The Incomparable

206: It`s All BBC to Me

 

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  the Intolerable number 206 just 2014 [TS]

  welcome back to being comfortable [TS]

  podcast I'm your host Jason still and in [TS]

  this episode we're going to be talking [TS]

  about british TV this is the episode [TS]

  where people from North America do you [TS]

  see fit to judge television from that [TS]

  little island in Europe known as the [TS]

  United Kingdom joining me to talk about [TS]

  Blighty and its programs that's m.b.s [TS]

  are my wonderful panel Erica and sign [TS]

  expert in Doctor Who a British program [TS]

  that we're going to just put on the [TS]

  board as a given is here hello hello [TS]

  yeah thank you for giving me doctor who [TS]

  has a given because yeah everybody likes [TS]

  that right we just put that up there on [TS]

  the board we talk about it all the time [TS]

  also here Andy not co hi Andy hello [TS]

  Jason good to have you here [TS]

  good to be here i'm glad i'm also glad [TS]

  that doctor who was taken because it's [TS]

  it prevents me from having to cover up [TS]

  the fact that i've only seen four [TS]

  episodes which I'll enjoyed greatly sure [TS]

  but I've only seen for it's fine it's [TS]

  fine it's on the board [TS]

  it's a given you can catch up anytime [TS]

  now it's on the board it's on the boards [TS]

  the free is the free space on the bring [TS]

  go kart it is that's right it's okay [TS]

  well done it monday ashley is also out [TS]

  there hi Monty hi [TS]

  speaking of Monty's can we assume [TS]

  everybody knows about Monty Python's [TS]

  Flying Circus let's put it on the board [TS]

  put it on the board there it is [TS]

  Monty Python's Flying Service on surface [TS]

  playing surface they took a Microsoft [TS]

  out with me through it with Monty [TS]

  Python's Flying surface ok Monty [TS]

  Python's Flying Circus on the board and [TS]

  i have not introduced david lower hello [TS]

  hello [TS]

  are there any other british shows we [TS]

  should put up their Sherlock will put [TS]

  your lock on the board put it up there [TS]

  we talk about Sherlock a lot she locks [TS]

  on the board [TS]

  done and dusted alright so british TV I [TS]

  i I've been watching british TV since I [TS]

  was a kid my parents and I watched [TS]

  british TV on PBS when you know and i [TS]

  have fond memories of it and show that i [TS]

  will probably mention later and there's [TS]

  lots of great british TV on there and [TS]

  now and these days it back in the day [TS]

  I'm in the usps the only place to get [TS]

  this stuff and [TS]

  and these days there's british TV all [TS]

  over the dial it's on BBC america of [TS]

  course that's on PBS and it's on all [TS]

  sorts of other networks as well and I I [TS]

  my plan tonight was really that we were [TS]

  just kind of go around in something [TS]

  that's not quite a draft but really it's [TS]

  more of a go around and tell me a thing [TS]

  that you like which it sort of a draft [TS]

  but not there's no point to it other [TS]

  than to talk about things we like and i [TS]

  just also want to stipulate for all of [TS]

  those people who are very knowledgeable [TS]

  about british television that it is [TS]

  official incomparable policy that all [TS]

  british television news from the BBC ITV [TS]

  channel for Sky TV BBC when we say that [TS]

  it's on the BBC we mean it's on British [TS]

  television i know that there it's not [TS]

  all on the BBC I don't care [TS]

  as far as I'm concerned channel for his [TS]

  BBC channel for ITV BBC ITV just all BBC [TS]

  to me [TS]

  I mean I just don't care it's all [TS]

  because the beat it's all bc i'm an ugly [TS]

  American and it's all on the BBC there's [TS]

  one channel in the UK and only broadcast [TS]

  good things all the embarrassing things [TS]

  that they don't export don't exist they [TS]

  don't exist it's all good stuff and it's [TS]

  only on the BBC which airs roughly from [TS]

  about 10 am-2 about 7pm and then they go [TS]

  off the air and there's a test pattern [TS]

  that is my my crazy American view of [TS]

  british television but it's all good [TS]

  when it's on the air it's all good and [TS]

  then they go off and they have a little [TS]

  sign off the Queen comes on live from [TS]

  her palace and waves goodnight and tucks [TS]

  everybody and and then they go off the [TS]

  air and that's it as i am currently in [TS]

  the Commonwealth right now I'm shaking [TS]

  you mr. Snell sure enough it will see [TS]

  where we're here we're here to we're [TS]

  here to give us much entertainment as [TS]

  possible to those are friends of us [TS]

  across the pond and yeah we would be [TS]

  disappointing them if we deny them the [TS]

  opportunity to say oh you stupid gets [TS]

  the Incas England Scotland Scotland [TS]

  Wales as whales and there's more than [TS]

  one TV channel you know and course you [TS]

  would say it no I of damn i missed [TS]

  opportunity i should have done that in a [TS]

  really bad British accent so you can [TS]

  make fun of how Americans try to have [TS]

  like one accent for all of great britain [TS]

  when there's actually regionals but this [TS]

  is our gift to you make fun of us that [TS]

  we're Americans we think that we know [TS]

  what we know and so trying to learn what [TS]

  we don't know why we're north americans [TS]

  I have no idea what we're talking about [TS]

  i just want this is our disclaimer [TS]

  portion which is because i know we're [TS]

  gonna get responses from knowledgeable [TS]

  English people who are gonna say boy you [TS]

  guys have no idea what you're talking [TS]

  about [TS]

  staz agreed and now on with the show [TS]

  what what do North Americans like about [TS]

  british television things that things [TS]

  that we think that our listeners should [TS]

  seek out you might not know about [TS]

  because they're not products of the [TS]

  Hollywood television system but they [TS]

  came to us from a cut across the pond [TS]

  and by golly where they wouldn't say by [TS]

  golly over there I don't know what they [TS]

  would say but you know right key [TS]

  I don't know they you should watch them [TS]

  it's a fact right common written ok a [TS]

  holy they'd say no they're not sailors [TS]

  what is that anyway so I thought I'd go [TS]

  round and see if you've got a shows that [TS]

  you would like to recommend to our great [TS]

  and comfortable worldwide listenership [TS]

  that are are great and they're from [TS]

  England and let's start with Monty do [TS]

  you have a suggestion for us [TS]

  I i would like to recommend kind of a [TS]

  cluster of really brilliant political [TS]

  satires starting with Yes Minister which [TS]

  aired in the nineteen eighties was about [TS]

  Jim hacker a minister of parliament [TS]

  who's pretty much useless and feeble and [TS]

  sir Humphrey Appleby played by the great [TS]

  Nigel Hawthorne who was his bureaucrat [TS]

  minder who kind of controlled him and [TS]

  forced him to do what the bureaucracy [TS]

  wanted not what the voters wanted they [TS]

  were joined by Derek fouls as Bernard [TS]

  Willie and it was a really entertaining [TS]

  show you then turned into Yes Prime [TS]

  Minister when Jim hacker somehow became [TS]

  prime minister and spiritually I'm going [TS]

  to claim it led to a great show called [TS]

  the thick of it [TS]

  ahh yes whoo good created by armando [TS]

  iannucci mostly starring peter capaldi [TS]

  who is going to be a doctor of some sort [TS]

  on an upcoming television show [TS]

  yes as [TS]

  the whip for the prime minister who [TS]

  curses and bullies at lesser ministers [TS]

  up and taken together these three shows [TS]

  Yes Minister Yes Prime Minister and the [TS]

  thick of it show what politics is [TS]

  actually like and why you shouldn't [TS]

  expect much out of your politicians I i [TS]

  give you i I've seen some episodes of [TS]

  yes minister and and Hardy agreement on [TS]

  the thick of it which I've been watching [TS]

  because of Peter Capaldi because i heard [TS]

  so many great things about it and he was [TS]

  cast as a doctor of some sort and i [TS]

  thought i would go back and watch him [TS]

  and it's also if you've seen the HBO [TS]

  series veep that is that is largely the [TS]

  American extension with the same writers [TS]

  i believe almost entirely of the the [TS]

  thick of it pivots on hulu plus you can [TS]

  you can see their fear in the US and [TS]

  it's great and so you know quality is [TS]

  great as this evening operative [TS]

  political operative but also some of the [TS]

  hapless members of parliament to work [TS]

  whoo-hoo he chews up and spits out over [TS]

  the course of various seasons are so [TS]

  wonderful as they are terrible and bad [TS]

  at their jobs and destroyed that it's a [TS]

  very funny show and I'd like to give a [TS]

  special note for the book versions of [TS]

  yes minister and yes prime minister [TS]

  which are practically unique in the [TS]

  world of book adaptations of television [TS]

  shows because they might be better than [TS]

  the show instead of just taking the [TS]

  scripts and printing them [TS]

  the books are in the form of the diaries [TS]

  of the characters so you get extra [TS]

  thoughts you get more framing devices [TS]

  and even if you haven't watched the show [TS]

  you can sit down with the book of Yes [TS]

  Prime Minister and really really enjoy [TS]

  yourself [TS]

  great those are great choices [TS]

  yeah pic of it is a that wasn't that was [TS]

  a natural i don't know if anybody else [TS]

  want to jump it jump in and say things [TS]

  about the thick of it that is [TS]

  such-and-such a hilarious and crazy show [TS]

  is definitely worth watching especially [TS]

  if you're excited about Peter Capaldi [TS]

  being on Doctor Who because then you [TS]

  when you see him and Doctor Who you'll [TS]

  say wow he's not swearing nearly as much [TS]

  David [TS]

  Laura what do you have for us well i'm [TS]

  going to pick one of my very favorite [TS]

  panel shows qi which stands for quite [TS]

  interesting i came across it by accident [TS]

  years and years ago just because it's [TS]

  hosted by stephen fry and I mean hey [TS]

  Stephen Fry and it's it's a wonderful [TS]

  show was created by John Lloyd who if [TS]

  you know anything about british comedy [TS]

  in the last 35 years you know he was [TS]

  instrumental in Hitchhiker's Guide in [TS]

  the radio and then in the TV version he [TS]

  co-wrote the deeper meaning of lift with [TS]

  douglas adams he is sort of shepherded a [TS]

  lot of comedy over the years and he [TS]

  wanted to do this show called Qi where [TS]

  you have four panelists mostly comedians [TS]

  sometimes actors sometimes just [TS]

  prominent people in Britain and he asks [TS]

  them questions that are blindingly [TS]

  obvious and someone gives the blindingly [TS]

  obvious answer and a klaxon goes off and [TS]

  all the lights flash and then he [TS]

  explains why the obvious answer is [TS]

  completely wrong and it's another one of [TS]

  the shows where the points don't matter [TS]

  but you get points you get points if you [TS]

  get a the right answer you get points if [TS]

  you have an interesting or funny answer [TS]

  and really it's not about points it's [TS]

  not about even the comedy so much for [TS]

  sharing these really really bizarre [TS]

  things that you thought you knew and you [TS]

  didn't and it's just it's it's hilarious [TS]

  and I think they're up to each season is [TS]

  themed on a letter each series i'm sorry [TS]

  series [TS]

  yes we're proper British right now so [TS]

  it's a series i think they're up to [TS]

  l think L is the next series and it's [TS]

  just it's a lot of fun and the more i [TS]

  watched it the more I started saying why [TS]

  isn't this on over here and actually [TS]

  contacted john lawrence said you know [TS]

  i'm i'm dying to watch this legally and [TS]

  and and he said [TS]

  we've been trying for years nobody will [TS]

  put it on in America because they all [TS]

  say it's too intelligent a spa too [TS]

  intelligent for American audiences so [TS]

  but there are some episodes on hulu [TS]

  there are many more in illicit pockets [TS]

  of available on the internet on the [TS]

  internet [TS]

  yes but if you are able to access the [TS]

  BBC iplayer on the web or or the iplayer [TS]

  app you can watch it when it's running [TS]

  current episode it is just just a lot of [TS]

  fun [TS]

  alright great qi Erica what about you [TS]

  what do you have for us [TS]

  doctor-who stipulated Doctor Who itself [TS]

  is stipulated yes [TS]

  however I need to fulfill my could [TS]

  contractual obligation to cover the [TS]

  Doctor Who quotient and since you [TS]

  already took that off the table and I'm [TS]

  gonna pull a little bit of a monte here [TS]

  and put some spiritual siblings together [TS]

  as my sort of first pick and pick the [TS]

  two good spin-offs of Doctor Who no that [TS]

  is not canine company you got his canine [TS]

  company and I don't even know what the [TS]

  the leela adventures [TS]

  no go ahead instead I'm instead I'm [TS]

  gonna be unusual and i'm going to pick [TS]

  Torchwood and the sarah jane adventures [TS]

  and and I I like putting the two of them [TS]

  together like this because there's a [TS]

  little bit of something for everybody if [TS]

  you like the sort of harder-edged you [TS]

  know adult type thing that would be [TS]

  Torchwood the first two seasons of which [TS]

  are sometimes adult just for the sake of [TS]

  being adults it feels like but I think [TS]

  at the same time they are still fun [TS]

  there's there's a light heartedness to [TS]

  the first couple seasons that I really [TS]

  enjoy [TS]

  excuse me series is that I really enjoy [TS]

  and then the third series is actually [TS]

  was kind of a miniseries it's just five [TS]

  episodes one day after the next after [TS]

  the next and it was called chilled [TS]

  tortured children of earth and it is i [TS]

  think still if my favorite five consent [TS]

  cute of episodes of television ever but [TS]

  it is insanely dark it is really really [TS]

  really dark it's about it [TS]

  the children and in bad things happen to [TS]

  these children also Peter Capaldi is [TS]

  Annette and it's doesn't go well doesn't [TS]

  go well for better quality he is [TS]

  fantastic you that is the reason I mean [TS]

  I love the thick of it but I didn't seek [TS]

  that out until after I knew he was cast [TS]

  so the Torchwood children of earth is [TS]

  the reason that i was so excited to see [TS]

  him come in and play the doctor because [TS]

  I I he has such amazing range and [TS]

  ability to emote and there was also a [TS]

  fourth series of torchwood called [TS]

  miracle day but the less said about that [TS]

  the better I thinking [TS]

  so bad yeah but if you are if you fear [TS]

  to the other side you just you really [TS]

  kind of like things that are still good [TS]

  storytelling still very exciting [TS]

  adventure but a little bit more on the [TS]

  light-hearted chill childish kind of [TS]

  side that would be the sarah jane [TS]

  adventures which is the spin-off [TS]

  starring list Laden who played the [TS]

  lovely sarah jane who was one of my [TS]

  favorite companions from the age of five [TS]

  on up and she teams up with some middle [TS]

  school children to save the earth [TS]

  repeatedly from monsters and aliens and [TS]

  that sort of thing and and i know some [TS]

  people aren't a big fan of it simply [TS]

  because it's aimed at kids so there's [TS]

  definitely not as much of a hard edge [TS]

  but if that kind of thing doesn't bother [TS]

  you it's still really great storytelling [TS]

  and it's very much like I would say that [TS]

  it's more like Doctor Who and Torchwood [TS]

  is i would say the sarah jane adventures [TS]

  is is Doctor Who light whereas Torchwood [TS]

  is it's just sort of its only thing that [TS]

  happens to 10 gently take place in the [TS]

  Doctor Who universe [TS]

  I think they're both great that's a [TS]

  surgeon adventures is actually a lot [TS]

  like the old classic Doctor Who if it [TS]

  was on today it is it is definitely [TS]

  geared towards children it's the short [TS]

  25-minute multi-unit two-part episodes [TS]

  that they are two parts stories that [TS]

  they tell and and it's definitely kids [TS]

  show but it's definitely got it sweet [TS]

  it's it's it's a lot of fun and it's a [TS]

  shame because was Slayton passed away [TS]

  and they they didn't get a chance to [TS]

  sort of properly wrap it up but it's a [TS]

  lot of fun i actually have to admit [TS]

  there were there are only a few episodes [TS]

  it's in the final season and i have not [TS]

  watched them yet because I just can't [TS]

  bring myself to do it because once that [TS]

  once they're done they're done now [TS]

  whereas Torchwood yeah you're totally [TS]

  right about that last season of [TS]

  torchwood series of torchwood whatever [TS]

  was in the American co-production we [TS]

  call the season it wasn't it wasn't good [TS]

  children / I don't really like the end I [TS]

  thought the last episode kinda fell [TS]

  apart but those first four episodes are [TS]

  amazingly good so it's a very x-files [TS]

  kind of show it's like x-files meets dr. [TS]

  who and it is got it does have some [TS]

  really funny moments too [TS]

  yeah and I great i do agree that the [TS]

  last the end of it was the weak the weak [TS]

  point but i still liked it enough like [TS]

  they were the rest of it enough that i [TS]

  was kind of still coasting on the the [TS]

  top of that wave always got mad at the [TS]

  people on Torchwood because there's a [TS]

  there a tiny team they're charged with [TS]

  practically protecting the entire planet [TS]

  and they spent so much time sleeping [TS]

  with each other and pointin guns at each [TS]

  other at the leading professional [TS]

  organization i've ever seen [TS]

  there is so dysfunctional it's [TS]

  ridiculous they're just all bad at their [TS]

  jobs but it's fun to watch [TS]

  get it together people you got to save [TS]

  the world no time for this stuff [TS]

  oh that's all they do is have time for [TS]

  that stuff [TS]

  ah alright Andy it's your turn what do [TS]

  you have for us [TS]

  I just finished binge-watching foyle's [TS]

  war and there was one of those series [TS]

  where I realized that wow how dumb I am [TS]

  I could have been watching this series [TS]

  as early as like 10 years ago but don't [TS]

  be me i only discovered it about 3-4 [TS]

  weeks ago [TS]

  it's a really great mystery show and [TS]

  because of the context of where the [TS]

  stories take place it takes place in [TS]

  1940 nineteen forties England [TS]

  specifically starts like 19 for the [TS]

  first three starts in 1940 the very [TS]

  start of the war at the end the Chief [TS]

  Superintendent Foyle is of course in [TS]

  charge of you know investigating murders [TS]

  that are happening in this English [TS]

  Channel facing town at a time when [TS]

  regular policing is kind of taking a [TS]

  back burner to just defending the nation [TS]

  against and a german invasion that [TS]

  everyone believes is going to happen [TS]

  anytime now like in the very first [TS]

  series things are so tense that he's [TS]

  investigate he's investigating a murder [TS]

  and he's talking to [TS]

  someone who's basically knows that ok i [TS]

  know that you're involved in this sum [TS]

  here and you need copper will cooperate [TS]

  with me and he says flat-out well look [TS]

  everybody knows that like the german [TS]

  invasion is on there going to be here in [TS]

  four days [TS]

  by that time your you will have been [TS]

  taken out and shot and I think I can do [TS]

  it I can have a better time dealing with [TS]

  whatever German they have running the [TS]

  town in four days time so I'm not gonna [TS]

  help you do squat [TS]

  it's so nicely done not only because of [TS]

  this sort of disconnect of how that he [TS]

  can know exactly who's done it but maybe [TS]

  someone in the military is going to come [TS]

  down and say yeah but he's in he's real [TS]

  this person who's been who you did [TS]

  review accused of racketeering he really [TS]

  is very important in getting things [TS]

  moving from point A to point B so we're [TS]

  gonna have to ask you not to prosecute [TS]

  him and rather than do this really lame [TS]

  thing where he finds a way to subvert [TS]

  all that he just has to know [TS]

  yes to eat dirt and and take it because [TS]

  of the times even though he's [TS]

  desperately unhappy with the way things [TS]

  are going in a broader sense i love the [TS]

  fact that these are 90 minute episodes [TS]

  they remind me a lot of colombo in that [TS]

  there's so much there so there's so much [TS]

  time to deal with every episode that [TS]

  they have time to do lots of little [TS]

  character scenes that you know that not [TS]

  every scene has to do with the with the [TS]

  solving of the crime they can just have [TS]

  have a 10-minute spread across an hour [TS]

  about how hungry this person is somehow [TS]

  whether that when a leg when the [TS]

  racketeer ever record ring is broken up [TS]

  and there is a fully dressed turkey [TS]

  that's been seized as evidence and [TS]

  everybody's looking at this turkey in [TS]

  the evidence Locker calculating the [TS]

  amount of time is going to how many days [TS]

  have to go by before it will be so [TS]

  spoiled that it can't be and trying to [TS]

  work on the Sunfoil as I look you can we [TS]

  just like take a picture of it and that [TS]

  will be the evidence that can we just [TS]

  eat that it's a shame to let this turkey [TS]

  Drive we've haven't had this kind of [TS]

  fresh degree in Indian years and the [TS]

  other great thing is especially when [TS]

  you're talking about navigating a [TS]

  mystery when you have a when you have a [TS]

  show like like house or monk you know [TS]

  that your you have so much experience [TS]

  with these little 42-minute dramas that [TS]

  you know that if the detective like [TS]

  happens to meet so if they happen [TS]

  to have a conversation with a custodian [TS]

  at the high school where the murder [TS]

  happened and this person has more than [TS]

  three lines you know that ok they would [TS]

  not have wasted two and a half minutes [TS]

  our conversation with this guy who just [TS]

  added you just as all well you know i'm [TS]

  i'm just here on tuesdays and wednesdays [TS]

  I've just here i'm just old newly the [TS]

  broom Smith don't mind me you know that [TS]

  he's going to be either the key witness [TS]

  or he's the guy who did it but that's [TS]

  the law of the economy of characters [TS]

  that's a classic [TS]

  so you think there's a lot of [TS]

  disorientation there's a lot of freedom [TS]

  to do all kinds of other things and the [TS]

  last thing is that i love these shows [TS]

  that give you sort of a backdoor [TS]

  education on history or a certain time [TS]

  now this isn't here to teach history but [TS]

  nonetheless you know there's a there's a [TS]

  just a street scene which everybody is [TS]

  in period dress they're walking down the [TS]

  street and you know gee everybody seems [TS]

  to be carrying a little cardboard [TS]

  rectangular box on a string around their [TS]

  shoulders and what that's all about it [TS]

  then you realize oh those are gas masks [TS]

  nobody wants to leave their house unless [TS]

  they're carrying again oh wow that [TS]

  that's an intense part of the present [TS]

  tense time to be to be alive in 1940 and [TS]

  in Britain so for those were also i will [TS]

  mention Sherlock earlier this is a very [TS]

  similar format where it's the long [TS]

  episodes and there aren't very many of [TS]

  them / / series it's a very similar [TS]

  format to Sherlock it's like a little [TS]

  bunch of little movies [TS]

  yeah i think i think the last series is [TS]

  actually three episodes i've been [TS]

  watching them on amazon prime and it's [TS]

  like binge watching me okay I'm absent [TS]

  episode 3 episode 4 away there is no [TS]

  episode 4 no okay still be made though [TS]

  still still still being made [TS]

  alright Foyle's War good one and take a [TS]

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  some plan to like take over the universe [TS]

  or something and you need a website for [TS]

  that because you gotta have a website at [TS]

  each [TS]

  therefore everything Squarespace doesn't [TS]

  do t-shirts but they do websites this is [TS]

  what Squarespace is they make it simple [TS]

  and easy to build websites you don't [TS]

  have to know this stuff there are [TS]

  beautiful designs these pre-formatted [TS]

  templates that look gorgeous and they [TS]

  are responsive so they work on mobile as [TS]

  well as desktop and they're all [TS]

  modifiable their customizable you can [TS]

  start with a blank page and build your [TS]

  own Squarespace templates you can modify [TS]

  the templates that are there they're [TS]

  tools are really easy to use as well [TS]

  they've got drag and drop content tools [TS]

  there's great support if you get stuck [TS]

  if you again as I said are not a [TS]

  complete master of all things web design [TS]

  and web development there's twenty four [TS]

  seven support to live chat and email [TS]

  they've got support located all over the [TS]

  globe that's why the people are not like [TS]

  talking to you in the middle of the [TS]

  night all the time even if it's the [TS]

  middle of the night where you are it's [TS]

  not necessarily where they are because [TS]

  they've got great support New York City [TS]

  dublin and other places around the world [TS]

  and plans are affordable which is [TS]

  another great thing about Squarespace [TS]

  you hear us all talking about [TS]

  Squarespace on podcast and you think [TS]

  this is this giant monolithic [TS]

  corporation they are going to suck like [TS]

  five hundred dollars a day of my wallet [TS]

  and it's not true plans started eight [TS]

  dollars a month and if you sign up for a [TS]

  whole year they will register a free [TS]

  domain name for you [TS]

  so that's just on the house for [TS]

  something for a year of Squarespace and [TS]

  plans are cheap now also if you want to [TS]

  sell things [TS]

  let's say you're not taking over the [TS]

  world yet but you do need to sell things [TS]

  on the internet as part of your plan to [TS]

  take over the world well [TS]

  Squarespace comes with an online store [TS]

  it's not some weird like bonus thing you [TS]

  could graft on from some other source it [TS]

  comes with an online store you just get [TS]

  it when you sign up so I think I've made [TS]

  my point here if you are a super villain [TS]

  or superhero quite frankly Squarespace [TS]

  can serve you if you're selling things [TS]

  on the Internet [TS]

  Squarespace is for you if you're a super [TS]

  genius or you're just a regular person [TS]

  doesn't matter [TS]

  Squarespace is the one for you and [TS]

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  squarespace.com enter offer code geeky [TS]

  that's referring to me not to you you [TS]

  are a fine handsome upstanding [TS]

  individual anyway offer code [TS]

  geeky at checkout Squarespace a better [TS]

  web starts with your website and thank [TS]

  you so much to squarespace for [TS]

  supporting me uncomfortable [TS]

  it's my turn i am going to i have so [TS]

  many to choose from oh my god how long [TS]

  can we be here [TS]

  uh-huh special eight-hour episode 1 [TS]

  yeah so I part 1 of the BBC and it's all [TS]

  bc again I'm just saying [TS]

  actually this is I don't even know what [TS]

  what uh what what channel is this on i'm [TS]

  just going to say the BBC it is a BBC [TS]

  show it's that mitchell and webb look [TS]

  featuring david mitchell and Robert Webb [TS]

  this is a fantastic sketch comedy series [TS]

  it is perhaps my favorite sketch comedy [TS]

  series of all time [TS]

  these are the david mitchell rubber web [TS]

  are a comedy duo they starred in the [TS]

  sitcom Peep Show which a lot of people [TS]

  like and I kind of don't like so much [TS]

  but mitchell and webb that mitchell and [TS]

  webb look this this series which is [TS]

  which errors semi-regularly you can find [TS]

  it on I think BBC america and the u.s. [TS]

  and there are lots of great clips on [TS]

  youtube where you can go check it out [TS]

  and it's been on netflix to yeah yeah [TS]

  and you should go you should check it [TS]

  out it is a great set of of sketches [TS]

  numberwang is a good one it is the most [TS]

  nonsensical and complicated game show [TS]

  ever [TS]

  there is the there's the game show that [TS]

  is after the after the incident which is [TS]

  a there's been a holocaust that nobody [TS]

  wants to talk about and they have a sort [TS]

  of really very sad game show that [TS]

  generally just reminds you to remain [TS]

  indoors and then lots of other great sir [TS]

  digby chicken caesar the homeless [TS]

  homeless guy who have wanders around and [TS]

  thinks he's as a secret-agent and as [TS]

  like a a HS mounted camera so the whole [TS]

  everything he does is this weird [TS]

  perspective shot that's really great [TS]

  just some great TV bit some great [TS]

  character bits fantastic group of actors [TS]

  who are on the show with them most [TS]

  noticeable most notably Olivia Colman [TS]

  and Patterson Joseph really funny and [TS]

  the best single i think comedy bit about [TS]

  sports I've ever seen which is there at [TS]

  their bit advertising the it's basically [TS]

  the sky TV's football coverage and you [TS]

  should check out that clip on youtube [TS]

  because the mitchell and webb football [TS]

  bit is inspired anyway I was brilliant i [TS]

  could not I I it is yeah it is my [TS]

  favorite TV sketch show I think maybe [TS]

  mark a lot of money pythons in the Hall [TS]

  of Fame so we'll let it go but it is a [TS]

  great show the end and these guys are [TS]

  are really versatile and fun and they've [TS]

  got a great supporting cast so i highly [TS]

  recommend that you seek out that [TS]

  mitchell and webb look and there's a [TS]

  doctor who connection [TS]

  yes they were robot voices in right in [TS]

  dinosaurs on a spaceship [TS]

  they also started the back in the pc and [TS]

  the British back vs pc ads yes they were [TS]

  the British mac and pc that is [TS]

  absolutely right it's great and so do i [TS]

  definitely check it out so that mitchell [TS]

  and webb look and then they also do that [TS]

  mitchell and webb sound which is a radio [TS]

  version where sometimes they try out [TS]

  sketches before they do them on the TV [TS]

  version but a lot of them are unique to [TS]

  the radio because they wouldn't work on [TS]

  in visual so so well with looking for [TS]

  that's number way that's not that bad [TS]

  and and since you and since you have [TS]

  have gotten number one David Monty gets [TS]

  to go next Monty what do you have [TS]

  well I don't think we're being nerdy [TS]

  enough so i'm going to explain to [TS]

  everybody that they need to watch spaced [TS]

  if you haven't watched spaced your full [TS]

  and we could practically put that on the [TS]

  board but if de Morgan's not here so go [TS]

  ahead [TS]

  Edgar Wright directed it's written by [TS]

  simon pegg uh-huh and it has nick frost [TS]

  in it so the first thing you notice is [TS]

  that it's the same people as in the [TS]

  Cornetto trilogy [TS]

  yes but it's also everybody that's doing [TS]

  british comedy these days right Jessica [TS]

  Stephenson is in that who is now Jessica [TS]

  Hynes right and then she co-wrote it [TS]

  yeah with with simon pegg Doctor Who [TS]

  connection there to them [TS]

  well my theory and i'm using space to [TS]

  jump off from this is that England is a [TS]

  very small country and there's only so [TS]

  many people that you can put in your [TS]

  show [TS]

  there's only about 10 actors in England [TS]

  that people don't know this but there's [TS]

  really only 10 and so when you see that [TS]

  said that guy doctor who and then he's [TS]

  on Sherlock [TS]

  and and then he's on space you're like [TS]

  oh well I mean they have to reuse actors [TS]

  because there's only about ten exactly [TS]

  you watch space and you say who's this [TS]

  neat guy with the deep voice well that's [TS]

  Peter Sarafina which and he's also on [TS]

  look around you and he's also on black [TS]

  books and he's on everything because [TS]

  everybody's on everything [TS]

  yeah but specifically spaced um it's [TS]

  great it's directed interestingly it's [TS]

  about nerds it is if you like the [TS]

  incomparable i am confident you would [TS]

  like Spencer you be watching [TS]

  yes I think that I think that's exactly [TS]

  right if you like the incomparable you [TS]

  need to watch spaced yes that's a great [TS]

  one [TS]

  that's what I think that's Dan morons [TS]

  favorite TV show might be surrendered [TS]

  his favorite TV show to it's definitely [TS]

  up at the top for both of them too so [TS]

  that's great space you can't you can't [TS]

  go wrong with spaced David what do you [TS]

  have in the second round of the thing [TS]

  that is not a draft ok David what do you [TS]

  have for us but well I am gonna serve [TS]

  them with couple of things together [TS]

  yeah that's fine that's fair because i'm [TS]

  i'm a big fan of spy TV shows I and I i [TS]

  grew up on several of them but then I [TS]

  want to lead into like a slightly [TS]

  different spy series hmm [TS]

  growing up i watch The Avengers and the [TS]

  New Avengers which isn't quite as good [TS]

  but I you know I loved them i grew up [TS]

  watching secret agent and then of course [TS]

  the prisoner which we could do a whole [TS]

  episode about all by itself should and [TS]

  at some point yes and one of these days [TS]

  and you know they're all I mean the [TS]

  prisoners a little more serious and [TS]

  secret agent is a little more serious [TS]

  but they they're all in a similar kind [TS]

  of sixties spy vain but the one I really [TS]

  wanted to mention which doesn't get as [TS]

  much attention over here at least is a [TS]

  series from the late seventies called [TS]

  the sandbaggers which is much more in [TS]

  that sort of John lekar a smileys people [TS]

  mold and greg rucka who does the the [TS]

  comic and graphic novel Queen and [TS]

  country has said that that was pretty [TS]

  much the inspiration it's it's almost [TS]

  the same kind of structure to the [TS]

  organization and they used similar terms [TS]

  and yeah i mean i don't want to say it's [TS]

  more realistic i mean it's it's [TS]

  obviously fiction but it's a much more [TS]

  procedural it's the there aren't car [TS]

  chases there aren't action scenes there [TS]

  that everybody's bitter and the smoke a [TS]

  lot and they drink a lot of coffee and [TS]

  stuff happens and people die and it's [TS]

  it's kind of it's kind of like a [TS]

  complete 180 from the light froth fun of [TS]

  the Avengers so but but i recommend all [TS]

  of them yeah I thought you were going to [TS]

  go with spy and you want a totally [TS]

  different direction than spy if you [TS]

  haven't seen to buy you want you don't [TS]

  know that what that is but maybe people [TS]

  will mention i have seen I have scenes [TS]

  by all right it's a very different show [TS]

  and not really about spies anyway maybe [TS]

  we'll get to that Erica what do you have [TS]

  and this is dr. related is this going to [TS]

  be Blake seven are you going to pick [TS]

  Blake's 7 but I will admit that Blake's [TS]

  7 is somewhere on my lips that I alright [TS]

  alright I'm gonna do another kind of 241 [TS]

  because it's two shows that i like sort [TS]

  of for the same reason you know if this [TS]

  was a draft this would be cheating [TS]

  see I know it's not a draft that I feel [TS]

  empowered [TS]

  anyway the first one is a monarch of the [TS]

  glen which is sort of a a a charming [TS]

  pastoral Scottish oh that's loosely [TS]

  based on a circumference Mackenzie's [TS]

  highland novels they were set in the [TS]

  nineteen thirties and forties but the [TS]

  show actually ran from like 2000-2005 [TS]

  and and was sort of setting in modern [TS]

  day times and it starts out being about [TS]

  this city boy who kind of gets suckered [TS]

  into sticking around to try to restore [TS]

  his his childhood home and in the [TS]

  Scottish Highlands and he doesn't really [TS]

  want to be there and you know it's the [TS]

  the city boy getting used to the country [TS]

  life again thing and it's it's it's just [TS]

  kind of quirky and cute and charming and [TS]

  then final two seasons [TS]

  well actually it in the beginning of the [TS]

  show richard briers who's a very [TS]

  well-known British actor who was in a [TS]

  doctor who's in paradise towers he's of [TS]

  he's the infuriating curmudgeonly all [TS]

  old old father and then later on that [TS]

  the sort of old fellow role is taken [TS]

  over by none other than Tom Baker the [TS]

  fourth doctor himself he comes in and [TS]

  plays that characters brother for the [TS]

  last couple of seasons and things are [TS]

  kind of falling apart plot-wise buy it [TS]

  by that time but it's fun to watch Tom [TS]

  Baker being he's kind of just being Tom [TS]

  Baker to be perfectly honest but it's [TS]

  really fun to watch [TS]

  so I i recommend it up when i watched it [TS]

  was on netflix i don't know if it still [TS]

  is [TS]

  things are a little different here in [TS]

  Canada but i would i would recommend [TS]

  searching that out and the other one [TS]

  that I like four sort of similar reasons [TS]

  because its pastoral and charming and [TS]

  quirky is a show called born and bred [TS]

  and it was a British drama the air right [TS]

  around the same time it was 2002 2005 [TS]

  and it is it's another one that just has [TS]

  a bunch of these sort of Apple [TS]

  countrified characters that are a little [TS]

  bit strange and a little bit silly and [TS]

  this is a show that I get teased [TS]

  mercilessly for for liking every time I [TS]

  run into Rob Sherman at a convention [TS]

  because he tells me I'm I'm dumb and [TS]

  wrong for for liking it despite the fact [TS]

  he wrote one of the episodes but he [TS]

  missed the things very silly so it's a [TS]

  father and son who run a cottage [TS]

  hospital in this fictional lancashire [TS]

  village in the fifties so this one's got [TS]

  a little bit more of the old school [TS]

  charm in it and it's it's just adorable [TS]

  so if you if you like that sort of [TS]

  pastoral type cutie show i highly [TS]

  recommend both of those born and bred [TS]

  and monarch of the glen right and [TS]

  monarch of the Glen is on netflix even [TS]

  now for those in the US who would like [TS]

  to watch it i should say born-and-bred [TS]

  was actually created and written mostly [TS]

  written by Chris Chibnall so there's [TS]

  another doctor who connection there [TS]

  christian know who is a the road quite a [TS]

  few things that a lot of people aren't [TS]

  fondos there you go [TS]

  yeah that's true Andy what do you have [TS]

  for us another another great pic from [TS]

  PBS mystery mystery theater Cadfael [TS]

  which I burned through about five or ten [TS]

  years ago this is another really great [TS]

  mystery series because it's did the [TS]

  twisted is once again because it's an [TS]

  interesting times and interesting [TS]

  circumstances the lead character is [TS]

  brother cat filing a monk and abby at a [TS]

  monk at the at the during a medieval [TS]

  times 11 hundreds and at eight in a town [TS]

  that's sort of at that precipice of [TS]

  about to become a much bigger town [TS]

  because it's not like a crossroads for [TS]

  travelers come from the the monastery is [TS]

  a very very big deal for commerce and [TS]

  for people to cut pilgrims to come on [TS]

  religious quests and so a lot of things [TS]

  that happened is also like well there's [TS]

  also a bit a lot of political intrigue [TS]

  because there's a big fight for the [TS]

  crown of England so politically people [TS]

  coming through my key backers of members [TS]

  mod another one might be Emperor backer [TS]

  of King Stephen and people trying to put [TS]

  people into the monastery of the [TS]

  higher-ups of the disorder are trying to [TS]

  put their own political allies in [TS]

  positions of power but the big deal [TS]

  though is that the lead character is the [TS]

  detective Soto speakers brother Cadfael [TS]

  and although most of the people most of [TS]

  the monks in the monastery are people [TS]

  who had been placed there as teenagers [TS]

  are as weather in student age they [TS]

  basically got the calling to God very [TS]

  very early Cadfael is unique because he [TS]

  was a soldier here in the Crusades he [TS]

  was a sailor he only got the calling in [TS]

  his forties and so on the bad side that [TS]

  means that a lot of people who had been [TS]

  there who have been taken up the hood [TS]

  for about 20-30 years trying to look [TS]

  down on him as sort of a monk come [TS]

  lately at the other hand he has [TS]

  experience in the greater world he is a [TS]

  much better judge of human nature these [TS]

  people who have never really lived in [TS]

  the real world he has experience and [TS]

  learning from the outside world and this [TS]

  is why i like the abbot of the monastery [TS]

  often lose quite quite sharp often leans [TS]

  on him to say that [TS]

  yeah we need well we need a delegation [TS]

  to go visit this other church to have [TS]

  this sort of conversation about what [TS]

  we're going to do about this money [TS]

  that's coming into this political thing [TS]

  i'm assigning I'm i want you to travel [TS]

  with them because these other five [TS]

  people are kind of dopes and if someone [TS]

  if the other delegation someone says to [TS]

  him [TS]

  yes I I heard it [TS]

  angel came and visited me last night and [TS]

  said that the really valuable holy [TS]

  relics that are at your monastery should [TS]

  be in our monastery instead that's what [TS]

  the angel sent by God said cat fails the [TS]

  first one to say yeah right that's [TS]

  totally that's not sure that's totally [TS]

  what happened [TS]

  he's mostly solving crimes murders and [TS]

  stuff like that and this is a time where [TS]

  you go there's there's no green lasers [TS]

  there's no computers that he can say [TS]

  that one move move 20 degrees and [TS]

  enhance yes I can see that the the date [TS]

  on the signet ring of this photograph he [TS]

  has to really work these things out like [TS]

  very quite manually and the other the [TS]

  other thing though is that although he [TS]

  is worldly he is still legitimately [TS]

  religious so it's often really [TS]

  interesting to see how he how he applies [TS]

  his faith in God and his faith in a [TS]

  higher order in a higher power with the [TS]

  reality of the world around him there's [TS]

  something there several times when he [TS]

  actually suggests but we perform this [TS]

  religious right to see what happens [TS]

  there there's one there's one of the [TS]

  episodes for this one this is not these [TS]

  hour-and-a-half longer shows again but [TS]

  there's one that's a copy of a [TS]

  complicated claim of rights against [TS]

  these religious relics and it's they [TS]

  belong to the monastery they've been [TS]

  asked to another monastery has asked we [TS]

  look we've been wiped out by a flood we [TS]

  borrow these relics for one year [TS]

  pilgrims will come to our monastery that [TS]

  will give alms and we'll be able to [TS]

  rebuild our monastery [TS]

  meanwhile there's a third kind of [TS]

  opportunity so we'll look if you're [TS]

  trying if princess benefits relics are [TS]

  traveling i want to a cloud you actually [TS]

  again my my little monkey here said that [TS]

  he's got it was visited by an angel said [TS]

  that they should want us to and so the [TS]

  weight is the way to solve this problem [TS]

  or not is ok we're going to have where [TS]

  to put the Bible understand we're gonna [TS]

  ready with a red you each one each one [TS]

  of these three people who has a claim to [TS]

  the relics are going to randomly open to [TS]

  a page while blindfolded and randomly [TS]

  put their finger down on a passage of [TS]

  scripture and whatever that scripture [TS]

  says is going to indicate God's God's [TS]

  thoughts about your claim to the to the [TS]

  relics and one of them is again [TS]

  pin the tail on the donkey blindfolded [TS]

  turn around three times readily goes to [TS]

  a random page and quotes from Scripture [TS]

  I where I am you can see me but you [TS]

  shall not find me where I am [TS]

  you can never be that he really turns on [TS]

  the turns on the the monkeys happen is [TS]

  it is monster you claim to have the [TS]

  vision up [TS]

  he's a liar he's a he speaks the devil's [TS]

  word i have like I distance myself from [TS]

  him but all things and then the the CAD [TS]

  files and Abbott does the riffle in [TS]

  point [TS]

  it says you have not you have not asked [TS]

  you have not looked for me however i [TS]

  have looked for you [TS]

  I got good so we get to keep the relics [TS]

  so this is real nice cool disconnect [TS]

  between what amounts to forensics and [TS]

  around too well look there's something [TS]

  that doesn't make sense we have to [TS]

  unravel this and make sure and see why [TS]

  this doesn't make sense there's a way [TS]

  that we can figure out where these these [TS]

  these hairs came from there's a way that [TS]

  we can sort of figure out where these [TS]

  bones came from if we can melt down all [TS]

  the skin from and try to reconstruct the [TS]

  skeleton but there's still this [TS]

  religious aspect to it so it is it's [TS]

  kinda like I like it for a lot of the [TS]

  reasons why like why like foils for [TS]

  because it seems like there's so few [TS]

  fresh ways to present a mystery and when [TS]

  you put it in a totally different time [TS]

  in a totally different constant context [TS]

  it's almost like that's disruptive [TS]

  enough to your own brain that you can [TS]

  really see these things fresh again [TS]

  so there's like maybe a half dozen of [TS]

  these on DVD they're on netflix to and [TS]

  they're like they're like little movies [TS]

  great actors great be a great scenery [TS]

  great stuff [TS]

  alright great and that's Derek Jacobi [TS]

  who as as every British actor has been [TS]

  contractually obligated to appear in [TS]

  Doctor Who so we'll move on to as a good [TS]

  one [TS]

  I'm i'm going to i'm going to choose a [TS]

  name a six-part miniseries so it won't [TS]

  they only did one series but it's [TS]

  fantastic it's from 2003 it's directed [TS]

  by david yates who went on to direct [TS]

  many many I think Harry Potter movies [TS]

  and then he wanted to direct the Doctor [TS]

  Who movie [TS]

  yeah exactly right and made to proclaim [TS]

  that fact you know nobody else would let [TS]

  him I state of play is what it's called [TS]

  it's got a fantastic cast this is the i [TS]

  would say this is my favorite work of [TS]

  fiction about journalism stars john simm [TS]

  from TVs doctor who you may know him as [TS]

  the master from TVs Doctor Who I he is a [TS]

  reporter here [TS]

  Cal he's a kind of scuzzy reporter for a [TS]

  newspaper in London he's friends with a [TS]

  member of parliament david Morrissey [TS]

  from TVs doctor who by the way as well [TS]

  as Bob blackpool which is also another [TS]

  great you know David morsi's a member of [TS]

  parliament who has a questionable he may [TS]

  have had an indiscretion in his marriage [TS]

  that may or may not be related to a [TS]

  mystery there's a a murder of a kid in [TS]

  London that seems completely unrelated [TS]

  and yet it will blossom into a shocking [TS]

  scandal that will potentially lay low [TS]

  the British government and also [TS]

  potentially quite threaten the [TS]

  livelihood of the newspaper itself [TS]

  kelly macdonald it has the most [TS]

  delightful and attractive Scottish [TS]

  accent I've ever heard and Bill Nye is [TS]

  the publisher of the newspaper and a [TS]

  very painfully young James McAvoy is a [TS]

  new reporter on the desk at the [TS]

  newspaper and it is a complicated story [TS]

  with a lot of fascinating elements and [TS]

  goes to a perhaps ridiculous conclusion [TS]

  at the end but you know what I i love i [TS]

  love the whole thing it was remade into [TS]

  a movie starring red know Russell Crowe [TS]

  not Brad Pitt russell crowe I I haven't [TS]

  seen that movie I don't know why you [TS]

  need to see that movie see the six-part [TS]

  original british TV series state of play [TS]

  it is fantastic [TS]

  bill nye by the way also appeared TVs [TS]

  Doctor Who anyway that's what i [TS]

  recommend to play it is fantastic [TS]

  where can we find that because that [TS]

  sounds good i want to see it it's been [TS]

  on it's been on the television many [TS]

  times because I saw it on the television [TS]

  just your local TV see it certainly on [TS]

  DVD i don't know i don't think it's on [TS]

  netflix right now but you should seek it [TS]

  out it is the british miniseries it's [TS]

  widely available it was distributed [TS]

  pretty well in the US and other North [TS]

  American countries presumably as well [TS]

  and i highly recommend it is [TS]

  spectacularly good so that's its to play [TS]

  let's go around again Monty what you [TS]

  have [TS]

  well because I love books i'm going to [TS]

  talk up [TS]

  so that very space adjacent but is not [TS]

  spaced it's black books its stars dylan [TS]

  moran and Irish comic who has never been [TS]

  on Doctor Who as far as i know it's only [TS]

  a matter of time [TS]

  nope he plays perfect i hope i hope they [TS]

  never check that guy's paperwork because [TS]

  if they find out he was never a doctor [TS]

  who [TS]

  oh boy the penalties on that well he's [TS]

  Irish not English so I think he's [TS]

  allowed he plays bernhard black a [TS]

  drunken abusive owner of a bookstore who [TS]

  hate selling books most of the used book [TS]

  stores i've been in most college towns [TS]

  yes he is assisted by many who is played [TS]

  by Bill Bailey who is a tenth of comic [TS]

  who has been on Doctor Who and the and [TS]

  Tamsin Grieg who plays fran she's also [TS]

  been on Doctor Who and she owns the [TS]

  store next door that's pretty much the [TS]

  whole show when you get into later [TS]

  series more people start showing up like [TS]

  peter serafinowicz and simon pegg but [TS]

  mostly it's just about dylan moran and [TS]

  Bill Bailey intention Greek bouncing off [TS]

  of each other and dylan moran being [TS]

  hilariously drunk and abusive to people [TS]

  who just want to buy books from him and [TS]

  it's just great [TS]

  if you've ever been in a tiny bookstore [TS]

  where you walk in and the person just [TS]

  hates you on sight [TS]

  you will notice show that's great black [TS]

  books all right put it on the board [TS]

  David did you know there's a board [TS]

  there's a board and it's on now [TS]

  David what do you have aside from law [TS]

  and order UK which is the British law [TS]

  and order starting free magic woman who [TS]

  you may know from TVs doctor who and [TS]

  peter davison who you may know from TVs [TS]

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  that from TVs Torchwood and TVs Doctor [TS]

  Who yeah they're on the BBC i have to [TS]

  say i'm kind of surprised it's taking [TS]

  this long to get here so I'm going to do [TS]

  it worth muriqui's dark place which is [TS]

  only six episodes long it's it's kind of [TS]

  nuts it's a very metal show [TS]

  it's it's the entire thing [TS]

  basically a flashback a rediscovered [TS]

  classic show from the eighties and the [TS]

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  given context by the actors who appeared [TS]

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  and star and director girth merengue [TS]

  who's kind of if you took stephen j [TS]

  cannell and Harlan Ellison and shove [TS]

  them together it's it's a little bit as [TS]

  disturbing as that sounds [TS]

  and so he's this egomaniacal brilliant [TS]

  bad writer and well i guess in touch of [TS]

  Stephen King and and be much worse than [TS]

  any of them [TS]

  I mean they're all like good and it's [TS]

  it's it is possibly the best worst show [TS]

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  Richard I owe a day from TVA IT crowd [TS]

  but he also was involved in directing it [TS]

  and he's also directed episodes of [TS]

  community and and it's just and oh I [TS]

  mean I can't say enough about it i think [TS]

  the only place to find it right now is [TS]

  on DVD but I the first place I saw it [TS]

  was on i think it was on BBC america and [TS]

  then it ran on adult swim for a couple [TS]

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  well worth finding and then the the sort [TS]

  of tangential spin-off what was it [TS]

  man-to-man with Dean learner which is [TS]

  Richard I O'Day's character interviewing [TS]

  the actor who was Garth merengue but in [TS]

  each episode [TS]

  he's a different character so it's sort [TS]

  of like this one-on-one interview show [TS]

  with these really insane people [TS]

  alright that's great I've never i love [TS]

  it when there are things I've totally [TS]

  never heard of South out that was one of [TS]

  them that's good [TS]

  Erica what do you have next I'll write [TS]

  my next pick [TS]

  I'm kind of going in a slightly [TS]

  different direction is called Hotel [TS]

  Babylon which is something that I kind [TS]

  of randomly discovered on netflix a [TS]

  while ago and it's a british show about [TS]

  a hotel called Hotel Babylon and I've [TS]

  always been a big fan of the the type of [TS]

  show that you know the like The Love [TS]

  Boat style thing that the hotel where [TS]

  you have different people coming in and [TS]

  out every week and also i'm just kind of [TS]

  fascinated by hotels in general so the [TS]

  show like this about the inner workings [TS]

  of the hotel it follows the concierge [TS]

  and bartender and just sort of that the [TS]

  staff that's running this hotel in the [TS]

  stuff that they have to put up with and [TS]

  deal with and it's kind of more of a [TS]

  flashy slick show sometimes it's a [TS]

  little tawdry but overall it's mostly [TS]

  just it's funny but there's my sense of [TS]

  warmth to it at the core and it's one of [TS]

  those things where as it went on it did [TS]

  sort of fall apart a little bit i think [TS]

  but I quite quite like it [TS]

  the I think it was the first series is [TS]

  actually based on a book of the same [TS]

  name and but it went from 2006 2009 and [TS]

  it was bc one i looked it up it's [TS]

  actually the real BBC and it was just it [TS]

  was just really cool i like the like [TS]

  sort of you know putting myself in the [TS]

  shoes of the people who are who are [TS]

  running this place and having to deal [TS]

  with it and also then you know it's [TS]

  saying that the rock stars and crazy [TS]

  actors and stuff is some of whom show up [TS]

  and play themselves which is another [TS]

  thing that I'm quite find of anyway yeah [TS]

  it's a good show [TS]

  I just really enjoy it like governor I I [TS]

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  Andy what the historical detective show [TS]

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  cultural icon the United he should be [TS]

  like a special envoy envoys to the uni [TS]

  will not hear him even his name taken [TS]

  and just I will do i think i spent a [TS]

  long time talking about cat last time so [TS]

  this is gonna be a quick 1i I'll see I [TS]

  also saved like the sort of Honor ones [TS]

  because I i felt sure someone would take [TS]

  foil spoils more and if I got files were [TS]

  and I was sure someone's gonna get cat [TS]

  fails i need to get both of those out [TS]

  there quickly even though it's not a [TS]

  draft but yes I wasn't sure why don't [TS]

  want Stefan I don't step on anybody else [TS]

  no no it's good [TS]

  uh that's what we do at the end let's [TS]

  let's talk about way what's the draft [TS]

  was not addressed that all right that's [TS]

  a separate issue really really fun show [TS]

  on on of course on BBC which runs every [TS]

  two british TV show called called penn [TS]

  and teller fool us and it's its stars [TS]

  pendant it's like a it's it's it's a [TS]

  show in which a state show in which of [TS]

  magicians perform one magic trick in [TS]

  front of a live audience including penn [TS]

  and teller and the gamble is that Penn & [TS]

  Teller will watch the trick given only [TS]

  the information of what they've been [TS]

  able to observe as an audience member [TS]

  they then when the trick is over [TS]

  try to guess how it was [TS]

  on they get one guess and one guess only [TS]

  and if they're right well everybody [TS]

  still got to enjoy a magic trick but if [TS]

  they guessed wrong then they get the [TS]

  magician gets a free trip to Las Vegas [TS]

  to be the opening act for one show for [TS]

  for the Penn & Teller show in las vegas [TS]

  and it is at times really really funny [TS]

  because you get to its it's great to [TS]

  hear you get to really see the gears of [TS]

  especially tellers mind running because [TS]

  he still doesn't talk but he passes [TS]

  notes he's clearly looking at things and [TS]

  that he can ask what they can ask one or [TS]

  two simple questions through the host [TS]

  Jonathan Ross who knows how the trick is [TS]

  done but it's the most satisfying thing [TS]

  is when Penn using his you know mr. [TS]

  know-it-all voice says well the thing [TS]

  with magic using you did the move so [TS]

  well so well that we almost didn't see [TS]

  you do it but we think that there's [TS]

  something weird about that box we don't [TS]

  want to reveal it to you and then [TS]

  there's that no it has nothing to do [TS]

  with the box [TS]

  oh okay then I guess you fooled us there [TS]

  this there's if you go on youtube you'll [TS]

  find lots and lots of these clips one of [TS]

  them is one of them is particularly good [TS]

  if there's a car trick revealed in which [TS]

  they were really really sure what that [TS]

  what the solution was not only were they [TS]

  wrong but the magician also predicted it [TS]

  ahead of time I bet he's going to think [TS]

  that there's a gap or something inside [TS]

  this box and so when they asked him [TS]

  about that they when they pointed that [TS]

  out he said just open the box which [TS]

  there was one card so we said no that's [TS]

  not it at which point you see teller [TS]

  rise from his seat and start applauding [TS]

  because he was so pleased that they got [TS]

  trick that way so it's at so that the [TS]

  clips are all over YouTube they're [TS]

  really really funny i think the CW is [TS]

  the network here is trying to this [TS]

  summer the CW is airing this show on us [TS]

  TV that's ok so maybe start technically [TS]

  now a british show but it'sit's BBC us [TS]

  BBC channel 18 i think that's right [TS]

  accounts it's all BBC alright I am going [TS]

  to go next and I have so many things to [TS]

  choose from i really don't know what I'm [TS]

  going to say here oh my god i am going [TS]

  to go with one of my very favorite I [TS]

  sitcoms of all time and I and yes this [TS]

  is a sitcom created by the current [TS]

  showrunner of tvs doctor who wait tvs [TS]

  dr. what does this show you getting that [TS]

  diet shit says it's the syfy don't worry [TS]

  about it anyway but before before Steven [TS]

  Moffat road doctor who he wrote one of [TS]

  my very favorite sitcoms which is called [TS]

  coupling it is a show that is that that [TS]

  is configured like somebody said you [TS]

  know that friends show was really [TS]

  popular in the US we could do a show [TS]

  with that same configuration where it's [TS]

  a Glock kind of a nice set and [TS]

  attractive people which you know this [TS]

  seems normal to us Americans but BBC [TS]

  shows tended not to look like that and [TS]

  tended not to cast like that and so by [TS]

  all accounts it looks like a friend's [TS]

  knock off but the thing is at its heart [TS]

  it's much more farcical the the scripts [TS]

  are much sharper i would say and I liked [TS]

  friends actually but if they're the [TS]

  sharper and twisty ur doing many of the [TS]

  tricks that Steven Moffat within later [TS]

  do in Doctor Who but in sitcom form lots [TS]

  of time jumps and cut back cuts back and [TS]

  forth and some just fantastic dialogue [TS]

  and and rants and very amusing [TS]

  characters including the great character [TS]

  of Jeff Murdock played by richard [TS]

  richard coyle but honestly all of the [TS]

  characters are in their own special way [TS]

  unique the fourth season when richard [TS]

  coyle is not as good as the first three [TS]

  the first three are spectacularly funny [TS]

  and my wife and I will quit lines from [TS]

  coupling to this day i really like it so [TS]

  we don't don't view it as it [TS]

  we don't don't view it as it [TS]

  as a sitcom a british sitcom knockoff of [TS]

  American sitcoms in fact i'd argue that [TS]

  the scripts have more more in common [TS]

  with Frasier than friends in that they [TS]

  are of a a a farcical construction in a [TS]

  way and much less of a standard sitcom [TS]

  construction and if if there's one [TS]

  episode of a sitcom that you need to [TS]

  watch for a laugh it let it be the girl [TS]

  with two breasts from coupling which is [TS]

  spectacular in its collection of jokes [TS]

  and embarrassment i can't recommend [TS]

  coupling highly enough available [TS]

  everywhere that videos are available i [TS]

  believe devaluation i remember watching [TS]

  coupling it was the show on NBC wasn't [TS]

  it [TS]

  oh man yeah you know uh what-what couple [TS]

  Thomas is actually what the office also [TS]

  taught us which is don't just take the [TS]

  scripts from the u.s. from the UK [TS]

  version and run and shoot them in the [TS]

  u.s. is the office as soon as they [TS]

  stopped using the UK scripts of the [TS]

  office was much better and coupled with [TS]

  the same way they they the network [TS]

  completely interfered and then they just [TS]

  reused Moffat scripts and and by the [TS]

  time they started using their own [TS]

  scripts it was far too late and it's a [TS]

  shame but the original UK edition is [TS]

  great [TS]

  don't let the disastrous US edition fool [TS]

  you so that's my that's my plug for [TS]

  coupling let's go let's go back to the [TS]

  top of the order one more time Monty [TS]

  what do you have [TS]

  well how about my favorite author PG [TS]

  Woodhouse PG Wodehouse created a classic [TS]

  created a number of classic series [TS]

  actually but the one most people are [TS]

  aware of is the Jesus booster series and [TS]

  they were brought to life by stephen fry [TS]

  and Hugh Laurie better than any two [TS]

  people could possibly have done [TS]

  Jesus booster stephen fry is perfect as [TS]

  Jeeves Hugh Laurie I you don't know him [TS]

  aside from house be prepared for a [TS]

  surprise is perfect as birdie booster [TS]

  the 4 series of Jesus booster are [TS]

  perfect adaptations of PG Wodehouse [TS]

  stories and are a delight from start to [TS]

  finish [TS]

  you can also watch Blackadder and a bit [TS]

  of fry and laurie once you [TS]

  are caught up on Jesus mr. but I would [TS]

  really start with cheese in worcester [TS]

  and you could just end there absolutely [TS]

  seconded [TS]

  ok I can't believe I can't believe I [TS]

  didn't think about myself I actually [TS]

  actually have the Stephen fried talking [TS]

  geez alarm clock in this and is right [TS]

  actually actually says good morning sir [TS]

  someone is putting that on my list too i [TS]

  did have coupling but how did I miss [TS]

  that good pic money i don't think either [TS]

  of them a better doctor who like Trivial [TS]

  Pursuit Monty wins british TV apparently [TS]

  hey good job good job Monty David what [TS]

  do you have I have a show from the [TS]

  creator of Spooks which we know over [TS]

  here in the US is mi5 mi5 because we [TS]

  don't know what a spook is apparently [TS]

  well we we do we we do it's just a [TS]

  horribly racially tinged word parts of [TS]

  the US and so can't be used in TV show [TS]

  titles yeah that too [TS]

  well this is much more friendly title [TS]

  it's a show called hustle which started [TS]

  in leicester and robert vaughn and Jamie [TS]

  Murray and it's it's if you know the [TS]

  show leverage or if you remember if [TS]

  you're crazy enough to remember the [TS]

  show's switch from the mid-seventies [TS]

  it's very much in that faded it's a [TS]

  group of con artists who swindled those [TS]

  who deserve to be swindled and and [TS]

  sometimes they give to the poor they [TS]

  don't necessarily go full Robin Hood all [TS]

  the time and it is just you know that [TS]

  again you know taking spycraft as using [TS]

  spycraft as a caper film kind of the way [TS]

  mission impossible does he takes all the [TS]

  training he had for the show before this [TS]

  and applies it to how would we do these [TS]

  things if we were con artists and [TS]

  they're just a lot of fun and it's it's [TS]

  fun to see some of the day again a lot [TS]

  of actors that you're going to recognize [TS]

  from other things just getting to have a [TS]

  little fun i mean it it really is a [TS]

  caper film [TS]

  just every week so I like that and [TS]

  robert vaughn is delightful [TS]

  so he's great Robert glennister also [TS]

  fantastic he was in case of Androzani [TS]

  back in the old days of Doctor Who and [TS]

  Mark words tarde in love and monsters so [TS]

  there you go it very very good hustle [TS]

  all right Erica what do you have [TS]

  I am overjoyed that David shows hustle [TS]

  because i had it narrowed down to two [TS]

  things [TS]

  oh my god what do I talk about next [TS]

  hustle has one of them so check so [TS]

  instead I get to talk about i'm going to [TS]

  do a sitcom as well definitely in a [TS]

  completely different vein from from [TS]

  coupling which which jason shows mine's [TS]

  a little bit older it was from actually [TS]

  1992 but when all the way to 2002 as [TS]

  time goes by starring Judy Dench and [TS]

  Geoffrey Palmer Geoffrey Palmer who was [TS]

  in Doctor Who not once but twice [TS]

  yeah and it is just one of the sweetest [TS]

  sitcoms but i think i've ever seen [TS]

  it's it's a kind of a romantic would [TS]

  that follows a relationship between two [TS]

  former lovers who kind of run into each [TS]

  other after having not been in contact [TS]

  for almost 40 years they have a letter [TS]

  got lost in the mail and they never got [TS]

  back together again and ended up having [TS]

  these completely separate lives and then [TS]

  randomly run into each other 38 years [TS]

  later and fall back in love and it's [TS]

  just this courtship story and it centers [TS]

  around to people who are much older than [TS]

  what you see is sort of the hope [TS]

  certainly these days the average main [TS]

  characters on a television show and it's [TS]

  it's warm and it's got so much heart and [TS]

  it's just about the way families [TS]

  interact and you know the Judi Dench's [TS]

  character has a grown-up daughter and [TS]

  who also has a friend who comes to live [TS]

  with them and then so there's no romance [TS]

  of these sort of like younger variety [TS]

  and then the older variety and it's just [TS]

  it's got these characters that are you [TS]

  know kind of wacky sitcom characters but [TS]

  not so over the top that it bothers me [TS]

  because I have trouble with sitcoms in [TS]

  general and this one just it really kind [TS]

  of rides that line and just just makes [TS]

  me love it for for all 10 years [TS]

  yep as time goes by [TS]

  that's good that's not the show I [TS]

  haven't heard of I mean judi dench i [TS]

  think was known before that but that is [TS]

  you know kind of cemented her place and [TS]

  I know if liz is listening to this [TS]

  episode right now which she probably is [TS]

  she's screaming at me because she thinks [TS]

  it's a terrible shown so they should not [TS]

  watch it but she's wrong [TS]

  judi dench of course not not yet on TVs [TS]

  doctor who but that's okay she'll be the [TS]

  next Doctor Who probably so why not take [TS]

  this all right Andy your turn what do [TS]

  you have [TS]

  ok now I imagine imagine that sitcom [TS]

  like friends only a it's British number [TS]

  two they live in circumstances that are [TS]

  quite befitting the amount of money that [TS]

  you would be making if you're making you [TS]

  know if you're just didn't really have [TS]

  really jobs at all that line and third [TS]

  imagine that instead of like like six [TS]

  good-looking people in their twenties [TS]

  they are eight Edmondson and Rik Mayall [TS]

  like at age 28 29 30 and you have bottom [TS]

  it is not at all a sophisticated sitcom [TS]

  it it really is all about these people [TS]

  like punching each other in the groin [TS]

  with cricket bats as a resolution to a [TS]

  problem and dealing not really dealing [TS]

  with the fact that they have no money [TS]

  and not really dealing with the fact [TS]

  they have no prospects not really [TS]

  dealing with the fact that they try to [TS]

  have a they try to go out to the bars [TS]

  i'm all they wind up doing is drinking [TS]

  drinking drinking drinking if even if [TS]

  they might have had a larger goal in [TS]

  mind such as to be even eight percent [TS]

  presentable to women it's just [TS]

  straightforward comedy and just the [TS]

  opening just the opening titles of the [TS]

  show that it release it really sets the [TS]

  tone for because these two guys these [TS]

  two actors that what they were working [TS]

  together for since they were kids really [TS]

  you know that this is our first like [TS]

  college productions and you just see [TS]

  them sitting together on a park bench [TS]

  with nothing to do and just getting on [TS]

  each other's nerves until once again [TS]

  that's there has to be a punch to the [TS]

  groin it's not sophisticated it's just [TS]

  funny that's all I'm saying all right [TS]

  and when we you mentioned adrian [TS]

  edmondson and Rick may also your [TS]

  description would have that you were [TS]

  leading up to would would describe the [TS]

  young ones just as well which is the [TS]

  call [TS]

  aged people with no money dear fascist [TS]

  bully-boy give me some money you bastard [TS]

  love Neil yes that's I haven't i've been [TS]

  trying to avoid the ones that I think [TS]

  that like I must have talked about [TS]

  before because I'm such a big fan of [TS]

  Python such a big fan of the young ones [TS]

  but yet the young ones would be another [TS]

  one if you have not her if you have not [TS]

  seen this before absolutely sick that [TS]

  when I thought it was just so taut so [TS]

  right out there on the middle shelf that [TS]

  I need to go with just a one-level [TS]

  behind it for four bottom but I'd feel [TS]

  around for bottom and if bottom is to [TS]

  organize for you watch some of the [TS]

  bottom live performances which are [TS]

  shambolic alright that's good [TS]

  it's my turn to go i am completely [TS]

  baffled about what to choose [TS]

  so i'm going to choose the british [TS]

  series that made me one understand that [TS]

  there was an England and it had regions [TS]

  and that people spoke with accents there [TS]

  and to made me gave me the superpower as [TS]

  a young person of being able to [TS]

  understand thick English accents and it [TS]

  particularly Yorkshire accent and that [TS]

  is because my mother and i would spend [TS]

  many hours when I was growing up sitting [TS]

  in front of the TV and watching all [TS]

  creatures great and small which is a [TS]

  wonderful show about a small town and [TS]

  countryside veterinarians in the run-up [TS]

  to world war 2i want to say and [TS]

  Christopher Timothy Peter Davison you [TS]

  may know from TVs doctor who isn't it [TS]

  Robert Hardy as well as a 6-3 foreign [TS]

  wonderful show lots of humor very [TS]

  heartwarming a mute amazingly amusing [TS]

  thick yorkshire accents and I love this [TS]

  show so much then the first that the [TS]

  first time I went to England we made a [TS]

  point of going to the town of thirst [TS]

  which is where the real James Herriot [TS]

  who wrote the novel's had his practice [TS]

  it's now at a james herriot museum and [TS]

  we went there and then we took a drive [TS]

  through the Yorkshire Dales and saw all [TS]

  the places really where they shot [TS]

  that part of the show and so I made a [TS]

  point to show that was made such an [TS]

  indelible impression on me that when i [TS]

  went to England for the first time I had [TS]

  to go see the Yorkshire Dales it had to [TS]

  be done and those people do talk like [TS]

  that and it is wonderful and I actually [TS]

  sort of understood them because i have [TS]

  spent so much time drinking it and this [TS]

  is one of the shows that also went on [TS]

  forever and they would go away for 45 [TS]

  years and then just come back and do [TS]

  more episodes and and they went through [TS]

  world war two and then after World War [TS]

  Two and the cast aged and changed and it [TS]

  was a absolutely wonderful show the [TS]

  books are great too but the the series [TS]

  is is is beautiful i think it's all on [TS]

  netflix as well so i couldn't could [TS]

  recommend all creatures great and small [TS]

  highly enough and then featuring a guy [TS]

  named Peter Davison who you my TV's [TS]

  Doctor Who I mentioned that I mention [TS]

  that he's on TVs doctor who he was a [TS]

  one-point also david tennant's [TS]

  father-in-law if you want to go that [TS]

  route you can do that too so so we've [TS]

  reached what I'm gonna think is the end [TS]

  but i know that there are many more [TS]

  shows so I'm going I'm going to go [TS]

  around one last time and let you unload [TS]

  the rest of your list because i'm sure [TS]

  you've got more things on your list just [TS]

  get them out really quick because i [TS]

  don't want them to not be mentioned [TS]

  Monty what did you have left all that I [TS]

  have left [TS]

  I'm not joking about this is the goon [TS]

  show say radio show from a million years [TS]

  ago [TS]

  written by Spike Milligan and starring [TS]

  Spike Milligan harry secombe and Peter [TS]

  Sellers as a wide variety of extremely [TS]

  stupid people [TS]

  it's very catchphrase based it's very [TS]

  callback based it was a huge influence [TS]

  on Monty Python you can get some [TS]

  episodes and there's a chance it will [TS]

  make sense to you if you listen to six [TS]

  or seven in a row you'll start to enjoy [TS]

  it it's the goon show [TS]

  listen to it i dare you alright the goon [TS]

  show that's cleared off your list [TS]

  David would you have left on your list [TS]

  all man is still got so many i'll just [TS]

  run down a whole bunch [TS]

  hello Fawlty Towers bless me Father from [TS]

  from the i wanna i wanna officially [TS]

  inducted fawlty towers and just put it [TS]

  on the board as the hall of fame [TS]

  well yeah because really we should have [TS]

  done that upfront and we didn't know it [TS]

  there it is it's retro actively in the [TS]

  Hall of Fame don't mention the war [TS]

  go ahead he's from Barcelona anyway [TS]

  inspectors Morris Lewis and ever the [TS]

  fall which is all on netflix and stars [TS]

  gillian anderson in a very smart serial [TS]

  killer thriller Miranda which stars [TS]

  Miranda Hart and is written by miranda [TS]

  hart who most people over here with no [TS]

  from the show called the Midwife but if [TS]

  you want to see her being funny just [TS]

  flat-out silly this is the show the hour [TS]

  which ran for two series and you know it [TS]

  started co-star dominic west and ben [TS]

  wishaw and with basically his real [TS]

  accent or at least more of a real axis [TS]

  and the wire pick which is weird it's [TS]

  weird to see Jimmy McNulty speak with an [TS]

  English accent and romola garai is Allah [TS]

  and the hour and she is a fantastic and [TS]

  then a show that was originally on in [TS]

  the early sixties early seventies I [TS]

  think and then they did a remake of it i [TS]

  prefer the remake it's called randall [TS]

  and hopkirk deceased which is about two [TS]

  private investigators who are partners [TS]

  and one of them is killed in the first [TS]

  episode and comes back as a ghost and of [TS]

  course only his heart often see him and [TS]

  in the remake they get older they get a [TS]

  little more metaphysical and Tom Baker [TS]

  who might know from well anyway he's [TS]

  sort of the spirit guide for the [TS]

  deceased partner and it's nuts and it's [TS]

  it's all written by Charlie Higson you [TS]

  might know from The Fast Show or from [TS]

  his young James Bond novels and other [TS]

  novels free and adults a lot of fun so I [TS]

  think they're only 12 episodes that if [TS]

  you can find it anywhere [TS]

  okay Erica what do you have on your list [TS]

  left over [TS]

  oh I have a lot as well um I have never [TS]

  wear the new game in a miniseries from [TS]

  the nineties starting up Peter Capaldi [TS]

  should be TVs doctor who is published [TS]

  Joseph in that and Patterson Joseph who [TS]

  was almost TVs doctor who [TS]

  ya hear you can you can see powers and [TS]

  Joseph currently in the leftovers on HBO [TS]

  by the way he is great in it it's a [TS]

  really creepy performance but it's [TS]

  fantastic and that's numberwang go ahead [TS]

  he's so good he's so good it never was [TS]

  the first thing I saw him in and I just [TS]

  completely fell in love with him as the [TS]

  Marquis care about i also have I don't [TS]

  know if this should be on the board [TS]

  already but red dwarf I don't know if [TS]

  that qualifies [TS]

  oh yeah that show I love right right [TS]

  yep i was like got a surprise nobody [TS]

  else took that if we were going for most [TS]

  influential in my life that would be up [TS]

  there also new street law which is just [TS]

  kind of eat your basic legal show you [TS]

  know the defense versus the prosecution [TS]

  with with some you know background stuff [TS]

  between the lawyers stars john hannah [TS]

  and i love john hannah so that was one [TS]

  that I quite enjoyed so I want to [TS]

  netflix broadchurch which just aired on [TS]

  BBC and is now going to be remade as [TS]

  GracePoint also starring david tennant [TS]

  he was TVs doctor who you know and I [TS]

  know he's going to have a fake American [TS]

  accent yes but it's not as bad as his [TS]

  breakfast is not your lawyer accent is [TS]

  Chicago accent was terrible this one [TS]

  seems like it's going to be better [TS]

  yeah that was bad i'm also sapphire and [TS]

  steel which is just like the cuckoo [TS]

  banana pants crazy series which I've [TS]

  still have not finished yet I don't [TS]

  think one episode in but i love it so [TS]

  far it's got David McCallum and joanna [TS]

  lumley as sapphire and steel and it's [TS]

  that I don't even know how to describe [TS]

  it it's and they're probably [TS]

  intergalactic beings of some sort but [TS]

  i'm not sure yet so we'll see life on [TS]

  Mars starting the master from TVs Doctor [TS]

  Who Johnson as a guy who did present day [TS]

  gets hit by a car and then wakes up in [TS]

  its 1973 I think and he doesn't know if [TS]

  he's time traveler he's dead or what the [TS]

  deal is and it's fascinating [TS]

  yes Philip Glenister fantastic in that [TS]

  as the Gulf by the way and what a great [TS]

  salute to seventies cop shows is life on [TS]

  Mars in addition to the sci-fi element [TS]

  it's fantastic also creepy creepy test [TS]

  pattern girl with balloons [TS]

  yeah scary yes and a great soundtrack [TS]

  music and that show has been [TS]

  plastic as well i also had I also had [TS]

  Luther which is I think it is elbow at [TS]

  his best he is just fantastic as the [TS]

  mean it's a british psychological crime [TS]

  drama [TS]

  yes I also with his own accent not the [TS]

  one he doesn't the wire [TS]

  yes so I love Luther i still haven't [TS]

  seen the last the most recent series [TS]

  apparently there's just not going to be [TS]

  another one but they're making a movie [TS]

  but it was created by Neil cross who [TS]

  wrote a couple episodes of Doctor Who [TS]

  looking very good one and a very bad one [TS]

  yeah yeah well depends on how you look [TS]

  at it I thought it was a very good one [TS]

  and one that I also liked will put it [TS]

  that way and i also have Blackadder on [TS]

  my list which is a Rowan Atkinson's show [TS]

  Blackadder yes you got ahead throw the [TS]

  black outer in there so the next one as [TS]

  promised blake 7 which was created by [TS]

  Terry nation creator of the Daleks which [TS]

  ran concurrently with Doctor Who and [TS]

  shared a lot of the same sets and [TS]

  costumes and afters selector that's a [TS]

  fun one and I just like it's it's a very [TS]

  you know it's a bunch of rogues you know [TS]

  bad guys from the wrong side of the [TS]

  tracks banding together to become good [TS]

  guys it's kind of like firefly in [TS]

  Ellie's i also have the british the [TS]

  office the original office which you [TS]

  mentioned earlier which you're taking [TS]

  all my shows here and last but certainly [TS]

  not least to finish off the derek jacobi [TS]

  quotient i claudius because you you know [TS]

  you gotta have a little bit of of a [TS]

  British you know the British it's [TS]

  basically a film stage play but it's [TS]

  just wonderful and you get the you know [TS]

  Roman imaginations and you know that [TS]

  almost everybody on that show was on [TS]

  doctor who at one time or another friend [TS]

  Brian blessing to derek jacobi to john [TS]

  hurt Patrick Stewart who you would know [TS]

  for me show you my weight from from not [TS]

  done from dr. yeah i think all of the [TS]

  Emperor's on on i claudius were on [TS]

  Doctor Who and may have even played the [TS]

  doctor in some form or another it's [TS]

  pretty interesting [TS]

  so yes that is my list sorry for [TS]

  stealing all your shows Jason very nice [TS]

  i'll just mention them again [TS]

  it's my turn Andi it's your turn what do [TS]

  you have left that you want to just get [TS]

  out before we go [TS]

  my lightning round shaun the sheep which [TS]

  is a spin up spin off kids series from [TS]

  the wallace and gromit people and but [TS]

  it's not a kid series it's like 10 [TS]

  minutes shorts of course no dialogue and [TS]

  it's just funny funny like visual comedy [TS]

  at just like it's like I again another [TS]

  another one's bitch watch things for god [TS]

  dammit i watch two and now i have to [TS]

  have to spend the rest of my the rest of [TS]

  the day watching every one of these [TS]

  because they're just so funny [TS]

  another series called the posh nosh [TS]

  another series like little eight-minute [TS]

  videos at their parodies of the most [TS]

  pretentious cooking shows you can [TS]

  possibly imagine what these two [TS]

  incredibly snooty hosts favorite line of [TS]

  dialogue I've never forgotten it which [TS]

  is like what for one recipe that they [TS]

  they set it up by saying now at your [TS]

  local gourmet shop there are any number [TS]

  of pretentious over overpriced snooty [TS]

  gourmet vinegars any one of those will [TS]

  do for this recipe yeah keeping up [TS]

  appearances which I thought was sort of [TS]

  must be on already on the free space [TS]

  because everybody's always heard about [TS]

  it on on PBS but I still I still can [TS]

  always watch it because i love the [TS]

  character of hyacinth this middle-class [TS]

  English woman who in her mind is [TS]

  absolutely upper class and for that [TS]

  reason she annoys everybody in her life [TS]

  her family her neighbors her husband [TS]

  everybody but the great thing because [TS]

  the very British thing about this comedy [TS]

  is that everybody around her as annoyed [TS]

  as they are about her realize that if [TS]

  she is so fragile on this point that if [TS]

  if you were to say to her look your you [TS]

  come from really humble beginnings you [TS]

  are definitely middle-class you're fine [TS]

  but you have no connection to royalty or [TS]

  everything that's great about England [TS]

  she would just be destroyed and so they [TS]

  walk on eggshells around her second to [TS]

  last is going to be marketed wise the [TS]

  club best nineteen seventies comedy [TS]

  variety act ever these specials that [TS]

  the Christmas special particulars [TS]

  hour-long BBC radio documentary about [TS]

  them in which everybody talking about is [TS]

  saying that look as a kid my Christmas [TS]

  with it was either good or bad depending [TS]

  on the market and revised Christmas [TS]

  special and even the writers for that [TS]

  show the performance were intimidated by [TS]

  this Super Bowl level TV event every [TS]

  year that as they're doing the series [TS]

  over the year if a sketch was really [TS]

  really good they say now let's say that [TS]

  for the Christmas show and they would do [TS]

  things like they would get like all the [TS]

  news readers for bbc2 a musical number [TS]

  from South Pacific mr. it's just it's [TS]

  just this most amazing thing and also [TS]

  just like the the way that these two [TS]

  guys work together you imagine that you [TS]

  can see that the 20 years that they [TS]

  worked together before that that fed [TS]

  into their just a bill ability to [TS]

  perform as one single organism on the [TS]

  show and the last one is this show that [TS]

  i just discovered on youtube I must have [TS]

  fallen into public domain because that's [TS]

  the only reason why the entire series [TS]

  would be posted on YouTube in its [TS]

  entirety robbie coltrane host a [TS]

  educational / documentary series called [TS]

  coal trains planes and automobiles [TS]

  that's like six episodes and every half [TS]

  of every half-hour episodes just him [TS]

  talking about a different development in [TS]

  the development of the of engines and so [TS]

  first episode that he's going to talk [TS]

  all about steam engines second episode [TS]

  is going to talk about gasoline engines [TS]

  then there's the two-stroke engine now [TS]

  there's the diesel engine and it's just [TS]

  the sort of thing where you can imagine [TS]

  this is what you pitch to like a United [TS]

  States executive when you really want to [TS]

  make the point that look I might make my [TS]

  agent forced me to take this meeting I [TS]

  really don't want to be [TS]

  we're running a are doing a TV show in [TS]

  the United States but when you see how [TS]

  well that this show is done i realized [TS]

  that all i really was interested in [TS]

  learning how a diesel engine work so i [TS]

  really was interested to see how easy it [TS]

  is to take a two-cylinder engine / [TS]

  turbot well any hand for hand tools that [TS]

  takes 20 minutes for Robbie cultural [TS]

  hall isn't that interesting [TS]

  so all the entire series is up on [TS]

  youtube and I there was another one of [TS]

  those things where it was ok let's let's [TS]

  fire up the youtube downloader make sure [TS]

  we have all these episodes in the queue [TS]

  for future reading because it's just so [TS]

  entertaining alright I these are all [TS]

  great i'm gonna throw in a few more [TS]

  Erica mention broadchurch which is very [TS]

  sad very good that's also Chris Chibnall [TS]

  who did Torchwood and some doctor who [TS]

  but so since that was taken i'm going to [TS]

  mention blackpool which starred david [TS]

  Morrissey and david tennant David 10 in [TS]

  a very similar role actually to [TS]

  broadchurch although this is a wild show [TS]

  you may know this because it was remade [TS]

  as as a Viva laughlin starring hugh [TS]

  jackman on CBS and it was terrible but [TS]

  the original is fantastic it's like a [TS]

  jukebox musical they sing and the music [TS]

  is playing in the background to like [TS]

  Elvis songs and a bunch of other songs [TS]

  and so it's a murder mystery musical [TS]

  family drama it is a bizarre combination [TS]

  you know it's fantastic David Tennant [TS]

  and sarah parish who was the crazy weird [TS]

  spider woman in that Christmas episode [TS]

  of Doctor Who but her chemistry in this [TS]

  with david tennant is much better than [TS]

  it wasn't an episode of Doctor Who david [TS]

  Morrissey does a fantastic performance [TS]

  the the way I i can't recommend that [TS]

  this show highly enough you should [TS]

  definitely check out [TS]

  blackpool or as it's usually cold in the [TS]

  u.s. viva blackpool very very good weird [TS]

  though just so weird with the music [TS]

  don't let the music turn off you get [TS]

  into it after a while when they're [TS]

  singing along to songs and stuff and it [TS]

  actually becomes kind of emotionally [TS]

  affecting so highly recommend blackpool [TS]

  we mentioned it earlier Pierre [TS]

  serafinowicz is bizarre kind of [TS]

  educational training films as TV sitcom [TS]

  called look around you it it is it is [TS]

  like nothing you have ever seen other [TS]

  than maybe a movie in your math class in [TS]

  elementary school and it is hilariously [TS]

  good the first season is much more like [TS]

  instructional videos the second season [TS]

  is basically lost episodes of a 1980s [TS]

  computer show and they are bizarre and [TS]

  hilarious and if you've ever wondered [TS]

  where the word maths comes from the [TS]

  answer is it's an it's an acronym for [TS]

  nonsense but you can look that up on [TS]

  YouTube a lot of good clips from look [TS]

  around you on YouTube but definitely [TS]

  wear [TS]

  checking out as i mentioned spy the [TS]

  sitcom which I actually got turned on to [TS]

  by Lisa Schmeisser on an episode of the [TS]

  incomparable it's a fun actually family [TS]

  sitcom about a guy who ends up becoming [TS]

  a spy accidentally and then he's he's a [TS]

  he's a divorced dad and his son is [TS]

  actually more on the ball but he is and [TS]

  it's wacky and zany and that's on hulu [TS]

  and is current and very funny i'll throw [TS]

  in a shout out to ashes to ashes which [TS]

  is the sort of sequel to life on Mars if [TS]

  you like Miami Vice and other eighties [TS]

  cop shows it does for the eighties what [TS]

  life on Mars did for the seventies since [TS]

  Erica mention the office i will mention [TS]

  extras which sometimes i think is maybe [TS]

  a better show than the office I don't [TS]

  know it's certainly less painful to [TS]

  watch in the Ricky Gervais space [TS]

  genre of sitcom and then I want to put [TS]

  uh I want to put in a good word for [TS]

  James Burke's documentary series [TS]

  connections from the late 70s coat which [TS]

  is one of the most amazing things I've [TS]

  ever seen everybody said yeah we're [TS]

  literally he will tell you this story [TS]

  that this this anecdote that seems [TS]

  completely unimportant and then he will [TS]

  spend an hour connecting how the fact [TS]

  that this merchant in the netherlands in [TS]

  1540 discovering a new way to bond [TS]

  silver onto a plate leads through series [TS]

  of steps to the creation of the atomic [TS]

  bomb and every week it's like that was [TS]

  like what how [TS]

  huh how is that possible it's amazing [TS]

  stuff so I remember my mind blame being [TS]

  blown by that on PBS in the seventies [TS]

  minutes I was a BBC documentary series [TS]

  so that's my list station before we end [TS]

  can I add one that i realized i forgot [TS]

  Monty here this is your reprieve go for [TS]

  it the jeremy brett sherlock holmes is [TS]

  the most accurate sherlock holmes ever [TS]

  put on screen great Sherlock Holmes I [TS]

  love sherlock but Sherlock is not [TS]

  faithful so much as it's a modern [TS]

  reinterpretation the Jeremy British lock [TS]

  homes is like the Sherlock Holmes it's [TS]

  the ultimate yeah I like jonny lee [TS]

  miller like Benedict Cumberbatch like [TS]

  Robert Downey jr. but they're not really [TS]

  a sherlocky as Jeremy Brett was I agree [TS]

  I agree you almost put that one up on [TS]

  the board to of the Givens but I'm glad [TS]

  you mentioned it [TS]

  alright well and what that means we've [TS]

  reached the end for now I'm sure there [TS]

  are more british TV [TS]

  shit i'm sure the BBC will continue to [TS]

  produce programs with em prgram MPs for [TS]

  us in the future on other channels [TS]

  including those not named BBC thanks BBC [TS]

  alright and uh and we hope we giving you [TS]

  a taste of for you know you people who [TS]

  are not in England a taste of English TV [TS]

  that you should seek out and for those [TS]

  of you who are in great britain England [TS]

  the United Kingdom and all other names [TS]

  that you have for that little low [TS]

  country of yours [TS]

  we apologize because we're stupid North [TS]

  Americans and we don't know what we're [TS]

  talking about [TS]

  obviously so I'd like to thank my fellow [TS]

  Americans in North American guess Erica [TS]

  and sign an American now now in North [TS]

  American always in north america i guess [TS]

  i just specify Canada you're under the [TS]

  cruel yoke of the Queen so i hope you [TS]

  haven't gotten in trouble tonight I hope [TS]

  that you know we do have our own bc it's [TS]

  just it's the CBC instead of the bpc [TS]

  yeah yeah that sounds a little more like [TS]

  this [TS]

  a government agency will come and give [TS]

  you a shot when you're into inoculate [TS]

  you against the zombie apocalypse the [TS]

  CPC sounds like that to make thank you [TS]

  for being here with your doctor who [TS]

  knowledge they can't thank you [TS]

  yeah how much can we talk about Doctor [TS]

  Who without talking about Doctor Who I [TS]

  think we found out tonight it's a lot [TS]

  Monty Ashley thank you for being here [TS]

  thank you mate [TS]

  yeah that's right sure australian shows [TS]

  are coming later David little her thank [TS]

  you for being here [TS]

  cheerio into to pip ah alright alright [TS]

  governor thank you and Andy anarcho [TS]

  thank you Jason it was certainly a real [TS]

  pleasure to talk to you on this podcast [TS]

  that was me doing an english BBC actor [TS]

  trying to American accent it sounded [TS]

  like a robot it it was much more like a [TS]

  robot but yes that was quite good [TS]

  a British robot trying to do an American [TS]

  accent by the way by the way if you want [TS]

  if you want to see a really great [TS]

  terrible American accent by an English [TS]

  actor checkout Nicola Bryant and in [TS]

  Doctor Who she got that she apparently [TS]

  audition for the part of the American [TS]

  companion claiming she was American and [TS]

  they seem to have believed her which is [TS]

  hilarious when you realize that she has [TS]

  no idea what an American accent is and [TS]

  the best part of her role is at one [TS]

  point she uses the phrase don't let's [TS]

  don't let start and it's like no that's [TS]

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