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What if we're meant to be, like, SUPERHEROES?
September 22nd, 2011 
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22 September 2011

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Kate Harwood, BBC controller of series and serials – who is also looking after some of the BBC's more conventional offerings for this year such as period dramas Great Expectations and The Mystery of Edwin Drood – says youth drama is on a high. "You have an audience very open to great questions, great complexity and in the case of dramas like The Fades a whole new mythology. They are very invigorating to make," she says.

Misfits executive producer Petra Fried agrees. For her, dramas such as Being Human and Misfits have to be inventive because of the audience. "Many of the terrestrial channels don't want to scare off their audiences – but with smaller channels you need and want to challenge them. E4 and BBC3 audiences want to be poked and not stroked."

Dramas aimed at younger viewers don't always have high concept Fried says – when Skins started it was basically a relationship drama about young people, but it made waves because no one had really done anything like it before. "After that you had to be different – and luckily we were developing Misfits at a time when Channel 4 were looking for a teen take on genre."

But the low budgets can also help, she notes. "You have to be constantly surprising and that is often achieved by budgetary restraints. You are forced to think of inventive ways of doing stuff." For Fried, the unpopulated, barren look of Misfits was partly a creative decision but was because the production budget couldn't afford many extras.
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