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Dexter, torture and vigilantes

By David Herman  

Poor old ITV. Channel 4 had ‘Cheers,’ ‘Friends’ and ‘Roseanne’, the BBC had ‘Seinfeld’ and has the very cool-looking ‘Mad Men’ coming up (BBC 4, Sunday, March 2). Even Channel 5 had ‘House’. And what does ITV get when it sticks its new-look toe into the US import business? A peculiarly unfunny, very un-ITV series about a psychopathic serial killer who helps the police hunt psychopathic serial killers.

You can’t say ‘Dexter’ doesn’t try. The series was adapted for TV by Emmy Award-winning screenwriter James Manos Jr (he won his Emmy for the “College” episode of ‘The Sopranos’). It stars…

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