It seems that the last few years there has been a certain upheaval in quality in TV programs, particularly coming from the US. Shows like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and House of Cards just ooze quality, quality that feels like it blurs the line between TV show and movie, especially when movie star talent like Kevin Spacey (house of cards) are taking roles in shows of these calibre. So I ask myself sometimes, why isn't British TV like this? Where is our breaking bad? why are we still making dribble like blandings?
I think the answer to this question is, as much as we as Brits love to play the superior to our American friends, our TV companies don't want to push the envelope or they still think our dramas are better than the Americans, which if you compare what is considered "bums on seats" viewing the British shows just don't compare. The big shows on in the UK at the moment are Call The Midwife, Ripper Street, Dancing on The Edge, and even though the season has just finished I think Downton Abbey is worth a mention.
|While Brit shows get talented actors they seem to lack that hook|
I guess what I am trying to say here is, where is the quality British drama? Something of the same calibre as Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad? We definitely have the actors of a high enough calibre to act in these sort of programs because they're all in American dramas these days. Sure, our dramas are playing catch up but they seem to lack that certain something that makes the American ones truly special.