OVER-EXTENDING or plain outstaying your welcome is a feature of modern life, especially on television.
How often have you wished a series though enjoyable did not stretch out over an interminable two months? The Honourable Woman, an eight-parter on BBC2, currently engulfs me but it’s a story that could have been told in half the time.
I understand that high production costs mean that series’ producers stretch a story like making pasta to justify expenditure. But there is a limit, too, to viewers’ patience with padded-out tales of the expected.
With cars, too, the constant need for updating and change is ever-present. Motor shows are testament to this with their wild “concept car” ideas that infrequently become a reality.
Of course carmakers’ design and research and development departments have to justify their existence as much as any of us. But how often with cars do you hear past owners bemoaning the fact the new version of a tried and tested favourite is a disappointment?