Since being here, either on TV or or via DVD, I've been exposed to a few other shows that are also outstanding in their own right, and for anyone contemplating a move to the UK, here's a lighter look at some 'cultural research' you can partake in before arrival...Woefully, I'm rubbish at figuring out how to embed video in my blog, so a linked list (where a good link was available) will have to suffice-but if you go to YouTube, Hulu, or just do a search on the interwebs, you should be able to find a few clips. In no particular order...
- Green Wing-one of the first shows on DVD I was exposed to when I move here, this medical comedy did things that were cringe-worthy hilarious, and the character of Sue White is honestly one of the most memorable characters I've ever seen on TV.
- Spaced-I've been a fan of Simon Pegg since I saw Hot Fuzz in the US a few years ago. When I found out he had written & starred in a 'Singles' type of UK TV series in the late 90s, I had to watch it. Loves it. Loves it even more since Simon (my Simon) used to hang out in the area of town, Crouch End, where the show is set-and can point out random things about scenes of the show!
- Little Britain-I realize this series has crossed the pond (jumped the shark?...) and a Brit-American version was run a few years ago on cable. It's crap. Must. See. The. Original. And then begin to say, 'computer says no' at work to the confusion of your co-workers. This is sketch comedy at it's best.
- The Mighty Boosh-Season 3 in particular (my personal preference; everyone has a favorite, it seems...). Another series that seems to have crossed the pond-I recall seeing a few random episodes advertised for some cable channel-super late nite-when in Seattle last year. Absolutely hilarious. Just thinking the words 'crack fox' makes me giggle...and I have a wee crush on Noel Fielding.
- Mock the Week: it's a panel comedy/news commentary show. Sorry. I know that seems confusing, but I know of no other way to explain it. Frankie Boyle (one of the *best*-though most offensive-comedians I've ever heard) made the show what it is. This program is a perfect way to quickly get up to speed on what's going on in British news-and pop culture-all while laughing your arse off. I love this show so much, I've applied for tickets to the studio audience. Fingers Crossed!
Any other expats have any favorite Brit shows worth mention?