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UK television neglecting older writers, says 'Bergerac' creator

Veteran television writer Robert Banks Stewart has claimed that older writers are neglected by today's television industry,

Banks Stewart - who created the popular detective dramas Bergerac and Shoestring - spoke to Digital Spy about his decision to adapt his TV pitch The Hurricane's Tail into his first novel.

"Back when I was still firing in possible new series, I began to feel that the attitude was, 'He's nearly 70, this guy - forget it' - it was a bit deflating when a Head of Drama doesn't write back to you, but gets his secretary to do it," said the 81-year-old.

"That was my experience then and there's a lot of writers I know - especially around my age - who have been finding it very hard to get any ideas over."

Banks Stewart - who wrote for Doctor Who, The Sweeney and The Avengers as well - also criticised "top

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