Jerami Talks Brit TV...With nobody in particular

How do you feel about UK television programs?


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Oh man, I could get lost here.
I revisited some favourites the other week.
Black Books that I think someone mentioned.
Killing Eve
Cracker (a bit dated now, but I lived where it was filmed and loved it)
Hustle (which I think Leverage was based on)
Spooks
Ripper Street (this is on Netflix)
Penny Dreadful (gothic girl crush on Eva Green)
Peaky Blinders
Black Mirror
Tales of the Unexpected (if you've never seen the originals... full of surprisingly famous people)
Morse, Taggart and any Miss Marple with Joan Hickson as Miss Marple
Poirot with David Suchet
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes with Jeremy Brett (quite a few on YouTube)
Silent Witness (when I'm in the mood)
Dr Who (I was a Peter Davison child but I'd say that Christopher Eccleston deserved more than 1 series)
The Thick of it (Peter Capaldi's amazing as Tucker. I love every foul-mouthed word he says)
The Sarah Jane Adventures (a fun children's spin-off of Dr Who that's more light-hearted than Class and more in line with the original ethos of the show)
Torchwood (until the Americans spoiled it ie Series 4)
Sherlock, Luther, Broadchurch, Wallander, Dangerfield
Teachers
One Foot in The Grave
Blake's Seven (my all time favourite sci-fi show as a child, though the special effects and sets were terrible. The writing and acting more than made up for it.)
The Sweeny
The Professionals
The Darling Buds of May (Catherine Zeta Jones is v.young)
Larkrise to Candleford
Vera
Being Human (BBC version)
Merlin


They probably just show them as a single 90-minute show rather than split them up. BBC shows tend to be 30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes, without commercial breaks so they often will air a 90 or 120-minute show int he popular before the news or just after the news slots.
Black Books- Very fun
Killing Eve- Well written and acted
Cracker (a bit dated now, but I lived where it was filmed and loved it)- Dated isn't something that bothers me too much. Cracker was good.
Hustle (which I think Leverage was based on)- Hustle is AMAZING. Seen 2 episodes of Leverage. Thought it was rubbish.
Spooks- Loved it.
Ripper Street (this is on Netflix)- Great but, less so by the last Series.
Penny Dreadful (gothic girl crush on Eva Green)- Once again, great but, less so by the end, for me.
Peaky Blinders- This show is great! Per order of the Peaky Blinders
Black Mirror- Fun. Some episodes better than others. (I think it was called 1million points was a good one)
Tales of the Unexpected (if you've never seen the originals... full of surprisingly famous people)- Not sure if I've seen this. May be first on the list that I haven't:p
Morse, Taggart and any Miss Marple with Joan Hickson as Miss Marple-Morse is one of my favourites(and everything containing those characters "spinoffs"), I don't remember if I've seen Taggart. And, I love any Marple, some more or less than others but, it's hard to ruin Christie's stories.
Poirot with David Suchet- My go to show when the internet is down or I want to stay in bed and watch tv all day.:D
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes with Jeremy Brett (quite a few on YouTube)- Brett is a wonderful Holmes and he has a great first name.:)
Silent Witness (when I'm in the mood)- Took me forever to finally watch one episode but, then I watched them all. Very good, with some annoying bits.
Dr Who (I was a Peter Davison child but I'd say that Christopher Eccleston deserved more than 1 series)-Agreed. Ecc was great for me but, I understand why he wasn't for everyone.
The Thick of it (Peter Capaldi's amazing as Tucker. I love every foul-mouthed word he says)-OMG! SOMETHING I KNOW I HAVEN'T SEEN!
The Sarah Jane Adventures (a fun children's spin-off of Dr Who that's more light-hearted than Class and more in line with the original ethos of the show)- I watched then but, couldn't get amped about it.
Torchwood (until the Americans spoiled it ie Series 4)- To be more accurate, "Before the Brits allowed the Yanks to ruin it.":p One of my favourite shows. I cried loads.
Sherlock, Luther, Broadchurch, Wallander, Dangerfield- All good especially Sherlock and Wallander. Don't know if I've seen Dangerfield.
Teachers- Pretty good
One Foot in The Grave- Another I don't know if I've seen.
Blake's Seven (my all time favourite sci-fi show as a child, though the special effects and sets were terrible. The writing and acting more than made up for it.) - Not seen.:(
The Sweeny- Great.
The Professionals- Classic. Very good.
The Darling Buds of May (Catherine Zeta Jones is v.young)- Hmmm. Maybe I'll try but, not a CZJ fan, in general.
Larkrise to Candleford- If you like Downton and Marple- you'd love this as well(for anyone reading)
Vera- I love Vera
Being Human (BBC version)- Was there a US version? I would have avoided it but, the BBC one was ok.
Merlin-Watched a season when it aired but, couldn't get into it.

Those are my reviews.:)
I'm kinda surprised there weren't more that I haven't seen but, I've pretty much seen as much Brit tv as most people I know have seen American tv. It takes a lot of effort for someone to convince me to check out a US tv show. I just can't relate to most of them. I was born in the wrong country, apparently. Thanks for the list though! There's a couple I'll have to check out!
 
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Black Books- Very fun

I'm kinda surprised there weren't more that I haven't seen but, I've pretty much seen as much Brit tv as most people I know have seen American tv. It takes a lot of effort for someone to convince me to check out a US tv show. I just can't relate to most of them. I was born in the wrong country, apparently. Thanks for the list though! There's a couple I'll have to check out!
Oh I feel like that's a bit of a challenge. And honestly, it's not that surprising that you've seen a lot. British TV has a lot of US shows on & the ubiquitous reality shows. And for the last 2 years of living in the UK, I didn't own a TV. The ex took it when he left and I never bothered to replace it. People were so confused when they walked into my lounge trying to work out what was wrong.

But I'll put my thinking cap on and see if I can think of some more for you.
 
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Oh I feel like that's a bit of a challenge. And honestly, it's not that surprising that you've seen a lot. British TV has a lot of US shows on & the ubiquitous reality shows. And for the last 2 years of living in the UK, I didn't own a TV. The ex took it when he left and I never bothered to replace it. People were so confused when they walked into my lounge trying to work out what was wrong.

But I'll put my thinking cap on and see if I can think of some more for you.
It's really not a challenge but, I'm always interested in finding out what I've missed. I can't find a list of shows anywhere that ever has anything on the list that I haven't seen or decided I wasn't into. I've literally gone through every list of UK shows on Wikipedia(and other places) and I'm at the point where I'm pretty much caught up, lol. There's a good amount of stuff I haven't seen, I'm sure but, a LOT of it is in genres that just don't do anything for me. But, if you think of anything that a brainbox would enjoy, I'm all ears. Well, like 2% ears but, they both work. I mostly watch mysteries, legal dramas, spy shows, period dramas(must also be good, not just costume-y) and off-beat humour(This Country, Lee & Dean, Flowers, Father Ted, Friday Night Dinner, Porters, etc).

I've gone through this list https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_British_television_programmes and the few things I haven't seen that I'd like to, I can't find, which usually isn't a problem for me. Either way, I'm always happy to chat and learn about new(old) gems.:)
 
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Lately, I've been wishing for a reboot or continuation of Cadfael. That was a great show! imo:)
 
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Lately, I've been wishing for a reboot or continuation of Cadfael. That was a great show! imo:)
Cadfael was one of my biggest reading addictions. Just when the library let us teens take out adult books.. I think I might actually have been 12, but damn I love Ellis Peters. I'm quite a fan of Derek Jacobi so win win for me.
 
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Queens of Mystery https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8974594/ is fun and light-hearted, if anyone was looking for a new show. It feels a bit like Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1988386/ and Father Brown. It has a strong female cast, like Bletchley and is a great show if you love a mystery that's not a thriller or horror, like the other shows in this post. Check it out! :thumbsup:
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Cadfael was one of my biggest reading addictions. Just when the library let us teens take out adult books.. I think I might actually have been 12, but damn I love Ellis Peters. I'm quite a fan of Derek Jacobi so win win for me.
If you liked Cadfael, Name of the Rose https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7572868/ is VERY well done and so much better than the movie of the same name. It's based on a book by Umberto Eco http://www.umbertoeco.it/. If you are a reader, one of my favourite books is "The Island of the Day Before" by the same author. It was originally written in Italian but the English translation is good enough that I forgot it was a translation. It's historical fiction that combines the Age of Reason and it's search for an effective way to measure longitude with a bit of Gypsy magic and nearly crippling religiosity compounded by poor mental health and an unhealthy dose of wine. Can't really get into the plot without giving the whole thing away but, it's a very cool theory about Jesus's crucifixion and the International Dateline(hence the title, "Island of the Day Before"). Cadfael fans would like it, I think.
 
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If you liked Cadfael, Name of the Rose https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7572868/ is VERY well done and so much better than the movie of the same name. It's based on a book by Umberto Eco http://www.umbertoeco.it/. If you are a reader, one of my favourite books is "The Island of the Day Before" by the same author. It was originally written in Italian but the English translation is good enough that I forgot it was a translation. It's historical fiction that combines the Age of Reason and it's search for an effective way to measure longitude with a bit of Gypsy magic and nearly crippling religiosity compounded by poor mental health and an unhealthy dose of wine. Can't really get into the plot without giving the whole thing away but, it's a very cool theory about Jesus's crucifixion and the International Dateline(hence the title, "Island of the Day Before"). Cadfael fans would like it, I think.
I think I'll have that as my read for the flight to the UK this weekend. I think The Name of the Rose was one of those books I owned for years before actually reading. I found it a little intimidating. But when I finally did read it (thanks to a rainy vacation somewhere in the Mediterranean that was meant to be a beach holiday and turned into an intense delve into all the random books we'd taken with us that year) and I loved it. Thanks.
 

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I think I'll have that as my read for the flight to the UK this weekend. I think The Name of the Rose was one of those books I owned for years before actually reading. I found it a little intimidating. But when I finally did read it (thanks to a rainy vacation somewhere in the Mediterranean that was meant to be a beach holiday and turned into an intense delve into all the random books we'd taken with us that year) and I loved it. Thanks.
Island of the Day Before deals with some heavier subjects but, handles them in a more light-hearted manner. I like it.:)