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Eight foreign language TV drama boxsets to binge online, from Black Widow to Suburra

Author: Ellen Jones
Newspaper: Evening Standard
Date: Mar 17 2017

The Italian 'The Wire'

Suburra (Netflix)

David Simon’s 2002-2008 series raised the aspirations of an entire medium. Coming before The Wire, illustrating the interconnected nature of society and all the institutions within it was assumed to be the work of novels — and doorstopper 19th-century tomes at that. Soon, however, you will get to know Rome better than you know London (or, indeed, Baltimore).

Organised crime, the state, the Church and property developers all play their part in Suburra’s story of civic corruption, as the line between legal and illicit is blurred beyond recognition.