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29 October 2011 @ 03:38 pm
Advice on British Shows?  
So I signed up for the British TV Technical Challenge that marcasite is holding, but I haven't seen a whole lot of any of the shows, except Sherlock and the first season of Merlin.  Recommendations on which show to start watching? 

Poll #1790835 Show Recs

Which British show should I watch next?

Being Human
Doctor Who
Downton Abbey
Secret Diary of a Call Girl
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Beccaaka_katya on October 29th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
OMG! Lots of good shows here! Personally I just finished Luther and I highly highly recommend it. Additionally Downton Abbey and Misfits are really very amazing.
Harper: bsg: OMG XD Kateehappy_harper13 on October 30th, 2011 11:23 am (UTC)
Thanks so, so much for the recommendation!! Just tried the second episode of Luther. It's soo good so far, even though it's really hard to see Idris Elba being someone who is not Stringer Bell. My heart needs time to process that separation. Downton Abbey is definitely intriguing so far as well. Sadly, I couldn't find Misfits as easily. And now am feeling overwhelmed by all the BBC goodness. How can they have so many amazing shows?! I need time to pause right now so that I have time to watch all these shows >[
smilesincsmilesinc on October 29th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
Being Human, Merlin, and I heard Sherlock is good. I tried to watch Call Girl for Billie Piper, but failed. But I wouldn't even know who Billie Piper was if it wasn't for Doctor Who! I'm addicted to that show! Absolutely! Every episode is like an epic movie in forty-five minutes! MINDBLOWING, seriously. I'd recommend starting with series one of the 2005 show (with Rose and the 9th Doctor). And after that, get into Torchwood - a slashfiction dream, with legitimately bisexual leading man Captain Jack Harkness, who makes his debut in the Doctor Who episode "The Empty Child" in season one. You will LOVE Jack, I'm certain of it. But watch Doctor Who FIRST and Torchwood will be SO MUCH BETTER.

I'd also recommend The IT Crowd for some classic comedy. One of my favorite IT Crowd clips - Sandwich - Coffee!
Harper: CSI: Cath side glance neonhappy_harper13 on October 30th, 2011 11:18 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'd been avoiding Doctor Who after seeing a few episodes from what I think might have been Series 2 or 3 of the new version (with 10 and Rose), but being put off by just the darkness. (I fully acknowledge how ridiculous that sounds given how dark I can handle stuff in most other ways -- a la the darkest fanfics and more personally dark stuff, I suppose, but somehow the idea of systematic darkness with no personal edge, in the way of the cybermen, where there's no pretty face to associate with that darkness, is just... different. And yes, I realize how awful that should-have-been sentence was.)

ANYWAY, I finally tried it again based on your suggestion, this time starting with 11's first season and am feeling pretty hooked. I've also seen a few episodes of Torchwood as well and liked it well enough.

Also, on an unrelated but much more important note, I promise I have not forgotten about betaing. I WILL get to that soon, hopefully by tomorrow at the latest. Once again, it's so exciting to see you in fandom again! I have to confess that I am still kind of a WitchGirl fangirl at heart. My high school self would likely still be fangirl-squealing over the prospect of betaing one of your stories. They are truly among the best (and I don't just mean out of fanfic).
smilesincsmilesinc on October 30th, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
Starting with 11 and the Ponds is fair enough. I do so love that trio!

The Cybermen are not my favorite villains, but if you're introduced to the Weeping Angels in series 5, that's not their best episode. My favorite Weeping Angels episode is in series 3 (which is actually my least favorite series) with Martha and 10 - but it's about someone else (not them). It's called Blink - for a stand-alone, it's fantastic.

I love the Ponds, but they tie for favorite companion with Donna Noble (series 4) who was with 10 right before he became 11. Donna Noble is played by comedienne Catherine Tate, so she brings a lot of humor to the show. So if you ever decide to go backwards, definitely don't miss series 4.

When I was student teaching, my cooperating teacher said she couldn't watch series 2-4 because of David Tennant. She saw him HP4 and said he gave her the creeps as Barty Crouch Jr, and she just couldn't see him as the Doctor. So I kept trying to get her to watch series 5 (because of Matt Smith) but she was worried she had missed too much. Maybe I'll e-mail her and tell her others have started with 5.

And the fic - I understand, we all get busy! Don't stress yourself over it. I remember taking FOREVER to get back to you on some of your Se Salva chapters.
smilesincsmilesinc on October 30th, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC)
Also, the River Song storyline starts (ends?) in an two-parter in series 4 with Donna Noble called "Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead" which is also really, really clever.
lumsxlumsx on November 21st, 2011 11:46 am (UTC)
I was a bit on the fence and I was about to mark Misfits but I marked Luther instead. Idris Elba is awesome, the characters are just amazing, spacially Alice and Luther himself. It's also a very interesting show and after watching Misfits, that is also very good, I'd go with Luther, I really don't know why exactly but I loved it.
smilesincsmilesinc on November 27th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
Wanted to say. I started series 2 of Being Human last night and it reminded me how much I love this show, too. But I stick my Doctor Who rec - it's still better.