I watched this show with fairly low expectations given the subject matter being handled by the BBC, but after two episodes I'm hooked.
Whilst one could accuse it of overplaying cliches, the City is actually full of them and many of the scenes, if not the stories woven in, I have witnessed in my years working there.
I would say that it really represents a period that ended around 2010, as much of the more blatant behaviour, at least in the office, has finally been whittled out. The scene of Yasmin being so humiliated on the desk and sitting on an upturned bin would unlikely to go unpunished these days. That being said the scene in the restaurant was very similar to a recent grad welcoming dinner not so long ago, minus the big rows.
It's a tough drama to watch due to the aggressive atmosphere and constant belittling of the juniors, but I find the characters believable and compelling, and I don't cringe watching the trade talk on the desk. In other words, it's not so far from reality. It really isn't rocket science on the FX desk!
With some fine performances from the lead characters, I am looking forward to seeing where this story runs to.