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Old 01-04-2013, 03:45 PM   #1
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Any good British shows?

Anything good in Britain I should download?

As the IT Crowd thread reminded me there is usually some great shows I am missing.

I usually prefer English or Australian comedies.
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:01 PM   #2
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Anything good in Britain I should download?

As the IT Crowd thread reminded me there is usually some great shows I am missing.

I usually prefer English or Australian comedies.
Luther
Shadowline
Sherlock
Jekyll
Life on Mars
Being Human - Seasons 1 + 2
Primeval
Misfits
Spooks - Known as MI-5 in the States
Whitechapel
Vexed - It's similar to Castle.
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:04 PM   #3
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Based on the mention on the Leverage Thread, I recorded Hustle.

I would say that Leverage stole the concept but it may be the other way 'round.

The black guy is in charge and Robert Vaughn is a totterer in the background!
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:10 PM   #4
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We've been watching Doc Martin on KERA.

Kind of reminds me of Northern Exposure set on the English coast. Quaint town, eccentric residents, doctor there kind of against his will.

All in all a very enjoyable show.
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:46 PM   #5
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My favorite British comedy of recent years was Gavin and Stacey - it's already 3 or 4 years old but I loved it and you might have already seen it.
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We've been watching Doc Martin on KERA.

Kind of reminds me of Northern Exposure set on the English coast. Quaint town, eccentric residents, doctor there kind of against his will.

All in all a very enjoyable show.
Yeah! I should have mentioned Doc Martin. I caught the whole run on Amazon Prime Instant.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:35 PM   #7
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Its very funny, but they replaced the lead in the last season. That killed it. I loved the show till the last season. It was still ok but it just was not the same.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:10 PM   #8
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Peep show is good.

Last week I saw one episode of Twenty Twelve, a mockumentary about staging the 2012 London games, with Hugh Bonneville. It felt a lot like a Rob Reiner/Christopher Guest production. Not on Netflix yet but available to purchase from Amazon (streaming or DVD)
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:31 PM   #10
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Going back a few years there
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:06 PM   #11
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I would say that Leverage stole the concept but it may be the other way 'round.
Hustle debuted February 24, 2004
Leverage debuted December 7, 2008
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Wasn't there also a US production of Hustle?

Anyway, MWhip might also like QI.

It is a comedy quiz show of 'Quite Interesting' facts which challenge the facts that most of us grew up believing. Many of the episodes have an XL version, which contains a further 15 minutes of material cut from the production in order to fit the show into it's 30 minute timeslot, these are worth seeking out as they mostly contain the panelists (mostly comedians) becoming carried away with the humor of the subjects in focus.

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Old 01-04-2013, 09:33 PM   #13
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Its on Hulu

They have a guy trying to portray an American accent. Funny to listen to when you hear his accent drop for a second. I bet British people dont even notice.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:26 PM   #15
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Wasn't there also a US production of Hustle?
No, never. There were several episodes filmed in the States, though.

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Anyway, MWhip might also like QI.

It is a comedy quiz show of 'Quite Interesting' facts which challenge the facts that most of us grew up believing. Many of the episodes have an XL version, which contains a further 15 minutes of material cut from the production in order to fit the show into it's 30 minute timeslot, these are worth seeking out as they mostly contain the panelists (mostly comedians) becoming carried away with the humor of the subjects in focus.
QI is great and one of my must-sees.
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If you do get this, also get the follow-up series Ashes to Ashes.

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Other than a title change, I don't see what the advantage is in getting the UK version as opposed to an official US DVD of the show. Even if the TV version was hacked up for commercials, the DVD version is pretty much what was aired on the BBC. At least the episodes of the UK version of Top Gear that I bought on iTunes appear to be that way.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:46 AM   #20
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Enjoying Peep Show lately on Netflix. Very very funny!

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/peep-show
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Peep show is good.

Last week I saw one episode of Twenty Twelve, a mockumentary about staging the 2012 London games, with Hugh Bonneville. It felt a lot like a Rob Reiner/Christopher Guest production. Not on Netflix yet but available to purchase from Amazon (streaming or DVD)
The new season of Peep Show is airing on Hulu.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:50 AM   #22
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I am going to check out Doc Martin and Peep Show

I was really thinking newer stuff, I have watched a lot of the older stuff.

Black Adder
IT Crowd
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:07 AM   #23
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Anything good in Britain I should download?

As the IT Crowd thread reminded me there is usually some great shows I am missing.

I usually prefer English or Australian comedies.
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. :-)
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"Hustle" and "Leverage" aren't all that much alike.

Recommendations (some are Canadian) (* comedy):

Chef*
Jonathan Creek
Midsomer Murders
Murdoch Mysteries
No Heroics
No, Honestly*
Reboot (animated)
The Sarah Jane Adventures
Starhyke*
The Tribe
Wodehouse Playhouse*
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It didn't get picked up for a second series, but I enjoyed The Fades (supernatural drama)
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There are a fair number of episodes available on YouTube, so you can check out the various series. I was touting I'm Alan Partridge. Here's a sample of it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKLNRxDrebg part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcpu9WnA6go part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iAzfGk8L6s part 3

Someone else mentioned Chef!. I can't believe I left it off my list. It's one of the greats.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oslqvmsdDRU part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kF5f8BPPDU part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFZw_4XM5uY part 3
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They're kind of Funny, "Rumpole of the Bailey", and "Lovejoy Mysteries", but hard to find.
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They're kind of Funny, "Rumpole of the Bailey", and "Lovejoy Mysteries", but hard to find.
I used to watch Lovejoy years ago on the local PBS channel
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They're kind of Funny, "Rumpole of the Bailey", and "Lovejoy Mysteries", but hard to find.
Lovejoy is available on DVD from Netflix.

If anyone is really into Brit shows they should check out Acorn TV. http://acornonline.com/acorntv.aspx?&EID=TopLink They currently have a 14 day free trial. Think of it as an abbreviated version of Netflix that only shows Brit series. You can subscribe for only $30 a year. You can stream to your computer or Roku.

Currently they have all 5 series of Doc Martin plus series like Upstairs, Downstairs, Brideshead Revisited, Cracker, etc.

I've been using it for a few months and can definitely recommend it. I use it with my Roku. I also do Hulu and Netflix but Acorn carries series that I can't find anywhere else.

One other benefit that may appeal to some is that with your streaming subscription you get free shipping on any of their DVDs or gifts.
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