I checked out the show on the Internet Movie Data Base and was surprised to learn that the series started in 2002 and ran for six seasons until 2008. Why did it take so long for one of our mainstream TV channels to broadcast it? And why, once bought, was it programmed after 11pm? It beats the pants off our cop shows like The Bill. One reason could be because it shows the cops and the robbers as both corrupt and devout. And we can't have the good old British public considering the thought that the police can be as corrupt as the bad guys, and for heaven sake, our governmental establishment! The Wire successfully portrays both as human and therefore as likely to be bad as well as good. Notwithstanding the fact that our police force has been caught with their fingers in the till, as well as our establishment figures such as MP's and Royals, many times, our mainstream media are bent attempting to keep the public in a fog of illusion. The reasons are complex, yet come to one thing - stability.
The theory is that if a country is stable it able to be civilized. The problem is a stable country affords those in power to remain in power. The UK has a well established social hierarchy. From the Monarch, who owns vast tracks of UK land and lives in palaces, down to the homeless. Who are nothing more than modern day surfs. As well as our government, all of our armed services are run by Eton boys, mostly. So, to daily have a TV series that shows the establishment as it is, a goodly bunch of them privileged thieves, is to undermine stability.
However, the concept of Monarchy is today inherently corrupting. Not so much money, but what it does to the psych of the UK people. We have a House of Lords. The very concept of a Lord is inherently demeaning to those who are not. A congenital corruption of equality. Monarchy gives the notion that they and all the gongs below are intrinsically superior to you and me. This is false. And a nation that persists in that illusion is eventually doomed to fail.
I do not advocate revolution. Just awareness and a speedier evolution.
So, keep your ear close to the wire.