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message 1: by Lynne - The Book Squirrel (last edited Mar 04, 2010 02:58PM) (new)

Lynne - The Book Squirrel (squirrelsend) | 3606 comments I don't watch much tv but do enjoy period drama ones. I watch Larkrise, have recorded all the Silent Witness series and Hustle but not watched all the Silent Witness and none of Hustle. I have got films from christmas 08 on my BT vision box to watch as well as a few from 09!

I also like Masterchef which I have recorded in case I miss it when working. The only programme I love to watch every week is University Challenge!


Lynne - The Book Squirrel (squirrelsend) | 3606 comments I don't like cooking much either but love the idea of the programme and always find someone to cheer on!


message 3: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn (26kathryn) | 50 comments Eastenders and Hollyoaks are my guilty pleasures.
I like nature programmes and interesting history documentaries. I like watching The One Show because it has a mix of everything, I always watch it while I'm eating my dinner.
Other than that I mostly watch all the comedy quizzes over on Dave.

I really watch a lot of American crime dramas (like CSI and everything), the British ones just aren't as exciting!


Lynne - The Book Squirrel (squirrelsend) | 3606 comments I caught eastenders for the first time in a couple of weeks or more and was shocked to see Bradley was dead! What have I missed? I am not sure I'd want to live in the square!


message 5: by Em (new)

Em (emmap) | 2929 comments This made me think, I do love Being Human but tbh I prefer True Blood! I know it's American but Bill Compton is played by a British guy isn't he?

I think the British are good at comedy, there are too many examples over the years but most recently I really enjoyed Gavin and Stacey.

The best drama I saw lately was on BBC4 - there were three stand alone dramas under the heading of "Women we Admired". Jane Horrocks starred in one about Gracie Fields, Helen Bonham-Carter portrayed Enid Blyton and Anne-Marie Duff played Margot Fontein. They were interesting and entertaining I thought.

My guilty pleasure at the moment is The Secret Diary of a Call Girl - saucy and hilarious!


message 6: by Jo (new)

Jo Wow i hate that too. All the TV threads are about american tv. Great idea, Fiona! I love Being Human and i am very sad to see the series end :(. I also watch Skins. No one in that can act but i just love it! I don't really watch much else.


message 7: by Timothy (new)

Timothy Pilgrim (oldgeezer) | 239 comments I know it is American but I like the characters in N.C.I.S David McCallam is in it, he's British so does it count??
All the best Paul Rix [old geezer:]


message 8: by Timothy (new)

Timothy Pilgrim (oldgeezer) | 239 comments all the bast Paul Rix [oldgeezer:]


message 9: by Caroline (new)

Caroline | 15 comments I too like Being Human and it's a shame that the series has finished.I watched True Blood's first series but prefered the books.I also watched Survivor which has also recently finished. I don't watch alot else on a regular basis apart from Casualty and Holby -I prefer the latter and the TV Book club when I remember it's on.I admit I do like to watch the X factor too.


message 10: by Em (new)

Em (emmap) | 2929 comments I always seem to end up watching X Factor but kind of hate the fact that I do!

Since we got Sky+ last year, I find it infinitely better to just watch the singing and maybe the comments then fast forward all the fillers ie. the presenting, the rehersal, the emotional stuff about how much they really, really want this blah blah blah.... makes it alot more enjoyable for me anyway!


message 11: by Jo (new)

Jo I am the same with X factor. And i always say i will stop watching after my favourite goes but i keep on watching.


message 12: by Em (new)

Em (emmap) | 2929 comments Fiona, I think alot of people feel that way about Piers Morgan!


message 13: by Jo (new)

Jo There are a LOT of people i want to smack in the face on tv!


message 14: by Em (new)

Em (emmap) | 2929 comments Ha! Too true... "TV Rage" throwing things at the telly might break it though, stick to verbal abuse only!


message 15: by Em (new)

Em (emmap) | 2929 comments I don't watch any of the soaps, not since Bobby Ewing stepped out of the shower and it was all a dream! (Dallas in the 1980's) I know some people on this site were not even born and I was just a kid, but that stretched even my credulity.

Tell you what I did think was good though (and British), on Sunday night The Wonders of the Solar System - really interesting and I might have learned a thing or two as well.


message 16: by Jo (new)

Jo You always know that in a soap any couple will end tragically. Each family can only go a few weeks without tragedy aswell. Remind me never to live in any of the places where soaps are set!


message 17: by Em (new)

Em (emmap) | 2929 comments Really, I didn't know that. I liked Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes too.

Thought of another British comedy series which I enjoyed - The Inbetweeners. The humour does lie in the gutter tbh but even so, anyone who remembers school ought to identify with the characters.


message 18: by Jo (new)

Jo I love the Inbetweeners! Its one of the funniest shows ever!


message 19: by Zoe, UK Book Club Creator (new)

Zoe (zobo77) | 532 comments Mod
Ooooh yeah, the Inbetweeners is good!!


message 20: by Jo (new)

Jo I don't watch tv much but i have recently been watching a show about nightmare teenagers that get sent to live with a strict family in another country. I also have been watching that show about the man that cycled across the americas on his own and filmed his journey while cycling one handed. I love that one!


message 21: by Jo (new)

Jo I would have too. Some of them were awful! It's strangely addictive viewing!


message 22: by Marisa (new)

Marisa Atkinson (totesmarisa) Jo wrote: "Wow i hate that too. All the TV threads are about american tv. Great idea, Fiona! I love Being Human and i am very sad to see the series end :(. I also watch Skins. No one in that can act but i jus..."

I'm so glad to see someone mention Skins because I'm currently obsessed with it! I was afraid I wouldn't love the Series 3 cast as much as I loved the previous cast but I shouldn't have been worried. It's different, of course, but just as fantastic. I'm in the US so I think I'm always about a season behind or so, and I have to hunt around a bit to try and find the original version of the show (the one they play on BBC America is close, but sometimes scenes are edited or include different music, unfortunately). I just bought Series 3 on iTunes and am about halfway through.

(I have to admit that I ordered the Skins novel. Has anyone read it? Is it absolutely terrible or is it okay for a guilty-pleasure, tv-inspired read?)

I also love Billie Piper on Secret Diary, though I think I'm a season or two behind on that one too. We're still waiting for the third season to come out on DVD over here...I tore through the first two books and have Playing the Game on my to-be-read list.

I keep hearing about the Inbetweeners...is that a comedy or a drama?


message 23: by Em (new)

Em (emmap) | 2929 comments The Inbetweeners is a comedy series - it's set at a Sixth Form so is about 16-18 year old boys and their obsessions (so mainly trying to be cool, feeling embarrassed by their parents, trying to get served in pubs and find girlfriends). Some might say it's juvenile humour but it always makes me laugh!


message 24: by Jo (new)

Jo Marisa wrote: "Jo wrote: "Wow i hate that too. All the TV threads are about american tv. Great idea, Fiona! I love Being Human and i am very sad to see the series end :(. I also watch Skins. No one in that can ac..."

I thought that too but i actually ended up prefering the new cast. They aren't great actors but theres just something about it that gets me hooked. Series 4 just finished over here. I haven't read the novel but i saw it advertised. If you read it then you will have to let me know what you think of it.

Speaking of novels, has anyone seen the Being Human novels? I think there are 3 and each one has one of the main characters on the front.


message 25: by Terrie (new)

Terrie | 31 comments I caught a little bit of Being Human being filmed in Bristol train station. I watched the first series avidly but haven't caught the second on yet.

My favorite is Lost (I know it's American!) but I also love Eastenders, Holby City, Spooks and Waking the Dead. Oh and my real guilty pleasure at the moment is Pineapple Dance Studios!


message 26: by Jo (new)

Jo Wow that's cool! You should get up to date. The second series was really good!


message 27: by Robo (new)

Robo Pete (robopete) | 98 comments My favourite British tv show at the moment (and usually) has to be Dr Who - any other fans around? I also really enjoy The Thick Of It with Peter Capaldi.


message 28: by Terrie (new)

Terrie | 31 comments I like Dr Who. Still trying to get used to the new Dr though - David Tennant was awesome in it.


message 29: by Robo (new)

Robo Pete (robopete) | 98 comments I wasn't too sold on the first episode of this new series Terri but I thought Matt Smith was much better in episode two "The Beast Below." David Tennant left really big shoes Converse to fill though!


message 30: by Amy (new)

Amy | 177 comments i'm a big dr who fan too but i feel that matt smith is trying a bit too hard - unfortunately i don't feel he's as good an actor as david tennant although i'm sure he will grow on me! Enjoyed the story in the second episode and looking forward to the daleks on saturday though!!


message 31: by Jo (new)

Jo Fiona wrote: "Jo wrote: "Marisa wrote: "Jo wrote: "Wow i hate that too. All the TV threads are about american tv. Great idea, Fiona! I love Being Human and i am very sad to see the series end :(. I also watch Sk..."

Lol that's what i thought. I don't think you can beat the show!


message 32: by Jo (new)

Jo Robo wrote: "My favourite British tv show at the moment (and usually) has to be Dr Who - any other fans around? I also really enjoy The Thick Of It with Peter Capaldi."

The Thick of It is pretty funny. I love the main guy that gets really angry!


message 33: by Robo (new)

Robo Pete (robopete) | 98 comments Amy wrote: "i'm a big dr who fan too but i feel that matt smith is trying a bit too hard - unfortunately i don't feel he's as good an actor as david tennant although i'm sure he will grow on me! Enjoyed the st..."

Agreed on all counts! Have you seen David Tennant in Hamlet?


message 34: by Terrie (new)

Terrie | 31 comments Robo wrote: "I wasn't too sold on the first episode of this new series Terri but I thought Matt Smith was much better in episode two "The Beast Below." David Tennant left really big shoes Converse to fill though! "

Very true! Although I kind of feel that Matt Smith is trying to mimic David Tennant's little mannerisms which bothers me slightly. I've only watched Dr Who since it was relaunched with Christopher Eccleston so it may be something that they are expected to do. However I felt David Tennant made the Dr well and truly his own character, not just leading on from Christopher Eccleston's interpretation of him (if you get what I mean!). I would like to see Matt Smith do the same because I'm sure he is a good actor in his own right.

On the other hand, Dr Who is Dr Who and I'll be hooked until the end of the series regardless!


message 35: by Robo (new)

Robo Pete (robopete) | 98 comments Jo wrote: The Thick of It is pretty funny. I love the main guy that gets really angry!"

He's genius! He really makes me re-evaluate the old saying about bad language not being big or clever.


message 36: by Terrie (new)

Terrie | 31 comments Amy wrote: i'm a big dr who fan too but i feel that matt smith is trying a bit too hard - unfortunately i don't feel he's as good an actor as david tennant although i'm sure he will grow on me! Enjoyed the story in the second episode and looking forward to the daleks on saturday though!!

It's the 'Don't blink' angels that I love! I really hope they make an appearance in this series. They freaked the life out of me!


message 37: by Amy (new)

Amy | 177 comments I totally agree Terri. Good news as I believe the angels are back next saturday, can't wait!


message 38: by Robo (new)

Robo Pete (robopete) | 98 comments Terri wrote: "Very true! Although I kind of feel that Matt Smith is trying to mimic David Tennant's little mannerisms which bothers me slightly."

Yes! I feel that too - I don't know if it's maybe a gradual transition thing that will "wear off" as he begins to stamp his own personality on the Dr (although I don't remember that happening with past incarnations) but he is definitely channeling David Tennant.

I remember reading an interview with Stephen Moffat who said that he was hoping Matt Smith would bring a new, darker element to things and I was quite interested to see that. There was a tiny little bit of that on Saturday night towards the end (and I also though he was less manic that in the first ep.) so we'll see, the plan might be for this personality to develop gradually rather than, "Hey! It's a NEW Doctor!"


message 39: by Terrie (new)

Terrie | 31 comments I hope it is a gradual thing (that makes sense) and I would love to see a darker element coming through with him. I remember when they brought in Catherine Tate I told myself I wasn't going to watch it because she drives me bonkers! I soon scrapped that idea though and thought Donna and the Dr were hilarious together. If she can grow on me, I'm sure Matt Smith can!

Amy - Cushions at the ready for next Saturday then!


message 40: by Jo (new)

Jo Robo wrote: "Jo wrote: The Thick of It is pretty funny. I love the main guy that gets really angry!"

He's genius! He really makes me re-evaluate the old saying about bad language not being big or clever."


Have you seen In the Loop? The movie of the show. I bought it for my boyfriend but i probably want to see it more than he does!


message 41: by Kimberley (new)

Kimberley (Trillianne) | 59 comments I didn't watch the debate either, kind of got put of when I heard David Cameron say 'We're all in this together' sorry but for me it sounds like a school girl wrote his speaches whilst watching High School Musical, I just can't take the guy seriously.
I watched the new Jonathon Creek that I taped over the weekend, did anyone see it?


message 42: by Em (new)

Em (emmap) | 2929 comments I've recorded Jonathan Creek but not got around to watching it yet, I loved the last one though so hopefully it ought to be good.

Outnumbered is excellent too, very funny and chaotic which is pretty much how things are in my house anyway. Last nights episode was no exception, the kids find the Readers Digest Circular and think they've won £500'000! Fantastic!


message 43: by Sam (new)

Sam (ecowitch) | 596 comments Was that the one on over Easter, I saw that and it's very good, as usual I didn't manage to work out the mystery. I do love Jonathan Creek though, really gets me thinking.


message 44: by Jo (new)

Jo I didn't watch the debate either. Whatever they say they won't stick to it anyway so what's the point. It's just a show off of who's the best public speaker and who has the best speech writer.

Does anyone watch that Charlie Brooker show? Can't remember what it's called. I think he's really funny!


message 45: by Sam (new)

Sam (ecowitch) | 596 comments I didn't see it either but from the clips on the news this morning it all looked far too contrived and controlled. I thought the whole point was that it would be an on the spot debate not a pre-planned quiz. Think they get tested more in the Commons than they did there, at least in the Commons it's more spontaneous and they have to think on their feet. And I can't believe the audience weren't allowed to get involved. What was the point in that?


message 46: by Robo (new)

Robo Pete (robopete) | 98 comments Does anyone watch that Charlie Brooker show?..."

Newswipe...or Screenwipe? Both are great - I love his Guardian columns too. I actually have his latest book in my bookcase but I haven't started reading it yet.

Also, In The Loop is amazing, you should steal back the dvd and watch it immediately!


message 47: by Robo (new)

Robo Pete (robopete) | 98 comments Ah! Glad to see some folks mentioning Outnumbered, I'd totally forgotten about that programme - the initial series of it were always on at odd times if I remember rightly? The few that I managed to catch were consistently great though, I should see if there's a boxset or something. Is the current series as good?


message 48: by Jo (new)

Jo Robo wrote: "Does anyone watch that Charlie Brooker show?..."

Newswipe...or Screenwipe? Both are great - I love his Guardian columns too. I actually have his latest book in my bookcase but I haven't started ..."


Something like that yeah. Did you watch Dead Set? He directed that. I've got his book Screen Burn which i will eventually get round to reading.


message 49: by Terrie (new)

Terrie | 31 comments I also watch Outnumbered, which I find very very funny. Partly because the kids remind me so much of my own children. I love the boy with the wild hair.

I heard somewhere that it's partly improvised. Does anyone know how that works? Is it the adults improvising to the kids reactions?


message 50: by Robo (new)

Robo Pete (robopete) | 98 comments Terri wrote: I heard somewhere that it's partly improvised"

I remember reading a great bit about that a few months ago - apparently the kids don't actually have a script but a few minutes before they film a scene one of the writers sort of gives them an idea of what to say and then they just run with it. I think that the adults have a script they're trying to stick to/fit in but they also riff off the kids a lot.

Wish I could remember where I read that...may have been in the Guardian somewhere


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