A few weeks ago I lamented the fact that Cold War spy drama The Americans, which in my view is one of the very best things on TV, had been dropped by its UK broadcaster ITV. At that point, there was no word on whether it was going to be picked up by someone else. Well, it has now, although it’s not unequivocally good news: seasons 3 and 4 are going to be on ITV Encore, available only through various iterations of the Sky platform. It’s possible, I suppose, that this will drive millions of consumers towards Sky, and not towards torrents.
Anyway, the advance word on season 3 is that it’s at least as good as the first two. I think I’ve just about given up on trying to persuade the uncommitted to watch. Just in case there’s anyone out there thinking of giving it a go, though, this is an amazing show. But probably not one you can jump into at this stage – I’d recommend going back to the start (tonight, 10pm, ITV Encore).