One of the delights of Sunday evening viewing has been the new series of David Suchet as Poirot on ITV (including a pretty good Mark Gatiss scripted episode last Sunday). The series is – in England and Wales – due to finish with an adaptation of The Third Girl by Peter Flannery (that’s right the writer of Our Friends in the North is doing a POirot – intriguing surely?) on Sunday 28th. However, Scottish viewers are not going to share in this episode. Instead we get a one hour documentary on Taggart, followed by a repeat of a one hour documentary on the nail bomber (if I read my schedules correctly).
Having contacted STV about this I am advised that "stv have no plans to broadcast this episode of Poirot"
WHile I understand the merits of regional broadcasting and the importance of Taggart to the STV schedules – and its contribution to national networks – to completely ignore a mutliple BAFTA winning show, and instead broadcast a repeat of a true crime documentary about London killings for one hour of the slot to further a commitment to "regional broadcasting" (also fulfilled by the execrable Postcode Challenge quiz presented by Carol Smillie and some sub-Richard and Judy magazine type show at 5.30 each weekday) seems to me inexplicable and unjustifiable.
Of course, come independence and the SBC, this, BBC ALba, and an all new all singing all dancing Garnock Way, repeats of the best episodes of [Take the] High Road and wall to wall River City is what we can expect.
whoop de doo.