Flood was an excellent TV drama on ITV1 – UK – over the last two nights. Telling the story of a storm surge in the North Sea meeting high tide, the Thames Flood Barrier was overwhelmed, flooding central London.With an edge of realism – it really could happen – it told the story of some caught in the flood, and that of the authorities trying to save as many lives as possible. It was the first time I’ve known UK TV try such an impressive drama, and CGI was used well, providing some excellent effects.But more than this, with actors of the stature of Robert Carlyle, Tom Courtenay, David Suchet, Nigel Planer and Joanne Whalley, the human side was equally magnificent. If I had a criticism, it was this:Why is it that no writer has ever managed to move away from the standard plot of the disaster drama?
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