And to this, We say Amen!! British and UK dramas are our most valued respite from zombies, car chases, and gratuitous violence. We are ever grateful to those productions which give us thoughtful television fare that many times reaches into the extraordinary.
This NEWSWEEK article is spot on. Just a quick look at article content follows:
Take a look at this year’s nominees for Best Drama at the BAFTA TV Awards on May 8, and you’ll find that most of the shows nominated are not only hits in the U.K., but internationally, too. BBC’s Wolf Hall and Channel 4’s Humans both have found sizeable U.S. audiences (in the case of Humans, it’s even co-produced by an American network) and proudly wave the flag for old Blighty.
The list goes on … but you will find many mentioned in this article that are well worth checking out. Not all ‘happy’ viewing, as Happy Valley might imply by its title. This series follows the impact of a psychopath on the family of a police officer and is intense and disturbing in the questions it raises.
Isn’t it amazing, and only one of many examples, to watch James Norton portray this really frightening psychopathic personality vs-a-vis his lovable, though troubled, Vicar in Grantchester? UK actors have a very broad range.