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How did PBS end up partnering with British television?

Anyone know?

It's been that way for so damn long now that I don't think anyone even questions it, but last night it struck me that every single scripted show for adults that they air is a British show.

It's actually rather odd when you think about it: American public television relies almost entirely on Britain for their scripted primetime lineup. I know they air other stuff in the daytime for kids, and they also air various documentaries, when it comes to scripted dramas it all comes from the UK.

I wonder how that happened.


I remember this starting back in the 1990s with the Poirot and Sherlock Holmes series from Granada.