Alan Davies: “I hold soaps responsible for the death of the sitcom”

Shows like EastEnders are "just a factory turning out not very good drama," says the Jonathan Creek actor

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Alan Davies blames soaps for “the death of the sitcom” because they take “all the best slots.”

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Asked about his TV viewing habits in the new issue of Radio Times magazine, the QI panelist said, “any soap gets turned off. Just the theme tune of EastEnders is enough.”

“The actors are doing their best in an impossible situation, with so many lines to learn in not enough time. They have my professional sympathy. It’s just a factory turning out not very good drama.

“I get why people get hooked on them, but like anything mass-produced, you’re not going to get as nice a meal in a fast food place as when a chef has time to prepare it properly.”

The actor added that his biggest TV turn-off was Jeremy Kyle. “I can’t abide it. It’s appallingly exploitative. Talk about airing your dirty laundry in public.”

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Read the full interview with Alan Davies in the new issue of the Radio Times, on sale now