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Cracker writer attacks ITV drama
Jimmy McGovern
Jimmy McGovern's film credits include Priest and Liam
The writer of ITV crime series Cracker, Jimmy McGovern, has criticised the quality of the network's drama output.

McGovern, whose credits include BBC's The Lakes, said he avoided ITV's primetime dramas and singled out Footballers Wives for being "dross".

An ITV spokeswoman said McGovern, who began writing for Brookside in 1982, was "entitled to his own views".

Cracker, starring Robbie Coltrane, will return to ITV in the autumn after a 10-year gap.

Speaking at the launch of his new BBC One drama The Street, McGovern said he did not watch TV drama because it was formulaic and he had been "so disappointed in the past".

Northern drama

He said: "A lot of my stuff has been crap but if I see anything on ITV at 9pm, I don't watch it.

"I tuned in to half an hour of Footballers' Wives and people tried to convince me it had a political angle. It didn't, it was dross."

McGovern said he invited top writers to submit scripts for The Street but was disappointed by the "dispiriting" quality.

The ITV spokeswoman said: "Jimmy is obviously entitled to his own views but we assume he is excluding the fantastic new Cracker he has written for ITV1 that will be coming up in that slot in the autumn."

The Street, which stars Jim Broadbent, Sue Johnston and Timothy Spall, follows the residents of a northern street, with each episode centring on a different family.

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