With Jimmy McGovern at his writing peak for ITV and Channel 4 in the mid-1990s, the BBC was eager for a McGovern show of their own.
From Irwin Allen’s notorious stable of endearingly shabby television sci-fi shows and disaster movies, Land of the Giants originally ran for two seasons from 1968 to 1970.
After Cracker, gentile detective dramas like The Ruth Rendell Mysteries felt as cosily outdated as wearing a vest.
The year is 1999. American astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder) is accidentally pulled into a wormhole and thrust into a distant corner of the universe.
Developed by Friday Night Lights exec Jason Katims, Roswell took the idea of the crash and ran with it, but instead of going down a purely science fiction route, the makers focused more on their characters.