I’ve always been a fan of political TV series such as The West Wing, House of Cards (the original British version), The Thick of It, Spin (French), Borgen (Danish) and 1992 (Italian). They all owe their dramatic poignancy and flair for “things political” to “” from earlier years such as Seven Days of May, The Best Man, The Mattei Affair, Z, JFK and many others. Cloak and dagger politics in the real world provide subject matter to fiction writers in search of dramatic material for their quest to explore human nature and the logics of power. Sort of like Shakespeare who started it all. Powerful politicians, notwithstanding, are human beings and the human condition, as we well know, embodies the best and the worst our species can offer.
Ambitions run amok, betrayal, the clash of principles and vested interests, weaknesses and hidden traumas, lies and inconvenient truths, character assasination and even murder have been a part of political conflict since time immemorial. The above mentioned TV series have turned all this into fascinating works of dramatic fiction unrestrained by considerations of length. They don’t have to cram it all in a couple of hours as it happens in a feature film. So, let’s look at Spain’s present political stalemate. Almost a year without a government after two general elections and a third lurking in the near horizon, Spain’s political climate is full of intrigue and a sense of danger.
The media feed us the protagonists’ conflicting agendas in order to persuade, guide or manipulate the people’s perception of political reality. But what is happening behind the scenes? Nobody knows. We can only speculate. That is where TV fiction should step in and make it all clear to us. We are waiting.