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This year started for us with an addiction to The Mighty Boosh, then Gavin and Stacey, then Entourage, then The Wire and now thank god, a new (well, new-ish) HBO televisual feast to see us through the long, cold winter nights
Forgive me if you are a Twitter buddy as you will have seen my total and absolute addiction and ODing on the HBO show The Wire over the past 3-4 weeks, but I needed to share my total and absolute adoration of this show to anyone of you out there who are unlucky enough not to have seen it.
It's hard to know where to start with The Wire.
First up, it is a classic in the
making - a profoundly moving and insightful tome about modern urban
America. Through its multi-layered and nuanced approach, you get deeper and deeper into the lives of characters from drug-dealers, to dock-workers and the Baltimore Police Department. And as the stories and the lives become more entwined, so too do your emotions. What's right and wrong, who's good and who's bad all start to merge together leaving you emotionally drained, excited and often very angry while and after watching it. Its hard to know where your anger is directed to, I guess its towards what the characters often call, The System or The Game.
In the words of the might Charlie Brooker: "it's just fucking brilliant, this show is so good it could literally could fart in my face and I'd still love it."
PS. If you are a girl the eye-candy is fantastic - two of the best looking Brits that I have seen for a long, long time. Dominic West as Jimmy McNulty and Idris Elba as the super-cool Stringer Bell.
Hat-tip to fellow addict Dan Germain for the Brooker YouTube clip.