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Victim culture taints this brilliant drama

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The stunning BBC TV drama Broken, written by Jimmy McGovern, has had almost universally admiring reviews. The core theme of the series is the extreme difficulty of doing the right thing.

A moral fable, then? Well actually, there’s one flaw in all this. It’s that virtually every character is a victim of circumstance. Ultimately, therefore, this moving and thoughtful drama harnesses a Christian concept of redemption without atonement in an intrinsically fallen world to the Marxist view that everyone is a hapless victim of circumstance.

To read my whole Times column (£), please click here.

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