Ade Edmondson criticises 'unpleasant' soaps

Ade Edmondson has hit out at British soaps, describing them as "unpleasant" and "aggressive", and he now prefers "feel-good telly"

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Ade Edmondson

Ade Edmondson

Ade Edmondson has criticised British soaps branding them "unpleasant" and "aggressive".

After travelling around the UK meeting people for TV show 'The Dales' - which returns to ITV1 for a second series this month - the 55-year-old comic has now realised the importance of "feel-good telly" and he doesn't like soap operas because they are so negative.

He told Reader's Digest magazine: "Can somebody tell me what's wrong with a bit of feel-good telly? Haven't we already got enough selfish, aggressive programmes? The soaps are full of unpleasant people.

"If you watched an average week of British TV, you'd come away thinking we're a nation of murderous, drink-driving, egotistical con artists.

"I'm sorry, but this country's not like that. The vast majority of us are decent, funny and friendly. I know because I've spent most of the last few years travelling around Britain meeting people everywhere from country pubs to music festivals.

"They weren't angry or p***ed off with the world. They were just quietly getting on with life, sharing jokes, buying a pint."

Ade also believes having a happy disposition is the key to his successful marriage to 'Absolutely Fabulous' star Jennifer Saunders - with whom he has three daughters.

The 'Bottom' actor added: "I've always had a propensity for laughter and I think Jen is the same. That's probably why I married her and why we're still together.

"I might occasionally shout at the computer, but we don't shout at each other and we don't shout at the kids. It might sound like a cliche, but we're a happy family."

Read the full interview in the March issue of Reader's Digest, in shops February 28.

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