"Viewers love them - but the industry is still snobby about continuing dramas. So will police and hospital shows ever get the praise they deserve?" " At a recent Royal Television Society event, Bryan Elsley, co-creator and writer of Skins, bemoaned that some drama is made in such high volume that it is stripped of meaning. "I started writing on Casualty in the late 1980s and in those days we made 12 episodes a year," he said. "Now they make, I think, 49 episodes a year. That means something for the meaning and the content, and the focus and commitment of the show."