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Interview with The Wire’s creator David Simon

By Kabir Chibber   November 2009

Read screenwriter Peter Jukes’s article on why Britain can’t make a show like The Wire

It’s not that David Simon, co-creator of The Wire, thinks that British television is bad. He’s a fan of Prime Suspect, for example. “I saw the first series of Shameless, I thought it was very darkly funny,” he says. “It doesn’t seem that it’s a complete wasteland.”

But Simon is clear about why American drama is dominant now in the way that US comedy (Friends, Seinfeld, Frasier) was in the late 1990s. The Wire is one of several successful shows from cable channel HBO. There…

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