Idris Elba in The Wire on demand

Catch all five seasons of The Wire on Sky Box Sets On Demand from now until May.

Searing Baltimore drama, The Wire is widely considered to be one of the best television shows of the past decade. Gritty and real, it's the brainchild of former police reporter David Simon, and co-written by former narcotics detective, Ed Burns. 

Dominic West is Detective Jimmy McNulty, often insubordinate, but dedicated to the task at hand. Idris Elba is Stringer Bell, a key player in the drug empire McNulty seeks to bring down. The Wire explores the war on drugs from all possible angles, on both sides of the law.

Described by creator David Simon as "a somewhat angry show," The Wire, with its sprawling ensemble cast and realistic portrayal of Baltimore's criminal underworld, is a gripping and raw look at inner city crime.

Behind the scenes: Several characters in the show are based on real people. In addition, many supporting roles are played by real life Baltimore cops and criminals.

What the critics say: "... a police drama unlike any that had come before." - Collider

"Simon's masterpiece deepens with every episode. By its fifth or sixth episode, it's on a higher evolutionary plane than its peers." - The AV Club

Seasons available: 1 to 5

Available from: November 1st 2014

Available until: TBC

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