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Old 01-07-2013, 04:39 PM   #31
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Not top of my list but it hasn't been mentioned so far - Miranda.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:57 PM   #32
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I first heard of Miranda when I was reading reviews of Call the Midwife. It seemed all the reviews mentioned how interesting it was to see Miranda Hart in a drama instead of her critically acclaimed comedy. Since I enjoyed her character in CtM, I looked up the Miranda series and I loved it - spent New Year's Day having a Miranda marathon.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:09 PM   #33
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No Heroics. I'm still gutted it only got one season.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:18 PM   #34
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The Office -- I am possibly being sacreligious, but I think the US version (remake) is better.. but the U.K. version is funny too.

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Old 01-07-2013, 10:40 PM   #35
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If you like Australian, Rake is a fantastic dramedy. It's generally available on the Audience channel on DirecTV.

Listing good Brit comedies would take a few gigabytes, especially if you're willing to add in the old ones.

Just a sample:

Absolutely Fabulous (AbFab to fans)
Blackadder (my fave Brit comedy of all time)
Gavin and Stacey
Peep Show
Coupling (the UK version is phenomenal, the US version was total ****)
Are You Being Served
Good Neighbors (aka The Good Life in the UK)
Spy
Fawlty Towers
The Vicar of Dibley
Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister
The Thick of It (basically a modern, ribald version of Yes, Minister)
Father Ted (a Brit show about an Irish priest)
Men Behaving Badly (much, much better than the US version)
Red Dwarf (a cult favorite)
To the Manor Born
The Office (Brit version)
The Young Ones
The Thin Blue Line
The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (original, not the crap current remake)
The League of Gentlemen
Doc Martin
I'm Alan Partridge (you should really try to find this one)
Knowing Me, Knowing You (may remind you of Fernwood Tonight)
Goodnight Sweetheart
Spaced
Black Books
A Fine Romance (Judi Dench)
As Time Goes By (even better Judi Dench)
Till Death Do Us Part (remade here as All in the Family)
Only Fools and Horses
Green Wing
The Inbetweeners
Outnumbered
Mrs. Brown's Boys

I'm probably forgetting 100 others but this should get you started. :-)
Scary, I've seen almost all of these.

Just found Outnumbered, very funny. The impromptu aspect in regards to the dialogue (especially with the children) makes it great fun.

I also enjoy Keeping Up Appearances.

I also love the "skit" shows.

A Bit of Fry and Laurie (You'll never look at House the same)
Catherine Tate Show
Little Britain
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:13 AM   #36
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No Heroics. I'm still gutted it only got one season.
Rebekah Staton (She-Force) is a co-star on the current series Spy.

No Heroics is an undiscovered comedy treasure. It's yet another example of British humour that could never be recreated as an American series.

Here's the official trailer for it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3zpMTKvvgk

There are also a fair number of extended clips on YouTube.

Here's a clip from Spy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSI8D4pRP38
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:37 AM   #37
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No Heroics made it onto my radar last year but I haven't watched it yet. Now I'm thinking I may need to bump it up to the top of the queue.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:53 AM   #38
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Ballykissangel hasn't been mentioned? Maybe it's too soapy for some.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:06 PM   #39
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We've been enjoying a New Zealand show, Outrageous Fortune, that's fairly amusing. There are a ridiculous amount of episodes, which is refreshing after discovering so many great UK shows only to find out that they had like 6 total episodes ever. it's available on Netflix streaming.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:32 PM   #40
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:38 AM   #41
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Trying hard not to be pedantic but S&A is Canadian. It's also some of the best tv ever.

I wouldn't mind a thread of the good Canadian shows. Trailer Park Boys, Slings and Arrows, Red Green, SCTV, Intelligence, Twitch City, Corner Gas, Degrassi High, The Yard, The Newsroom, The Kids in the Hall and numerous others.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:49 AM   #42
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Ballykissangel hasn't been mentioned? Maybe it's too soapy for some.
I love BallyK. I'm not sure where it fits. It was produced by BBC Northern Ireland but it was filmed south of Dublin and the fictional setting is Ireland (not Northern Ireland).

Downton Abbey is soap and it gets a lot of love. For me, BallyK is actually much better than Downton. The character development is fantastic in BallyK.

BallyK is only on DVD on Netflix. All 6 seasons are available for streaming on Amazon Prime. It's not on Hulu.

I'm remembering some other shows to add to the list:

Hamish McBeth - sort of a Scottish version of Northern Exposure
Clatterford - aka Jam and Jerusalem
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:32 AM   #43
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:38 AM   #44
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Garth Marenghi's Darkplace which is a bizarre parody that I found to be hilarious. For you IT Crowd fans it stars Richard Ayoade.
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Garth Marenghi's Darkplace which is a bizarre parody that I found to be hilarious. For you IT Crowd fans it stars Richard Ayoade.
I love Garth Marenghi.

I've got a few episodes left of "Man to Man With Dean Learner" (which is also Richard Ayoade, playing the same character he did in GM), joined by other actors who appeared on GM. Also, note that Richard Ayoade is not the only IT Crowd actor in GM - Matt Berry also features prominently. (He played the second boss, on the IT Crowd).
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I love Garth Marenghi.

I've got a few episodes left of "Man to Man With Dean Learner" (which is also Richard Ayoade, playing the same character he did in GM), joined by other actors who appeared on GM. Also, note that Richard Ayoade is not the only IT Crowd actor in GM - Matt Berry also features prominently. (He played the second boss, on the IT Crowd).
Argh, forgot Matt Berry! I'll have to track down Man to Man. Thanks for the pointer.

Added: Got Man to Man. Looking forward to this. Thanks again.
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Garth Marenghi's Darkplace which is a bizarre parody that I found to be hilarious. For you IT Crowd fans it stars Richard Ayoade.
You like bizarre? Snuff Box is Brit and bizarre comedy to the max. It's something of a cult favorite.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5_9go1ThMo

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0775400/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
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We've been enjoying a New Zealand show, Outrageous Fortune, that's fairly amusing. There are a ridiculous amount of episodes, which is refreshing after discovering so many great UK shows only to find out that they had like 6 total episodes ever. it's available on Netflix streaming.
Thanks for the tip! I watched the first episode and I'm hooked. It reminds me of The Riches.

The mother, Robyn Malcolm, plays a recurring character in my favorite Aussie series, Rake. In fact, her character is very similar in Rake.
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:18 AM   #49
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Has anyone seen "Lark Rise to Candleford"? It has a very good rating on IMDb. Brendan Coyle, who is so good in Downton Abbey, is in it. Thought I might give it a try.
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I'm enjoying it a lot. I've watched season 1 and I'm about half-way through season 2. Like you, I started watching it because of Brendan Coyle and also Julia Sawalha. All the seasons are available on Amazon free Prime streaming, which seems to have a lot of British TV.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:22 AM   #51
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If you like Australian, Rake is a fantastic dramedy. It's generally available on the Audience channel on DirecTV.

Listing good Brit comedies would take a few gigabytes, especially if you're willing to add in the old ones.

Just a sample:

Absolutely Fabulous (AbFab to fans)
Blackadder (my fave Brit comedy of all time)
Gavin and Stacey
Peep Show
Coupling (the UK version is phenomenal, the US version was total ****)
Are You Being Served
Good Neighbors (aka The Good Life in the UK)
Spy
Fawlty Towers
The Vicar of Dibley
Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister
The Thick of It (basically a modern, ribald version of Yes, Minister)
Father Ted (a Brit show about an Irish priest)
Men Behaving Badly (much, much better than the US version)
Red Dwarf (a cult favorite)
To the Manor Born
The Office (Brit version)
The Young Ones
The Thin Blue Line
The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (original, not the crap current remake)
The League of Gentlemen
Doc Martin
I'm Alan Partridge (you should really try to find this one)
Knowing Me, Knowing You (may remind you of Fernwood Tonight)
Goodnight Sweetheart
Spaced
Black Books
A Fine Romance (Judi Dench)
As Time Goes By (even better Judi Dench)
Till Death Do Us Part (remade here as All in the Family)
Only Fools and Horses
Green Wing
The Inbetweeners
Outnumbered
Mrs. Brown's Boys

I'm probably forgetting 100 others but this should get you started. :-)
This is a good list. Thanks.

My Family is one I didn't see on there.
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:19 AM   #52
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Another good British series, sometimes very funny, is Dalziel & Pascoe. Only available on dvd, and later seasons only Dutch imports.
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Another good British series, sometimes very funny, is Dalziel & Pascoe. Only available on dvd, and later seasons only Dutch imports.
Very good series but it's one that I definitely need subtitles for. Not as bad as Trainspotting but very thick northern accents.
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