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British TV 2022-2023 (part 3)

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by Anonymousreply 49January 29, 2024 10:53 PM

Watched the first episode of "Ridley" last night on PBS. "Ridley" is from the same production team that brings us "Vera".

It was pretty good. Looking forward to the next episode.

Also, Julie Graham has a supporting role. I discovered and am a fan of Julie Graham from playing "Cat Stone" in "Queens of Mystery".

by Anonymousreply 1June 19, 2023 3:35 PM

Just watched the first episode of Queen of Oz and holy shit it's hysterical, the trailer does it nowhere near justice. It's like Veep, but with Catherine Tate as the queen of Australia.

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by Anonymousreply 2June 19, 2023 5:20 PM

Thank you for starting this OP. I had a question about Ridley which I found a bit uneven but I will watch. Who was the guy he visited at the prison, the one he brought the magazines to?

The final season of Endeavour also premiered. I f*ckin’ love this show but they do pull some stuff out of a hat. Sam, end of last season: missing, gone AWOL? I thought it was more likely he’d been kidnapped by the IRA, tortured, killed. Was never even mentioned as a possibility even though this is the early 70s. Nope, looks like he did go AWOL and is now out of prison. Joan engaged to slim Strange. Mrs Thursday all freaked out about moving. Don’t know why he can’t get promoted and stay where he is? The actual mystery: the best friend. I was half asleep by this time so I didn’t understand who was torturing whom. Setting up the tea lady as the perpetrator made more sense to me or leave her out entirely.

But having the overarching plot being about the boys reform school from season 2 (?), now that I’m interested to see. There were some loose strings, Strange telling Morse to back off, the Masonic stuff, someone writing mysterious notes that was never explained.

by Anonymousreply 3June 19, 2023 5:25 PM

" Who was the guy he visited at the prison, the one he brought the magazines to?"

R3 - I have no idea who the "prison" dude is but undoubtedly they are friends and were colleagues. Hopefully we will find out in the conclusion episode next week.

In the UK, Ridley was broadcast as three 2-hour episodes. In the USA, I think PBS is broadcasting as six 60-minute episodes but I could be wrong.

by Anonymousreply 4June 19, 2023 6:05 PM

Did anyone besides me watch Netflix's 'The Diplomat". It is not really a Brit show but the whole thing was filmed in England so it qualifies by a nose hair.

I thought Netflix's 'The Diplomat" was excellent and I eagerly await Season 2. I am sucker for Mr. Rufus Frederik Sewell.

by Anonymousreply 5June 22, 2023 4:29 PM

r2 - loved Catherine Tate's sketch show. Anyone know if Queen of Oz is on any US based streaming services like Acorn or BritBox?

I'm still waiting for the second season of The Other One to come to the US. Loved the first season.

by Anonymousreply 6June 22, 2023 5:24 PM

Thanks, I forgot about The Diplomat. It had good reviews.

by Anonymousreply 7June 22, 2023 5:37 PM

News on Grantchester

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by Anonymousreply 8July 12, 2023 3:55 PM

I'm copying this from the end of the last thread where it probably won't be seen. I hope that's allowed.

[quote]Vera fans, assemble: the long-running detective show will be returning to ITV for its 13th season, it has officially been confirmed. And in exciting news, David Leon is set to rejoin the Vera cast almost a decade since he last appeared on the show. The actor played the role of DS Joe Ashworth in the first four seasons of the crime drama between 2011 and 2014, and will once again star alongside Brenda Blethyn, who is reprising her role as the titular character.Blethyn said she was "absolutely over the moon to welcome David back to the show" adding that she "can’t wait to get started".

Jac (Ibinabo Jack) is leaving, but Jon Morrison, who plays DC Kenny Lockhart, and Riley Jones, who plays DC Mark Edward are returning.

Riley Jones is also hot and hunky, but you can only add one link, so we have the gorgeous, hot, and hunky David Leon, since he appeared first...

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by Anonymousreply 9July 12, 2023 4:31 PM

I just discovered "Case Histories" (2011), a series starring the gorgeous Jason Isaacs. It's on Prime.

by Anonymousreply 10July 24, 2023 1:52 AM

It’s also on one of the free streaming apps, Tubi or FreeVee or something. It’s pretty good.

by Anonymousreply 11July 24, 2023 2:14 AM

UK viewers: How's the latest season/series of Unforgotten (now without Nicola Walker)? It premieres in the States Sunday night on PBS.

by Anonymousreply 12August 31, 2023 10:46 PM

The second season of the British version of Professor T starts Sunday as well.

I find that version more watchable than the original Belgian version.

by Anonymousreply 13August 31, 2023 10:59 PM

The first ep of season/series 2 of "The Chelsea Detective" is on Acorn. And I think it's available free for Prime members. (Just the first episode.)

by Anonymousreply 14August 31, 2023 11:17 PM

Finally got around to watching "Luther" (up through Season 3. ) I never liked Ruth Wilson very much, but she's compelling here.

by Anonymousreply 15August 31, 2023 11:18 PM

My PBS station burned through three episodes of Unforgotten last Sunday and I couldn’t watch it. How was the new detective?

by Anonymousreply 16September 2, 2023 11:45 PM

I didn’t realize The Capture came out with season 2. It’s police and the government and Deep Fake technology. Episode 3 ramps up the paranoia so much I can hardly watch. But the Home Secretary’s plea, “we can’t expose it because everyone uses it” doesn’t make much sense.

by Anonymousreply 17September 5, 2023 2:43 AM

I'm up to Season/Series 3 of "Above Suspicion" (starring Kelly Reilly and her overbite.) Who should pop up in episode two but the very much alive DL fave Julian Sands!

by Anonymousreply 18September 7, 2023 7:10 PM

I watched "Professor T" on PBS -- I didn't realize it was the second season opener. I'd never seen it before. Unfortunately it appears the only way to watch Season 1 is to subscribe to Masterpiece or buy it.

by Anonymousreply 19September 7, 2023 7:11 PM

Ridley is a joke. It’s every cop show cliche that ever existed. Melancholy cop with tragic backstory. Retired - but of course the police department still needs him and makes a special role for him, even though the police boss hates his guts and hurls sneering insults at him.

Family member of cop killed; family member of cop kidnapped.

Cop lives in rambling, quirky house, decorated by professional quirky decorators. The house is, of course, waterfront, surrounded by acres of woods. And there’s a boat needs rehabbing..

WHY does this man sing at the end of every show? He can’t sing. And why does everyone have such a mild Northern Irish accent? They sound almost English.

by Anonymousreply 20September 7, 2023 7:28 PM

I really dislike this Our House but I’ve always disliked both Tuppence Middleton and Martin Compston. This show was so cringeworthy I had to give up on it and its bizarrely painted home interiors. I don’t care who bought it or how.

by Anonymousreply 21September 7, 2023 7:34 PM

Ridley is awful.

I made it through only about halfway into the first episode.

by Anonymousreply 22September 7, 2023 7:51 PM

Is there more Ridley in our future? I don't care if there isn't, but if there is, lose the jazz club and focus a bit more on the lesbian DI (although her wife seems a bit of a rash).

by Anonymousreply 23September 7, 2023 9:32 PM

Ridley was so damn uninteresting.

by Anonymousreply 24September 8, 2023 8:28 PM

So I watched season three, Happy Valley.

What was the big deal between Becky, Daniel, ex-husband and Catherine? Daniel and the ex husband seem to think Becky was a total flake, and maybe a bit of a slut. Catherine is all, “She was broken in pieces! She was so humiliated! She couldn’t go on with her life!”

And Daniel & hubs are like…..”Mmm….not really.”

by Anonymousreply 25September 8, 2023 10:31 PM

Just watched the first ep of the new (Nicola/Cassie-less) "Unforgotten." Man did they try to cram a lot of story lines into one episode. It was really overkill.

by Anonymousreply 26September 9, 2023 12:39 AM

Why did no one alert me to the fact that HAYLEY MILLS (!) is in "Unforgotten"?

by Anonymousreply 27September 9, 2023 12:52 AM

I know! I was like, is that…?

by Anonymousreply 28September 9, 2023 1:00 AM

If anyone wants to watch Queen of Oz then you could try this link. It's a fun binge series. Not sure if you will be geoblocked or not:

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by Anonymousreply 29September 9, 2023 2:34 AM

[quote] Just watched the first ep of the new (Nicola/Cassie-less) "Unforgotten." Man did they try to cram a lot of story lines into one episode. It was really overkill.

All I got out of it was that the elfy police detective who looks like she’s been punched in the jaw just found out her husband is cheating on her, so she’s in a bad mood. And a leg from a fireplace isn’t from a Victorian child.

by Anonymousreply 30September 9, 2023 3:22 AM

What happened to the strawberry blond-ish detective on the Unforgotten team (per IMDb, DC Jake Collier)? He at least added a little eye candy, as did Cassie's boyfriend. And if memory serves, every first episode of the series throws a lot of seemingly unconnected characters up on the screen nearly at once. Of course, they're all connected... somehow.

by Anonymousreply 31September 9, 2023 7:32 PM

R31, Lewis Reeves had another gig

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by Anonymousreply 32September 9, 2023 11:50 PM

Speaking of...

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by Anonymousreply 33September 10, 2023 2:32 AM

Great thread! I've got heaps of suggestions.

Has anyone watched Agatha Raisin? It's excellent and very campy. Ashley Jensen is very likeable. There's also a gay male character who is a total whore and a Sir with a MASSIVE cock. What's not to like?

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by Anonymousreply 34September 10, 2023 11:53 AM

I'd also like to add BBC show "Starstruck".

It's about a messy late twenties girl from New Zealand living in London who struggles her way through life and then unknowingly meets an A list movie star at a bar and then spends the night with him. She finds out who he is the next morning and hilarity ensues.

It's hilarious and heart warming. 3 seasons are available to watch. For Americans it's available on HBO Max. For Australians on ABC iView.

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by Anonymousreply 35September 10, 2023 12:04 PM

Did anyone try to watch Queen of Oz on my ABC iView link at R29? Did it work for anyone?

I didn't think it was that great but it was fun and had a few laugh out lough moments. Definitely worth a watch.

by Anonymousreply 36September 10, 2023 12:05 PM

Ashley Jensen is the new lead on "Shetland."

by Anonymousreply 37September 10, 2023 5:46 PM

Ugh, another season of Van Der Valk. Looks like they want to replace the two boring middle-aged white leads with 2 boring, young POC. Not an improvement.

Can’t stand Professor T in English or in Flemish. Enough with the autistic detectives/masterminds.

I can’t believe they remade the horrendous Before We Die into an English speaking show. Both shows were hardcore crime pron.

Can’t they do something besides crime?

by Anonymousreply 38September 12, 2023 10:27 PM

I was halfway through the second episode of the new season of Unforgotten before I realized the actor playing the posh Tory politician also played the hilariously gruff grandfather on Derry Girls. Nary a trace of the Northern Ireland accent, so well done, sir! (Yes, I know he's an trained actor who can clearly do accents, but still.)

by Anonymousreply 39September 12, 2023 11:01 PM

Do we like Annika? I find the murder-of-the-week mysteries a bit paint-by-numbers, but I like Nicola Walker's performance. That said, if the show was just her and her family issues it would probably just be a messy soap.

I haven't watched S2 World on Fire yet, but I gave S2 Hotel Portfino one last chance. Just as bad as the first season -- I fast-forwarded through most of the episode but did enjoy all the lovely drone shots of Portofino.

by Anonymousreply 40October 18, 2023 6:48 PM

I totally agree about the beyond embarrassing singing on Ridley. Apparently, we are not alone.

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by Anonymousreply 41October 18, 2023 8:02 PM

Omg, could this show Annika BE any worse? Anyone who saw this week”s episode — are the writers fucking high? Talking about a dead, bloated body at a microphone in a comedy club? Then tells the audience her detective partner is the father of her teenaged daughter? Her partner btw — why is this dirty looking aged hippie in every Scottish tv show? He’s a terrible actor. Annika’s little asides to the camera sound like a pseudo intellectual high school kid wrecked on shrooms and piss-beer.

Newsflash - Edinburgh isn’t “quirky.” It’s not Fargo. Trainspotting was overpraised 30 years ago. It’s even more tired today while it tries to be gritty, unconventional, darkly comic, multiracial, compelling. It’s as dreary as a Soviet era city and that dirty haired hippie guy is every-fucking-where.

by Anonymousreply 42October 24, 2023 4:10 AM

R42 must have LOVED the reveal of the murderer in the Annika series/season finale. It was... a bit much. (Dear Showrunners: Since you can't decide if you want to be a detective show or a family drama, why not have the detectives work on just one complicated case across the season? That might smooth things out.)

by Anonymousreply 43November 22, 2023 6:48 PM

Lol R42. Every single thing you said is true. Yet I still watch it. While we're bashing it, let's talk about how bad her hair is in this show. Her hair is too thin and fine to pull off that hairstyle, which is ugly to begin with (I like to refer to it as "the weed-wacker"). Also, the "jeggings" she wears are horrific, and look terrible on everyone even when they were in style.

by Anonymousreply 44December 1, 2023 2:02 PM

No one here in the US watched the season premiere of All Creatures G&S on PBS? I still need an insulin injection after each episode, but I enjoy the production values. Also, thanks for the longish scene with Nicholas Ralph shirtless. No doubt he's filled his quota for the season, and we won't see his lovely hairy chest again (although perhaps we will as he and Helen are making noises about having a wee bairn).

by Anonymousreply 45January 9, 2024 11:31 PM

Has anyone seen "Here We Go" on Britbox? It's a comedy ... reminds me a bit of "Modern Family." The main characters are part of a family -- Mother (Katherine Parkinson from "Doc Martin"), father, his mother (Alison Steadman), lesbian daughter and her girlfriend, and the son, who's actually filming all of the action. Other characters are Mom's brother and his girlfriend (Tori Allen-Martin from "London Kills").

The gimmick is there's a lot of back-and-forth in time, so you can see how things ended up the way they are. It's pretty funny, and most of the cast is quite adept at handling the rapid talking-over-one-another dialogue well. A few guest stars (Mark Williams, "Father Brown," Katy Wix, "Agatha Raisin.")

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by Anonymousreply 46January 10, 2024 2:28 AM

I just watched “This Is Going To Hurt”, a mini series about a “acting registrar” (not sure what the US equivalent would be) at a British hospital. Pretty grim. Ben Whishaw stars and looks like he didn’t sleep at all during the filming.

by Anonymousreply 47January 24, 2024 1:18 PM

S11 of "Father Brown" is now on Britbox. Ep. 2 is a crossover with Sister Boniface.

by Anonymousreply 48January 24, 2024 9:31 PM

This week on All Creatures G&S when Helen said (twice in about 10 minutes) that she thought her child would be due in December, I immediately thought, Oh, of course, that'll be the Special Christmas Episode. So there went any tension that she might lose the wee blob due to the brucellosis plague sweeping through the Yorkshire Dales. We've seen TV before, show! I wish the showrunners didn't treat the series like a 1940s young adult novel come to life. Sure, I get that it's supposed to be Comfort TV, but it's awfully twee. (No, I don't want it to be Mad Max: Fury Road, but surely there's a happy medium.)

by Anonymousreply 49January 29, 2024 10:53 PM
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