Tories 'really getting the hang of what people really want'
Coronation Street, a popular television drama endorsed up by the previous Labour government - is to be axed.
Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey told the Commons yesterday that the soap did "not earn its keep so it must go".
“Too many people are refusing to get engaged in their communities, instead enjoying them vicariously through the telly. Today, people know more about Dev and Sunita’s relationship than they know who lives on their street!"
Two other long running dramas – Emmerdale, formerly known as Emmerdale Farm, and Eastenders – will merge, creating further savings for the taxpayer.
The new soap opera, tentatively titled Easterdale, will follow the everyday rural lives of people in a run-down part of London. In order to make the drama 'relevant and watchable', however, it will only feature aristocrats and middle-income families. People who live on estates will be included, but they are likely to be the landowner and his lovely wife.
“There has been a positive proliferation of continuing dramas under the previous government, and we aim to put a stop to that” continued Mr Vaizey. “Everywhere you look there are hatchet-faced poor people moaning about drugs, the rain, the price of stamps and how many transgendered murderous polygamous reverends there have been living in their street. It casts a huge shadow on the legacy of the Labour Party.”
A pilot script for the first weeks episodes of Easterdale shows that it will not shy away from hard-hitting topics however, as one character has her haircut go horribly wrong and another spends a lovely half hour flicking through glossy brochures for a new gazebo.