Monday, March 30, 2009

Britain gets ‘The Wire’

David Simon’s HBO series “The Wire” is a big deal in the U.K. Fewer than 150,000 Brits watched “The Wire” when it was shown on satellite TV... but somehow the DVDs are selling like crazy over there.

And starting tonight, the BBC will broadcast all five seasons of “The Wire,” from start to finish, five nights a week. (Yay, BBC!)

Below you’ll find Charlie Brooker, a British comedian and broadcaster, raving about “The Wire” back in 2006.

10 comments:

wandaloves... said...

The Wire is one of the most awesomest shows ever on television and I know you have to be really proud to have worked on it, UBM.

Lawegohard said...

This dude is literally "creaming" over the show. Rightfully so, It was a hot show.

I actually think Britain has pretty good TV. Something about the sh*t I saw when I was out there last time made me realize how deprived we are.

I'm still checking for Idris on the office.

that dude said...

My UK friends are all flipping over THE WIRE. As many of them write comics, it will be interesting to see how it affects their writing.

MacDaddy said...

For a long time that was the only non-news program I watched on television. Awesome: Great writing. Great directing. And Great acting by everyone. It should have gotten more awards.

bumpster said...

The best TV show ever. Each episode stands alone as a singular work of art. The whole series is nothing less than an epic novel on film. Good for Mr. Simon, Mr. Burns, and the writers, cast and crew.

abe said...

This seems very apropos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBjaL935_Nk

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Splendid.

Geneva Girl said...

I never watched it like Mr. G. who's a rabid fan. Since it comes on BBC Three very late at 11:00 p.m., I guess I won't be seeing it this time around.

Mr. G has introduced the show to some friends here who line up to borrow the DVDs - people whose mother tongue is French. What a way to learn English!

Reviewer X said...

The best show ever.

madame z said...

It took me a minute (years) to catch up to the Wire because I didn't have HBO at the time. I watched season 1, was hooked instantly and spent the better part of a couple of weeks watching 1 (again) through 5. BEST CRIME SHOW EVER. Well one of the best crime shows ever. LOL