The Missing’s Ken Stott: reality television is endangering drama

The pro-independence actor also criticises the BBC's "disgusting" coverage of the Scottish referendum

He’s best known for playing popular Scottish detective Rebus and can currently be seen in BBC1’s critically acclaimed series about an abducted child, The Missing – but Ken Stott is worried that quality drama is increasingly rare.

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“We’re in trouble in Britain,” the actor told Radio Times magazine. “The warning signs were obvious some years ago, that we’re no longer leaders, we’re followers in most aspects of broadcasting. I despair.

“In every area we seem to have thrown everything away and embraced reality television. It’s nauseating, programme after programme. How to trick somebody into buying your house, followed by how to trick somebody into doing up your house, into how to trick somebody into not doing up your house, and what to cook while you’re doing it.”

Stott – who backed Scottish independence – also criticised the BBC’s coverage of the referendum.

“The BBC were pretty disgusting throughout all of it,” he said. “You only have to look at the time given to the candidates, you only have to look at the fact that in the majority of cases the last word was given to a No campaigner.

“The BBC backed that. The establishment is a dirty, dangerous beast and the BBC is a mouthpiece for that. I was fascinated by how people were given so much room to say, ‘Stay with us, we love you, and if you won’t stay with us, you’re disgusting, we hate you.”

Read the full interview in the current edition of Radio Times

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