Prime suspect creator Lynda La Plante brands BBC chiefs 'retards' for choosing trendier rivals over her 

  • Prime Suspect creator launched rant at Dubai literature festival
  • Says BBC 'hate her' and favour Shameless creator Paul Abbott
  • The 69-year-old says she has had six projects turned down

By Mail On Sunday Reporter

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Leading crime writer Lynda La Plante has branded BBC chiefs ‘retards’ who have a vendetta against her.

The 69-year-old creator of ITV’s Prime Suspect launched her shock rant at a literature festival in Dubai this weekend, accusing the BBC of choosing trendier rivals over her.

Soliciting gasps for her language, she said: ‘So many of them at the BBC are retards.

Outburst: Leading crime writer Lynda La Plante has branded BBC chiefs ¿retards¿ who have a vendetta against her

Outburst: Leading crime writer Lynda La Plante has branded BBC chiefs ¿retards¿ who have a vendetta against her

'I mean, to get something from the BBC commissioners… This year I have had six projects turned down.

'They seem to have an absolute angst against me and yet Paul Abbott  [the creator of Channel 4’s Shameless] is up there.

 

‘I have done much more work than Paul Abbott. They are just retards and yet we have to deal with them all the time. They hate me.’

Her extraordinary outburst is the second time she has ranted about the BBC’s ‘very depressing’ commissioning policy.

Preferred: Lynda La Plante claimed Paul Abbott was favoured over her - despite the Shameless creator barely working for the BBC since State Of Play aired in 2003

Preferred: Lynda La Plante claimed Paul Abbott was favoured over her - despite the Shameless creator barely working for the BBC since State Of Play aired in 2003

Three years ago she complained the Corporation would rather opt for a Muslim teenager’s script over hers, saying: ‘If my name were Usafi Iqbadal and I was 19, then they’d probably bring me in and talk.’

However, her complaints about  Mr Abbott seem misplaced as the Burnley-born writer has barely worked for the BBC since his political thriller State Of Play aired in 2003.

He was commissioned to write a second series in 2006 but it was abandoned.

He wrote the three-part BBC1 mini-series Exile two years ago, and a one-off drama for BBC3.

Miss La Plante has previously complained it took ‘a retinue of people’ to get in touch with ‘the god Ben Stephenson’ – the BBC’s head of drama commissioning.

Creator: Crime writer Lynda La Plante is best known as being behind hit ITV show Prime Suspect which starred Helen Mirren

Creator: Crime writer Lynda La Plante is best known as being behind hit ITV show Prime Suspect which starred Helen Mirren

 

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She's right. Her stuff is brilliant, yet we get endless reality TV garbage instead of her superb dramas. And good for her for speaking out about it. The BBC is now a national laughing stock, why should we be surprised? The BBC is so keen to be viewed as PC that they feel the urge to focus on talentless idiots and shows about scum in order to better represent Britain. Some of us in Britain still possess brains, BBC, and we're the ones who pay your license fee - try making programmes that make us happy too - Suzie, Washington, 9/3/2013 23:51 ++++++ Like every other media organisation the BBC conducts audience surveys - and, of course, it still regularly tops the audience figures (perhaps because the alternatives are so bad!!). So if you think the programming is so bad, don't blame the BBC, but blame the lack of taste of the great British public to whom the BBC has to pander. Could it be that these are the same unthinking people who want us to vote UKIP??

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Most UK and US dramas are so pretentious these days taking place in a dimly lit room where any normal person would just switch on the light. Also, too many are genre-led. Boring!

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A bit rich coming from someone who made great inroads into TV and lots of money by ensuring that she stuck to the "women are wonderful" theme. She can hardly complain now that this theme has been supplanted by the "everything that's edgy is wonderful" theme.

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oh diddums. did those nasty mans at the bbc not pick your picture to put on the wall. if your stuff is that good why do none of the other channels want it?

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OOhh its hair pulling and foot stamping time again.

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Most series today are dull and boring, can no one write across a range, do they always have to write the same genre? Ms La Plante is stuck in a record groove

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Perhaps they are seeking the services of a writer with a vocabulary that doesn't include inappropriate & insensitive uses of words such as 'retard'?

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Would have to agree - BBC seem to have lost their was - including last week 5day drama - what utter rubbish!

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What vile words and attitude. You were good back then but everything has its run - I'm not saying their shows are sensational but your cup if tea isn't necessarily everyone else's

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Of course the views of licence payers do not come into the equation, I am sure most of them would prefer the Lynda La Plant written drama.

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