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He stars as a maverick policeman in new series Luther, but Idris Elba came up against the long arm of the law himself this week.
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driving fines during the Gumball 3000Rally" link="#" target="" loc="right">The actor, who hit screens on Tuesday in the BBC drama, reckons he shelled out 1,500 US dollars in fines on a total of five speeding tickets while powering through Europe in the Gumball 3,000 Rally. Despite suffering from an injured foot, Idris is sharing...

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The entire five seasons of the smash hit US drama The Wire, which stars Idris Elba and Dominic West, are to be shown on BBC2.
Mar 13, 2009
BBC2 to screen The Wire in full

It will be the first time that the show has ever aired on terrestrial television in the UK and the series will be "stripped" across the week.

Created by David Simon and set in Baltimore, The Wire's first season tells the story of a single drugs-and-murder police investigation from the point of view of both the police and their targets.

As episodes unfold, a probe by Baltimore homicide and narcotics detectives results in a complex sprawl of wiretaps and surveillances.

Janice Hadlow, controller of BBC2, said: "The Wire is an exceptional series that will complement the range of distinctive and original UK drama available to viewers on BBC2."

Over five seasons (60 episodes) Simon is joined by notable writers including his frequent collaborator Ed Burns, and novelists George Pelecanos, Richard Price and Dennis Lehane.

Scheduling details are to be announced soon.

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The relentless cops, crooked politicians, and savvy drug dealers of Baltimore are done on HBO, but many have moved on to other projects.
Aug 31, 2009
The Guys of The Wire: Where Are They Now?

HBO's The Wire was more than just a simple cops-and-robbers procedural. Just about everyone who has watched it -- including the most powerful man in the world, Mr. Barack Obama -- raves about the way it fearlessly depicts modern society in an urban setting. But one thing that sometimes gets lost in the praises are the performances of the actors who brought these thugs and shields to life.

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Final season of critically lauded HBO show launching on January 6; prequel videos to detail characters' backstories.
Dec 05, 2007
Wire taps return date

There aren't many television shows that are almost universally on every television critics' "Best Of" lists each year, but HBO's The Wire is one of the few. Often called "the best show no one is watching," The Wire is making its fifth season its last.

HBO has announced that the final season of The Wire will kick off January 6 at 8 p.m. The show is a gritty crime drama set in Baltimore, but tells the story from both the viewpoints of the police force and the perpetrators. Season five will see a plotline involving the city's newspaper, The Baltimore Sun, which writer-creator David Simon worked for as a police reporter.

In preparation for the launch of season five, HBO has also created three Wire prequel shorts, offering insight into the ...

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Fourth season premieres to lower numbers, but HBO says yes to one more season.
Sep 13, 2006
HBO puts on Wire for final season

One episode into its fourth season, HBO's gritty cop drama The Wire has been picked up for a fifth and final round.

The pay cable network's decision was triggered by very strong reviews for the current season of the show, set in the drug-saturated streets of West Baltimore.

"I had no question in my mind about the quality of the show, but you never know," HBO Entertainment president Carolyn Strauss said of the uniform critical praise. "The show is extraordinary and breathtaking."

The number of episodes for season five, which will focus on the role of the mass media, is yet to be determined.

After depicting for four seasons "that part of urban America that has been left behind by the economy and by the greater society," the show's final chapter will ask why, Wire creator-executive producer David Simon ...

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Critically acclaimed American crime drama The Wire comes to BBC2 almost seven years after its US premiere.
Mar 25, 2009
The Wire makes BBC2 debut

The show’s BBC2 debut this Monday will mark the first time that it has aired on terrestrial television in the UK.

BBC2, which also broadcasts American acquisitions Heroes and Mad Men, bought the entire five series of the HBO show earlier this month and says the series will be "stripped" across the week.

The Wire's first season, which first aired in the US in 2002, follows a police investigation into drugs and murder and tells the tale from both the police's and their targets' points of view.

The opening episode, entitled Target, follows homicide detective Jimmy McNulty (Dominic West) as he investigates a family gang's involvement with murder. Awarded an average score of 8.8 by international TV.com users the pilot episode sets the standard for a highly rated first series.

As well as receiving impressive user reviews The Wire has also gained acclaim from ...

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We first noticed Idris Elba in The Wire, but now we look forward to seeing him in Sometimes in April, Thor and Luther.
May 18, 2011
Idris Elba After The Wire
We first noticed Idris Elba in The Wire, but now we look forward to seeing him in Sometimes in April, Thor and Luther.
Omar Twist
Mar 24, 2011
See The Wire Reworked as a Victorian Novel
Two writers have revealed, in a curious blog post, a teaser of their supposed Victorian serial version of David Simon's masterwork.
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Jazzed Up
Jan 11, 2010
First Treme Promo is Basically The Gospel
HBO has released the first teaser for David Simon's follow-up to The Wire, and it has us all jazzed up.
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In chronicling a multi-generational family business dealing illegal drugs and the efforts of the Baltimore police to curb their trade, this series draws parallels between these organizations and the men and women on either side of the battle.

The words of Gary W. Potter, Professor of Criminal Justice and Police Studies at Eastern Kentucky University, in writing about the savings and loan scandals of the 1980s, can also be used to illuminate some of the central premises of the show:

"There is precious little difference between those people who society designates as respectable and law abiding and those people society castigates as hoodlums and thugs. The world of corporate finance and corporate capital is as criminogenic and probably more criminogenic than any poverty-wracked slum neighborhood. The distinctions drawn between business, politics, and organized crime are at best artificial and in reality irrelevant. Rather than being dysfunctions, corporate crime, white-collar crime, organized crime, and political corruption are mainstays of American political-economic life."

Tim Goodman, the television critic for The San Francisco Chronicle, summed the show up perfectly when he wrote: "This show is precisely the reason you pay for HBO."

In New York's Newsday, Diane Werts says: "Most TV crime series aspire to John Grisham's level. 'The Wire' aspires to Dostoevsky's."

Season Themes

Season One centers around a family of drug dealers and the innerworkings of their empire. It also follows the detectives who are trying to catch the high members of the empire. Season Two steps away from the drug trade (while still mentioning characters from the previous season) to a case of dead prostitutes which turns into a look at the corruption surrounding the Port. Season Three investigates politics and finishes the main stories that were left open in season one. Season Four focuses on four middle school students and their journeys through the public school system and continues to address the politics of an inner-city and the issues of an election. Season Five is rumored to be about the media's role in Baltimore. Season Five will be the show's final season.

Theme Music

In the Season One opening credits, the Blind Boys of Alabama did Tom Waits's "Way Down in the Hole". The Season Two opening credits feature Waits's version of the song. According to creator David Simon, "It was our way of saying: This is the same show (song) but this year, the tale itself (singer, tonality) will be different." The Neville Brothers's version of the song opens Season Three. The theme which plays over the end credits was composed by the show's music supervisor, Blake Leyh.

International Airings

Australia -- Monday at 12:00 p.m. on Ch.9. Currently airing Season 3. New Zealand -- Wednesday at 11:40 p.m. on TV2, beginning December 15, 2004.

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