x_los: (Enterprise!Sherlock)
Earlier today, based off a conversation Katy and I had had which kicked it off, Jon and I were trying to think of touchstone British comedy shows. I was trying wondering if there were any big ones I hadn't seen. We expanded the list to 'key UK television programs (with some important radio stuff thrown in)'. There's a danger, in making these, of overly favoring 'shit what you personally like', which we've tried to minimize, but can't really avoid. There's likewise an 'is it too old to be relevant anymore/is it too new to be relevant yet?' element. Sherlock is off for now, but in a hideous future, might have to give it its 'due'. Also, perhaps this should include more of a 'quality' metric? It does a *bit*, but then we moved away from that to a Cultural Relevance focus. PLEASE weigh in. What does this list need/have that it shouldn't?

Keep in mind these are the muddled musings of an immigrant and a man who goes on about not liking television, so v. probably, they're not the whole of it.

I've seen all of
I've seen part of
*comedy* ...I think, this one might be off
Not sure about including this one?

*Only Fools and Horses (apparently only necessary to watch 2 or 3 eps)*
*Dad's Army (at least series 1)*
*'Allo 'Allo*
*Ab Fab*: Only a TOUCH though. (Robin has embarrassment squick here)
*Keeping Up Appearances* (Jon has embarrassment squick here)
*Fast Show*
*Chuckle Brothers*
Corrie
*Last of the Summer Wine*
Crystal Maze (an episode or two)
Robin of Sherwood?
Avengers
Morse
Poirot
I, Claudius
East Enders Christmas Special
*Two Ronnies*
Jonathan Creek?
*Open All Hours*
Morkham and Wise
*Hitchikers Guide* (Jon maintains only the original cast radio play should count for this--I've seen it, read it, listened to the audio book, but not done the radio series)
Life on Mars
Dixon of Dock Green
*Black Books*
*Fawlty Towers*
*Father Ted
*Spaced*
*Black Adder*
Doctor Who: well, pretty much
Blakes 7?
quatermass experiment
*Red Dwarf*: well, pretty much
All Creatures: well, pretty much
*Fry and Laurie*
*Jeeves and Wooster*
*Flying Circus*
*Goon Show*
*Not the 9 O'Clock News*
*Navy Lark*
Archers
Room 401
Million Pound Radio Show
*Miranda*
Cranford
Lark Rise to Candleford
adaptation of period English novel--P&P?
Forsythe Saga?
Hornblower?
Sharpe?
*French & Saunders Christmas Special*
Sherlock Holmes--version?
*The Young Ones*
University Challenge
Just a Minute
QI
*Upstairs Downstairs*
*Yes, Minister*: well, one ep
*Are you Being Served?*

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x_los: (Russian Church)
We were supposed to see Matilda in Seven-Dails-But-Not-The-Donmar-So-God-Knows-Where-This-Venue-Is tomorrow night, but they canceled it without warning us. They let us reschedule, but didn't email, apologize, or *offer* to reschedule us. Katy had to call them up to arrange things; she only knew something was amiss by looking at her credit card receipt. I am 80% sure that was an appropriate semi-colon use...

Last night in fit of madness asked Miles Richardson whether he was in an Innocent orange juice commercial that sounded suspiciously familiar. We'll see how *that* goes. Said something like 'Orange you in this? *link*' Love and hate self in equal measure. Not sorry.

An recommended these: http://thestonesoup.com/blog/2010/04/when-irish-eyes-are-smiling-little-baileys-cheesecakes-5-ingredients-10-minutes/ , and they sound v. nice. So did her other rec: http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/32364/Old-Fashioned-Soft-Pumpkin-Cookies/detail.aspx , but getting tinned pumpkin in the UK can be an annoyance.

I'm really enjoying this EP right now:



Recently just in the course of doing chores, and in an attempt on Sunday to have an actual 'day off' with Katy (didn't *really* work), I've been watching a lot of television.

Stuff I am into at the moment:

- Rewatching the old Our Mutual Friend with Paul McGann's Ridiculous Mustache. I mustache you not to laugh at it, it is a very serious facial hair statement. I love a good Dickensy funtime.
- Downton Abbey, which I recently found myself defending vociferously against charges that it was the opiate of the masses right before going 'wait WHAT, self?' I did not know I cared!
- Merlin, which has stolen Who's goodness with MAGIC!! or something in order to produce shockingly competent television, after having been in a slump for a good portion of last year. I'm pretty suspicious about last ep and don't know whether to take its Big Event as permanent, given the forces in play this series.
- Star Trek: Next Generation: Katy and I's rewatch has cleared mid Season Six, after stalling for like a week due to my unwillingness to watch horrible horrible shit happen to Picard. The ep wasn't quite as AWFUL as my childhood had painted it, and I think I built it up enough for Katy consequently to deaden the blow for her, which is for the best as Benny has, as Katy pointed out, filled our Reptile Empire Gratuitously Torturing Our Hero quota for all time. Chain of Command Part II is a successful and not, I think, unnecessary story about torture, in an Orwellian/1984 kind of way, but I sort of feel its messages lodged in me the first time I saw it and now its content seems a bit 'oh', not through any fault of its own.
- Sarah Jane Adventures: This series strong as usual. Quite sad I'll never learn more about The Captain, the best parrot!regeneration of a TL that ever there was. Also I want Luke and his new sister to bond properly, but I guess there's not any time.
- Top Hat: it's an old Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movie that was on iplayer while I was making my marinade and doing dishes last night, and I don't know that I'd ever even him in anything before. Not quite finished, but so far rather clever and funny at points. Good random Gertrude Stein joke. Hate her writing. Three Lives destroyed my own will to liiiive. Is her Italian fashion designer friend supposed to be gay? If so, surprised they went there. If not, some of the jokes make less sense.

how to make vats of barbacoa pork, and other adventures )
x_los: (Brig is just a dubious person.)
Still nothing re: visa.

Meanwhile, SO TELEVISION, Y'ALL.

I've tried asking a few likely people privately, but no one seems in today, with the exception of Very Useful An. I am trying to get a feel from people of what to try next. Do you lot have any recommendations of shows that are good because they have great characters/characterization? Where this is a primary virtue of the show? For example, I enjoy Star Trek and Star Gate, but I would not call them character-driven or good for the same reasons Avatar is. Katy LOVED the show Avatar (not either of the movies), but we've polished it off and need new bloooood.
x_los: (Brig is just a dubious person.)
Still nothing re: visa.

Meanwhile, SO TELEVISION, Y'ALL.

I've tried asking a few likely people privately, but no one seems in today, with the exception of Very Useful An. I am trying to get a feel from people of what to try next. Do you lot have any recommendations of shows that are good because they have great characters/characterization? Where this is a primary virtue of the show? For example, I enjoy Star Trek and Star Gate, but I would not call them character-driven or good for the same reasons Avatar is. Katy LOVED the show Avatar (not either of the movies), but we've polished it off and need new bloooood.
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Anchoress is creepy and well-acted, shot like the Bergman movie Wild Strawberries. I'm a bad film-kid because black and white photography puts me off, makes it hard to pay attention. Had to watch the beginning twice to understand what the hell was going on. We learn the middle ages suck hard, caves and other vaginal symbols are way cooler places to live than A Wall We Could Brick You Into If You're Super Lucky, and A Frame construction is ugly no matter what your century. An interesting depiction of the hold earlier tradition had on rural England. The end was a bit too Teen Wiccan, but it was well intentioned, v. pagan in a realistic, well-researched sort of way. All in all a well done film, worth watching, with a few absolutley hillarious moments drawn from the gravity.


Cracker: Or the actor who plays Hagrid as a soused bastard phsychological wunderkind, and friends

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x_los: (Default)
Anchoress is creepy and well-acted, shot like the Bergman movie Wild Strawberries. I'm a bad film-kid because black and white photography puts me off, makes it hard to pay attention. Had to watch the beginning twice to understand what the hell was going on. We learn the middle ages suck hard, caves and other vaginal symbols are way cooler places to live than A Wall We Could Brick You Into If You're Super Lucky, and A Frame construction is ugly no matter what your century. An interesting depiction of the hold earlier tradition had on rural England. The end was a bit too Teen Wiccan, but it was well intentioned, v. pagan in a realistic, well-researched sort of way. All in all a well done film, worth watching, with a few absolutley hillarious moments drawn from the gravity.


Cracker: Or the actor who plays Hagrid as a soused bastard phsychological wunderkind, and friends

Read more... )

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