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Post by Sid Seadevil on Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:37 am

At the moment, I admit to finding myself through choice watching very, very little on offer from the UK channels, (actually near zero, in fact). Opting instead for a televisual diet of mostly US/Australian produced shows. This makes for a refreshing change - and lead me to ponder what the rest of my fellow Wrinklies viewing habits consist of.

So, here's a chance to list your current telly fixes as well as a venue to recommend any little gems you feel might otherwise slip under our collective radar.

Since fair is fair - I'll kick the thread with my initial list. (It's gonna' be subject to the occasional revision, but this is how it currently stands). So, in no particular order:

Australia:
Rake (a wonderful new comedy/drama starring Richard Roxburgh, and featuring the likes of Hugo Weaving, Sam Neil and Rachel Griffiths as guest stars)
East West 101 (A superb police procedural detailing the struggles of being an Arab Muslim detective). in modern day Australia)
City Homicide (A superior police procedural - just finished its 4th season)
Rush (Police action drama)
Sea Patrol (Navel set action adventure series - recently wrapped its 4th season)
Rescue Special Ops (Action/Adventure - recently wrapped its 2nd season)
Packed to the Rafters (comedy/drama - recently wrapped it's 3rd season)
Bed of Roses (Comedy/drama - just started its 3rd season)
Neighbours (Wanna' make somethin' of it?
Home and Away (Ditto)


And a very, very special recommendation to a wonderful New Zealand sci-fi drama series entitled "This Is Not My Life. Which ran for thirteen superb episodes and was a far more though-provoking and worthy candidate for being seen as a successful up-dating of "The Prisoner" than the recent disappointing 'legitimate' effort.


US:
[b]Men of a Certain Age (Classy and very polished comedy drama)
Hawaii Five O (New version)
Bones
House
Batman The Brave and the Bold
Burn Notice
Boardwalk Empire (1st season just completed).
The Walking Dead (ditto)
Castle
NCIS (But not its spin-off)
Leverage
Warehouse 13
Nikita
No Ordinary Family (Nice little superhero family comedy/drama)
The Big Bang Theory
Smallville (Cos it's it's final season and the big bad is "Darkseid")
Stargate Universe
The Event (The jury's still out on this one)
True Blood (When it returns)
The Mentalist
The Cape (Fun, superhero drama)

That's yer lot!


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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:32 am

I only rarely watch TV nowadays. One of the most consistently entertaining programmes is "This Week" tucked away in its late night slot, Thursdays on BBC1.

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Post by Sid Seadevil on Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:38 am

Agreed re "This Week". It's one of the few UK based shows I consistently watch. In fact it is mostly news/current affairs that take up my non OZ/US telly viewing. Well, except for "Strictly Come Dancing" "Garrow's Law" and "Top Gear".

But they're very much the exceptions to the rule presently.
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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:00 am

I look forward to the return of Top Gear, a genuine must watch programme. Smile

However I have been disappointed by the marketing cynicism of the BBC whis has led them to put the new series out after Christmas - thereby trying not to disrupt the sale of White Stig merchandise before he gets the chop.

Going off at a tangent, the very worst thing of that ilk that I can remember was the split of Steps on Boxing Day 2001. Having spent the previous several months denying such a possibility, as soon as the money was in the bank and their young fans had opened their Steps Christmas pressies, they were no more. Caveat emptor. Wink

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Post by Sid Seadevil on Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:10 am

]I agree, a shocking case of calculated cynicism that does dear old Aunty no credit at all.

Oooooo...I recall that Steps incident too. Gouging all their unsuspecting young fans like that was very classy...not. But then again, that kind of behaviour is becoming much more wide-spread in TV marketing these days. Surely the current master of it must be Simon Cowell, and his endless stream of "X-Factor"/"...Got Talent" and "Idol", seemingly non-stop cash cows.
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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:12 am

Don't even go there. I read that 15 million phone votes were made during the X-Factor series, making millions for Cowell & others. I simply refuse to watch the programme although, like many millions of folk, Mrs C=O & Urban Herbivore are hooked. Line & sinker!

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Post by Sid Seadevil on Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:19 am

15 Million calls at what - probably a minimum of a quid, quid fifty a call? That's an obscene amount of cash flowing into Mr. Cowell's account for practically zero effort. Makes me even more pleased I never watch his shows.
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Post by barnaby morbius on Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:53 am

Sid Seadevil wrote:At the moment, I admit to finding myself through choice watching very, very little on offer from the UK channels, (actually near zero, in fact). Opting instead for a televisual diet of mostly US/Australian produced shows. This makes for a refreshing change - and lead me to ponder what the rest of my fellow Wrinklies viewing habits consist of.

So, here's a chance to list your current telly fixes as well as a venue to recommend any little gems you feel might otherwise slip under our collective radar.

Since fair is fair - I'll kick the thread with my initial list. (It's gonna' be subject to the occasional revision, but this is how it currently stands). So, in no particular order:

Australia:
Rake (a wonderful new comedy/drama starring Richard Roxburgh, and featuring the likes of Hugo Weaving, Sam Neil and Rachel Griffiths as guest stars)
East West 101 (A superb police procedural detailing the struggles of being an Arab Muslim detective). in modern day Australia)
City Homicide (A superior police procedural - just finished its 4th season)
Rush (Police action drama)
Sea Patrol (Navel set action adventure series - recently wrapped its 4th season)
Rescue Special Ops (Action/Adventure - recently wrapped its 2nd season)
Packed to the Rafters (comedy/drama - recently wrapped it's 3rd season)
Bed of Roses (Comedy/drama - just started its 3rd season)
Neighbours (Wanna' make somethin' of it?
Home and Away (Ditto)


And a very, very special recommendation to a wonderful New Zealand sci-fi drama series entitled "This Is Not My Life. Which ran for thirteen superb episodes and was a far more though-provoking and worthy candidate for being seen as a successful up-dating of "The Prisoner" than the recent disappointing 'legitimate' effort.


US:
Men of a Certain Age (Classy and very polished comedy drama)
Hawaii Five O (New version)
Bones
House
Batman The Brave and the Bold
Burn Notice
Boardwalk Empire (1st season just completed).
The Walking Dead (ditto)
Castle
NCIS (But not its spin-off)
Leverage
Warehouse 13
Nikita
No Ordinary Family (Nice little superhero family comedy/drama)
The Big Bang Theory
Smallville (Cos it's it's final season and the big bad is "Darkseid")
Stargate Universe
The Event (The jury's still out on this one)
True Blood (When it returns)
The Mentalist


That's yer lot!

that's a lot of telly. i've not seen most of it- sea patrol looks good though as it features kristian schmid Shocked
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Post by Sid Seadevil on Wed Dec 15, 2010 5:04 am

Kristian Schmid also guests often on "Packed to the Rafters. And very good he is too. Actually mate, Sea patrol is available over here on...FX I think the channel is. Well worth seeking out.
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Post by Patrick on Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:10 am

Sid, I've got two recommendations for you:

Fringe, which I think has gotten much better in its second season,

and a little sit-com starring none other than The Shat: &!#$ My Dad Says. The politically incorrect dialogue that comes of Shatner's mouth is both astonishing and hysterical.

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Re: Your Current Viewing Choices/Recommendations

Post by Sid Seadevil on Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:18 am

Fringe is something I was watching on a regular basis until about a month ago, mate. I've decided to wait until I can watch the rest of the season en massed so as to fully appreciate it.

As for &!#$ My Dad Says - I'll pop it on my list. Smile
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Post by Zoltar on Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:00 am

Much of what you watch is what I watch, with Fringe added in of course. I started watching Eureka this year as well, since this most recent season started with a plot that served as a good jumping on point.

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Post by Sid Seadevil on Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:09 am

Zoltar wrote:Much of what you watch is what I watch, with Fringe added in of course. I started watching Eureka this year as well, since this most recent season started with a plot that served as a good jumping on point.
I've watched a couple of episodes of Eureka myself in the past and enjoyed them. So at some point it will definitely end up on my list.
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Post by Zoltar on Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:15 am

Sid Seadevil wrote:I've watched a couple of episodes of Eureka myself in the past and enjoyed them. So at some point it will definitely end up on my list.
I'd done the same, seen some episodes in the past and liked them. But I never really followed the show through a whole season. The fourth season shakes things up a bit, and I thought they hit a nice stride there. There was also a Christmas Special this year which was fun.

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Post by Sid Seadevil on Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:25 am

Zoltar wrote:I'd done the same, seen some episodes in the past and liked them. But I never really followed the show through a whole season. The fourth season shakes things up a bit, and I thought they hit a nice stride there. There was also a Christmas Special this year which was fun.
I just watched the Warehouse 13 Christmas special yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. (Even though it was obviously meant to take place earlier in season 2 - before the end of season cliffhanger). So I might grab the Eureka one and backtrack from there.
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Post by Zoltar on Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:48 am

Sid Seadevil wrote:I just watched the Warehouse 13 Christmas special yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. (Even though it was obviously meant to take place earlier in season 2 - before the end of season cliffhanger). So I might grab the Eureka one and backtrack from there.
I haven't seen the Warehouse 13 one yet, I'm behind on my viewing of that series. The placement of the Eureka one was a bit hard to pin down, but since it was mostly framed as a story, that was probably intentional. A sort of "decide for yourself". It does incorporate elements of the recent changes, so it's clearly in line with this season.

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Post by Sid Seadevil on Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:53 am

Zoltar wrote:I haven't seen the Warehouse 13 one yet, I'm behind on my viewing of that series. The placement of the Eureka one was a bit hard to pin down, but since it was mostly framed as a story, that was probably intentional. A sort of "decide for yourself". It does incorporate elements of the recent changes, so it's clearly in line with this season.
Actually the W13 story placing wasn't a problem per-se, just took a little swift figuring out. The Eureka one definitely sound like the perfect jumping on point for me. So I'll probably get a hold of it over the weekend.
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Post by Zoltar on Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:18 am

Sid Seadevil wrote:The Eureka one definitely sound like the perfect jumping on point for me. So I'll probably get a hold of it over the weekend.
Hope you enjoy it. Smile

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Post by Sid Seadevil on Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:24 am

Thank, mate!
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Post by Patrick on Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:27 am

Does anyone watch "The Mentalist"?

Setting aside the fact that the main character is named Patrick (always a value-added bonus), it's a really clever little series with our main character running rough-shod through normal police procedures to evaluate personalities and deduce the bad-guy in some off-beat, witty ways. I find it very enjoyable.

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Post by Sid Seadevil on Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:34 am

[b]Greeeeeeeeeerrrrrr![i/i]

Proof positive that you didn't read my list.

As for the series itself: I agree with you entirely. Wonderfully shot, (in fact, were you aware that it's now the last major series still shot on film? A deliberate production choice on creator Bruno Heller's part), nice ensemble acting and just good all round fun.

Plus, with an British creator and head writer, an Australian star and a Welsh member of the main cast, it's decidedly international in flavour to boot.
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Post by Sid Seadevil on Sat Feb 05, 2011 5:03 pm

Time to clue you in on my updated list, methinks.

Australia:
Rake (a wonderful new comedy/drama starring Richard Roxburgh, and featuring the likes of Hugo Weaving, Sam Neil and Rachel Griffiths as guest stars. Current season ended)
East West 101 (A superb police procedural detailing the struggles of being an Arab Muslim detective). in modern day Australia. Current season ended)
City Homicide (A superior police procedural - just finished its 4th season)
Rush (Police action drama. Current season ended)
Sea Patrol (Navel set action adventure series - recently wrapped its 4th season)
Rescue Special Ops (Action/Adventure - recently wrapped its 2nd season)
Packed to the Rafters (comedy/drama - just returned for its 4th season)
Bed of Roses (Comedy/drama - just started its 3rd season)
Neighbours (Wanna' make somethin' of it)?
Home and Away (Ditto)


US:
Men of a Certain Age (Classy and very polished comedy drama)
Hawaii Five-0 (New version - excellent example of how to do a remake right)
Bones
House
Batman The Brave and the Bold (2nd season recently finished)
Burn Notice
Boardwalk Empire (1st season just completed).
The Walking Dead (ditto)
Castle
NCIS (But not its spin-off)
Leverage
Warehouse 13 (Season currently finished)
Nikita
No Ordinary Family (Nice little superhero family comedy/drama)
The Big Bang Theory
Smallville (Cos it's it's final season and the big bad is "Darkseid")
Stargate Universe (current half season finished. Cancelled before it's time)
The Event (It lost me by playing the Lost "explain nothing" card - so it's bye, bye The Event)
True Blood (When it returns)
The Mentalist
The Cape (Fun, superhero drama)
Blue Bloods (New police procedural - great cast headed by Tom Selleck)
Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2nd season beginning soon - gory, violent and filled with profane language and beautiful naked girls. In other words - a winner)
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (Six episode "prequel" mini-series. Contains all of the above - only more of it. In other words - a mega winner)
30 Rock (I'm a late arrival to this - but better late than never)
Justified (For all the reasons that Patrick put forth - Plus it successfully managed to retain it's original Elmore Leonard feel)


Extra Special Mention:

Forbrydelsen (The Killing) (An absolutely wonderful moody and atmospheric crime thriller from Denmark which chronicles the brutal murder of a young girl and the following police investigation. Each of the 20 episodes covers a single day of the investigation, and it quite simply is superb drama on every level. There's an American remake of the series in the offering - but it's going to have to be much more than damned great to have a hope of matching the original.

As usual, I'm not bothering to list the UK produced stuff. But I will confirm that Being Human is on the list.


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Post by Zoltar on Sat Feb 05, 2011 6:22 pm

Sid Seadevil wrote:NCIS (But not its spin-off)
I've never watched any of the spin-off, doesn't pass muster?

Sid Seadevil wrote:The Event (It lost me by playing the Lost "explain nothing" card - so it's bye, bye The Event)
I think I made it to the fourth episode of that and just gave up, it seemed like a poor Lost/24 mash-up.

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Post by Patrick on Sat Feb 05, 2011 6:27 pm

I'll add one to this list: Justified, starring Timothy Olyphant. A cop drama set in a pretty unconvential location for a cop drama.

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Post by Sid Seadevil on Sun Feb 06, 2011 2:03 am

Patrick wrote:I'll add one to this list: Justified, starring Timothy Olyphant. A cop drama set in a pretty unconvential location for a cop drama.
DOH! Thank for the memory jogger Patrick. Justified is a show that I watch on a regular basis, but it slipped my mind because it's currently between seasons. Consider it added.
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