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Four new crime dramas, all brimming with acting talent, offer conclusive proof of British TV's inferiority

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Government statistics suggest that crime is declining in all areas except television, where various initiatives have failed to arrest its continuing commission. No amount of celebrity chefs nor property shows have done the trick. Not even costume dramas with bonnets and butlers. The truth is that when placed against the draw of a bloody murder or a violent rape, the rest of TV is about as effective as a community support officer at an armed robbery.

Last week no fewer than four new crime dramas made their fanfared debuts. Each one bore the trace of a handsome budget and loving attention, each one made confident demands – whether temporal or cerebral – on the viewer, and each one left »

- Andrew Anthony

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