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The geordie surrealist on his favourite telly flights of fancy

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Breaking Bad and Arrested Development. The whole Netflix thing is really exciting. This is the way telly usually works. Someone goes: "We want to make a TV show with you. What do you want to make?" And I go: "I want to make this." And they go: "Great, but could you do a chat show, or make it a panel show?" But what's been brilliant about Dave, and also Netflix and similar, is that somebody goes: "How can we help you make something that is genuinely new and exciting?" If you look at Ricky Gervais, he's writing, producing, directing his own shows. Louis Ck's another example. I think that's the future. We're cottoning on to the idea of having a showrunner. That's not to say that you can go off and have an episode that's two hours of just a vase! »

- Gwilym Mumford

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