Narcos, the latest show off the Netflix production line, was made available this morning. It’s a ten part drama based on the story of the Colombia-based Medellín cartel, and drug lord Pablo Escobar. The advance reviews suggest it’s very good. Hell, it probably is. But who has the time to watch it?
And for UK viewers there’s yet another example of the perils of #peakTV on Monday, when undead spin-off Fear The Walking Dead starts. I wasn’t planning to watch anyway, but even if I were I wouldn’t have been able to, because it’s on yet another new channel that not everyone can see: AMC Global, which has some sort of exclusive carriage deal with BT. Or if you have a £20 per month BT Sport deal through Sky – but not Virgin – you can see it, or something. I’m boring myself now, but one more time: if you make it difficult and/or costly for people to watch your silly zombie show, they’ll find an easy and cheap way. Or perhaps, as I suggested when previewing The Americans, viewers will sign up for BT in their millions. Who knows?
Finally, a show that lots of people can see, but probably won’t: The Pinkertons, a Canadian period drama based on real life cases from the archive of the detective agency of the same name, starts on Sunday on UK Drama. Freeview, Sky, Virgin; take your pick. Angus Macfadyen stars as the first Pinkerton.