Mark Lawson reports on the art of sustaining interest in a long-running TV drama series, with guests including Trevor Eve, Alun Armstrong, Blythe Duff and June Brown.
Presented by Mark Lawson.
In a special programme, Mark meets the actors, writers and producers who have created some of our longest-running and most successful television dramas.
EastEnders' June Brown, Waking The Dead's Trevor Eve, The Bill's Bruce Byron, Taggart's Blythe Duff and New Tricks' Alun Armstrong discuss how they keep their characters fresh over the years and address the tricky question of when to leave a show.
The writers and producers behind long-running series tell Mark how they generate fresh ideas and maintain audience interest over years or even decades.