For years British dramas were very highly acclaimed and exported all over the world. What has happened? Nearly all the best and most popular shows seem to come from America now. We still manage great costume dramas (Lark Rise to Candleford, Cranford) but in other areas we are lagging behind. Most of our dramas are still the old crime/serial killer/forensics type of thing which has IMHO been done to death. The American dramas are far more original. For example Dexter took the serial killer show and turned it on its head!
Just wondering what other folk think. Do you prefer British or Americam dramas? Are there any good British ones you have seen lately?
Claire, you think the best shows are coming to from the US? Really? Tell me what they are for heavens sake, I can never find anything to watch here!
Seriously, if you asked me, I'd say the state of US tv is the same as Rosie is describing UK tv....endless reality shows (which I avoid like the plague).
I had been watching House, but they kind of lost me at the end of last season when House went mad. You could argue that that was sort of British inspired too....House is Holmes, right down to the name, and of course Hugh Laurie is British. (Actually, you could go back further than that and connect House, MD to the original Holmes inspiration, Dr. Joseph Bell).
Anyway, the only thing I've found of late that's interesting is a series that started last year called The Mentalist, which is a crime drama....if it's made it over to the UK, I'd recommend giving it a try.
Well ~I think technically my fave show ever is Canadian!!But in my book that counts as American (ducks behind large rock to avoid missiles ;D) I find everything that I have been adicted to recently and really miss now I no longer have a TV is def American. Wouldn't watch a British Soap opera if you tied me to the chair! Have never watched any in fact - but I did watch Neighbours for ages once upon a time!
I did love the oldies like to the Manor Born (feel like I am living that now!!)but did also love some of the old American ones like the Golden Girls and Kate and Allie - so I think I just loved the old ones as opposed to just the old English ones. I'm glued to the Lone Ranger, Bonanza, Fury and Champion the Wonder Horse at the moment!
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kunuma...giggle, I think you're safe, I don't think there are any Canadians on the board at the moment (they really DO take offence at being thought of as the 51st State, and really you can't blame them!).
Re tv...I think you're right, it really is a matter of the older shows being better, regardless of where they're from. Ah, the old days, when they hired writers and directors and professional actors, instead of what they do now: haul some people in off the street, point a camera at them, and say "ok, act like idiots!!!"
btw, does Hulu.com work in the UK? Tons of great old tv and movies for free there....even things that aren't on dvd...I was THRILLED to find the first three seasons of Lou Grant on there. (It was a drama spin off from the comedy Mary Tyler Moore show, about the workings of the city room of an LA newspaper)
I think it depends on what sort of drama you like watching. We British do really good costume dramas, classic book adaptations and crime dramas but not much else. If you like sci-fi shows the USA does much more, like Lost and Heroes and Flash Forward. I don't think I can think of any British made sci-fic dramas except for Dr. Who, which is really a kid's show, and Torchwood. I LOVE Dexter btw!!!
I dont have a TV and tend to watch TV series that I have otherwise acquired on the laptop or whatever is on the 'on demand' services from the British TV channels. Just about everything I have been watching in the last few years is American. Dexter, Lost, Heroes, Desperate Housewives, Life, Defying Gravity (altho I think that was a collaboration with other countries). There are more but my memory fails me! I am not saying they are all brilliant (and some of them have deteriorated after the first few seasons), but at least the American networks are trying to come up with something original. I do like sci-fi/anything out of the ordinary and there's precious little like that being made by British TV. Yes, I do watch the costume type dramas from British TV but apart from them I think I have only really watched (in the drama line) Being Human and Hustle in the last few months. We did try and do a flash forward rip off a while back but it was terrible. The absolute best thing I have seen lately was Defying Gravity but sadly this ended after only 1 season
Its a shame that American TV is being over-run by reality TV show too. It is just getting beyond a joke here. We have about 6 different reality shows for dancing alone (even one in wheel chairs!) and Jordan seems to almost have an entire channel devoted to her goings on! I hate all the soaps too, altho like kunuma I did used to watch Neighbours when it first came on, but then again I think everyone here did. It used to be on at teatime when you cme in from school/college/work and people just used to put it on to watch when they were having their tea!
Apart from the Simpsons, I dont watch any American stuff. I hate Diagnosis Murder/Murder She Wrote with an passion, and anything good seems to be poached by Sky (House, Lost etc) which I cant afford (I only have Freeview). Foreign drama/tv does not appeal to me (the only other foreign thing I watch is Neighbours).
I liked Murder She Wrote in the earlier seasons, but had lost interest by the end.....give Angela Lansbury credit though, she (and Hugh Laurie) are the two Brits who do the best American accents!
I used to like it, but the BBC (and the same goes for Diagnosis Murder) has an awful habit of every single weekday (and most Sundays) of putting them on continous repeat. In a year you can watch every single Diagnosis Murder episode at least once (barring the TV movies). With Murder She Wrote they do the same, but only have about 8 series (the BBC dont have the rights to Murder She Wrote TV movies however). The only time you dont get Diagnosis Murder/Murder She Wrote is either Christmas or when Wimbledon (a major tennis tournament) is on. They have been doing that since at least 2002. So consequently you get sick of them.
Dont get me wrong: I have nothing against Angela Lansbury (I have The Last Unicorn on DVD, where she does an very good voice) and I have seen other stuff with her in (National Velvet; Bednobs and Broomsticks; Beauty and the Beast; Mrs 'arris Goes to Paris) and liked her in that, it's the BBC policy of repeating them to death that I hate. I just wish that the BBC would find something else decent to put in the Murder She Wrote/Diagnosis Murder slots. As for Dick Van Dŷke, other than Mary Poppins (where he does a terrible accent) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, I have not seen him in anything else.
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