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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Putting the Sopranos in the shade

Daniel Finkelstein has an interesting comment piece entitled 'Going to the Dogs? Who Says? in today's Times.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,6-2398112,00.html
Leaving aside his factual error- the claim that "30 years all of Eastern Europe was ruled by Stalinist kleptocrats" , (ever heard of Janos Kadar, Daniel ?), the Times comment editor also claims that tv drama is better today than it was in the 1970s: "Sir John (Mortimer) may yearn for repeats of Sid James on Bless this House, but I prefer the Sorpanos."
Fair enough. But what about I Claudius, When the Boat Comes In, Clayhanger, Upstairs, Downstairs, Who Pays The Ferryman, Secret Army, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Ellery Queen?
Can anyone name a drama series as good as any of those on television today?

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