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Friday, 16 April 2010


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Season 3 was my favorite. But my vote for "The best of television" still goes to "The Jewel in the Crown". I wonder if it's an "other side of the fence" sort of thing -- we like British TV, you like American TV.

You probably knew this, but I was really surprised to find that the two main actors in The Wire are British. I would have sworn they grew up in Baltimore.

Yes, Ortega, I think you're right that the 'foreign-ness' is an attraction because I'm forced to admit that perhaps I would find a similar series based in a Brit council estate a bit harder to take.

The two Brit actors are excellent, I wrote about them earlier. One went to the same frightfully posh private school, Eton, as David Cameron; and the other was born and raised in the very rough East End of London.

Is the sound recording any good? I get utterly browned off by TV and cinema dramas were I can't make out half the dialogue.

No, 'DM', as so often the background noises sometimes make the dialogue tricky to catch, especially if your ears are beginning to wear out as mine are. Also, to be honest some of the dialogue is almost in a foreign language to Brit chaps like us! However, on the DVD you can get English sub-titles and they are invaluable. I should stress, 'DM', that you need to persevere because to begin with it is confusing, not least because 'hoody blacks' in baggy trousers look just like each other! Treat it like a Shakespeare and don't try and catch every single word, just let it flow over you and after a while you'll tune in. Let me know what you think if you decide to try it.

I'm watching The Wire now, halfway through the third season. Brilliant stuff, you can hardly believe it's not a documentary. The acting is superb, bettered only by the script which, although blue throughout, is one of the best I've heard.

I assume you've watched the first two series, Tim. Glad you admire it as much as I do. I put it up there with "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" - amongst the very best.

Yup, seen the first two. Great stuff, all of it.

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