The group I'd most like to see influenced by The Wire is that minority of TV executives which signs off on all commissioning.
As a result they might think it safe at last to venture into similarly murky waters of realism here, rather than relying on imports from the US.
How and by what means we get to that point I don't much mind. That we get there and break out of this non-radicalised, non-politicised straightjacket television writers have been encouraged to wear under a surreptitiously repressive and watchful government, is essential to the very survival of drama on the box.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
As The Wire comes to BBC Two (hadn't you heard?!), in the BBC News Magazine, screenwriter G.F. Newman, who created Law And Order in the 1970s, calls for a new wave of British cop shows.