9 December 2011
Given the faintly farcical air that surrounds our waiter, it's a good job Misfits
creator Howard Overman's favourite TV show is Fawlty Towers
. Despite experiencing service that would shame a Torquay hotel, Overman is actually sitting in the BFI at London's Southbank to discuss the latest series of his brilliantly written, blackly comic drama about super-powered teenagers on community service. Here he discusses improving on Lost, the myth of "reality TV" and how Doctor Who
changed British television...GQ.com: What was the programme that made you want to write for TV?
Howard Overman: I was doing a job that I hated and I thought that I'd do an evening class to find something that I enjoyed more. I didn't watch much TV at that time, so I think that's why my stuff is influenced more by Eighties shows like The A-Team
, Knight Rider
and Quantum Leap
. They always had good heroes in the Eighties who'd wander around getting into scrapes.What's the one scene in a TV show that you always remember?
The end of Blackadder
where they charge out over the top, and the end of This Life
when Rachel gets punched. Plus, Basil Fawlty beating his car always stuck in my head.( Read more...Collapse )