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Peter Kosminsky on his groundbreaking TV dramas

by Jasper Rees.

It wouldn’t be a proper tribute if sabres weren’t rattling and timbers shivering. Peter Kosminsky has earned that rare accolade for a director of television drama: a retrospective at the BFI. The programme covers the boardwalk from his earliest work in documentary to his last-but-one drama Britz.

Kosminsky makes all the right purring noises: “A truly lovely experience… They treat you with such respect… A huge honour, so unexpected, that I really didn’t care what they included”.

But this is still Kosminsky, remember, a pretty much unique figure in contemporary television who has devoted his career to giving the powerful sleepless nights. Tony Blair’s sofa cabinet all hated The Government Inspector. The NHS was excoriated in Innocents, his drama about Bristol heart surgeons. The MoD weren’t big fans of his early documentary about the Falklands. Laws have been rewritten thanks to Kosminsky’s zest for asking awkward questions in front of millions of viewers.

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