I read Metal’s interview with Sam Mendes and I liked what he said about the value in having an end to things - that without an ending there’s only the creation of hunger without satisfaction. If you look at shows like The Office or Fleabag, you can see that British television isn’t so beholden to the idea of keeping a show running until the wheels come off.
You often hear that our cinema is known for its ‘gritty realism’, but I think that’s quite a lazy description, and increasingly inaccurate. There’s a huge breadth to UK film and it encompasses so much more than simply that. What I find that sets it apart, is the particular vein of comedy, with all its irony, biting satire, and love of the underdog. If you look at the likes of Shane Meadows, Joanna Hogg, Ben Wheatley, Craig Roberts, I feel there’s always a peculiarly British seam of humour running through their work. I think that’s part of what’s made Succession (with its team of British writers) so successful. It threads British comedic strands into an American backdrop and story, and makes it feel like something fresh.