• In regard to We tore the cover off an American city by Dorian Lynskey (30 March): thanks for the attention to The Wire TV series. My wife and I watched this series fully twice. It changed my thinking about many aspects of the US. It felt uncommonly honest – both in its stories and its characters.
The only other television series of similar power and depth that I recall is Upstairs, Downstairs from the BBC in the 1970s. Quite different in many ways from The Wire, yet for me it shared that current of honesty, and changed my worldview. Helge R Berg Newberg, Oregon, US