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Post by barnaby morbius on Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:11 pm

what tv are you liking at the moment?

me
little dorrit
spooks
harry hill's tv burp

guilty pleasures
strictly come dancing

actually that's about it....

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Post by Colin Hicks on Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:13 pm

Little Dorrit
Stephen Fry in America
Never Mind the Buzzcocks


...and that's yer lot.

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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:50 pm

Top Gear

errrrrr................

that's it.

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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:55 pm

For those of you who have never seen it, or indeed if you want to relive your worst ever nightmare, here is an edited version of one of the greatest ever pieces of television.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=MBeYnFEqtRg

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Post by Johnstone McGuckian on Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:55 pm

SJA!

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Post by delgadofan on Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:59 pm

Strictly Come Dancing became a guilty pleasure last Saturday.

From out of the blue I suddenly became hooked!

Still a bloody stupid title, though.

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Post by Colin Hicks on Thu Nov 06, 2008 2:05 pm

The Co=Ordinator wrote:For those of you who have never seen it, or indeed if you want to relive your worst ever nightmare, here is an edited version of one of the greatest ever pieces of television.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=MBeYnFEqtRg

Quality. Sheer quality.

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Post by delgadofan on Thu Nov 06, 2008 2:19 pm

The Co=Ordinator wrote:For those of you who have never seen it, or indeed if you want to relive your worst ever nightmare, here is an edited version of one of the greatest ever pieces of television.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=MBeYnFEqtRg

I still have the original off-air recording of that.

No idea why. tongue

This was the show with the "Cool Up Yer Dad" section, wasn't it, in which Parent Cuelty reached new heights as the kids transformed Dad from a dull, respectable bank clerk image...into a dull, unrespectable shambles of sleeve-rolled, 80s multi-coloured horror?

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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Thu Nov 06, 2008 2:30 pm

delgadofan wrote:I still have the original off-air recording of that.

No idea why. tongue

Because you know kwality when you see it. cyclops

This was the show with the "Cool Up Yer Dad" section, wasn't it, in which Parent Cuelty reached new heights as the kids transformed Dad from a dull, respectable bank clerk image...into a dull, unrespectable shambles of sleeve-rolled, 80s multi-coloured horror?

Indeed. And you've gotta love the mid 80's haircuts.


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Post by Frank on Thu Nov 06, 2008 4:07 pm

Fringe
Little Dorrit
Heroes
Stephen Fry In America
SJA
Strictly...
Harry Hill

On DVD I must sing the praises of Pushing Daisies and Carnivale...

That is all.

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Post by The Browncoat Cat on Thu Nov 06, 2008 4:45 pm

currently:


The Sarah Jane Adventures
Stephen Fry in America
Little Dorrit
Strictly Come Dancing
Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two (I love Claudia Winkleman)
Top Gear
Coal House at War

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Post by Dave Webb on Thu Nov 06, 2008 7:11 pm

House.
Previous seasons of House.
Heroes.
Top Gear.

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Post by Sid Seadevil on Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:56 pm

Little Dorrit
Spooks
Strictly Come Dancing
SJA
House
City Homicide (A superior Australian Police Procedural now reaching the end of its second series)
Pushing Daisies
Türkisch für Anfänge (A very witty German comedy/drama series)
Battlestar Galactica (currently reworking my way though all the series in readiness for its forthcoming final season)
NCIS
Gilmore Girls (witty, rapid-fire dialogue - easy on the eye leads who are very good at what they do)

There's more...much more...

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Re: current tv heaven

Post by Graymalkin on Fri Nov 07, 2008 7:37 am

For me...

On 'home-made'* DVD - just finished watching the second seasons of Mad Men and Carnivale, and am currently stockpiling the new seasons of Dexter, Eureka, Heroes and The Sarah Jane Adventures for watching when they're complete**.

On 'actual' telly - Stephen Fry in America.

Although I do intend to check out Burn Notice now...



*You all know what I mean...

**All of which could concievably be classed as 'guily pleasures'...

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Post by Sid Seadevil on Fri Nov 07, 2008 7:40 am

Graymalkin wrote:Although I do intend to check out Burn Notice now...
I don't think you'll regret it, Gray. Witty, stylish and it has Bruce Campbell every episode - need I say more.

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Post by Graymalkin on Fri Nov 07, 2008 7:42 am

Sid Seadevil wrote:Witty, stylish and it has Bruce Campbell every episode - need I say more.

All you had to say was 'Bruce Campbell', frankly - I hadn't realised he was in it, and now it's become a must-see!

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Post by Sid Seadevil on Fri Nov 07, 2008 7:52 am

[quote="Graymalkin"]
Sid Seadevil wrote:All you had to say was 'Bruce Campbell', frankly - I hadn't realised he was in it, and now it's become a must-see!
Sundays 9.00pm on FX.
Spoiler:
Or readily available as full season on a torrent site near you.

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Post by Lee Carey on Fri Nov 07, 2008 7:58 am

The first episode of Burn Notice is (the female leads Northern Irish accent notwithstanding, and even the production team notice, and get rid of it in the first episode proper) excellent. Unfortunately, after that, it degenerates into an incredibly formulaic action series that could very easily be MacGiver. It's a shame, as the idea of Miami being where 'retired' secret agents are put out to dry is a very good one. But helping friends of friends against the local drug cartel becomes wearisome very, very quickly.

Have to admit that I haven't managed to watch any of the second series of Pushing Daisies yet- I intend to catch up in the new year. My tv watching has been seriously disrupted by Mrs Lee, who likes to watch things with me, but is now back at Uni, so we only really get weekends to catch up on things. Of the things I have been watching...

Little Britain US has been, rather like the UK series, very hit and miss. When it hits it's very good, but the rest of the time is, at best, purile.
Life continues to interest e, although you can see where the network has insisted on changes to the format. Personally, I think it will be lucky to get a third series, but live in hope.
Little Dorrit is delightful, and I'm genuinely glad that Freema Agyeman, like Billie Piper before her, seems to have escaped the classic series companion 'curse' and seems to be carving out a respectful career away from Dr Who for herself. Still need to catch up on the last two episodes, though...
After loosing interest in Spooks last series (I don't think I made it past the first episode), the influx of new blood has reinvigorated it, as has the movement of the plots into more LeCarre-esque territory. Once again, I'm at least an episode behind, but looking forward to catching up.
Mrs Lee and myself are enjoying Merlin despite its many faults, with last weeks episode being a good one. My biggest problems with it are how the female cast members are so woefully underused, and it makes me respect Russell T Davies ability to make the female companions such strong figures in the new series of Dr Who.

In many ways, the last four years of Dr Who has spoilt me- in quality its been far and away the best continuing series during that time, and the only things to better it have been one offs or mini series.

Things I'd like to see? A second series of the brilliant French series Spiral, and a comedy programme that I actually like. Peepshow came close, but, as far too many sitcoms do nowadays, revolved around far too unpleasant characters, and I find I can only watch it in short bursts. Pretty well every other comedy has either revolved far too much around cruelty, lacked quality control, or simply not been funny. At all.

Hmm, I typed far more than I meant too their. I will now leave you to your regularly scheduled programmes.

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Post by Graymalkin on Fri Nov 07, 2008 7:59 am

Sid Seadevil wrote:Sundays 9.00pm on FX.
Spoiler:
Or readily available as full season on a torrent site near you.

Since I don't even get Five on my steam-powered tellybox, I think the second option...

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Post by Graymalkin on Fri Nov 07, 2008 8:04 am

Lee Carey wrote:Things I'd like to see? A second series of the brilliant French series Spiral, and a comedy programme that I actually like. Peepshow came close, but, as far too many sitcoms do nowadays, revolved around far too unpleasant characters, and I find I can only watch it in short bursts. Pretty well every other comedy has either revolved far too much around cruelty, lacked quality control, or simply not been funny. At all...

I think there's an argument that British sitcoms have nearly always revolved around unpleasant characters. It's one of the big differences between UK and US sitcoms - we like to laugh at our protagonists, rather than with them...

Regardless, despite the (spectacularly) unpleasant characters, the (staggering) cruelty, and the lack of quality control (although the broadcast version was much tighter than the extended DVD release) I'd love a second series of Snuff Box. Not gonna happen, though...

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Post by Sid Seadevil on Fri Nov 07, 2008 8:15 am

Lee Carey wrote:The first episode of Burn Notice is (the female leads Northern Irish accent notwithstanding, and even the production team notice, and get rid of it in the first episode proper) excellent. Unfortunately, after that, it degenerates into an incredibly formulaic action series that could very easily be MacGiver. It's a shame, as the idea of Miami being where 'retired' secret agents are put out to dry is a very good one. But helping friends of friends against the local drug cartel becomes wearisome very, very quickly.
To be fare to the producers, I think it was their always their intention for the first season to be evocative of those 80s series such as McGiver and The Equalizer - but the format changes from the beginning of the second season - and it looks like the new status quo for the characters isn't set in stone...there's appears to be a much bigger picture for the backstory to their current situation that's very slowly hinting at itself.

As for the BBC - Where's the long promised second series of Spiral? It was due now - but it's been put back to early next year so I've heard


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Post by Sid Seadevil on Fri Nov 07, 2008 8:19 am

Graymalkin wrote:Since I don't even get Five on my steam-powered tellybox, I think the second option...
Blimey. Not even Five - that must be a bugger of a reception area.

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Post by Lee Carey on Fri Nov 07, 2008 8:37 am

Sid Seadevil wrote:
To be fare to the producers, I think it was their always their intention for the first season to be evocative of those 80s series such as McGiver and The Equalizer - but the format changes from the beginning of the second season - and it looks like the new status quo for the characters isn't set in stone...there's appears to be a much bigger picture for the backstory to their current situation that's very slowly hinting at itself.
Hmm, could be I'm not giving it enough of a chance, then. Maybe I'll buy it as a dvd boxset and watch it in one go, as I'm loosing Sky at the end of this month. Partly because of financial reasons, partly out of a dislike at putting coins in Murdoch's coffers, but that will leave me with just the Freesat channels. And rther like Greymalkin, if it weren't for my satellite dish, I'd not get Five either!

Realised in my above TV Heaven list I left out House and Lost. Mainly because I like watching them in chunks, and so wait for the DVD. It's becoming, more and more, my favourite way of experiencing tv shows (something Mrs Lee wholeheartedly embraced before we'd met). there's something nice about the collective enjoyment at watching something on its first transmission, but really I only feel that with Dr Who nowadays. And even then, I seem to miss the live broadcast of every other episode of that.

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As for the BBC - Where's the long promised second series of Spiral? It was due now - but it's been put back to early next year so I've heard
Hmm, Canal plus, the channel responsible, has taken down the page on its website, so I have a feeling the chances of a second series may be like the second series of State of Play- a possibility that may never come into being as too many of the artists involved have moved on to other things. Which in some ways, I don't mind, as I would prefer a short run of perfection than something that outstays its welcome.

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Post by 72lf on Fri Nov 07, 2008 11:06 am

Well then, I dont get much of a chance to watch stuff live, as it were , but what I must watch is.

Top Gear....Im a car nut and a classic car buff with a penchant for old Fords
Top Gear Australia....its finding its feet ...not sure the 3 guys work , but Im sure it will, they are massivly enthusiastic and that counts for a lot.

Merlin....I like it. No big expectations but I do like it.

Big Bang Theory......I just love this show and the writing, why am I reminded that Sheldon is somewhat reminiscent of me...withiout the huge intellect of course

Two and a half men--consistanly funny, black ruthless humour from the same team as Big Bang.

Simpsons -I still thing the quality is holding up overall..... not as zany as it used to be but there HAS been a few clunkers..

Heroes......Sorry losing interest as I disappears up its own backside...I watch in vain hope that I will regain some vague enthusiasm.

Life On Mars Us- it seems to be finding its own feet.
Not sure I buy Jason OMara, but then who could be as good as John Simm? and I love Liz White who played Annie..........
and I agree on Little Britain USA.......very patchy and purile...but then again, so was the 3 series in the uk.......
I think its time for Lucas and Walliams to move on

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Post by barnaby morbius on Sat Nov 08, 2008 5:10 am

Sid Seadevil wrote:
Graymalkin wrote:Since I don't even get Five on my steam-powered tellybox, I think the second option...
Blimey. Not even Five - that must be a bugger of a reception area.

shocking. imagine life without all those jean claude van damme films...

and all the awesome documentaries... you can make your own here...



http://quinparker.com/channel-five/

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