Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad has been praising the collaborative team spirit that produced the megahit TV series. "The worst thing the French ever gave us is the auteur theory," he declares in Brett Martin's new book, Difficult Men: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad, just published by Faber and Faber.

 "It's a load of horseshit. You don't make a movie by yourself, you certainly don't make a TV show by yourself. You invest people in their work. You make people feel comfortable in their jobs; you keep people talking."

He was careful to attribute equal billing or importance to all the writers of the legendary series, explaining that this was for purely practical or pragmatic reasons. "There's nothing more powerful to a showrunner than a truly invested writer, that writer will fight the good fight."