The Brits Have Landed

08 Feb

Which TV Shows Do You Obsess Over?

The U.K. seems to have declared war on boring Television and have come up with mysteries, drama and comedy that frequently stand above the rest in creative, intelligent or wildly insane concept. How they arrive at the final product is a journey difficult for others to emulate. In the U.S. we’ve tried, usually with limited success. Life on Mars, Top Gear and Coupling for example haven’t been all that well received after import and rewrite in the U.S. The original shows however, do find audience in the U.S.

We have our factory, which is called a stage. We make a product, we color it, we title it and we ship it out in cans. — Cary Grant

We’ve seen excellent versions of Sherlock Holmes in movies with Robert Downey Jr. and an American TV version “Elementary”, altered with Lucy Liu as Watson. Both of those are prime examples of successful imports however, I think the TV series, Sherlock, beginning in 2010 has captured the American and U.K. audience with tremendous appreciation of the intelligent writing and flavorful characterizations by all actors in the series.

I have to admit almost a school boy crush on Lucy Liu, so for me Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes is merely a vehicle in which I get to watch Lucy Liu act as Watson.

A Sherlock moment meant to pique the interest of more than a few fans…
About 7 minutes in length.

Benedict Cumberbatch with Martin Freeman in SherlockSherlock Resources … Lock these away in your mind palace…

Right after the series of Sherlock as one of my favorite were the Inspector Lynley Mysteries. Another well written show with top-notch actors. An interesting twist on authorship, it was written by an American. She understood her subject matter and it translated well to the screen.

BBC Cast of Hustle

Adrian Lester, Robert Glenister, Robert Vaughn, Jaime Murray, & Marc Warren. All rights owned BBC.

Hustle is a British television drama series which only found audience in the U.S. for 4 of it’s 8 seasons. It was broadcast from 2004 to 2012 and I’ve only been able to obtain the first 4 seasons on DVD. I enjoyed the clever interaction and banter among the characters as they devise new or reworked clever schemes to separate wealthy people from their money. Of course Jaime Murray was easy on the eyes. I hope they will eventually authorize all seasons in DVD & Blue-Ray for Region 1.

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Andrew Scott as Jim Moriarty


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