- Channel 4 Fridays 7.35
Cleverly C4 are finally airing series 4 of this superbly written series at just the point where the fictional President, Jed Bartlett, is seeking re-election. Reversing the actual current presidential race, the incumbent (Bartlett) is a Democrat, his challenger a Republican - we wish!
If you have never seen the series, do give it a look. The ensemble playing of excellent Aaron Sorkin (the show's creator) dialogue developed over some 40 episodes is consistently top class. If at first the fast, snappy dialogue seems a bit flash, (perhaps realistically) give the story lines a chance to unwind and you will regularly find the real moral dilemmas of the exercise of power developed with insight and wisdom.
Unashamedly idealistic, this programme advances the heretical idea that a man of intellect, serious education, knowledge of history and moral integrity might get elected President. (I said it was idealistic). Bartlett is clearly modelled on JFK but is none the worse for that.
May have to watch carefully for the point where Sorkin ceased to write it but until then enjoy.
Zettel September 2004
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