Zen is axed by BBC1

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    Heather_H

    [1]Feb 22, 2011
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    Reports out today say that BBC One has decided to cancel Rufus Sewell's Zen and "the decision provides further evidence that new BBC1 controller, Danny Cohen, is beginning to impose his imprint on the channel."


    It did OK in the ratings and Left Bank Pictures are currently in talks to sell the show to another UK channel.

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    babelak

    [2]Mar 2, 2011
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    very sad, but not surprised....
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    sianwadey

    [3]Mar 2, 2011
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    I never watched it, but I know others who loved it. The thing that bothers me, is that it barely got a chance. It got three episodes! That's it!
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    Nigelaw

    [4]Mar 2, 2011
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    Very, I liked it
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    bookmad

    [5]Mar 2, 2011
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    Definitely. Smart, sexy and that's just Rufus Sewell.
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    Arithon_UK

    [6]Mar 2, 2011
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    nope. never watched it. However, I'm unsuprised about Outcasts because despite being THE premium genre, sci-fi is treated as the unloved child by UK TV channels.
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    thribs

    [7]Mar 4, 2011
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    I've never heard of it.
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    Spoontown

    [8]Mar 4, 2011
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    Nope, I'm sure it looked great but detective shows are not for me. Someone dies, and it gets investigated, little originality possible in the medium.
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    ColinHenry1

    [9]Jun 23, 2011
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    It's a real shame, I thought it was up there with Sherlock. Hopefully another company will pick it up.

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    ileanadu

    [10]Jul 22, 2011
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    Spoontown wrote:
    Nope, I'm sure it looked great but detective shows are not for me. Someone dies, and it gets investigated, little originality possible in the medium.


    There's an amazing amount of originality among well written detective fiction. Someone once summarized all fiction as presentation of a conflict then resolution of the conflict. To some extent there are necessary elements (it isn't always a death, by the way) in order for it to be a detective story, but the interesting part is watching the author and actors find a way to surprise you. Besides, one common, though not universal, aspect of detective fiction is trying to figure out who done it before it's revealed in the story. This makes for more active participation by viewers of detective stories than in many other genres.

    All (most) jigsaw puzzles are the same, but the fun is in the details.
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    ileanadu

    [11]Jul 22, 2011
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    Heather_H wrote:

    Reports out today say that BBC One has decided to cancel Rufus Sewell's Zen .... Left Bank Pictures are currently in talks to sell the show to another UK channel.



    Noooooooooo! I just saw the first episode. I hope someone else does pick it up. HBO? BBCA?
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    Stefan1970

    [12]Jul 24, 2011
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    Just watched the first two episodes and thought they were great. I do hope that another channel picks this up.

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