Decided to give Peter Kominsky's drama Britz a go last night, and was glad I did. Gripping, tense, thoughtful and much more. The first part followed a Muslim student from Bradford who joins MI5 in its fight against terrorism. The second half [on Channel 4 tonight] follows the student's sister down a very different path. Great stuff, and a very different take on the world of spies from the glossier, more concept version seen in Spooks on BBC1. I like both shows, but Britz screams important, landmark drama. Just a shame Channel 4 doesn't commission more.
Across the Atlantic writers of drama and comedy for TV and film are contemplating a strike, now their current union agreement has run out. Among the most visible casualties was a planned spin-off from the hit genre show Heroes. NBC had planned to broadcast a six-part series called Origins, with several high profile writers and directors attached as talent. That's now been postponed indefinitely, with uncertainty over a possible strike getting some of the blame.
Meanwhile Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly creator Joss Whedon has struck a deal that'll take him back to TV. The Fox network has commissioned several episodes of a new series called Dollhouse, starring Eliza Dushku [who played Buffy's nemesis Faith for Whedon]. The show revolves around covert operatives who're given new personas, skills and memories for each mission, but get wiped close when the mission ends - like human Etch-a-Sketches. Dushku starts achieving self awareness, and trouble follows. Let's hope Fox treats Dollhouse better than past Whedon TV series.