directors from underrepresented groups, by providing an important first step on the ladder and a credit - not least through the long-running Continuing Drama New Directors’ Training Scheme which we’ve run in partnership with the BBC.
Continuing drama is undoubtedly a training ground for directors. With this cancellation, coupled with that of Holby City, a smaller episode order of Casualty, and the move of Hollyoaks from Channel 4 to E4 and streaming, we’re extremely concerned that this vital stepping stone is being lost completely.
We want to understand the BBC’s plans as to how they will provide the career pathways that are being lost. How will the BBC ensure other recent daytime commissions bridge the gap to ensure continuing drama remains a rung in the ladder in the career of a director?”