In an autumn which has kicked off with the TV drama cognoscenti all discussing the brilliant Breaking Bad finale, it could be argued that our own homegrown drama has taken a back seat.
That or the reality has dawned that dramas like BBC1’s Atlantis are simply not up to anything approaching the quality of the best in the US.
Will that change?
Well BBC2, traditionally the home of quality, very much hopes so.
And here’s a taste of the best of the channel’s autumn drama line up including the return of Jed Mercurio police drama Line of Duty, Christopher Hampton’s Thirteenth Tale, Paula Milne’s Legacy and a brace from David Hare – Turks & Caicos and Salting the Battlefield.
The latter two complete Hare’s trilogy starring Bill Nighy as spy Johnny Worricker, which began with 2011’s Page 8. Turks & Caicos features a big-name Hollywood signing in the form of Christopher Walken.
Legacy will be of particular interest to Sherlock fans, starring as it does Andrew Scott, aka Moriarty.
The single 90-minute film by Paula Milne is based on the novel by Alan Judd and tells the story of young spy, Charles Thoroughgood (Charlie Cox), who has barely begun his training at MI6 when his university connection with a Soviet diplomat, Viktor Koslov (Scott), sets him on a case.