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    I am a Top Gear and Dr Who fan. Went to see the 50th Anniversary show last night...in 3D....AMAZING!
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    Coronation Street, I just hate that Hayley is dying. It.s an awful time to watch my favourite show. It also brings back horrible memories
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    I haven't been able to see the 50th special for Doctor Who yet, but I did get to see "An Adventure in Space and Time." It was very good, and overall they chose well for the cast as far as their real life counterparts. The main actors in this one in particular... though the actors for those who played Stephen, Dodo, Vicki, Polly and Ben weren't quite as strong in their similarities. The actor playing William Russell also physically was a bit off, but the voice was rather accurate.

    And I loved one of the particular cameo appearances right in the beginning. It was very good to see him acting at his age now and his role is very, very funny.

    Will say favorite comedy is still My Hero, followed by "Are You Being Served?" - but the latter is a classic. Favorite short run series is "Fawlty Towers" - a clear way to show how you can pack an hour long story in 30 minutes and make it good. I do wish they had made more than 12, but not many more.
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    Ah, Fawlty Towers , I have watched them over and over. I think John Cleese is so smart, so funny.
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    Re: Favourite British shows?

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    Ah, Fawlty Towers , I have watched them over and over. I think John Cleese is so smart, so funny.
    Not to mention Andrew Sachs, who was so amazing as Manuel. I really enjoyed seeing him again in the movie, Quartet.
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    Not to mention Andrew Sachs, who was so amazing as Manuel. I really enjoyed seeing him again in the movie, Quartet.
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    Of note, Sachs also voiced the bad guy in the Eighth Doctor/Romana version of "Shada" which was an animated online story a few years ago. He was very good in it, and honestly I felt better than the person whom they cast in the original version - which BTW was never completed due to a writer's strike, but they recently released with the connecting information done by Tom Baker.

    As far as Fawlty Towers - that is a true classic I think. It's one you can watch over and over again and while the costumes and design of the interior is dated, the storylines are not dated. You could see most of them (save probably parts of "The Germans") in present day. I do wish they'd show more of "Monty Python's Circus" though here.

    Another British show I like is "Goodnight, Sweetheart" because it's a subtle comedy and played rather well. The only downside for me is the whole adultery storyline in there (it's not a MAJOR part of the story, but one of many threads) but other than that I like how it shows how we've changed and the consequences of our actions and decisions, and what if we tried to change the past, etc. And it's nice to see Nicholas Lyndhurst in a role that is far from his "Rodney" role in "Only Fools and Horses."....

    ... though speaking of "OFAH" - I STILL can't believe that of all the things they could focus on in the London Closing Ceremonies, Bob Costas not only mentions the little comedy sketch they did based on the show, he had ZERO idea what the show was. (This was the parody of Rodney and DelBoy as Batman and Robin.)

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    Re: Favourite British shows?

    I don't get British Comedies, and I don't get people who enjoy them.

    A friend of mine loaned me a dvd of Coupling, insisting that I needed to watch it, even though she knows I don't like British comedies. For her sake I tried to watch it. I wanted to turn it off in the first minute but I tried to stick it out longer. Finally, after about 5 minutes, which included me getting up to get a snack, I gave up. I'm still puzzled about why she thought I'd enjoy the show so much.

    I think she feels the same way about Grimm, though. I admit that is a hard show to jump into mid-season, without knowing the backstory and terminology.

    I'm fine with letting her watch her British stuff while I watch Grimm. We can discuss our respective shows with other fans of the shows instead of with each other.
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    People have different tastes. I loved Coupling, for one. Do you like British dramas?
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    Re: Favourite British shows?

    I loved Coupling too, CCL (The Giggle Loop= classic). The IT Crowd is one of my all-time favorites. I tend to like British comedies more than American ones - they're subtler and more clever, where many American comedies tend to be broader and un-clever. I have watched a few comedies off and on in the last few years, but I eventually forget to watch and then just don't go back to it. Very few American comedies make me laugh the way the Brits can.

    One of the things I love best about British TV is that the actors look like real people rather than models. Heck, on the CW, the only thing that distinguishes nerdy characters from the other hot characters is that the nerds wear glasses! I also just like the stories better - they're more about people. I mean, don't get me wrong, I like Grimm too, but I prefer character-driven shows.

    Roku has a channel for Acorn TV and I am SO tempted to subscribe. It's ALL British TV and lots of series that aren't available on Netflix.

    I'm super excited that Foyle's War is coming back. It premieres on ITV tonight. I've got the first episode queued up and ready to watch on my laptop
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