One thing that I could not help but noticing is the extremely meticulous production of many British TV series. At least, that is the impression that I get when watching TV series in London.
Well, sometimes facts have been twisted a bit to serve the purposes of the plotline. Not everything in this world is absolutely perfect. For example, there is no evidence that young Henry VIII was as hot as in The Tudors, nor that his romance history was exactly like it is portrayed on TV – or is there?
Length is interesting. British TV series do not usually last any longer than, maybe, six episodes, as compared to the ones in other countries. Dave Mitchell, from Peep Show and The Guardian newspaper, and Matt Leblanc, from Friends, discussed this topic last year at the Graham Norton Show. As you probably know, Friends lasted 10 years and there were over 20 episodes in each round, whereas Peep Show had about 6 episodes.
The Office is one of those television series that have been re-made abroad with other actors. In US, comic actor Steve Carell stepped into Ricky Gervais´shoes in UK. I have a clear winner here: Ricky´s The Office! That´s why Gervais is always at the other side of the pond, isn´t it?
What are your favourite UK TV series? I am listing some of mine below.
This is one of the best ever for me. It is a re-make of another classic British drama series, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
- Agatha Christie´s Poirot.
I just love this one. There are even Poirot walks in London!
Not the last two rounds though… Andrew Lincoln (This Life, The Walking Dead) stars.
- The Tudors
The first series is set up in the often overlooked early political history of Henry VII.
- Being Human
This one is listed as a supernatural horror dramedy. Fun to watch.
The modern Robin Hoods, and very upmarket. The con is on… Fun, fun.
- Black Books
This is a small classic.
- Peep Show
With the duo Webb and Mitchell.
- The Blackadder
Classic, classic, classic.
- This Life
With Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. I can’t believe this was five years ago…
Have you seen any of these?