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  • #15461

    drewster81
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    Pivoting off from what Chris started with the film section, here is a spot where we can chit-chat and list our favorite British television series.  Ever since I was a child, I watched a ton of PBS Masterpiece Theatre shows.  They even showed Dr. Who every once in a while.  Obviously, there is more to British television than period pieces, so let's have a go.  Needless to say, I'm going to go on a spree here.If you like, we can also get really nerdy and list our favorite SERIES from that show's run.In no order (except for the first, which I can't help but list at the top)1. I, Claudius2. I'm Alan Partridge3. Spaced4. Peep Show5. Dr. Who (reboot, and specifically the Stephen Moffat-era.  I love Tennant, but the energy of Moffat's writing with Matt Smith's awesome performance just leaves me giddy.  That said, I'll always have a soft spot for Tom Baker from my childhood memories.)6. Speaking of Moffat:  Sherlock7. The Office8. Downton Abbey9. Black Books10. Brass Eye (specifically the Paedoggedon episode, which has to rank as one of the darkest things that I've ever laughed out loud at.)11. Monty Python.  Duh.12. Being Human (First series, but the latest one wasn't as bad as I thought it might be, actually.)13. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (mini-series)14. The Hour15. Big Train16. The IT Crowd17. The Thick of It.There's more but that's a good start. :)

  • #17346

    drewster81
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    Ooh! Garth Merenghi's Dark Place!

  • #17347

    anonymous
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    Are You Being Served Doctor Who (not the most recent Doctor, I haven't seen but 2 or 3 of his episodes)Press Gang (that's where my Dexter Fletcher crush began)AbFabSkins (1st & 2nd series)EastEnders Hotel Babylong (continuing the Dexter Fletcher crush)Hitchhiker's Guide (original series)Agatha Christie (I think those were all on Masterpiece, right?)We had a BBC-type channel (not PBS, though) that aired all kinds of British sitcoms and programs, but then switched over to telenovenas for a few hours.  It was an interesting mix.

  • #17348

    anonymous
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    Lets see …Tinker, Tailor - yes ... but don't forget Smiley's People - Sir Alec at his best.Agatha Christie? I presume Hickson's Miss Marple & Suchet's Poirot.Strangely fascinating horror from last year - The Fades - is worth a look.Sherlock is smashing but don't forget the febrile wonder that is Brett's Sherlock HolmesMy wife would say the Duchess of Duke Street - now terribly dated.And finally, Morecombe & Wise.

  • #17349

    Chris
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    Some good stuff listed already of which I will be repeating here. I have spent the last half hour writing down some of the tv shows I have particularly liked (and looking through my dvd collection) to get a pretty comprehensive list.Not in any order:Dramas1. Life on Mars2. Ashes to Ashes (although Life on Mars was better)3. Spooks4. Hustle5. Sherlock6. Wire in the Blood7. Waking the Dead8. Jonathan Creek9. Darling Buds of May10. A Touch of Frost11. Jeeves and Wooster12. Poirot13. Torchwood14. The Tudors (even with its historical inaccuracies)15. Pride and Prejudice16. I, Claudius17. Sharpe18. The Pillars of the Earth19. The Fades (just watching this at the moment and it's pretty good)20. Being Human21. Doctor WhoSituation/Sketch Comedies1. Porridge2. Blackadder3. Red Dwarf4. Only Fools and Horses5. Spaced6. Black Books7. Gavin and Stacey8. The Two Ronnies9. The Young Ones10. Men Behaving Badly11. Dad's Army12. Outnumbered13. Monty Python's Flying Circus14. Fawlty Towers15. Extras16. Drop th Dead Donkey17. Game On18. The Inbetweeners19. Bottom20. The League of Gentlemen21. Up Pompeii!22. Citizen Smith23. A Bit of Fry and Laurie24. Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere25. Open All Hours26. The Thin Blue LineThat's my bumper list for now.

  • #17350

    anonymous
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    Well, since I owe most of my love for all things British to it, my number one would be Doctor Who.  Splendid chaps, all of them, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be either Jon Pertwee or Peter Davison, depending on my mood.Other British Shows I especially enjoy would include:Blake's Seven Red DwarfSpooksBlackadderFather TedMr. BeanSherlockFoyle's WarInbetweeners

  • #17351

    Chris
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    How could I forget Father Ted, absolutely brilliant!I remember watching Blake's 7 as a child and haven't seen it since.Looks like Doctor Who is gaining popularity, how well received has it been in the US?Jessaminnie, the latest doctor isn't too bad once you get used to him. My favourites are the 3rd Doctor - John Pertwee, 4th Doctor - Tom Baker and 10th Doctor- David Tennant although I prefer David Tennant because I don't remember many of the episode with Tom Baker in as I was quite young at the time and John Pertwee was before my time and had to reply on re-runs. Still, great tv though.

  • #17352

    anonymous
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    Hitchhiker's Guide (original series)

    HGTG is simply a masterpiece.  It was originally a radio programme, though, not TV.  You can download the radio version from audible.com and experience it all over again --without having to wait a week between episodes!  There's also Stephen Fry reading the book version.  I love audible.com and listen to audiobooks in my car and on my walks -- when I'm not listening to the podcast, of course!

  • #17353

    Tim the Enchanter
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    If there's anything I love as about Britain than its history, its ale.  And if there's anything I love as much about Britain as its history and its ale, its its TV comedies.  Sooo, since everyone else is doing it, here's my dvd collection of awesome in no particular order:1 Father Ted, Black Books and the IT Crowd2) Spaced3) Only Fools4) Monty Python, At last the 1948 Show and Do Not Adjust Your Set5) Fawlty Towers6) Outnumbered7) The Inbetweeners8) Goodnight Sweetheart9) Porridge and Going Straight10) Red Dwarf11) Rising Damp12) Blackadder, Mr Bean and Thin Blue Line13) Yes Minister and Prime Minister14) Open All Hours15) Keeping Up Apperances16) Men Behaving Badly17) Royale Family18) The Office (does Extras count?)19) The Young Ones20) Still GameI want to mention 2 in particular.  Still Game - This is Scottish and not many even in England have heard of it I think, but I would rank it as funny as Fawlty Towers or the Office.  Its right up there.  Watch it with the subtitles on though.Goodnight Sweetheart - my wife introduced me to this recently.  Its got Nicholas Lyndhurst from Only Fools and Horses and its about a Time Traveler who goes back to WWII ere London and meets another woman!  Apropos of the British History theme I'd say.Oh, and I'm a Dr. Whovian.  Both original and new series.  Favorite doctor is probably Tennant or maybe Troughton.  Thank God BBC America has started showing the new series at the same time as they come out in the UK.

  • #17354

    Chris
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    I can't believe I forgot to add Whitechapel to my list of dramas, superb viewing. I'm a fan of Rupert Penry-Jones, who was quite good in Jane Austen's Persuasion, great in the tv remake of The 39 Steps and excellent in Spooks, mentioned in my previous list.Tim, Goodnight Sweetheart is certainly deserving of some recognition. I enjoyed watching that.

  • #17355

    Chris
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    I might also include the following two period drama series:1. Cranford2. Lark Rise to Candleford

  • #17356

    drewster81
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    I've been trying to find a way to watch Whitechapel over here.  BBC America shows it but I missed it when it came on.  :(

  • #17357

    drewster81
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    And how could I forget State of Play??

  • #17358

    Chris
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    I've been trying to find a way to watch Whitechapel over here.  BBC America shows it but I missed it when it came on.  :(

    I highly recommend this Drew, I don't think you will be disappointed. I hope you get your hands on a copy.I have only seen the movie State of Play not the 2003 mini series. A colleague from work said it was definitely worth watching.....on my rental list it goes  ;)

  • #17359

    nakirchoff
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    I stumbled onto “Horrible Histories” on YouTube.  Hilarious!

  • #17360

    anonymous
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    HGTG is simply a masterpiece.  It was originally a radio programme, though, not TV.  You can download the radio version from audible.com and experience it all over again --without having to wait a week between episodes!  There's also Stephen Fry reading the book version.  I love audible.com and listen to audiobooks in my car and on my walks -- when I'm not listening to the podcast, of course!

    It was a very short (6 episodes) run, but it was on TV!    :D  We had tapes of the radio series [and all the books, of course] so I was very excited when PBS aired the mini-series.  This may have also been my first try at recording something with that new VCR thing...  Audible.com and I are good old friends.  If my husband wasn't such a chatterbox on our commute in, I think I would still have my subscription!  ;)

  • #17361

    Kate
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    Wow, lots of great shows to look into.  Thanks for the recommendations.In addition some I haven't seen mentioned:TWO FAT LADIESA great show.  Clarissa Dickson Wright and Jennifer Patterson travel around the country on a vintage motorcycle with a sidecar, cooking amazing food in beautiful kitchens and telling tales of their sordid pasts.  I read Clarissa's autobiography and she has quite a story.Also, what about the Pride and Prejudice miniseries?  North and South is also good.  I love broody Richard Armitage.  And speaking of, the Robin Hood series is something of a guilty pleasure.Gotta love Sherlock and Dr Who!This is my first post.  Glad to be here.KATE

  • #17362

    anonymous
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    I cannot believe I forgot Ripping Yarns!

  • #17363

    ElyseDanae
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    The IT Crowd is absolutely amazing! Props to BlackAdder as well. Both hilarious.Anyone enjoy the show Merlin? That's some good British television to be had there.

  • #17364

    Chris
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    The IT Crowd is absolutely amazing! Props to BlackAdder as well. Both hilarious.Anyone enjoy the show Merlin? That's some good British television to be had there.

    Blackadder is about as good as it gets and anyone outside of the UK who doesn't know about the shenanigans of Blackadder and co. should familiarize themselves with the sheer brilliance of the show ASAP.I have just been watching Merlin (I am guessing it is the 5 series version with Antony Head as Uther) and although there is a bit cheesiness about it, it is pretty good so I am with you on that one ElyseDanae. Only seen the first series so far but I am wanting more. Just watched the episode Le Mort d'Arthur last night!!

  • #17365

    kingjabo
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    I have many being a Brit but just watching One Foot In The Grave. Awesomeness.

  • #17366

    kingjabo
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    If there's anything I love as about Britain than its history, its ale.  And if there's anything I love as much about Britain as its history and its ale, its its TV comedies.  Sooo, since everyone else is doing it, here's my dvd collection of awesome in no particular order:1 Father Ted, Black Books and the IT Crowd2) Spaced3) Only Fools4) Monty Python, At last the 1948 Show and Do Not Adjust Your Set5) Fawlty Towers6) Outnumbered7) The Inbetweeners8) Goodnight Sweetheart9) Porridge and Going Straight10) Red Dwarf11) Rising Damp12) Blackadder, Mr Bean and Thin Blue Line13) Yes Minister and Prime Minister14) Open All Hours15) Keeping Up Apperances16) Men Behaving Badly17) Royale Family18) The Office (does Extras count?)19) The Young Ones20) Still GameI want to mention 2 in particular.  Still Game - This is Scottish and not many even in England have heard of it I think, but I would rank it as funny as Fawlty Towers or the Office.  Its right up there.  Watch it with the subtitles on though.Goodnight Sweetheart - my wife introduced me to this recently.  Its got Nicholas Lyndhurst from Only Fools and Horses and its about a Time Traveler who goes back to WWII ere London and meets another woman!  Apropos of the British History theme I'd say.Oh, and I'm a Dr. Whovian.  Both original and new series.  Favorite doctor is probably Tennant or maybe Troughton.  Thank God BBC America has started showing the new series at the same time as they come out in the UK.

    Still Game is miles funnier than Fawlty Towers or the Office. Still Game is probably the best sitcom ever!

  • #17367

    anonymous
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    In no particular order and probably forgetting lots:Comedy:Peep Show (best comedy series ever made?)EpisodesJeeves and WoosterHow Not to Live Your LifeSpacedThe CafeGreen WingThe OfficeSpyFresh MeatI just discovered Friday Night Dinner and watched the first two episodes.  Laughed a lot, looking forward to more.Drama:Foyle's WarDownton AbbeyState of PlayLife on MarsHustleThe Tudors (I know, I know, but it was so darn watchable)Sherlock Holmes, Jeremy Brett-style. I enjoyed the Cumberbatch series too, though I thought it was terribly uneven.I watch a ton of non-fiction, so I'll just list some of my favorite presenters:David Attenborough, Alice Roberts, Brian Cox, Jim al Khalili, Howard Goodall, James Burke, James May, Ruth Goodman & team, Tony Robinson,  Neil Oliver, Iain Stewart, Simon Reeve, Simon Schama, Jacob Bronowski, Kenneth Clarke...Also: The Great British Bake-Off!  It's the kindest, most civilized reality show on TV.

  • #17368

    anonymous
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    Let's see …BlackadderBlackadder IIAre You Being Served?The Vicar of DibleyMonty Python (natch)Fawlty TowersA Bit of Frye and LaurieBr. BeanDr. Who (Tom Baker, Christopher Eggleston, and David Tennant)TorchwoodLife on MarsThe HourEastendersBallykissangel (does Ireland count?)All Creatures Great and SmallDownton AbbeyUpstairs, Downstairs

  • #17369

    anonymous
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    Oh yeah, The Hour was great!  And All Creatures Great and Small is an old favorite.

  • #17370

    Nathan
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    Robin Hood is a great BBC show check it out  :).

  • #17371

    Chris
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    Robin Hood is a great BBC show check it out  :).

    Do you mean the latest incarnation (now cancelled series) with Jonas Armstrong? That one was ok. Merlin is better though. Filmed in the same style as Robin Hood but better with a bigger budget. Plus, the Château de Pierrefonds is an excellent backdrop for Camelot, although I'm not too sure about the choice of special effects that depict the various so-called British landscapes with mountains as big as the Alps. Really?!! Cheesy but fun  ;)

  • #17372

    Anglophilly
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    I think Dr. Who is very popular in the US, although I am not a fan myself.  Some of my favorites:Pie in the SkyThe Bletchley CircleCasualty 1900'sBramwellThe ParadiseLark Rise to CandlefordCranfordInspector Alleyn MysteriesAll Creatures Great and SmallThe Hetty Wainthropp MysteriesNew TricksMaigretFoyle's WarInspector MorseA Touch of FrostCampionThe Last DetectiveKingdomThe ChoirThe District Nurse (wish I could find Series 2)To The Manor BornWives and DaughtersMichael Wood's Story of EnglandTwo Fat LadiesPride and PrejudiceDownton AbbeySimon Schama's  A British HistoryDavid Starkey's MonarchyAll Creatures Great and SmallGarrow's Law P. D. James/DalglieshGood NeighborsWish Me LuckLord Mountbatten, The Last ViceroyBecause we often have to purchase these series sight unseen (if not available on Netflix), I keep a list of things to consider.  I'd love to hear opinions about items on this wish list:Ashes to AshesThe Young James HerriotBlitz StreetTony Robinson's Crime and PunishmentNicholas Crane's BrittaniaThe Very Best Time Team DigsThe Michael Wood BBC CollectionA History of Celtic Britain Rural Britain:  A Novel ApproachTales from the Green ValleyClayhangerThe Wilde AllianceDinnerladiesHow We Built Britain

  • #17373

    Vesta
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    I accidentally posted this over on the Iron Lady string.  ???Anyway, it's a series about WWII on the Homefront. I checked this miniseries out of the library and really liked it:Danger UXBIt's a period drama from 1979 about a WWII bomb disposal unit. The wartime London atmosphere it evokes brings an historical accuracy to the show that makes the stereotyped casting of some of the actors forgivable.  (the shady Cockney, dithering Vicar, horsey country aunt. etc)

  • #17374

    Jacob_Stevens
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    Oh my goodness, can I get a shout out for Keeping Up Appearances?!  That show is classic!- Jacob

  • #17375

    jrapoport
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    1. Monty Python's Flying Circus2. The Prisoner3. Only Fools and Horses4. Are you being Served?5. Dr. Who6. A Bit of Fry and Laurie7. Jeeves and Wooster8. Fawlty Tower9. Blackadder

  • #17376

    FaLaLa
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    Like many, I began my English immersion in my teens with Doctor Who (Tom Baker, I was Galifreyan when Galifreyan wasn't cool), Monty Python, Fawlty Towers and the like.  They will always hold a special place in my heart. Some of these may seem a bit pedestrian, but these would have to be my (more current) favorites, in no particular order:SpyQIDoc Martin Heading Out (I think Sue Perkins is so flippin' cute, every household should have one)The Palace (I really wish this one had gone on longer) same with Party AnimalsThe Story of EnglandPramface Would I Lie to You?Outnumbered Dragons' Den The VillageDownton Abbey Nigel Slater's Simple Cooking The Hairy Bikers 8 Out of 10 Cats RevWhites The IT Crowd Gavin and Stacey

  • #17377

    JamesS
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    Current show: SherlockOld school: Monty PythonOld and New: Red Dwarf (the new series is fantastic!)

  • #17378

    anonymous
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    Current show: SherlockOld school: Monty PythonOld and New: Red Dwarf (the new series is fantastic!)

    Wait, there's a new Red Dwarf?!  Aw man, I am so out of the loop.  :'(

  • #17379

    JamesS
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    Series X!Came out about a year ago and is available on DVD in US and UK regions. :)

  • #17380

    Snowylake
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    No Time Team? I am dissapoint  ;) one of the best if not the best of channel 4

  • #17381

    anonymous
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    Aside from Monty Python, I only recently got a little more into some British TV. Rather enjoy Sherlock and Dr. Who.

  • #17382

    anonymous
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    I am so happy to see several mentions of “The Young Ones”!  Good marks all around for “Sherlock” and “Dr. Who”, of course.  I'm a mystery junkie so I'll say that I love the “Inspector Morse” spin offs, both “Inspector Lewis” and “Endeavor”.  I recommended “Keeping Up Appearances” to my mother last year and we spent much of Christmas binge-watching.  She was quite literally in tears after just one episode.  ;DThank you for all of the great recommendations!

  • #17383

    anonymous
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    After a few weeks, and looking around Netflix a bit more, also found Broadchurch, now one of my all time favorite crime dramas.

  • #17384

    anonymous
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    Peaky Blinders is absolutely wonderful!!!  It's one of the best shows being produced for television anywhere. 

  • #17385

    anonymous
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    Late to the game, and I'm old, so “The Six Wives of Henry VIII” is what hooked me on British history as a kid.  And I can't believe no one mentioned Ab Fab (Absolutely Fabulous)!  Currently, I'm loving “Luther”.

  • #17386

    anonymous
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    My list:As Time Goes ByKeeping up AppearancesAre You Being ServedWhitechapel; loved 39 Steps tooDr Who Black Adder,  Mr BeanSharpeSherlockMany, many more :)

  • #17387

    anonymous
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    Here is a throwback:The AvengersThe Prisoner

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