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Why Britain can’t do The Wire

The critically acclaimed US television drama could not be made here. We have writing talent in abundance, but its output is controlled by a stifling monopoly—the BBC. Plus, an interview with The Wire's creator David Simon
Peter Jukes  


The main channels are strapped for cash and cutting back on original content. But they can’t fill the gap with CCTV footage
Peter Bazalgette  

Digital license

The BBC is the world's largest broadcaster, with a long list of sins. But now that its licence fee is being raided and its output attacked, we must defend this powerful, plural national institution
John Lloyd