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What we were WATCHING [Sentinel, The (Stoke-on-Trent, England)]

October 19, 2013


Andrew Lloyd recalls being embroiled in the drama The West Wing as a teenager. The 30-year-old breakfast DJ at Six Towns Radio, of Festival Close, Etruria, has watched the American drama, set in the White House, three times from start to finish THE programme is set in the administrative wing and follows the 'president and his staff' around on their day to day pursuits.

To be honest, I could watch the series over and over because it is so unique and entertaining.

But the first time I discovered the gripping political drama was in the early 2000s when I would have been just 16 and still at school.

It used to be shown on Channel 4 late in the evening, and I used to love sitting with my mum laughing at all of the humorous, but incredibly intelligent jokes.

The drama was created by Aaron Sorkin, who helped to write another of my favourites, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.

His dialogue is so fast and witty. You can tell that Aaron did a lot of research beforehand, and then he makes sure the information is delivered in a humorous and quick witted way. Before the show, all of the actors were invited to visit and shadow their counterparts in the White House to get a taste for their roles.

I have always liked the show because of the characters, the cast and the writing, and have made many friends and family members watch it, who have then shared my love for programme.

I think that Martin Sheen was a fantastic choice as Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet, the President of the United States.

In fact, all of the actors really suited their characters.

I don't think there is, or has been, a show like it since. It blended comedy and drama seamlessly. The programme won three Golden Globe Awards and 26 Emmy Awards, which does not surprise me at all.

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