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bodger

And the best series shown on British TV is ?

Here's my contender for the award, whats yours and why?

On this day in 1968 the first episode of Dad's Army went out. I'm sure that you all know this, but it was a British comedy about a Home Guard platoon in the Second World War. The TV series regularly gained audiences of 18 million viewers during the 1970s. I loved the programmes and to this day, I still watch the repeats and love every minute of them.

My overiding memory is of me waiting to watch it on Sunday evenings in the mid seventies. It was a typical hard 70's winter winter, I was training to be a policeman at Ryton on Dunsmoor near Coventry and after it had finished, I knew that I would have to set off. I loved the programme but hated the thought of the journey and if I'm honest, the police training too. Just like Dads Army, its all a long time ago now.
Mo

Memories eh?

Not a huge fan but - Star Trek (the original) - simply because my mum claimed to love it and and me and Dad would tease her about it. She never wanted to miss it but 9 times out of 10 she would be busy doing something and it would be me and Dad who ended up watching it.
Bazzer

Agree about Dad's Army, totally timeless but my not to miss one was good old Alf Garnet in "Till Death Us Do Part". Funny, embarasing, bigoted, bring back The Empire etc. Warren Mitchell was the exact opposite of Alf in real life.
bodger

He reminds me of someone actually.
Polly

I like all of these shows - especially Star Trek TOS!  I also remember the BBC showing a season of sci fi films such as 'The Day The Earth Stood Still' and 'Forbidden Planet' which have stuck with me for the rest of my life - I still love watching them now!
horace

Last of the summer wine, i could be biased a brilliant program and filmed in Yorkshire  
Jakey

The Professionals!
Classic Fords, classic guns, and flared trousers.
It doesn't get much better!

Dad's army comes a very close second.
All the outdoors scenes were filmed on the military training areas near Thetford.
I've spent many weeks on the same training areas over the years, and spent most of my time trying to recognise the locations whilst simultaneously trying to emulate Pike and Fraser.
darkbrowneggs

Dad's Army, Allo Allo are both timeless, and what about Open All Hours.  Absolutely Fabulous always made me laugh.  What was the series about the Government and Nuclear Power, that was gripping.  And when Morse first started, and the old classic serials were excellent - Brideshead Revisitied, even my Grandma was hooked on that. And the David Attenborough stuff when we had never seen anything like it before!

When I was really young we always seemed to have on a programme with a foreign chap and his wife diving round coral reefs.  I didn't find it all that interesting but my Dad was hooked.  Looking back I think it must have been the "Bay Watch" of its day  

Nowadays I enjoy Have I got News for You and will often watch QI though I can't see the re-runs of either of those going on for 30 or 40 years, and there are still some good art and history programmes but nothing earth shattering.

All the best
Sue
horace

darkbrowneggs wrote:
Dad's Army, Allo Allo are both timeless, and what about Open All Hours. Absolutely Fabulous always made me laugh. What was the series about the Government and Nuclear Power, that was gripping. And when Morse first started, and the old classic serials were excellent - Brideshead Revisitied, even my Grandma was hooked on that. And the David Attenborough stuff when we had never seen anything like it before!

When I was really young we always seemed to have on a programme with a foreign chap and his wife diving round coral reefs. I didn't find it all that interesting but my Dad was hooked. Looking back I think it must have been the "Bay Watch" of its day

Nowadays I enjoy Have I got News for You and will often watch QI though I can't see the re-runs of either of those going on for 30 or 40 years, and there are still some good art and history programmes but nothing earth shattering.

All the best
Sue
Ithink they were called Hans and Lottie Hass
darkbrowneggs

Well if they weren't they should have been I just remember his strong accent, and a lot of tropical fish, which in black and white weren't all that impressive

Were you "hooked" too then
lottie

Lots I've liked but "Open all hours" was my favourite--they used to film it in Doncaster next door to a school some of my kids went to when we lived there.
horace

I liked the nature programs Jaques Coustuos(sp), Survival, Zootime Worzel Gummidge ,Dads Army,Please Sir, Comedies like Benny Hill, Dick Emery,Charlie Drake, Mr Pastry to name a few.
Baldybloke

Have fond memories of watching the Old Grey Whistle Test and Spike Milligan K9 series.
Border

The two Ronnies and Dave Allen must also be at the top of the comedy section, not forgetting Frankie Howard in Up Pompeii.  

The Carry On films, St.Trinian's, On the buses could also make me smile
lottie

Saw Dave Allen at the long gone Wakefield Theatre Club---one of the funniest comedians I've ever seen live. The funniest I ever saw live although I don't think he wasn't half as good on telly was Tommy Cooper.
lilwitedogs

All Creatures Great and Small. The early ones with the original Helen.
lottie

If people were to list stuff from the last 5 years is there any comedy series they thought was as good as some of the old ones? The office won lots of awards but I just never found it funny,but I know lots of people who thought it was hilarious.
lilwitedogs

Lottie, with the exception of two shows, I don't find anything on TV now worth watching.  None of the comedies appeal to me at all.  We watch PBS most of the time, and there are quite a few good British shows on there.  The rest of the time we rent DVDs.
Jakey

lottie wrote:
If people were to list stuff from the last 5 years is there any comedy series they thought was as good as some of the old ones? The office won lots of awards but I just never found it funny,but I know lots of people who thought it was hilarious.


Oh yes!
Both a bit far out, but very intruiging and both from the same team.........

The League of Gentlemen
http://www.seesaw.com/TV/Comedy/p-9477-Welcome-to-Royston-Vasey

Psychoville
http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/HWOQwWCI5Is/
Polly

lilwitedogs wrote:
All Creatures Great and Small. The early ones with the original Helen.


I loved that series too - I've got all the books too!  
lottie

Polly wrote:


I loved that series too - I've got all the books too!

Me too but my M.I.L. has "borrowed" them and when they've done the rounds of her chums I might eventually get them back.
Woodsmoke

Anyone remember a series called 'Airline'? It was all about an ex-RAF pilot who set up his own, erm, airline after the war...............cracking series, that was  

And does anyone remember Brendon Chase?  
Mo

lottie wrote:
Lots I've liked but "Open all hours" was my favourite--they used to film it in Doncaster next door to a school some of my kids went to when we lived there.


Blinkin' 'eck Lottie - you used to live in Donny?
Mo

Jakey wrote:
lottie wrote:
If people were to list stuff from the last 5 years is there any comedy series they thought was as good as some of the old ones? The office won lots of awards but I just never found it funny,but I know lots of people who thought it was hilarious.


Oh yes!
Both a bit far out, but very intruiging and both from the same team.........

The League of Gentlemen
http://www.seesaw.com/TV/Comedy/p-9477-Welcome-to-Royston-Vasey

Psychoville
http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/HWOQwWCI5Is/


I'll agree with those two  
HonkHonk

Jakey wrote:
lottie wrote:
If people were to list stuff from the last 5 years is there any comedy series they thought was as good as some of the old ones? The office won lots of awards but I just never found it funny,but I know lots of people who thought it was hilarious.


Oh yes!
Both a bit far out, but very intruiging and both from the same team.........

The League of Gentlemen
http://www.seesaw.com/TV/Comedy/p-9477-Welcome-to-Royston-Vasey

Psychoville
http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/HWOQwWCI5Is/


I just couldn't get my head around those 2.
Never really liked much of Little Britain, it became too repetative, give me Black Adder any day.
darkbrowneggs

I think Fawlty Towers should be in there somewhere  
J20

I used to love watching the series 'V', not the remake that they have on Sky just now but the original not forgeting 'Manimal' and 'Airwolf' I used to have a crush on Jan-Michael Vincent    
lottie

Mo wrote:
lottie wrote:
Lots I've liked but "Open all hours" was my favourite--they used to film it in Doncaster next door to a school some of my kids went to when we lived there.


Blinkin' 'eck Lottie - you used to live in Donny?

St. Francis Xaviers was the school they used to film next to---I think it's only other claim to fame is that Kevin Keagan went there.
Seabird

Lots of the above, especially 'open all hours' - Ronnie Barker was such a good character actor.

What about 'Whatever happened to the likely lads'

and the daddy..... Monty Python
Jonty

Mo wrote:
lottie wrote:
Lots I've liked but "Open all hours" was my favourite--they used to film it in Doncaster next door to a school some of my kids went to when we lived there.


Blinkin' 'eck Lottie - you used to live in Donny?


Me too - lovely place  
Jonty

Seabird wrote:
Lots of the above, especially 'open all hours' - Ronnie Barker was such a good character actor.


I heard a lovely story about Ronnie Barker today - apparently when the choir walked in to the church for his memorial service, they were escorted by someone carrying four candles.  Lovely that!!
lottie

I'd forgotten to mention Monty Python and Likely Lads    both fantastic in different ways  Ronnie Barker was so clever though as much for what he wrote for others as for himself.
Bryggmester

Woodsmoke wrote:
Anyone remember a series called 'Airline'? It was all about an ex-RAF pilot who set up his own, erm, airline after the war...............cracking series, that was

And does anyone remember Brendon Chase?


I remember Airline,one of my all time favourites. Unfortunately there was some disagreement which meant that a planned second series never happened, and no DVD/VHS of the series has been made available. It is possible to see the first few episodes on U tube though

Anzacs with Paul Hogan was another great series.
Woodsmoke

I didn't know about the DVD thing.......that explains why I've never been able to find any

Glad to hear it can be seen on youtube though
gorlan

tv

i liked "crane"set in north africa,ooooo feeling really old,,bugger
Bazzer

"Roots" was a must watch too. Factual, moving and a storyline that kept you into it.

Why has nobody mentioned the Soaps?
Emmerdale Farm before it got silly must surely have been a fair representation of many a small rural community.
horace

Must agree with Roots mention
lottie

Roots was gripping ---it could move me from anger to tears in one episode. Mention of that reminds me of another series called "Fly Away Home" about a lawyer who had a black maid to look after his children in the 1958 southern USA looking at the development of the civil rights movement and peoples lives from both sides of the fence it was very good.
MrsWW

For me, the best series ever is The Good Life.  I can watch it over and over again  
Bazzer

Roots on Wiki.
1977 and here's the Awards.  

Awards and nominations

Emmy Awards:
Best Actor Drama or Comedy Series, Single Appearance (LeVar Burton for "Part I")
Best Actor Drama or Comedy Series, Single Appearance (John Amos for "Part V")
Best Actor Drama or Comedy Series, Single Appearance (Ben Vereen for "Part VI")
Best Actor Drama or Comedy Series, Single Appearance (Louis Gossett, Jr., won)
Best Actress Drama or Comedy Series, Single Appearance (Madge Sinclair for "Part IV")
Best Actress Drama or Comedy Series, Single Appearance (Leslie Uggams for "Part VI")
Best Art Direction or Scenic Design Drama Series ("Part II")
Best Art Direction or Scenic Design Drama Series ("Part VI")
Best Costume Design Drama or Comedy Series (Jack Martell for "Part I")
Best Cinematography in Entertainment Programming Series (Stevan Larner for "Part II")
Best Cinematography in Entertainment Programming Series (Joseph M. Wilcots for "Part VII")
Best Director Drama Series (David Greene for "Part I", won)
Best Director Drama Series (John Erman for "Part II")
Best Director Drama Series (Marvin J. Chomsky for "Part III")
Best Director Drama Series (Gilbert Moses for "Part VI")
Best Editing Drama Series (Neil Travis for "Part I", won)
Best Editing Drama Series (James T. Heckert and Neil Travis for "Part II")
Best Editing Drama Series (Peter Kirby for "Part III")
Best Editing Drama Series (James T. Heckert for "Part VIII")
Best Limited Series (won)
Best Music Composition for a Series Dramatic Underscore (Gerald Fried and Quincy Jones for "Part I", won)
Best Music Composition for a Series Dramatic Underscore (Gerald Fried for "Part VIII")
Best Sound Editing Series (won)
Best Sound Mixing ("Part I")
Best Sound Mixing ("Part IV")
Best Sound Mixing ("Part VII")
Best Sound Mixing ("Part VIII")
Best Supporting Actor Comedy or Drama Series, Single Appearance (Edward Asner for "Part I", won)
Best Supporting Actor Drama or Comedy Series, Single Performance (Moses Gunn for "Part I")
Best Supporting Actor Drama or Comedy Series (Ralph Waite for "Part I")
Best Supporting Actor Drama or Comedy Series (Robert Reed for "Part V")
Best Supporting Actress Drama or Comedy Series (Cicely Tyson for "Part I")
Best Supporting Actress Drama or Comedy Series (Sandy Duncan for "Part V")
Best Supporting Actress Comedy or Drama Series, Single Appearance (Olivia Cole for "Part VIII", won)
Best Writing Drama Series (Ernest Kinoy and William Blinn for "Part II", won)
Best Writing in a Drama Series (M. Charles Cohen for "Part VIII")
Best Writing in a Drama Series (James Lee for "Part V")
Golden Globe Awards:
Best TV Actress Drama (Leslie Uggams, nominee)
Best TV Series Drama (won)
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Bazzer

Wot's up wiv u lot. Corrie rools OK innit.

So who remembers "The Grove Family" or "The Appleyards"?
Seabird

Bazzer wrote:
Wot's up wiv u lot. Corrie rools OK innit.

So who remembers "The Grove Family" or "The Appleyards"?


Blimey - now that is going back a bit!
Seabird

Does anyone remember 'The Brothers'?

Shown on a Sunday night, about a haulage company. The founder had died and left the company to his sons - the oldest who had left school without qualifications to go into the business, the next one had had a grammar school education when the company was doing better and the youngest had been privately educated as the company became successful.Then the bombshell is dropped at the will reading that the old man had been having an affair with his secretary and had left her (and their daughter) a share in the business too.
I think it ran for two or three series.
lottie

Bazzer wrote:
Wot's up wiv u lot. Corrie rools OK innit.

So who remembers "The Grove Family" or "The Appleyards"?

I stopped watching Corrie ages ago----a good soap that's been systematically ruined
Hamish

Does anyone else rremember  "Never mind the quality, feel the width".
I always found it hilarious
12Bore

Hells Bells, haven't heard that one in ages!
Frazzled_Barbie

Within these Walls with Googie Withers as the head of the prison.... hard hitting at the time I seem to remember.

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