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    Classic British television shows

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    We were talking about some of the famous television shows created in the UK.

    Space: 1999, Benny Hill, Faulty Towers, Monty Python (Flying Circus), The Black Adder, The Avengers.

    I like the non-vulgar humour shows like Benny Hill, Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Black Adder.

    I like the spy thrillers like The Avengers and The Prisoner.

    I like the sci-fi shows like Space:1999 and Red Dwarf.

    I have seen some Dr.Who episodes, but not enough to say I am a fan of.
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    Benny Hill:

    I do not know if it was a cultural thing, but some of the jokes/songs I could not understand.

    I loved the storied sketches, and especially the ones where there was no words and at the end Benny gets chased by everyone for one reason or another.

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    Monty Python's Flying Circus:

    It is so different and fun at the same time.

    Loved the movies, and in the show I loved sketches like:

    The Dead Parrot
    I'm a lumberjack...
    The cheeze store
    etc.

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    Im not sure you can use Benny Hill and non-vulgar in the same sentence, the guy was one of the stars of British bawdry and a particular style of British humour that came to prominence from the 50s to 70s then died in the 80s with the rise of modern sensibilities. Are You Being Served and the Carry on series fit the same genre. To a lesser extent you have it in Dads Army too and on the racial end you have Aint half hot Mum.

    All shows that have their appeal but which must be appreciated as relics of a bygone era

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    I remember Benny Hill having topless girls. Here in The US that would be vulgar to many even now.

    The local PBS station that shows the British sitcom used to have Father Ted and The Vicar of Dibley in the rotation. I haven't seen them in years. Are You Being Served, and As Time Goes By, and the one with the Buckets seem to never go away. Red Dwarf was on for a long time too. I can't remember the last time classic Doctor Who was on. Doc Martin, Poldark, Death in Paradise are a few of thr dramas on here.

    I want to make a donation with caveat that they change the line up. We want some different stuff. A scifi night might be fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aeson View Post
    , and the one with the Buckets seem to never go away.
    Ahem, that's 'Bouquet' tyvm..and it's keeping up appearances, Waiting for God was another one that aired on pbs a few decades ago
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    Off the top of my head:

    Blake's 7 - Sci-fi with 70s social values. Veering on camp but the actors are RADA graduates, so they get away with it and you get completely sucked in. I watched this again last year for the first time in literally 40 years. It is even more awesome than I remember.

    Brass Eye - Satirical mock news show from the 90s

    I, Claudius

    The Singing Detective - Really, any screenplay by Dennis Potter. Potter died of bowel cancer; rather wittily, he called his tumour "Rupert" because "it invaded the body politic." That was almost thirty years ago; Potter is long dead, but the other cancer has progressed.

    Robin of Sherwood - Michael Praed as Robin. Clannad soundtrack.

    Arthur of the Britons - Real high-budget stuff

    The Buddha of Suburbia - More of a miniseries, I suppose. Great soundtrack.


    If you enjoy children's TV paired with altered states of consciousness, I recommend The Clangers, The Magic Roundabout and Mr. Benn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sepulchrave II View Post
    If you enjoy children's TV paired with altered states of consciousness, I recommend The Clangers, The Magic Roundabout and Mr. Benn.
    thats an apt description - I'd forgotten just how trippy some British childrens TV can get

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sepulchrave II View Post
    Blake's 7 - Sci-fi with 70s social values. Veering on camp but the actors are RADA graduates, so they get away with it and you get completely sucked in. I watched this again last year for the first time in literally 40 years. It is even more awesome than I remember.
    Fun fact: Steven Pacey, who played Tarrant in the last two series, narrates the audiobooks of Joe Abercrombie's First Law books.
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    And another one that hasn't been mentioned, but that's one of the cleverest shows ever made (and still very relevant): Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister.
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