Corridors Of Power

Former Washington Ambassador Sir Christopher Meyer looks at the legacy of cult US TV series The West Wing.

He compares the series, in which the office of the President was portrayed with the utmost reverence, to UK shows such as Yes Minister or The Thick of It, which depict politicians as shambolic idiots.

He talks to writers and viewers, including Shami Chakrabati and Ian Hislop, to find out why American optimisim and British cynicism inevitably create such different worlds.

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Former Washington Ambassador Sir Christopher Meyer looks at the legacy of cult US TV series The West Wing.

He compares the series, in which the office of the President was portrayed with the utmost reverence, to UK shows such as Yes Minister or The Thick of It, which depict politicians as shambolic idiots.

He talks to writers and viewers, including Shami Chakrabati and Ian Hislop, to find out why American optimisim and British cynicism inevitably create such different worlds.