How to make The Wire

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Now this is fascinating: the original pitch and series outline for The Wire. This is the document that sets out the scale of the show’s ambition (“the grand theme here is nothing less than a national existentialism” — try pitching that to ITV1), introduces the characters and sets out the basics of the first season’s storyline. It’s also, even at this stage, wonderfully vivid and well-written: a textbook of clear thinking and purpose.

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