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Old 09-26-2013, 03:31 PM   #1
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The Official British TV Shows thread

I hope this thread is not against the rules and I hope it generates some interest. I'd like to use it to document, without spoilers but with show descriptions stuff that's currently on the UK (At any given moment). There's so much good stuff that never reaches here.

My list could be endless but what I've recently watched

* Vera (Season 3): Grumpy northern detective, similarities to Morse
* The new season of Whitechapel
* What Remains: A 4 part mystery, not as good but similar to Broadchurch)
* Moone Boy, a fantastic, light hearted 30 min comedy starring Chris O'Dowd of IT Crowd fame, though it's really about the boy.
* New Tricks: It's in it's last season and really not that good anymore
* Good Cop, a dark cop-gone-bad show starring Warren Brown from Luther
* Life of Crime, about a policewoman at 3 points in her career over 20 or so years
* Scott and Bailey (season 3 I think). 2 female detectives


As you can see I prefer cop/drame to comedies but they are all good shows.
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:39 PM   #2
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Not currently airing, but if you have the means to get it, check out "Black Mirror," which is a sci-fi anthology series akin to "The Twilight Zone." There are only 6 episodes so far (they've done 2 series of 3 episodes each). It'd be rated TV-MA if it aired in the U.S., so don't watch with your kids.
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Old 09-26-2013, 04:58 PM   #3
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Not currently airing, but if you have the means to get it, check out "Black Mirror," which is a sci-fi anthology series akin to "The Twilight Zone." There are only 6 episodes so far (they've done 2 series of 3 episodes each). It'd be rated TV-MA if it aired in the U.S., so don't watch with your kids.
For reasons I cannot explain I have never been able to bring myself to watch them. I have them downloaded but no watching.
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Love Black Mirror you really should watch it the shows are very inventive.
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Old 09-26-2013, 05:34 PM   #5
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Look at my list, I don't need inventive, just down and dirty cops
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Moone Boy is available on Hulu.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:29 PM   #7
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Moone Boy is available on Hulu.
It's a gentle, harmless, but really fun show. The little kid is pretty amazing.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:41 PM   #8
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Can't wait to get to see the third season of Vera. Enjoyed the first and second seasons.
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:43 PM   #9
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For some reason i found this to be a better season. I think the stories were tighter.
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Best British shows ever:
Coupling (sitcom that everybody derides as being like Friends.. it vaguely is, but is also raunchy, probably even more than Two Broke Girls.. but still very funny)
Blake's 7 -- The only sci fi show that I think is as GOOD as Star Trek.
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Old 09-26-2013, 11:11 PM   #11
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For some reason i found this to be a better season. I think the stories were tighter.
If you're here, and Vera was only televised a month ago in UK, how did you see it?
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:09 AM   #12
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Is this thread only for shows that are currently airing across the pond and still in production?
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If you're here, and Vera was only televised a month ago in UK, how did you see it?
Isn't that what BitTorrent is for?
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Is this thread only for shows that are currently airing across the pond and still in production?
Nah, I kind of meant it for relatively recent stuff but if you have something original
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:25 AM   #15
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There's quite a lot of ways to watch. Torrents, vpn tunnels, simple things like the Media Hint extension, friends in the UK.

I watched the latest Whitechapel tonight, about 2 hours after it aired.
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Old 09-27-2013, 03:20 AM   #16
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For anyone who prefers not to watch shows by other means, New Tricks is showing on some PBS stations. The next episode in my Guide Data is #704 OAD 9/30/10.

Also, though the shows aren't British, if the OP likes cop shows, I recommend the adaptations of the stories featuring Detective Inspector Irene Huss. Those also turn up on PBS from time to time. And I assume you've already seen Death in Paradise?
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Doc Martin is back for season 6, already has had 5 episodes shown.
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:05 AM   #18
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Vexed - Cop Dramedy - Similar to 'Castle'

Shetland - The murder-mystery is set against the stunning backdrop of the Shetland Islands and centres on Detective Jimmy Perez played by Douglas Henshall.

Murder on the Home Front- drama series based on on the memoirs of Molly Lefebure, the secretary to the Home Office Pathologist, Lennox Collins, and is set during the London Blitz of World War II. Together, they hunt down a killer who is terrorizing through the streets.

Line of Duty - Stars Lenny James - drama series which takes a look at the world of police corruption

Frankie - Frankie is a medical drama that follows Frankie Maddox (Eve Myles), a district nurse whose work always appears to take priority over her personal life.

The Fall - Starring Gillian Anderson - In the five part drama series made and set in Northern Ireland, Gillian Anderson stars as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson who is brought in from the London Metropolitan Police to help catch the killer when a murder in Belfast remains unsolved.

Case Histories An unusual take on the detective genre featuring Jackson Brodie, who has served with the army and the police, and is now a private investigator.

Father Brown (2013) Based on the stories by G. K. Chesterton, this period drama features Mark Williams as the eponymous crime solving Roman Catholic priest.

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Best British shows ever:
Coupling (sitcom that everybody derides as being like Friends.. it vaguely is, but is also raunchy, probably even more than Two Broke Girls.. but still very funny)
Blake's 7 -- The only sci fi show that I think is as GOOD as Star Trek.
Cracker
Absolutely Fabulous
Prime Suspect
Blackadder
The Good Life (aka Good Neighbors in the US)
Yes, Minister/Yes, Prime Minister
Fawlty Towers
any Alan Partridge series
Father Ted
Inspector Morse
House of Cards (long before Netflix)
The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
Doc Martin

and many more for me

Coupling was fantastic.
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Doc Martin is back for season 6, already has had 5 episodes shown.
Doc Martin season 6 will be available on acorntv starting Oct 7th. They're offering a free first month so anyone can watch. https://signup.acorn.tv/
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Bob, none of those shows are remotely current

Murgatroyd, as I believe we discussed before I thought Death In Paradise was pretty poor.

Netflix has a decent selection of UK mini series and Series. I think The Fall is on there, but some good recent/old stuff like Survivors, a good Irag war series Occupationm, Jekyll.

Another good recent show is Monroe, this is about a hospital.
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Netflix has a decent selection of UK mini series and Series. I think The Fall is on there, but some good recent/old stuff like Survivors, a good Irag war series Occupationm, Jekyll.
I just finished "The Fall" on Netflix. Loved it!

Another good one is "Wallander," which is cancelled I think, but it's very good. It's a BBC production, but set in Sweden.

I also loved "Derek."
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Bob, none of those shows are remotely current

Murgatroyd, as I believe we discussed before I thought Death In Paradise was pretty poor.

Netflix has a decent selection of UK mini series and Series. I think The Fall is on there, but some good recent/old stuff like Survivors, a good Irag war series Occupationm, Jekyll.

Another good recent show is Monroe, this is about a hospital.
The original post was talking about all time great Brit shows.

For current series, I'm loving:

Spy
Luther
Orphan Black
Dad's Army (yes, it's old but the BBC is running it)
Bad Education
Gavin and Stacey
Peaky Blinders
Fresh Meat
Being Human
Peep Show
Shameless
Misfits
Miranda
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:08 AM   #24
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The original post was talking about all time great Brit shows.
You might want to read that original post again Since I wrote it.

Interestingly Orphan Black is not a British show.

You still manage to make most of your new "current" list older No problem though, I'm just ragging on you
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I don't watch that many modern British shows, but I thoroughly enjoyed the first couple seasons of Hotel Babylon. I also thought Hex was pretty good.
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I don't watch that many modern British shows, but I thoroughly enjoyed the first couple seasons of Hotel Babylon. I also thought Hex was pretty good.
I liked Hotel Babylon a lot.
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Murgatroyd, as I believe we discussed before I thought Death In Paradise was pretty poor.
Ah, right. That thread had slipped my mind.

Sorry, carry on.
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'Shadow Line' - A sophisticated conspiracy thriller in seven parts that brings to life a cinematic world of blurred morality and the conflicted characters who inhabit it, it features a star-studded cast, including: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christopher Eccleston, Sir Antony Sher and Stephen Rea.

'Hunted' - Hunted delves into the world of espionage as Melissa George is cast as a operative that has to fight against her own team as they try to kill her. Not knowing where to turn, she must find out who she can trust and those she cannot. From the creators of The X Files comes a eight-episode drama that goes deeper into the secret world than few others have been before.

'The Fades' Paul (Iain De Caestecker) is the reluctant teenage hero of The Fades. He's haunted by apocalyptic dreams that neither his therapist, best friend and fellow social outcast, Mac (Daniel Kaluuya), nor his unsympathetic and much cooler twin sister, Anna (Lily Loveless) can provide answers for. Adding to his terrifying dreams, Paul starts to see spirits of the dead, known as "The Fades," all around him but they can't be seen, smelt, heard, or touched by other humans. When an embittered and vengeful Fade, Polus, finds a way to be human again, Paul, Mac, and their loved ones are all in the eye of the storm. The fate of humanity now rests in Paul's hands as he has to stop Polus - and all of the dead - from breaking back into the world and attacking the human race.
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I liked Shadow Line and The Fades (Was that on BBCA?) was very original and great but got cancelled after one season.

Another show, Utopia, was somewhat similar to The Fades and also enjoyable.

The Hunted I found overly complex and dense.
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The Fades (Was that on BBCA?)
It was a BBC3 commissioned show. It did air here on BBCA.
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