Crime writer Ruth Rendell says TV violence is ‘corrupting’ young people

Published on July 5, 2010   ·   No Comments

Ruth Rendell, the Inspector Wexford author, says broadcasters are routinely screening torture scenes.

By Richard Eden

Campaigners against screen violence have won a surprising ally. Ruth Rendell, the best-selling crime novelist, has accused broadcasters of corrupting young people.

“The crime on television at the moment is over-violent,” Baroness Rendell told Mandrake at The Oldie magazine’s literary luncheon at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, in London. “I don’t think it is necessary. I don’t like it, and many people, not necessarily of my age, don’t like it.”

The 80-year-old author of the Inspector Wexford novels said: “The more you pander to what is, presumably, the taste of young people, the more you corrupt. I don’t think they want it, really; they are told they want it.

have violence, torture, brutality in crime dramas every time we turn on television? Any new crime drama is going to have, sooner or later, a lot of torture and nasty things that make people flinch. Lots of young people I know shrink and flinch from that kind of thing on television, so I think showing it is a mistake. It corrupts people because if they see it they get used to it and, sadly, they expect it.”

Many of Lady Rendell’s works have been adapted for the screen, including the long-running Inspector Wexford series, which starred George Baker.

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