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Letter of the month: why Britain can’t do The Wire

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Peter Jukes (November) offers good reasons for America’s television drama being better than Britain’s, but he omits a key problem. In the US, not only is there genuine competition for talent between the networks—both free-to-air and cable—but there are powerful independent distributors that can underpin a show-runner’s position and contribute substantially to the budget. The writer-producers are gods because the networks do not own them—so they can exercise real editorial and…

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