“I knew Dominic West was very educated and well-read, but like every American my sense of his accent [was that] I could distinguish him from Dick van Dyke in Mary Poppins. But Americans are notoriously naïve about the nuances of the English accent.”Was there any resistance from his producing partners to casting two Brits in these key roles in his portrait of a broken-down American city?
Yes, here comes the pièce de résistance, the sexual cherry on top of this weird fucking cake.
“You’ve come this far,” he says lightly, but he knows this is the point of no return: if Yvonne sees this next reveal she will surely be a lost woman.
If you’ve ever been to the Chapel in the Crypt, you know what’s coming next.
“That’s not the best bit,” says the stranger, walking over to a cupboard at the back.
They creep into the cupboard, where he shows her the back of the door.
YES, IT’S THE TONY BENN EMILY WILDING DAVISON PLAQUE!!!!!!!!!!!!Dr Yvonne Carmichael (Emily Watson) meets a tall, dark and handsome stranger after giving evidence on genomes to the government (as all politics nerds know, there is nothing sexier than a select committee meeting.) What follows feels like the erotic fanfiction of a political hack who has spent far too much time at the Houses of Parliament.They “run into each other” in the canteen, and flirt in Westminster Hall. As he runs off to get the keys, Yvonne’s loser husband Gary texts her. You can just tell from a text like that that Gary has never been to the Houses of Parliament. Gary’s never even heard of the Chapel in the Crypt. So in they go to the chapel, handsome stranger smoothly remarking that you can get married in here, because, as he knows, weddings are basically porn to women (seeing as they don’t watch actual porn).Revolutionary HBO dramas all, they told the stories of (respectively) crime on the streets of Baltimore, the boots-on-the-ground perspective on the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and a population and a musical culture trying to rebuild in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.All were critically acclaimed, fan-revered, slow-burn series that valued character development, political veracity and social commentary over whizz-bang plot development. Some people will find it, and some people won’t.”This former newspaper reporter who cut his teeth pounding the crime beat for The Baltimore Sun – the home town in which he still lives – knows only too well how to account for this “failure”.It explores the social and political fault-lines that fractured Yonkers in 1987 after a federal judge ordered the city to end decades of systemic segregation and build low-income housing for the black community.