When I knew of no-one else but my flatmate who watched The Wire, I felt I was privvy to something special. I am not so sure now that Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Grayling has compared parts of Britain to West Baltimore.
Forgetting the matter of it all being much more subtle than a simple fight between drugs dealers and the knockos, of course parts of Britain are like The Wire. Stringer Bell is from Hackney, and Jimmy McNulty is from Sheffield.
UPDATE – Hopi Sen has more, in particular why Grayling was speaking such chocolate salty balls that he had watched only the initial episode. I bet he thinks “three holes” is code for the stash house.