Greats of British Television

I love British television! So much so that I had an hour and a half conversation with a woman from Essex solely on various shows that were great. The conversation originated because she was shocked that I knew where Essex was (Gavin & Stacey). She’d never heard of Gavin & Stacey and their Wales-England-seemingly-doomed-romance. Not being British, while watching the show, I had no idea how far Essex was from Barry, so I mapped it: 225 miles from northeast of London to a bit west of Cardiff. So, off we were!

We talked about the sharp wit of Black Books and how Dylan Moran plays the same (but still quite funny) drunken Irishman in most of his roles to the funny, but obnoxious, Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear. No mention of British TV is complete without the obvious discussion of The Doctor (based in London, but filmed in Cardiff), though we didn’t get to Doc Martin, I am enjoying it.

We talked of the great murder mystery cozies: Miss Marple, Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders, Wallander, and Inspector Lynley; and of grittier dramas of MI-5 (Spooks in Britain), Rebus, The Last Enemy, The Prisoner, and Life on Mars.

I also learned of a few great shows that I hadn’t heard of, like Peep Show and That Mitchell and Webb Look.

Sampling of the greats:

  • Black Books (Hulu)
  • Doc Martin (Hulu: S1-3, Netflix WI: S1-4)
  • Doctor Who & Torchwood (Netflix WI: S1-4)
  • Foyle’s War
  • Inspector Lynley Mysteries
  • The IT Crowd (Netflix WI: S1-3)
  • Jekyll
  • The Last Enemy (Netflix WI)
  • Life on Mars
  • MI-5 / Spooks (Netflix WI)
  • Midsomer Murders
  • Miss Marple
  • That Mitchell & Webb Look (Netflix WI)
  • Peep Show (Hulu)
  • The Prisoner
  • Rebus
  • Sherlock
  • Top Gear
  • Wallander
  • Yes, Minister