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