Getting away with it
Live in the Studio takes on the more gruesome side of TV.
If we encountered them in real life, we'd run screaming in horror. Yet murderers on the small screen keep us entranced and tuning in week after week, sitting on the edge of our seats and hoping they don't get caught.
So why do we cheer on characters like Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), as he carves up another victim while winking at the camera?
In a case of bad versus worse, many TV killers are doing away with some of the nastiest characters to ever grace the screen, such as Dexter, who prides himself on only killing people who deserve it. But Dexter is not simply correcting what he sees as the evils of society - he actually enjoys despatching his victims.
From 24's over-zealous torturer Jack Bauer, to the morally-uncompromising vigilante Rorschach in Watchmen, to conflicted mob-boss Tony Soprano, how do these characters manage to make us overlook their obvious psychological flaws and love them despite their crimes?
Join writer and pop-culture aficionado Martyn Pedler on a journey to the darker side of the psyche, where evil is relative and the end sometimes justifies the means.
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Published Tuesday, 16 March 2010