38. Dex­TeR

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and Damian Lewis in a cod­piece minia­turised so as not to shock US au­di­ences. The six­part Bafta-win­ning se­ries won crit­i­cal ac­claim for the BBC – and 4.4 mil­lion view­ers. DVD, 1 se­ries talk­ing about him as a fu­ture Bond. Luther is a ge­nius crime-buster, but the job has taken its toll on his mar­riage, his men­tal state and some­times his abil­ity to make ra­tio­nal de­ci­sions. When he al­lows a child­killer to fall from a ledge (and into a coma), then later de­vel­ops an ob­ses­sive re­la­tion­ship with a girl he believes to be a psy­cho­pathic mur­derer, it’s in­dica­tive of the grey area in which Luther op­er­ates. Bril­liantly writ­ten and su­perbly acted, this is a po­lice pro­ce­dural like no other. Net­flix, 4 se­ries Adrian Ed­mond­son plays Count Ros­tov in War & Peace, a re­cur­ring joke in Bot­tom, where his co-star Rik May­all was al­ways seen read­ing the novel, declar­ing ‘the Rus­sian bloke did it.’ Mar­gulies, above) re­turns to work as a lawyer af­ter nearly a decade out of the game. Bri­tish ac­tress Archie Pan­jabi, who plays a tough in­ves­ti­ga­tor, is a se­rial scen­estealer in this com­pelling US-based le­gal drama. Ama­zon Prime, 7 se­ries Our ‘hero’ Dex­ter, a blood­spat­ter ex­pert with the Mi­ami po­lice, also hap­pens to be a psy­cho­pathic se­rial killer whose per­sonal code means he mur­ders only other bad guys. It is tes­ta­ment to the skill of the show-mak­ers that they are able to get an au­di­ence on board with such a con­cept. The open­ing cred­its are a work of art in their own right. Now TV/Sky, 8 se­ries

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