“What makes hit US investigative drama CSI Las Vegas great? Is it the gadgets and the gore? Is it that Gil Grissom, played by William Petersen, looks hot in a lab coat? Or is it some intangible chemistry between actor and director, character and theme that results in on-screen magic, two spin-offs and over 40 awards?
Armed with some very clever software and a huge computer, three academics at Royal Holloway, University of London – screenwriter and lecturer Adam Ganz, professor of computer science Fionn Murtagh and doctoral student Stuart McKie – reckon they can help with the answer, because ratings success is all about the script.”