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  • I, who have often mocked the Brits for their belief/assertion that British is Best, have to say that although my experience of TV drama from overseas is limited to Nordic Noir or American HSBO's, the Brits can claim with some justification to make the best TV dramas. This is not entirely unexpected, as we have the best writers doing the script, i.e. Tom Stoppard, Lynda La Plante to name but two, to say nothing of the excellent actors around.

    At the moment we are being treated to a version of Ford Maddox Ford's tetralogy, Parade's End, a story of Edwardian times, encompassing the Suffragette Movement, the First World War, and the relinquishing of their grip on power by the aristocratic and moneyed class. Delightful viewing.

    Here is a little haiku for the occasion:

    If Ford Maddox Ford
    Did not use his middle name
    He'd just be Ford Ford

    (Pic: Benedict Cumberbatch as the flawed hero of the series)
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