British comedy seems to be at an all time high in popularity across the pond, with shows like The Office, Shameless. However, Brits are known for their rather sarcastic sense of humour and anyone who has visited the US will know that it can be taken the wrong way. So why is it that British comedy is so popular in the US?
The growing interest in American TV as a substitute for our own is not simply an idiosyncrasy, it signifies of Britain's failure to keep pace with the cultural market. The relative incompetence of home-produced programming becomes apparent in the context of the global marketplace - beyond the iPlayer horizon, Britain is punching well above its weight.
When I look back at my time on Shameless over the last three years, I honestly feel a warmth. The shows spirit, the characters, the writing, the crazy story lines, the constant pushing of boundaries. I am filled with a sense of pride, that I was part of such a groundbreaking iconic show. Like they say..." All good things, come to an end.
In 2013, is there any reason other than nostalgia to still care about the characters of the Chatsworth Estate? Judging by last night's opening episode, it's going to take more than the return of a few high profile former cast members (as promised for this final run) for the show to rediscover its old magic.