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Old August 26th, 2009, 1:16 am
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Two six-episode series were made. Not due to a lack of ratings but because John Cleese and Connie Booth preferred to end the show on their terms rather than let it run intermably with a resultant drop in quality. Plus it took six weeks to write each episode.


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Old August 28th, 2009, 5:08 pm
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SKIIIIINS! You gotta love Skins heard they're making a US version of it.


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Old August 28th, 2009, 5:33 pm
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I never really watched Skins, but I'm hoping to watch it the next time they do a full repeat on E4 or whatever


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SKIIIIINS! You gotta love Skins heard they're making a US version of it.
You don't have to love Skins. I enjoyed it the first time around, but on second viewing I just wanted to slap the self-indulgent spoilt brats.


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Two new British crime shows have started here in the last couple of weeks, Law and Order UK and George Gently.
The latter is set in the sixties so it has a little in common with Heartbeat, as it's also set in a town in the North of England.
I have been enjoying them both.
Does anyone else enjoy the forensic show Silent Witness? It's very good.
You can, probably, tell that I love Crime shows.


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Old August 29th, 2009, 8:09 pm
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Two new British crime shows have started here in the last couple of weeks, Law and Order UK and George Gently.
The latter is set in the sixties so it has a little in common with Heartbeat, as it's also set in a town in the North of England.
I have been enjoying them both.
Does anyone else enjoy the forensic show Silent Witness? It's very good.
You can, probably, tell that I love Crime shows.
Wow that's cool. A British Law and Order... I hope it comes out here in the US in terms of the episodes. I'd be curious to see the differences between the shows and all that.


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i've seen the British Law and Order, it's pretty good.


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Old August 29th, 2009, 11:04 pm
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I never watched the British Law and Order- wasn't it Freema who plays Martha in Doctor Who?

And I saw the first episode of Inspector George Gently- I thought it was good but I felt it a bit long


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I never watched the British Law and Order- wasn't it Freema who plays Martha in Doctor Who?

And I saw the first episode of Inspector George Gently- I thought it was good but I felt it a bit long
Yes Freema from Dr Who plays one of the prosecuters.
The show is very similar to the US version, starting with the discovery of the crime, then we see the two male detectives who have a female senior officer. It moves from scene to scene with the same sound, like the two beats, and there is a caption saying where they are.
There is the same emphasis on the law with getting search warrents and checking forensics, and there is almost always that pre-trial scene with the Defense and Prosecution, in the judge's room arguing points of law.
Then it goes to the trial scenes which are more different because of the legal clothing worn and the fact that the Defendent seems to be up high, not at the front near their Lawyer like is the US version.

As for George Gently, it is long. We are lucky it is on a TV station with no commercials, and even then it goes for an hour and a half.


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Old August 30th, 2009, 8:56 am
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Some of my faves are:
Wire in the Blood {with Robson Green}
Prime Suspect
Top Gear {Hamster, Captain Slow, & Jezzer}
The 'F' Word {love Gordon Ramsey}
Gavin and Stacey
Being Human
Life on Mars
Dr. Who
Don't Tell the Bride
Torchwood
AbFab
My Hero {Go Thermoman!}
Father Ted
Fawlty Towers {A satisfied customer. We should have him stuffed.}
Coupling
Mr. Bean
The Black Adder
Monty Python


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I never watched the British Law and Order- wasn't it Freema who plays Martha in Doctor Who?
I watched the first episode of L&O:UK and was quite underwhelmed but didn't have high expectations to start with. Might sound silly but I think my main problem is that the cops in L&O US are well... they're bad-*** but the UK ones aren't intimidating at all IMO and it comes across like The Bill but without all the personal drama.

Having said that, I love every other UK show I've seen.

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Eugh I wish the US would stop ruining great British shows by remaking them. Skins is (IMO) a great series and doesn't NEED to be remade, least of all by US producers. It wouldn't work the same way and would just turn into another M-rated romcom but with more sex and drugs


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Although I never watched Skins, I agree that remaking series to fit in with the country doesn't quite work- I mean it works both ways, but honestly, leave them as they are.
My main objection to this was the American remake of Life on Mars- when I heard about the end of that I thought it was utterly awful, compared to the British one...


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Although I never watched Skins, I agree that remaking series to fit in with the country doesn't quite work- I mean it works both ways, but honestly, leave them as they are.
My main objection to this was the American remake of Life on Mars- when I heard about the end of that I thought it was utterly awful, compared to the British one...
Yes the American Life on Mars scared me a bit too.

The American office IMO is much better. I don't really like Ricky Gervais.


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Old August 30th, 2009, 9:02 pm
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I'm not the world's biggest Ricky Gervais fan in the world either, but I do like Extras...


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I'm not the world's biggest Ricky Gervais fan in the world either, but I do like Extras...
I love Spaced - your Signature is great!


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Old August 30th, 2009, 10:37 pm
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Spaced is pretty awesome- I've never seen a programme with so many references to different things- my DVDs even have an "homage-o-meter" that tells you where all of the references are from!


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Spaced is pretty awesome- I've never seen a programme with so many references to different things- my DVDs even have an "homage-o-meter" that tells you where all of the references are from!
Yeah I bought the special edition Star wars cover box set too! Even though I already had the series on video and DVD.
I love how it says in the front cover about true geeks and how real Spaced fans would but the new box set because thats what we do!


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Haha yeah

Although to be honest, I went through a bit of a Simon Pegg phase a few months ago, saw Spaced in WH Smiths for £9, so decided to buy it- I had never seen it before then


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Although to be honest, I went through a bit of a Simon Pegg phase a few months ago, saw Spaced in WH Smiths for £9, so decided to buy it- I had never seen it before then
He's a good ambassador for quality comedy! If you have seen it already you should check out Asylum - if you can find it. That was Pegg and Wright's first collaboration. Jessica Stevenson and Julian Barratt, from the boosh, were in it too.


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Old August 31st, 2009, 11:04 pm
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I've seen clips of it, on the extras on the Spaced DVD. It was intriguing to say the least


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