Wednesday 21 March 2018

Ed West: Homeland made for great TV but then liberals were always good at fiction

Damian Lewis stars in Homeland
Damian Lewis stars in Homeland

WE are destined to have to wait for a second series of Homeland. After a turbulent middle, I was gripped, the thing helped along by a very strong cast.

The temptation to over-act when playing the mentally ill is very strong, but Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison is compelling; meanwhile, Damian Lewis’ Marine sergeant Nicholas Brody is sympathetic and fascinating, and Mandy Patinkin, Morena Baccarin and David Harewood all put in strong performances.

But the final episode reinforced the impression that the whole premise of the programme is false, a world imagined by television liberals but which does not exist in reality.

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