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some of the people who made the wire made it. worth getting?
Had very similar themes to The Wire and trod most of the same territory but was shot as more of a fly on the wall drama which sometimes jarred a bit. Didn't dislike it, but felt weird seeing Dexter playing a skaghead, Carcetti's right hand man a wino etc.
I wouldn't bother watching the rest personally. It almost felt like a pilot episode of The Wire...
only 6 eps though. Quite a few of the actors went on to The Wire as well, it's fun spotting them.
It was on channel 4 ages ago. worth getting
it's a different pace to the Wire but a similar setting, with the action revolving around one street. It's strange at first seeing characters from the Wire play different roles and the short interview bit at the beginning and end of each epsiode isn't great but the stories are fascinating and far more in depth than those in the Wire. Some of it is heartbreaking but also very uplifting. I recommend it.
The book is brilliant too though I suggest reading it after watching the series.
I wasn't sure about it after the first two episodes but the rest of the series is stunning, especially the final episode and the ending. Plus it's fun seeing different Wire actors on the other sides of the tracks, and occassional one scene cameos like Prop Joe working in a shoe shop.