Political debates in Russia and Britain on Monday saw two popular TV shows, House and Downton Abbey, get mentioned as examples for how things should or should not be.
A senior Moscow government official called on the city’s doctors to be like the fictional characters in the popular show House, using them as examples of efficiency.
In Russia, the drama, starring Hugh Laurie, is known as House, M.D. “I especially love the show House M.D., where doctors’ real work is shown,” Leonid Pechatnikov, Moscow’s deputy mayor in charge of social development issues, told local radio station Govorit Moskva.
“They don’t lose a single minute,” Pechatnikov went on to say. “They do one test, another test, some research, then come up with a diagnosis quickly, followed by fast treatment, and only if they have something extremely serious, patients stay in the hospital.”
According to the official, Moscow hospitals should also function more thoroughly and efficiently, following the example of those featured in the show.
House is hugely popular in Russia, and Laurie performed there as a singer a year ago. However, there was a backlash against the actor in the Russian media early this year following his call for boycotting Russian products out of protest against anti-gay laws.
Meanwhile, in the U.K., Downton Abbey was used as part of a political debate on Monday. Frances O’Grady, the leader of Britain’s trade union movement, warned of creating a society in which “class prejudice” was becoming “respectable” under the government led by David Cameron.
“Are we going to settle for a nastier and poorer Britain, a Downton Abbey-style society, in which the living standards of the vast majority are sacrificed to protect the high living of the well-to-do?” the BBC quoted her as saying.
A spokesman for Cameron’s party said it would not take “lectures from a cluster of union bosses on six-figure pay deals.”