PEOPLE used to say telly turned your brain to mush, but a new raft of telly dramas require a cerebral cortex firing on all cylinders.
For decades, we happily watched cops and lawyers in unchallenging, visual chewing- gum genres. But long-running series such as Law & Order are being cancelled.
In its place are the high- concept shows. These big idea dramas have been tried before with series like Heroes, a superhero drama so high in concept that it fell off a cliff.
The newest high-concept kid on the block is Touch, created by the executive producer of Heroes Tim Kring.
It started on Sky 1 on Tuesday, featuring Kiefer Sutherland as an ex-journalist with an 11-year- old son who can figure out the future because he's in tune with Fibonacci sequences . . . mathematical sequences found in seeds and flowers.
You have to do hard sums to understand it -- but it's a strangely watchable bit of telly.