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Bob Simko
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Posted: 14 May 2018 at 7:44am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

LIFE ON MARS - It's fantastic. We didn't ever get ASHES TO ASHES (at least
to my knowledge, maybe I missed it), but I think it would be equally
memorable.
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I'll drop you a line about this later today!
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Rebecca Jansen
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Posted: 14 May 2018 at 9:58am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I enjoyed Blake's 7 once I got to see it from the first episode. Earlier I'd tried to make sense of it from a much later season with no Blake and with a sort of budget spaceship.Like The Tomorrow People there were some excellent episodes and then some really average to even plain bad ones. I did like the later Star Cops show a lot that didn't last very long, but I almost never gave it a chance because the title sounded pretty naff.

I've seen a few bits of Pipkins only, very strange, a sort of edgier Rainbow even! :^) Ivor was a Postage/Firmin production I think and had some interesting Welsh music. I'd love to see Oscar The Rabbit though, never even heard of that one! I am kind of haunted by Nobody's House, a Tyne Tees '70s kids show about a Dickensian orphan child ghost haunting an old house two modern kids and their parents have moved into. Brian Blessed even makes an appearance as a Fagin sort of ghost! There's a sort of trailer for it on Youtube here: https://youtu.be/J67Y9QvtREU

In a similar vein was Ghosts Of Motley Hall, from the same creator as Catweazel, and it had Arthur English who was in Are You Being Served as one of the ghosts. Catweazel was another great series enjoyable to adults and children, with a time-travelling druid sort of eccentric character (not sure how best to sum him up, you'd know him if you smelled him I suppose) thouigh the first season was by far the best.
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Phil Kreisel
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Posted: 14 May 2018 at 10:57am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Rebecca - Black Mirror episodes are on Netflix
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Phil Kreisel
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Posted: 14 May 2018 at 11:15am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

My British List:

Mostly comedies, though there is the occasional drama (in no particular order)
  • The Avengers (primarily the Peel years, though I like the others as well)
  • Black Mirror
  • Monty Python
  • Jason King
  • The Saint
  • The Persuaders
  • Man about the House
  • Robin's Nest (sequel to Man about the House)
  • Fawlty Towers
  • The IT Crowd
  • Miranda
  • Stanley Baxter's Big Picture Show
  • Up Pompeii
  • Prime Suspect
  • Spaced (though I've only watched a couple of episodes)
  • Black Books (very funny - if you like the IT crowd, you'll like Black Books)
  • Coupling
  • Grownups (very funny, but hard to find)
  • Two pints of Lager and a packet of Crisps (only seen a couple of episodes)
  • Smack the Pony

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Kevin Brown
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Posted: 14 May 2018 at 11:32am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

So many great series!  I tend to gravitate more to the criminal dramas of late.

I second Foyle's War.  I'm also a huge fan of Midsomer Murders and Father Brown.

Of course, there's The Avengers as well.
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Steven Brake
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Posted: 14 May 2018 at 11:35am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Comedies
Blackadder (but not so much the first series. Although it's good, but not as good as what came after).
Fawlty Towers
Monty Python (with Cleese)
The Office
Only Fools and Horses (not so much the later Xmas specials)
Red Dwarf (particularly series 3-5)
Yes, Minister/Yes Prime Minister

Drama (and yes, I know I've loosely defined it!)
Doctor Who (especially the Baker/Hinchcliffe years)
Elizabeth R
Fall Of Eagles
I, Claudius
Miss Marple with Joan Hickson
Poirot with David Suchet
The Six Wives of Henry VIII

Documentaries
Ascent Of Man
The Great War
Kenneth Clark's Civilisation
The World At War

It's a bit depressing to realise that there's not an awful lot of recent stuff on the list.

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Peter Martin
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Posted: 14 May 2018 at 12:44pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Let me agree with all those who have said Blackadder, The Office, Fawlty Towers, The World at War, The Young Ones, Doctor Who, Only Fools and Horses, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Blake's 7.

Ones that haven't been said that I might add would be:
GBH
Sapphire and Steel
Planet Earth
University Challenge
Bod (mainly because of Derek Griffiths' music) 


Edited by Peter Martin on 14 May 2018 at 12:49pm
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 14 May 2018 at 12:55pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

No, don't like UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE. Jeremy Paxman is too aggressive as a host. Lighten up, Paxman! 

Incidentally, autocorrect tries to change Paxman to "Taxman" or "Panama".
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Peter Sullivan
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Posted: 14 May 2018 at 1:39pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “Smiley’s People” the most amazing drama series along with “Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister” the best comedy series.


Cheers, Peter

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Peter Martin
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Posted: 14 May 2018 at 2:14pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Paxman just doesn't suffer fools gladly, or time-wasters. You lose 10 points, Parry, for buzzing in incorrectly. 
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 14 May 2018 at 2:29pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

In all seriousness, I do like it, I learn a lot from it. I love the music rounds, too.

Regarding British quiz/game shows, you cannot beat the original CATCHPHRASE!
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Steven Brake
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Posted: 14 May 2018 at 3:05pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

HOW did I forget Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy?
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