Two new series, Collateral and The Looming Tower, have the sort of pedigree that screams "prestige drama". But they are unfortunate examples of why that is no guarantee of quality.
Collateral, a four-part thriller about the killing of a London immigrant, is the creation of David Hare - the venerable English playwright and Oscar-nominated writer of The Hours (2002) and The Reader (2008). He has always had a nose for hot-button social issues and anti-establishment critiques. But this story - about the shooting of a lowly delivery boy - is a grab bag of so many grand ideas so poorly stitched together, it leaves your head spinning.