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The ITV series Moving Wallpaper/Echo Beach is clever, postmodern stuff—but is it what viewers want straight after Coronation Street?

By Peter Bazalgette   March 2008

Have you been watching Moving Wallpaper and its companion piece, Echo Beach? I’m not sure how many Prospect readers tune into ITV on Friday nights. If it’s not your habit, let me tell you about it. Moving Wallpaper is a comedy about a dysfunctional television production team making a corny (and, as it happens, Cornish) soap opera. And half an hour later you get to see the soap itself. Yes, very postmodern, very ironic. But can ITV do ironic? Will its regular viewers wear it? The fortunes of this sitcom/soap reveal rather precisely some of the dilemmas facing the team…

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