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Ok I have a question; How many here have watched PBSs "Bletchley Circle",...
21 April 2014 | US Navy Vet

Posted on 04/21/2014 8:26:59 AM PDT by US Navy Vet

..."Downton Abby", "Call the Midwife"?


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And if so what did everyone think? I kinda like "Bletchley Circle(kinda chickified though)".
1 posted on 04/21/2014 8:26:59 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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Don’t care about watching British telly as long as Joffrey is dead.


2 posted on 04/21/2014 8:28:48 AM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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Bletchley, Downton, Selfridge, all good. The new Sherlock Holmes was also excellent. The British-produced stuff on PBS is very well done. I never watch the Friday night crap on PBS (news, commentary) but the entertainment and some of the documentary programming is pretty good.


3 posted on 04/21/2014 8:30:54 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't give up! The liberals are buggering and aborting themselves into extinction.)
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My husband and I liked it. I hope there will be more episodes released on Netflix.


4 posted on 04/21/2014 8:31:43 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Entropy is high. Wear a hat! And carry an umbrella.)
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To: US Navy Vet

I watch Blechley Circle. Good show, so far.


5 posted on 04/21/2014 8:32:21 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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I enjoyed the first series of Bletchley Circle, but I haven’t seen the second one yet. I’m a big fan of Foyle’s War, too. Looking forward to the next season of that.


6 posted on 04/21/2014 8:32:58 AM PDT by irishjuggler
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I have Bletchly DVRd and will try watching it this week. I’ve given up on Call the Midwife. The women screaming in labor bring back too many painful memories for me.


7 posted on 04/21/2014 8:33:27 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: US Navy Vet

never heard of it - the last UK show I watched - besides Dr Who - was Red Dwarf -

would you like some toast?


8 posted on 04/21/2014 8:35:09 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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And if so what did everyone think? I kinda like "Bletchley Circle(kinda chickified though)".

Well,it is about a flock of chicks in a culture that did not expect them to accomplish much. Yep, that culture really existed once--it's not a lie or exaggeration.
9 posted on 04/21/2014 8:36:02 AM PDT by Nepeta
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Wife and I watched Season 1 on Netflix. I thought it was pretty good.

The ladies involved would obviously in today’s world have been top software engineers or other scientists. In the world of their time, their opportunities were strictly limited. Kinda sad, really.

For all the problems of our society, which on net I think is headed down the drain, it is in some critical regards more just and free than that of 50 years ago.

The biggest problem with the series, IMO, is the notion that mathematical analysis can predict criminal behavior with any kind of reliability. This was a big flaw in the TV series Numb3rs.


10 posted on 04/21/2014 8:43:17 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: clintonh8r

Thumbs up for “Sherlock.”

Used texting and emails as part of the story in a very innovative way I thought interesting.


11 posted on 04/21/2014 8:44:23 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: US Navy Vet

My vote is for Doc Martin. It’s on netflix


12 posted on 04/21/2014 8:53:55 AM PDT by onona (I’ve pretty much given up on sanity returning.)
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To: Sherman Logan; Ellendra

Daughter, Daughter-in-law, and I love Sherlock! Husband and son hate it. (Husband says Sherlock reminds him of a coworker)


13 posted on 04/21/2014 8:54:35 AM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: US Navy Vet

I haven’t watched it, but I do watch many Brit series via Netflix and other means.

I added the tier with BBC-America last year. I am kind of disappointed with it. It runs too many American made movies, which seems to defeat the reason for having it. Right now, PBS runs more Brit series and BBCA does.

I do have The Bletchley Circle in my Netflix queue.


14 posted on 04/21/2014 8:58:35 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: irishjuggler

I also enjoyed Foyle’s War. I hope there will be another season. I also like the “new” Upstairs, Downstairs, too.


15 posted on 04/21/2014 9:06:44 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't give up! The liberals are buggering and aborting themselves into extinction.)
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We watch BBC shows at least 3 to 1 over American stuff. Their production seems to be first rate. I even liked the British version of House of Cards over the American one.

Oy! I must be a monarchist!

16 posted on 04/21/2014 9:07:07 AM PDT by liege (America 180)
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To: US Navy Vet

If you like irreverent comedies check out ‘Hyperdrive’ on Netflix. The critics hated it we were in stitches.


17 posted on 04/21/2014 9:07:51 AM PDT by exPBRrat
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Waiting for the next series of “Endeavour” to be scheduled for the US. The first for were quite good.

Endeavour is the young Inspector Morse, and the show is a prequel that actually works.

I also think the Selfridge series is well done too.

For a light fluff show, but pleasant to watch, the Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries from Australia are an easy watch.


18 posted on 04/21/2014 9:09:18 AM PDT by az_gila
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I also enjoyed Foyle’s War. I hope there will be another season.

There will be.
http://www.deadline.com/2013/11/foyles-war-greenlit-for-8th-season/
19 posted on 04/21/2014 9:09:38 AM PDT by irishjuggler
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To: US Navy Vet

We watch a lot of British TV on Netflix. Mrs SV and I both felt that the first episode of “Call the Midwife” was very anti-family. Kids are a regarded as a punishment. We haven’t bothered to watch another episode.


20 posted on 04/21/2014 9:10:40 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: liege

Seems to be a general rule-of-thumb, if there are American and British versions of a show, the British one will be ten times better.


21 posted on 04/21/2014 9:12:57 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: US Navy Vet

I visited Bletchley Park in 2007, so when the first season of this series aired, I watched it, and enjoyed it. I was hoping they would do a second series. I’m a female, but I don’t watch it because of that. I love British mysteries. Nobody does history documentaries, and mysteries like the Brits!


22 posted on 04/21/2014 9:16:57 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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We’ve watched “Call the Midwife” and really enjoyed it. I love Miranda Hart...truly funny gal. Look for her own show “Miranda” - you’ll laugh until you wet yourself.


23 posted on 04/21/2014 9:17:41 AM PDT by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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Downton Abbey is the very best, just excellent. Call The Midwife is good; Foyle’s War is too, but think that series has ended. I watched it on Netflix, so not sure about that.

Mr. Selfridge and The Paradise (series ended) are both good except for the occasional too-liberal bent.

British shows/movies are usually so well done. Great acting, script, production. First-rate.


24 posted on 04/21/2014 9:19:21 AM PDT by Cedar
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To: clintonh8r

Best British show is “The IT Crowd.”


25 posted on 04/21/2014 9:20:05 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: righttackle44

Could use some more Benny Hill, or Mr. Bean :D


26 posted on 04/21/2014 9:20:09 AM PDT by Bikkuri (Molon Labe)
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I enjoyed the geeky series, The I.T. Crowd. One has to be computer nerdy to understand, but some episodes had me in stiches.

I found a proposed American version pilot, but it apparently didn’t get sold to any network.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xmjpk4_the-it-crowd-us-pilot_fun


27 posted on 04/21/2014 9:20:18 AM PDT by TomGuy
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Do they still show Fawlty Towers? Best comedy show, ever.


28 posted on 04/21/2014 9:21:32 AM PDT by dfwgator
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I gave up on Mr Selfridge because I did not care what happened to any of the characters. No matter how visually impressive a series is, the characters have to intrigue. You must care about some of them, and I found them all...yawn inducing.


29 posted on 04/21/2014 9:23:53 AM PDT by Nepeta
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Thanks for letting me know that Foyle’s War will be back. I had thought the last season was it’s finale, but just checked online, and found that because of high ratings it will continue, and the new series will be shown sometime in 2015.


30 posted on 04/21/2014 9:24:38 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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Lol... no idea.. TV I still own here is unusable. They switched to digital several years ago, so my TV is a VERY BIG, VERY HEAVY paperweight ;) (BTW, in Japan, so, no idea about Brit shows anymore;))..
All of the good stuff is still down-loadable through torrent :D


31 posted on 04/21/2014 9:24:45 AM PDT by Bikkuri (Molon Labe)
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I used to watch so much British TV growing up, it’s a wonder I didn’t wind up speaking with an English accent.


32 posted on 04/21/2014 9:27:26 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: US Navy Vet

Yup...It’s a little tedious. But I do like ‘Foyle’w War’ and my new favorite is ‘Doc Martin’


33 posted on 04/21/2014 9:27:55 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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I am a big fan of British shows. But lately, I have tried some other foreign shows. Once you get past the sub-titles, they are pretty good. Fave at the time is Maria Wren, a police procedural from Sweden.


34 posted on 04/21/2014 9:28:43 AM PDT by KYGrandma (The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home.....)
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The absolute funniest was ‘Red Dwarf’ and I wish it would be on again!


35 posted on 04/21/2014 9:30:18 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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I like foyle’s war and inspector lewis


36 posted on 04/21/2014 9:32:12 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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Black adder


37 posted on 04/21/2014 9:32:57 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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Masterpiece Theatre is the best...loved and continue to love reruns of Morse, Miss Marple, Midsomer Murders, Foyle’s War, the new Morse series, Downton Abbey, Mr Selfridge, Bletchey Circle. The new Sherlock Holmes irritates me in that they find it necessary for Sherlock to move and speak like he's on speed..all the time! He talks too damn fast, something the original Sherlocks did not do. On the other hand, the Dr Watson character and the actor who plays the part is excellent. The Sherlock Holmes of old with Basil Rathbone was the best in my book. It was soothing to take in, and interesting to watch...the new Sherlock makes me a nervous wreck because of the way the program speeds through each episode. I also loved MI-5...this was a great show, and it reflects the very problems we here in the USA are experiencing today.
38 posted on 04/21/2014 9:41:04 AM PDT by itssme
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To: SMARTY

Love Doc Martin, too.


39 posted on 04/21/2014 9:43:01 AM PDT by itssme
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To: US Navy Vet
I cannot wait for the Outlander series on Starz this summer. I don't have cable, so I hope I'm going to be able to get this some other way. I've read all the Outlander books and this already looks like a really good rendition: http://www.starz.com/originals/outlander/videos/video/379

I hear the plan is to cover one book per season.

40 posted on 04/21/2014 9:44:34 AM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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I love Inspector Lewis as well. Morse would be proud!


41 posted on 04/21/2014 9:44:40 AM PDT by itssme
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My wife and I just completed watching all 7 seasons of The Murdoch Mysteries. Though not British, it is Canadian and based in Toronto at the end of the 1800s and early 1900s.

Good writing, good characters and quite wholesome. It was a different time with people dressing and showing respect for others. Refreshing.

One note about the series is that they bring in contemporary historical figures such as Arthur Conan Doyle, Churchhill, Tom Edison etc. Adds a lot of historic context to the series.

Watched the first six seasons on Amazon and the most recent one on Watch-Series-Online, a great site for free viewing of just about anything on TV.


42 posted on 04/21/2014 9:49:44 AM PDT by formerlytempaussie (Winter!)
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To: itssme

Indeed


43 posted on 04/21/2014 9:51:25 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: US Navy Vet

Really enjoy Downton, tho this last season stumbled a bit for me. We have also enjoyed Selfridge. Sherlock has been awesome for the most part.
We have also enjoyed The Paradise.

One other one we liked was Land Girls about women from the cities sent to work the farms during WW2.

Will have to try Bletchley....


44 posted on 04/21/2014 9:51:43 AM PDT by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: US Navy Vet

I saw one episode of Bletchley, liked it, but it’s on too late to catch it on a regular basis. Perhaps I’ll rent a season and watch at leisure when I’m actually awake.

Downton Abbey is magnificent. Looking forward to the next season, and the next.

Doc Martin is fun.

I also enjoyed the David Attenborough “Life” series — nature topics. The last one, Life in Cold Blood, was about reptiles and amphibians. Who knew snakes were so adorable? It’s on may Amazon wish list if anyone was thinking of sending me a gift. Hmm?


45 posted on 04/21/2014 9:53:57 AM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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Murdock Mysteries sounds very interesting..will have to check this out. This is is the kind of programming I would enjoy.

Thanx for the heads up on Watch-Series-Online. My budget only allows for the Comcast package I can afford, so I'll check this link out.

46 posted on 04/21/2014 9:55:11 AM PDT by itssme
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To: US Navy Vet

Mrs. Brown’s Boys


47 posted on 04/21/2014 10:18:55 AM PDT by golf lover (goingf)
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To: US Navy Vet

I enjoy them all. But I have older tastes something a bit more civilized than what passes for modern US television


48 posted on 04/21/2014 10:20:45 AM PDT by Nifster
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Foyle’s War is one of my faves...Which season? 7, 8...I didn’t know they were doing another one..


49 posted on 04/21/2014 10:29:03 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: US Navy Vet

Haven’t seen that one but we love “Call the Midwife.”

DH says it’s “Women’s Television” and leaves the room until we women vacate the TV so he can watch MMA, LOL.


50 posted on 04/21/2014 10:29:44 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (The dogs bark; the caravan moves on!)
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