What British Programmes Do You Get Abroad ?

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  1. D_Relentless Original

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    Just wondering, in the UK, we get quite alot of American/Australian programmes for TV. Sitcoms, comedies, soaps etc ,do you people watch any british programmes ? if so, what are they ?.
     
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    we watch the bbc, kind of interesting different spin on world events..use to love benny hill..other than that none.......i spent 10 days in london recently...your television sucks....i can see why you want to watch american re-runs....
     
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    The US has the cable channel "BBC America" which shows a ton of UK shows including "Robin Hood", "Spooks", "Ramsays Kitchen Nightmares" and "Top Gear"

    Also the sci-fi channel shows Torchwood and Doctor Who at prime time.
     
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    I watch lots of British TV shows, we get the regular BBC channels on cable over here. :rolleyes:
    My favorites are Qi, Have I Got News For You and Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. And I loved Coast.
     
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    No, we do not get many. Certainly not on the major networks. The last British show I watched was Absolutely Fabulous and that was a long time ago.
     
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    BBC America is, sadly, on a shared channel on my cable system and it's only on at night. We get a lot of British costume drama stuff on the public channel (not-for-profit), and some cable networks show some shows, but the major networks feel that if a British program is good for what they want, they'd rather remake it than import it. Apparently they're afraid Americans won't understand references, colloquialisms, idiomatic phrases, etc. The remakes almost always turn out dreadful and are canceled right away.

    On the cable channels or local networks though, you can catch all kinds of Brit shows: Keeping Up Appearances, To the Manor Born, The Avengers, All Creatures, Thunderbirds, UFO, old Dr. Who, Benny Hill, The Young Ones, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, Absolutely Fabulous, Sherlock Holmes, and lots of miniseries. As you can see, many of them are very old.

    My biggest peeve is that they're now looking to do a Top Gear America and I think that's going to really suck. Top Gear is great because it has perfect chemistry in the presenters and has a very sharp wit to it which will certainly be lost when it is redone here. Once again, they're afraid we won't watch because most of the cars reviewed either have different names or aren't sold here at all and they don't review many American cars. I also think they're afraid of Clarkson voicing his opinions on Americans on American network TV. Whatever they do, it won't be nearly as irreverent or silly or sharp.
     
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    Here in Canada we get Coronation street but are approx 9 months behind. Also on vision there are lots of 90s sit-coms such as Keeping up Appearances and Last of the Summer Wine, Waiting for God al of the stuff that used to be on a Sunday night on the BBC also there is New Tricks and Midsommer Murders,Morse and some Agatha Christie stuff. So Quite a bit. Its a shame we don't get any Peter Kay or Catherine Tate. Little Britain is about to be shown here so thats a good start.
     
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    I'm not American, but I know they have taken some of our shows to America using a different format.

    e.g. Pop Idol from over here became American Idol over there.
     
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    OOPS I have to correct myself the last British show I saw was that show that was on HBO.... Extras.


    Was it on regular TV in the UK or pay cable?
     
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    Wish it did, i could make a fortune lol
     
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    Extras in the UK was prime time on Channel 4, on regular TV :smile: It was a huge success :dance:
     
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    Not Sure mem, i don't recall that one
     
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    thanks Dumbcow, must have missed that one :redface:
     
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    Your TV is pretty shite too. Every twenty seconds theres an advert break!
     
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    That's the worst thing about American shows. They have loads more advert breaks than us, so when we watch them they are all messed up.
     
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    QI is one of my absolutely favourite programmes... I think Stephen Fry is a genius and Alan Davis would sooooooooo get it! lol

    ps - Extras was on BBC2
     
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    Don't get me started...

    Top gear
    Doctor Who
    Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares
    The F Word

    That Mitchell and Web Look
    The Graham Norton Show
    Later With Jools Holland
    East Enders

    Coupling
    Cash In The Attic
    You Are What You Eat
    Wire In The Blood
    Torchwood

    We get a lot of the classic shows too like:

    Are You Being Served
    Keeping Up Appearances
    Black Adder
    Faulty Towers
    Alllo, Allo

    One Foot In The Grave
    The Last Of The Summer Wine
    Good Neighbors
    Miss Marple
    Poiroit

    I watch the ones in bold though...

    There are many more shows... we get something called BBCAmerica which shows all of your popular programs a year after you see them, although East Enders is real time I think! lol!!!!

    My post is redundant... sorry!!!!

     
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    Top Gear is legend too...... I love the Hamster, so funny!!

    I haven't heard of Good Neighbours, what's that one about?
     
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    Great Eastenders is depressing, much prefer Corrie, not heard of Good Neighbours though, got " Love thy Neighbour " oldie though.

    I love Torchwood and also the American "King of Queens " with Kevin James, great sense of humor that programme
     
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    Agreed! We're so lucky to have him in one piece after that crash. I cannot believe how well he's recovered. That's a real miracle if there ever was one.
     
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