Skip to comments.Ok I have a question; How many here have watched PBSs "Bletchley Circle",...
Posted on 04/21/2014 8:26:59 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
..."Downton Abby", "Call the Midwife"?
Don’t care about watching British telly as long as Joffrey is dead.
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.
My husband and I liked it. I hope there will be more episodes released on Netflix.
I watch Blechley Circle. Good show, so far.
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.
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.
never heard of it - the last UK show I watched - besides Dr Who - was Red Dwarf -
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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.
Thumbs up for “Sherlock.”
Used texting and emails as part of the story in a very innovative way I thought interesting.
My vote is for Doc Martin. It’s on netflix
Daughter, Daughter-in-law, and I love Sherlock! Husband and son hate it. (Husband says Sherlock reminds him of a coworker)
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.
I also enjoyed Foyle’s War. I hope there will be another season. I also like the “new” Upstairs, Downstairs, too.
Oy! I must be a monarchist!
If you like irreverent comedies check out ‘Hyperdrive’ on Netflix. The critics hated it we were in stitches.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Best British show is “The IT Crowd.”
Could use some more Benny Hill, or Mr. Bean :D
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.
Do they still show Fawlty Towers? Best comedy show, ever.
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.
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.
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
I used to watch so much British TV growing up, it’s a wonder I didn’t wind up speaking with an English accent.
Yup...It’s a little tedious. But I do like ‘Foyle’w War’ and my new favorite is ‘Doc Martin’
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.
The absolute funniest was ‘Red Dwarf’ and I wish it would be on again!
I like foyle’s war and inspector lewis
Love Doc Martin, too.
I hear the plan is to cover one book per season.
I love Inspector Lewis as well. Morse would be proud!
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.
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....
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?
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.
Mrs. Brown’s Boys
I enjoy them all. But I have older tastes something a bit more civilized than what passes for modern US television
Foyle’s War is one of my faves...Which season? 7, 8...I didn’t know they were doing another one..
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.