Alan Davies: Soaps 'responsible' for sitcom 'death'

Alan Davies claims soaps such as 'EastEnders' and 'Coronation Street' are "responsible" for the "death" of sitcoms because they take up all the good television time slots

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Alan Davies thinks soaps are "responsible" for the "death of the sitcom".

The 'Jonathan Creek' star claims long-running shows such as 'EastEnders' and 'Coronation Street' are filling up precious time slots that could be better used for new comedy series.

Insisting he and his family are not fans, he said: "Any soap gets turned off. Just the theme tune of 'EastEnders' is enough

"I hold soaps responsible for the death of the sitcom. All the best slots have been taken by the soaps. The actors are doing their best in an impossible situation, with so many lines to learn in not enough time."

The 'QI' panellist claims that while soaps are good enough to keep people "hooked", he thinks there are better alternatives out there.

He continued to Radio Times magazine: "They have my professional sympathy. It's just a factory turning out not very good drama ... I get why people are hooked 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."

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