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Sunday 20 April 2014

And the award for best drama goes to. . . Television

We shouldn't be surprised that the most powerful drama of post-crash Ireland is being shown on telly, rather than on the stage or on the big screen.

TV is having a serious moment – just ask anyone who's ever spent a whole weekend at home with nothing but a box-set and a crate of beer for company.

Thanks to huge investment by the American cable channels, TV viewers have enjoyed shows of unprecedented quality like The Wire, The West Wing, Mad Men, Deadwood and Breaking Bad.

These series benefit from razor-sharp writing and expertly-paced plotlines, and the fact that they unfold over a number of seasons allows characters to develop and tension to build.

It's a phenomenon Michael Colgan has observed over the years: "Theatre was at a high at one stage, it was sexy; then film was at a high, and TV was like the third cousin," he says.

"But TV has come into its own in recent years and the best writing is happening now, not in the movies or in theatre, but in television.

"And I think RTé, who are constantly battered, should be congratulated – Love/Hate is a terrific series."

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