Outcasts Moved To Graveyard Slot

 'They begged me to stay on Spooks....Begged me!'
They begged me to stay on Spooks..Begged me!...
After just over a week of non-stop abuse, BBC’s lumbering sci-fi drama Outcasts has been pulled from its prime-time weekday slot and banished to the wastelands of late-night Sunday television, following a viewing figures flat-line.

The show attracted 4.4 million viewers upon its launch last week, but that figure slumped to 2.9 million on Monday and with the show up against the combined might of Big Fat Gypsy Weddings and The Brits yesterday evening, that figure slumped to an audience of 2.4 million. To be honest we’re amazed that so many people tuned in.

We’ll be the first to admit that we our decision to give the lacklustre opening episode the benefit of the doubt in the hope that it would improve was slightly optimistic, and you certainly weren’t shy with your criticisms.

In a statement which made absolutely no attempt to deny that the show was absolutely shit, BBC controller Ben Stephenson told The Guardian that the schedule change does not mean that the broadcaster will not take risks.

“BBC1 and BBC Drama support creative risk,” he said. “Sometimes this means that talented people make shows that don’t engage enough of the audience. I have so much respect for any writer who has the nerve and confidence to create their own original world and serve it up to an audience.”

“It’s highly important to me to support them no matter how the project is received, whilst primarily always trying to engage the widest possible audience,” he added as he reached for his revolver.