A few words on The Gamechangers (BBC2) – a drama that I was pretty excited about. It was awful.
I’d heard that Rockstar Games, the makers of Grand Theft Auto and the subject of the show had nothing to do with the script and hadn’t signed off on it. They’d also taken to Twitter to slag it off calling it a rubbish new Rentaghost and asking “What exactly is this random, made up bollocks?” Oooh, I thought, maybe this drama hits a nerve, maybe it’s too close to home and they just can’t take the criticism.
The whole thing was an unlovable mess – bratish English boys in LA swanning around in branded Grand Theft Auto and Rockstar Games t-shirts which just made them look geekier. Seriously, there’s nothing more pathetic than advertising your own brand, or band, on your own t-shirt. It makes you look like you got your clothes for free because your Mum refuses to dress you in a morning because you’re a 27 year old man. The whole production had no depth, no development and it seemed to start the story half-way through – the plucky British team becoming successful and moving to America would have surely been a much more interesting story. The characters were totally two-dimensional. As Sam Wolfson says in The Guardian “In the opening minutes, it feels as if people are reading their character descriptions aloud: “Here she is, the successful wife” and “Come on little brother, you are the clever funny one.”‘ It made me want to turn off almost immediately. I stuck with it for half an hour, but that was all I could manage.
Considering the drama was meant to be about character development in the GTA universe the failing of what could have been a brilliant drama were just a little too ironic. Didn’t see it? Well don’t worry about catching up with it. It wasn’t worth your time.