I’ve been watching M*A*S*H on freeview TV for months now. Brilliant. As a thought-experiment I tried to imagine a similar programme, made now, set in a military A&E somewhere in Afghanistan, for argument’s sake, or Iraq. It would star surgeons who were anti-war, critical of their country’s politicians and the military. One surgeon, more conservative, would be the butt of their jokes. A male nurse would pretend to be a transvestite to try and get thrown out of the army.
It just wouldn’t happen. Too controversial. Too political. Too unpatriotic. Too disrespectful. Too expensive.
And, the executives would ask, who would want to watch it when they could be watching ballroom dancing, baking or celebrity gardeners digging up other people’s gardens?