Thursday, March 11, 2010

BBC Me!

By J.B.

Big sigh of relief. I’ve just finished a book and have handed it off to my first reader. This gives me a week to relax, read, and watch some BBC films before I have to make final corrections and email it to my editor.
Why BBC? What’s wrong with the American films available at my local Blockbuster store?
I choose BBC productions more and more as I get older, delighting in the character development and beautiful scenery.
Here are some of my favorites:
  1. Cranford
  2. Pride & Prejudice
  3. Emma
  4. Jane Eyre
  5. Persuasion
  6. Rosemary & Thyme
  7. Monarch of the Glen (only the first couple seasons)
  8. The House of Elliot
  9. Midsomer Murders
  10. Sherlock Holmes

I’ve watched these films/series over and over again and am ready for something new. I’ve heard The Last Detective is good and I’ve also been told to get my hands on Ballykissangel.
Can you help me indulge in a little BBC next week and recommend a new series or film?

27 comments:

Kaye said...

If you can- get some old ones like Upstairs, Downstairs, Lilly Langtry, or The Duchess of Duke Street. If you liked Cranford, you might like The Forsythe Saga. I could watch these over and over.

Happy viewing!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I'm with you!! I love the BBC shows. Do you rent them? BBC America used to show a lot of them, but all the channel seems to run now is "Cash in the Attic" and reality-type shows. :(

I agree with Kaye--I loved "Forsythe."

Elizabeth
Mystery Writing is Murder

Anonymous said...

You should try "Little Dorit". Or the series "'Allo 'allo I work at a library and I did a keyword search and there are a lot of BBC films. I had never realized!

Jeanne C. said...

Oh, I absolutely LOVE Upstairs, Downstairs! My next fave is Duchess of Duke Street! Great, great shows! But they are not one or two day watching... you'll need atleast a week to get through one series.

I also love the Forsyte Saga. That one you can get through in a day or two at the most.

Sheila Connolly said...

Ah, the Dutchess of Duke Street! Is it available somewhere? I watched it years ago, and it has stayed with me.

I would have watched Cranford just for the settings and the costumes--the BBC does such beautiful, careful productions. Luckily the acting was great too.

I stumbled over Ballykissangel by accident and was immediately hooked (to the extent that a few years later I visited Avoca, where it was filmed--about a month before they cancelled the series). I don't know if you have to be Irish (or wish you were) to enjoy it, but it is certainly cozyish in its focus on the problems of a small Irish town.

Leann Sweeney said...

If you go for something darker, I love Wire in the Blood (based on Val MCDermid characters)and Waking the Dead. Both these shows are off the air now. BBC has been letting me down of late.

lilylover said...

I love a lot of the ones that have already been mentioned. You must watch Ballykiiangel, especially the first few seasons. have you tried "Lovejoy"? One of the new ones I am watching now are "Doc Martin" I stumbles on these by accident and have ordered the series from Zip(a Canadian knockoff of Netflix)so that I can begin at the beginning.I dislikes the Hamish Macbeth series as hamish was all wrong and the series seemed much darker than the books. "Hetty Wainthrop" is not bad and stars Hyacinth Bucket. There is also a series starring Dianna Rigg, but the title escapes me at this moment. It is worth investigating. Happy viewing!

Harriet

Sunnymay said...

The House of Elliot kept me transfixed. If I couldn't view it, I suffered withdrawel symptoms. Luckily, the library has the BBC series and I can get my fill again. The British accent gets me everytime along with the uppercrust jargon.

susied said...

I agree with Ballykissangel. As a matter of fact, I'm finishing up season 3. Have seen this previously on tv and would recommend only the first 3 seasons.

How about Poldark? This just came out on dvd and I loved it when it first aired. And my friend introduced me to Lark Rise to Candleford. I also recommend North and South.

For mysteries there is the wonderful Poirot series and also Champion.

Geez, I could go on and on...

Lindy said...

On a differnt vein, in the Brit Wit series, I loved Last of the Summer Wine. It centered around three old guys and their life in a small English village. It is the longest running series on TV, and it has evolved as the real life characters died or moved on. We don't get the show here in Missouri, so I haven't followed it lately.

Mare F said...

The Diana Rigg series is Mrs. Bradley. I also enjoyed Mulberry, but it was only one season. How about The Vicar of Dibley? Good luck.

Lover of Books said...

I fell in love with Ballykissangel. I have not been there but spent time in small Irish towns and laughed cause it was so realistic. lol

Krista

Cricket McRae said...

Yes, definitely pick up Ballykissangel. Wonderful quirky characters and the town is like others I've been to in western Ireland. And then there's Colin Farrell, before his career went all Hollywood. He's grand!

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

I am a BBC Mini-Series/Movies freak! My ideal night of relaxation is having a cup of cocoa, laying under the covers with my cat, and watching one of their shows♥
I've just finished watching "The Way We Live Now," and if you haven't seen that yet, I highly recommend!

signlady217 said...

I like "Inspector Lewis". Remember he was Sgt. Lewis on the "Inspector Morse" series (which I haven't seen, but have on my list).

Michele said...

Hustle, I don´t know if it is out on video yet, as it is a fairly new series, but it hs Robert Vaughan in it and Robert Glenister. It is about con artists, always a twist at the end.

DSM said...

You MUST watch 'Mapp and Lucia' ; Geraldine MacEwen (SP) and Prunella Scales (Fawltey Towers).

Google it; all about 1920's upper class social follies/ rivalries between two rival hostesses in a small seaside town. Rolls Royces; butlers and maids; stone walls; Mozart and seagulls. Diction, diction, diction!

Heather Webber said...

Congrats on finishing the book, JB! Such a nice feeling, isn't it?

I mostly watch BBC reality shows (big surprise). I love You Are What You Eat and Cash in the Attic. I also love, love, love As Time Goes By.

Cassonia said...

I also love Foyle's War. Someone mentioned Mrs. Bradley earlier and I think that's a great one as well.

jbstanley said...

I like Inspector Lewis too. I tried to get into Duchess of Duke Street and Foyle's War but couldn't. Maybe I wasn't in the right mood and should try again.

jbstanley said...

I also love Cash in the Attic. I don't know why I like it better than Antiques Roadshow, but I do.

Isn't anything said in a British accent instantly more compelling? :)

Billykissangel is now at the top of the list.

I could mix in Wire in the Blood for something a little darker.

Jan said...

MI-5 is a fave BBC show, along with "My Family", "Dr.Who", "Torchwood", and "Coupling". Movies? Would have to be "Secrets and Lies" They are all available in the states.

Vicki said...

I have to say I don't tend to watch much BBC myself, but my parents talk of "As Time Goes By" often and they love it.

holdenj said...

Bleak House! Yes, the Dickens novel. It was on Masterpiece 3 or so years ago and may have been co-produced by BBC, I'm not really sure, but it's Andrew Davies and he always does such fine work. One of the stars is Gillian Anderson, from the X-Files. My children actually watched every episode with me, they were enthralled with the story.

Linda said...

Congrats on finishing the book! I really have not watched much of BBC. Will need to check out some of these films/series. Enjoy your BBC week!

Helen Kiker said...

I would put your 5 top choices as my top 5 also.

Some others that I enjoyed are Bertie & Wooster, Black Adder, and Vicar of Dibley - oldies but goodies.

jbstanley said...

Oh, Vicar of Dibley! That sounds perfect!