It’s been awhile since I last posted, as a fellow blogger & follower told me recently. Sorry, sorry, dear readers, it’s been a busy time, back on tracks and back to work. Plus I had to find something worth writing about & sharing with you.
And, no wonder, it’s TV series “addiction” I’ll write about today… Let me grab my preferred teabag, kettle is whistling…There… So…
…While discovering the much acclaimed (and being mesmerized by) Sherlock on Netflix last month, I reflected on my TV & movie enthusiasm. And I came to the conclusion that I decidedly have a thing for most British stuff .
Particularly when it comes to TV series.
I loved them then ( 60’s & 70’s, 90’s), I love them now.
No doubt I’ll love them tomorrow.
Especially if the future series blend inventive narrative tricks with caustic characters and brilliant writing, and neat subtext (as Sherlock does, for instance).
And on whatever angle I approach them, I am never disappointed. Comedy, drama, law, children ( remember Paddington, and Here comes the double decker ? ), detective, period and history, they’re always a perfect match for me.
An complete list would prove annoying for you to read and useless (if not preposterous) for me to write down, so in respect for your time, I’ve shortlisted them to the 10 I would carry the DVD’s with me, should I be sent to the farthest corner on Earth (provided there’s a TV set, of course ;-p )
Mind you, choosing among all them has been difficult.
So the winners are :
The Avengers (from Honor Blackman’s time to Linda Thorson’s time), The Prisoner, Blackadder, Sherlock, Yes Minister, Wish me Luck, Foyle’s War, Absolutely fabulous (which comes “ex aequo” with French and Saunders and a Bit of Fry and Laurie, I’m afraid), Wire in the Blood, and The Last Enemy.
Now, I just can’t wait to watch A touch of Cloth, a spoof crime-police series airing on Sky 1. With John Hannah (who starred in McCallum and New street order, btw).
Interview in the Guardian here : http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/aug/26/charlie-brooker-spoof-crime-drama-sky1
Trailer there : http://sky1.sky.com/sky1hd-shows/a-touch-of-cloth
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I think I need a second cuppa now, cheers and good night.
Modern Sherlock is simply enthralling. yes, the actor is young and attractive, but his has something very Victorian in him, which just blends so well. And I think the idea of mixing Victorian Sherlock (still that misanthropist with his accidental co-workers) with ultra-tech’ed society and all techno gadgets available is nothing less that splendid. Watson is gorgeous. The rendition by the performers is great.
Whereas for Poirot… Ah, Monsieur Poirot is best performed by Suchet, I must say. And I am as equally a fan. The 30’s atmosphere is so thoroughly crafted and and filmed, it’s amazing.
Black Books I have been able to watch on Youtube and it is so funny, I might buy the DVDs.
Haven’t heard of Dresden Files, but just finished Rosemary and Thyme, very refreshing. I regretted that Murder in Suburbia didn’t run for longer time. Have you seen them?
Thanks for you nice comment 😉
I’m very fond of the of the new Sherlock, but being the silly person I am, I prefer the older version. I feel like the new Sherlock (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) is just too attractive and I have a hard time paying attention to the actual story…I’m also fond of Agatha Christie’s Poirot, because I absolutely love Poirot ❤ I just started watching Black Books, and I finished Dr.Who (yes, including the old ones!!!) and both of them have a different kind of appeal. I hear The Dresden Files is good but since I'm so hooked on all these other shows, I don't have the free time to watch it. When I do though, I'll make sure to do a review.