I love this comment from Matthew Graham: ‘Some dramas gently and… - dorsetgirl
That's a very interesting point about Jimmy having issues. I have no doubt that with his background he had to take - possibly still does take - a lot of classist sneering from the kind of upper-middle-class idiots that seem to run 'The Arts' in this country. And you have to applaud the man for writing stuff that informs and educates parts of the population that would never learn about these issues otherwise.
But having said that, if drama has to be about reality - whose reality, exactly? Because mine, while not privileged, bears no resemblance to his. Would he write a drama about a quiet street where almost everyone is white and apparently comfortable, where if people are suffering discrimination, bereavement, fear and poverty - and I know they are - they are doing it politely behind closed doors and not talking about it? Where 20% of the teenage population walks to the station every day in smart Grammar School uniforms and everyone shops in Waitrose?
Thought not. But that doesn't make it any less real.
And I totally, totally agree with you that one of the most important functions of drama is to entertain, to allow the viewer to rest and recover, to escape from real life. Sure, you can use your voice to put over a point of view, but I'm pretty certain the entertainment came first.