It's time to bring Masters of Sex back to UK screens
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Telly addicts are an easily irritated bunch. We complain if something's been on for too long, we cry if a series is cancelled too soon and we sit in anguish if we're made to wait more than a few months for a new season of our favourite show. In this digital, 'on demand' climate we currently live and binge-watch in, it's easy to see why we've grown impatient with the once gradual and episodic medium of television. But even by Sherlock standards, in which you wait three years for three new episodes, there are some shows that have been left in the wilderness for so long, you would be forgiven for thinking they'd been cancelled altogether. Masters of Sex is one such show. Developed by Michelle Ashford, this American period drama is loosely based on the real-life story of Masters and Johnson - the dynamic research team responsible for pioneering study into human sexual response and effectively bringing the academic focus behind the sexual revolution of the 60s and 70s to light. Starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as Bill Masters and Virginia Johnson, the show premiered in 2013 and has just started its fourth season in the US on Showtime. Frustratingly, here in the UK, we're still waiting for the third season to be aired after Channel 4 and More 4, who aired the first two seasons, mysteriously dropped it from their schedule. Quite why isn't clear - and no-one seems to be in a rush to make it more (legally) accessible for English audiences. Why? Well, that's the question that I can't seem to get my head around.
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