DIG IN, WACO SETS UP ITS STALL

IT TAKES A HELL OF A STORYTELLER…

The problem with historical dramas like Paramount Network’s Waco is you already know what’s going to happen – The Titanic will surely sink taking sprout-faced Leonardo DiCaprio with it and Apollo 13’s astronauts will, malheureusement, survive. Therefore, it is vital to find an intriguing aspect of the story that hasn’t been told before. 

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DAMNATION SEASON ONE

SHOWS EXACTLY HOW TO BUILD YOUR TV WORLD

After the pilot episode aired in November, I laid out my hopes that Damnation would be the spiritual successor to Deadwood. Though its execution didn’t live up to the promise of the pilot, Tony Tost’s tale of a preacher and his strikebreaker brother remains a blueprint for any budding writers on how to set out your characters and themes.

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TOP TWENTY SHOWS OF 2017

NUMBER FOURTEEN: LIAR

With Chris Chibnall jumping ship to showrun Doctor Who and ending his Dorset coast-set detective series Broadchurch earlier this summer, ITV were looking for a natural successor. Enter Harry and Jack Williams, whose psychological thriller, Liar takes up the reins with aplomb.

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TOP TWENTY SHOWS OF 2017

NUMBER NINETEEN: STRIKE

Straight in at number 19 is Robert Galbraith's (aka J.K. Rowling) detective series Strike - a rather jolly good three-hour, BBC adaptation of J.K. Rowling (under the nom de plume Robert Galbraith) as Cormoran Strike – imagine Charlie Brooker was a divorced, alcoholic...

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