Monday 13 July 2009

We pay the licence fee for programmes like The Street

I've just been watching the sheer brilliance of Jimmy McGovern's latest series of The Street on BBC 1, with superb performances by Bob Hoskins, Liam Cunningham, Frances Barber, Ger Ryan and Timothy Spall in a tale of one landlord's principled stance - and sweet revenge - against a local gangster's bullying. As with earlier series, the acting is great, the storyline gripping and the drama intense. It is everything that good TV should be. And it is for this - rather than the dismal makeover and 'reality' shows that too often dominate the schedules - that we pay our licence fee.

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