Imagine you're cut off in a far-off land. What longings would be uppermost in your mind? Here we celebrate those aspects of life that make our islands distinct and beguiling.
4. Wolf Hall
Right now, you could be forgiven for thinking that the American TV schedule originated in Britain. Hit new show House of Cards is an adaptation of the superior BBC original. Broadchurch was so successful that they had a go at making an American version of it (which failed to capture the claustrophobic atmos-phere of a small coastal town). It was recently announced that Doctor Who and Sherlock will be shown in the USA at the same time as in the UK to stop piracy. And Wolf Hall is finding an audience among fans of Game of Thrones. It seems that almost every show features at least one British actor hoping to achieve the same acclaim as Dominic West, Damien Lewis and Hugh Laurie. So forget those expensive boxsets, put your feet up, watch our own television and be ahead of the crowd.
‘Drama is life with the dull bits cut out’