British sitcoms

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Saturday night is British sitcom night on my local PBS station. I have become addicted to them.

My all time favourite (British spelling there :tongue2:) is Mulberry. This is about the son of Death that has been given his first "assignment".

"Mulberry, the cheerful Cockney son of Death and Springtime, starts his "career" as the Grim Reaper's apprentice when he is sent to collect the acerbic and reclusive Miss Farnaby. He instead joins the staff in her creaky manor house, becomes her personal servant, and endeavors to help her enjoy life during the three month extension grudgingly granted by his dad. What will happen when winter ends and spring arrives? Will life go on?"

My second favourite is "Keeping up appearances". I love the Mrs. B-U-C-K-E-T, that's pronounced "bouquet".

The other shows are "Good Neighbors", To the manor born" and "As time goes by".

Does anyone else watch these? Any other similar shows I should check out? I see that a lot of these shows are available now in the US on DVD.
 

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Keeping up appearances is a great show indeed.

I also love the police series like Frost, Morse, Judge John Deed.

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Well, I like "Are You Being Served?" but I have only seen a few episodes and only remember a few that I watched when I was in primary school.

If you like Rowan Atkinson, then he stars in a police series called "The Thin Blue Line."
 
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"Fawlty Towers" :rofl:

"Mr. Bean" :biggrin:

"Blackadder" - but I don't know if that qualifies as a sitcom.

Of course, I could watch "Monty Python's Flying Circus" anytime. :rofl:
 
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That's funny. On Sunday, it's my British Murder Mystery day. On the Biography channel, starting at 1:00 PM central, it starts a series of british murder mystery that I absolutely love. It begins with Midsommer Murder Mystery, which is THE best murder mystery show anywhere on TV, in my book. It is 2 hours long, and every single episode is finely crafted, with memorable characters. It is usually followed by another 2 hours of another Midsommer Murder, and then followed by Hurcule Poirot (usually 2 or 3 episodes in a row), and the at 8:00 pm, another Midsommer Murder, then followed by Sherlock Holmes.

It is why I seldom go out on Sunday afternoon/evening. :)

BTW, Evo, my most favorite Keeping Up Appearances episode is when Mrs. Bucket got chased by a gaggle of geese when she was trying to buy a house in the country or something.

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Fawlty Towers, haha, yes, a great show as well. I don't really like Mr Bean but i love Monty Python.
 
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Wow; I didn't realise British sitcoms were that popular! Fawlty towers my all time favorite sitcom.

Evo, what is "Good Neighbors"? I've never heard of that one :confused:
 
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Allo Allo. I have to say they aren't the best selection of british sitcom they could have had.
 
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Evo, what is "Good Neighbors"? I've never heard of that one :confused:
I think its The Good life.
 
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That's funny. On Sunday, it's my British Murder Mystery day. On the Biography channel, starting at 1:00 PM central, it starts a series of british murder mystery that I absolutely love. It begins with Midsommer Murder Mystery, which is THE best murder mystery show anywhere on TV, in my book. It is 2 hours long, and every single episode is finely crafted, with memorable characters. It is usually followed by another 2 hours of another Midsommer Murder, and then followed by Hurcule Poirot (usually 2 or 3 episodes in a row), and the at 8:00 pm, another Midsommer Murder, then followed by Sherlock Holmes.
Midsommer is the best. Btw, the british are gods for murder mystery shows. Actually, A Touch of Frost is even better. :smile:
 
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Midsommer is the best. Btw, the british are gods for murder mystery shows. Actually, A Touch of Frost is even better. :smile:
I am not familiar with A Touch of Frost. Is it on BBC America?

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For some reason, My Family cracks me up.
 
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I watched "The Young Ones" a few times, but it was just to wierd for my taste.

BBC's "Coupling" is pretty funny. Miss Jeff though - "Reeesults!" :rofl: The best one was where Jeff meets a girl from Israel and thinks her name is "Shadayim". The girl doesn't speak English and Jeff doesn't speak Hebrew. :rofl:

The one were Jeff inadvertently swallows the key is also great. :rofl:
 
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I think its The Good life.
Ahh, OK.. it's a bit before my time, and I never really liked it when I saw the repeats.
 
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Evo, what is "Good Neighbors"? I've never heard of that one :confused:
Well, tonight's episode is "Tom invents a generator that makes electricity from animal manure" It fits right in with some of the discussions we've been having here lately.

I believe it's called "The Good Life" in Britain.

"Tom and Barbara Good's dream is to live completely self-sufficiently. This means, among other things, raising their own vegetables and animals for food. Trouble is, they live in the suburbs. Their very conservative neighbors, the Leadbetters, look on, horrified, at this bold experiment."
 
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Midsommer is the best. Btw, the british are gods for murder mystery shows. Actually, A Touch of Frost is even better. :smile:
I completely agree with that.

I watched "The Young Ones" a few times, but it was just to wierd for my taste.
Here is one of my all time favourite Fawlty Towers scenes :
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Btw, the british are gods for murder mystery shows.
I don't know about that; "Diagnosis Murder" and "Murder She Wrote" are classic afternoon student viewing!
 
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I am not familiar with A Touch of Frost. Is it on BBC America?

Zz.
Don't know.

Keyword: David Jason. :cool:

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BBC's "Coupling" is pretty funny. Miss Jeff though - "Reeesults!" :rofl: The best one was where Jeff meets a girl from Israel and thinks her name is "Shadayim". The girl doesn't speak English and Jeff doesn't speak Hebrew. :rofl:

The one were Jeff inadvertently swallows the key is also great. :rofl:
They're great, I've got all the seasons on DVD. Didn't manage to see all of them yet, though. :smile:
 
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I watched "The Young Ones" a few times, but it was just to wierd for my taste.
The Young One's is excellent but very surreal which I love. Game On is a more modern sitcom and is very funny and allegedly the inspiration for Friends which I can't stand.
 
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Fawlty Towers.



By John Cleese and his wife Coonie Boothe who plays the waitress. Absolutelly brilliant two geniuses of comedy.
 
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I don't know about that; "Diagnosis Murder" and "Murder She Wrote" are classic afternoon student viewing!
I'm obsessed with Monk!
 
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I'm obsessed with Monk!
I've only ever seen a few episodes; it's not been on for a while, and I guess I must have actually had things to do in the afternoon around the time when it was on! Did enjoy the ones I watched though, but, to be honest, I'll watch anything that fills the void after neighbours and doctors!
 
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BTW, Evo, my most favorite Keeping Up Appearances episode is when Mrs. Bucket got chased by a gaggle of geese when she was trying to buy a house in the country or something.

Zz.
I haven't seen that one. It reminds me of the one where they're at the golfing resort and she goes through the hedges trying to escape the Major's advances.

I don't have cable now and I LOVE British mysteries. :frown: Perhaps they're on DVD?
 
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Evo, you might enjoy 'Cadfael' which was on PBS.

http://epguides.com/Cadfael/guide.shtml - it's on DVD at Amazon

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/mystery/detectives/cadfael.html

Here is the PBS Detectives Series - I believe many or most are on DVD.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/mystery/detectives/index.html


Another good series is "Prime Suspect" starring Helen Mirren.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/primesuspect6/index.html - Feb 18 - 25, 2007

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/primesuspect/index.html


Also, "Touching Evil" with Robson Green as Detective Inspector Dave Creegan is good. Not to be confused with the US version featuring Jeffrey Donovan as Creegan.
 
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