Question of the week: should Britain make longer running dramas?

So Ben Stephenson, the BBC’s controller of drama commissioning, yesterday rejected calls by Paul Abbott among others for longer, US style series of 13 or so episodes. Now apart from being massively inaccurate, in how it portrays US drama production (eg they have these things called mini-series, Ben. cf Generation Kill), his defence does give us the chance to ask this week’s question:

Would you prefer longer running, 13-episode seasons of British TV shows, or does the six-episode or fewer model work better for you?

As always, leave a comment with your answer or a link to your answer on your own blog