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More British TV discussion

The Call The Midwife thread has been M'd, so making this new thread to continue discussion of Midwife Season 10 and all the other current shows people were discussing.

I know he isn't on Grantchester now, but here's a little ginger poundcake anyway.

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by Anonymousreply 226November 29, 2021 4:44 PM

Former thread is here. If you have a paid membership, if you would be so kind, please post this link into the former thread.

by Anonymousreply 1October 29, 2021 7:39 PM

Whoops, forgot to post the link!

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by Anonymousreply 2October 29, 2021 7:41 PM

Happy Valley season 3 is happening 😀!

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by Anonymousreply 3October 29, 2021 8:42 PM

This guy was one of the expectant fathers tonight on Midwife (in the states). He was fuckin' fine!

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by Anonymousreply 4November 1, 2021 5:14 AM

R3 She has really had one of the most surprising post-soap careers of almost anyone.

by Anonymousreply 5November 1, 2021 5:22 AM

Someone had a theory about the new pupil midwife on CTM and while I didn't look ahead for spoilers it appears after last night's American episode they may be right.

(I love Midwife but let's face it, the anvils are rarely subtle.)

by Anonymousreply 6November 2, 2021 1:05 AM

Norton plays trash exceptionally well.

by Anonymousreply 7November 2, 2021 1:18 AM

"Grantchester" poor Leonard has been sentenced to prison for six months due to "gross indecency with a man." He has been stripped of his collar. He was one character I really enjoyed. "Call the Mid Wife" I would rather call on some of those expectant fathers. Always enjoyed Judy Parfitt (Sister Monica Joan) quoting verses from the Bible, quite a role reversal if you saw her in "The Jewel and the Crown" as an absolute bitch. The new widower calling Trixie about hiring a nanny is interesting.

by Anonymousreply 8November 2, 2021 1:46 AM

I missed part of this week’s CTM episode. Why did Dr Turner’s secretary tell the young girl she was going to a mother & baby home with the baby for 4-6 weeks and then take the baby away from her later that day? Why was that other woman whining about how she didn’t diagnose her daughter & made her worse?

Fuck that rich guy, calling Trixie all the time and flirting with her within months of his wife dying.

by Anonymousreply 9November 2, 2021 1:55 AM

If I decorate, it’s after December 1

by Anonymousreply 10November 2, 2021 2:01 AM

R9 Miss Higgins was trying to give the young girl a chance to get to know her baby, in case she wanted to raise the baby herself. But the cunt mother overruled her and took it from her arms.

The mom thought it was her fault that her limp as a dishrag daughter had PKU, but Sister Julienne Potatoes said there's no way she would have known.

I am Team Hot Rich Guy / Discount Younger Hugh Grant and either he pokes Trixie in the cooter or I'll take him next!

by Anonymousreply 11November 2, 2021 2:01 AM

Recap of last ep

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by Anonymousreply 12November 2, 2021 2:02 AM

OOPS, wrong thread.

by Anonymousreply 13November 2, 2021 3:49 AM

Poor Leonard. That was a very sad episode He’s lost everything.

by Anonymousreply 14November 2, 2021 5:23 AM

I love Grantchester, it’s so earnest yet so far-fetched and ridiculous. I mean, that little 1950s village must have a crime rate to rival London and Manchester. Not to mention that Father Will’s liberal views would probably have gotten him defrocked in the present day, let alone 65 years ago. I also love Mrs. C giant old Lon Chaney-esque boyfriend or husband or whatever he is.

by Anonymousreply 15November 2, 2021 6:17 AM

I was hoping Fran Fine or Mary Poppins would show up during the parade of nannies montage.

by Anonymousreply 16November 2, 2021 6:53 AM

I want to fellate Matthew Aylward.

by Anonymousreply 17November 2, 2021 1:26 PM

I hate Baptiste. I wish it was a decent show because I really like the change of scenery. Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary. Would be nice to watch a good show in those settings. But I can’t sit through it

by Anonymousreply 18November 2, 2021 10:42 PM

Ok, I’m done with CTM. It’s too stupid. A nun is smilingly putting in a good word with the mother superior for a midwife who lives and works at a convent so the midwife can go on BBC & advocate for legalized abortion, but same nun is pissed that a student midwife didn’t tell anyone she had an illegitimate baby.

Not to mention there is no way in hell nuns in Ireland could spirit away a baby to London to be kept in an orphanage instead of adopted. Even if they wanted to, which they wouldn’t want to. They’d have been super-pissed that their “model” orphan got pregnant and would’ve seen it as a sin, not to mention a betrayal of the orphanage. The nuns were…you know…..Irish Catholic. The orphanages in Ireland were horrid, the nuns in the orphanages and in the Magdalene laundries were Stockholm syndrome, abused females. They’d been brainwashed into believing that women were inferior to men, that men couldn’t be blamed for wanting sex and that women who got pregnant out of wedlock were to blame for tempting the men.

Most of them never wanted to be nuns. They were forced into it because there were too many females in Irish families. The males were the important family members. Females were trouble because females could get pregnant as soon as they started to menstruate. There weren’t enough males to the marry females. As with blacks in America, the British used the prison system to keep Irish males from gaining any kind of wealth or strength. Transport to the colonies was also used to keep down the male Irish population. The ugliest and smartest Irish girls were told by their families they would be nuns. They lived in convents that isolated them from their families for the rest of their lives, and they were in charge of basically imprisoning orphan children and young women who couldn’t become nuns or married mothers because they didn’t get along with their families or because they broke societal rules. It was a sick society and there was no way a pregnant orphan would have “a few sisters on my side” (as the character in the show says) to send a baby to an orphanage in London.

This show is too stupid to live.

by Anonymousreply 19November 8, 2021 2:15 AM

I'm skipping your post until I watch tonight's ep R19

by Anonymousreply 20November 8, 2021 2:17 AM

Norton looks so much better since he had his inverted nipple sucked out so the perk the right way.

by Anonymousreply 21November 8, 2021 2:21 AM

R20 = Frau.

No one cares what posts you read, Madam.

by Anonymousreply 22November 8, 2021 2:22 AM

Sister Julianne has been very odd to me all season long. And I found her reactions to both Nancy and Trixie to be weird.

I cannot imagine she would have supported Trixie, and Trixie's passion about it seemed to come out of the blue.

This was an episode where I wondered again if somehow PBS had edited too much out and it no longer made as much sense.

by Anonymousreply 23November 8, 2021 2:10 PM

Just two weeks ago Trixie was incensed that a doctor was performing a D&C at a private clinic.

Something she could’ve mentioned on the BBC show, that wealthy women could get a safe abortion at any time and poor women were stuck with Val’s grandmother.

They need to speed up the rich widower marries Trixie storyline. I’m bored with her character.

by Anonymousreply 24November 8, 2021 4:16 PM

R24 Right. All the pieces of the story are there but they seem to be pacing it really weirdly in the telling.

by Anonymousreply 25November 8, 2021 4:49 PM

Your comment is a mixture of truth and bollocks R19. What you’ve missed is that nuns did not come from the same class as the overwhelming majority of the illegitimate children and their mothers. Nuns were from more affluent families: the daughters of farmers, businessmen, teachers and the like. Women from very poor families usually went to be domestic or farm servants, often for little more than their keep. And there were always ways and means of accommodating illegitimate children and their mothers who were more affluent. They rarely ended up in the terrible institutions. I don’t watch CTM but I don’t see that the scenario described is impossible.

by Anonymousreply 26November 8, 2021 4:51 PM

I absolutely love Grantchester...I have already finished this season and I think it's the best so far.

by Anonymousreply 27November 8, 2021 4:55 PM

I like the new frau-ish crime show The Madame Blanc Mysteries. It takes place in a small French village, but features mainly British actors and characters for some reason. Sue Holderness is hilarious as the "Lady of the Manor" type of character.

It is on Channel 5 and also available on the streaming platform Acorn TV.

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by Anonymousreply 28November 8, 2021 5:06 PM

[QUOTE] R5 She has really had one of the most surprising post-soap careers of almost anyone.

Sarah Lancashire's career is less surprising if you know that her husband Peter Salmon is a very highly placed TV executive, he's a former controller of BBC1 and currently the director of BBC England.

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by Anonymousreply 29November 8, 2021 5:11 PM

Dagliesh. Acorn TV.

Adapting three of P.D. James’ international best-selling and much-loved Inspector Dalgliesh Mysteries, the new series will star Bertie Carvel as Inspector Adam Dalgliesh. Starting in the mid 1970's England, the exciting new crime series is told from the perspective of P.D. James’ uniquely enigmatic detective and follows Dalgliesh’s career to present day as he solves unusual murders and reveals buried secrets.

It also stars Jeremy Irvine as cocky sidekick DS Charles Masterson.

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by Anonymousreply 30November 8, 2021 5:12 PM

R28 I'm a gay man not a frau but that show looks so ridiculous, I want to watch it.

by Anonymousreply 31November 8, 2021 5:34 PM

[quote]Sarah Lancashire's career is less surprising if you know that her husband Peter Salmon is a very highly placed TV executive, he's a former controller of BBC1 and currently the director of BBC England.

Sarah Lancashire gets work because she's a great actress, fuck all to do with who she's married to.

Sally Wainwright wrote two characters for her to play. Jack Thorne wrote two series with characters for her to play.

by Anonymousreply 32November 8, 2021 6:20 PM

I’ll check out Madame Blanc, it looks silly but I hope it’s not as silly as Shakespeare and Hathaway.

by Anonymousreply 33November 8, 2021 6:30 PM

[quote] And there were always ways and means of accommodating illegitimate children and their mothers who were more affluent. They rarely ended up in the terrible institutions.

In Ireland? How?

How many “more affluent” Irish women were there prior to 1970?

What religion were they?

What did they do when they got pregnant?

Where in Ireland did they go for abortion?

A Catholic woman could not get an abortion in Ireland, period. “Affluent” Irishwomen were Protestant and they would have to go outside the country for an abortion. Even that was difficult. So tell us what the6 did with 5hose babies, besides giving them up for adoption — mostly to America — or keeping them in an orphanage until they aged out. What was the means of accommodating Irish Catholic women & their illegitimate children?

Oh look. Here’s a typical story and it doesn’t involve educating orphanage girls to be midwives then sending them off to London for specialized training & certification where they could secretly see their baby once a month.

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by Anonymousreply 34November 8, 2021 6:32 PM

NY times paywalls all articles now. Try Irish Central to learn the true story of Irish women and their illegitimate children that Call the Midwife whitewashed with a ridiculous story of plucky nuns lying and scheming to help a plucky orphan visit the plucky baby those plucky nuns somehow smuggled out of Ireland without their orphanage or parish priest’s knowledge into a plucky English orphanage that allows orphans to be visited by their sisters. (Everyone knew of a Catholic orphanage that allowed the orphans be visited by their sisters in the 1960s, right?)

Call the Midwife whitewashed the stories of places like Tuam just as they’ve whitewashed the prejudice that Caribbeans , Indians, Pakistanis, homosexuals, Catholics, Jews, Africans and everyone else came up against until very recently by portraying harsh reality as a mere scratch to be covered with a smiley Nonnatus bandaid.

“Of course homosexuality is normal …. and being a prostitute is simply choosing sex work as an alternative lifestyle…it’s that silly government who’s to blame! Only a few prejudiced people stand in the way of the milk of human kindness that the heterosexual lower class white people wish to show everyone else’s all colors, genders, sexualities, nationalities & religions. People just need to be taught that it’s ok to be themselves and then everyone else will accept them. That’s how the world is. It’s why we rejected Brexit in favor of inclusion. It’s why sister Julienne supports Trixie’s right to express her outspoken abortion beliefs on national radio despite being employed by an Anglican convent… yet Sister is angry because a student and a few nuns fibbed about an out of wedlock baby. Everything’s fine. Just ask Dr Turner & his wife to explain it all to you in their extremely liberal-for-those-days beliefs (even though Mrs Turner doesn’t believe it’s natural for a woman to give up her own baby, yet happens to be in possession of 2 children born to other women. It’s just how Call the Midwife rolls).”

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by Anonymousreply 35November 8, 2021 7:02 PM

[quote]A Catholic woman could not get an abortion in Ireland, period. “Affluent” Irishwomen were Protestant and they would have to go outside the country for an abortion.

There were protestants in Ireland in the 60s?

by Anonymousreply 36November 8, 2021 7:26 PM

Any word if there will be a 4th (or more) series for Ghosts? I just finished watching all episodes on HBOMax and loved it.

by Anonymousreply 37November 8, 2021 7:48 PM

ITV showed The Long Call last week, something about an openly gay detective returning to the Amish like community that cast him out for being a bumbandit. Anal Sex guy from Fleabag who is gay in real life played the gay detective.

And this week there's something with the lesbian from Game Of Thrones who was also Shannon Matthews' mum as an openly woman detective going to a tower block after an incident and doing some investigating.

And is anyone watching Angela Black? The storyline is ok but it could have fitted into 2 hour movie not a 6 hour drama.

by Anonymousreply 38November 8, 2021 7:55 PM

I really enjoyed the first season of new All Creatures Great and Small. Haven't started the second season yet but very much looking forward to. Love the stories and the acting. It's nicely done, a bit over-sweetened at times. But these days that's exactly what I need.

by Anonymousreply 39November 8, 2021 7:59 PM

I don't know if James has the gravitas to be Bond, but I'd do him in a second.

by Anonymousreply 40November 8, 2021 11:36 PM

Thank you for the article, R35. Absolutely horrifying.

by Anonymousreply 41November 8, 2021 11:48 PM

[quote] just as they’ve whitewashed

Oh honey, it's a fictional show not a fucking documentary. CHANGE YOUR BLOODY TAMPON

by Anonymousreply 42November 9, 2021 1:22 AM

I, too, would like more seasons of Ghosts, a charming, sneakily funny show. I hope it doesn’t go the Fawlty Towers/The Office UK route and disappear after two (excellent) seasons (although Ghosts has had three seasons to date).

by Anonymousreply 43November 9, 2021 2:16 AM

[QUOTE] R32 Sarah Lancashire gets work because she's a great actress, fuck all to do with who she's married to. Sally Wainwright wrote two characters for her to play. Jack Thorne wrote two series with characters for her to play.

Maybe some roles are written for her because of her influential Husband?

Have you ever seen her in 'The Paradise' ? It's not an intentional comedy and she performs it like a 'Pantomime Dame'.

Joan Collins would be Oscar worthy compared to it.

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by Anonymousreply 44November 9, 2021 2:27 AM

The Paradise was unwatchable.

by Anonymousreply 45November 9, 2021 3:48 AM

Yeah, Sarah was awful in that one. I think there's something just very contemporary about her, not suited to period drama.

That said, you all might be interested to know she starring as Julia Child in a new miniseries about the chef with David Hyde Pierce as her husband. The series was filmed in Canada a few months ago.

by Anonymousreply 46November 9, 2021 4:01 AM

What is Nicola Walker up to? Does she have a new series in the works since she'll no longer be on Unforgotten?

And will we soon see her in another season of The Split (which is a perfect case of an ordinary series that's totally uplifted by a brilliant British cast)?

by Anonymousreply 47November 9, 2021 4:04 AM

[quote] Maybe some roles are written for her because of her influential Husband?

No. Sally Wainwright wants Lancashire in her tv shoes because she’s a great actress. Wainwright’s characters have won Lancashire 2 BAFTAs out of 4 nominations.

Try and give women credit for their own success. Please try.

by Anonymousreply 48November 9, 2021 7:46 AM

[quote] What is Nicola Walker up to? Does she have a new series in the works since she'll no longer be on Unforgotten?

She was in a 6 part series called Anneka, a biopic of Anneka Rice, the singer who sung Japanese Boy and jumped out of helicopters to build orphanages.

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by Anonymousreply 49November 9, 2021 7:49 AM

Walker's co-star from The Split, Annabel Scholey, is currently on Doctor Who (well, for two episodes according to IMDB). Loved the first episode of the new Doctor Who season, but found the second one for the most part meh.

by Anonymousreply 50November 9, 2021 7:58 AM

Annabel Scholey was good in The Salisbury Poisonings as Rafe Spall's wife. It's only 3 hours and the BBC at its best.

She was also in Walking On Sunshine, the hilariously awful 80s jukebox movie with Leona Lewis, Katy Brand and Emma Thompson's husband off of Strictly. There's also a ridiculously good looking Italian in it.

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by Anonymousreply 51November 9, 2021 8:57 AM

I love Annabel Scholey. She reminds me a lot of Mary-Louise Parker.

I do hope The Split comes back.

by Anonymousreply 52November 9, 2021 2:03 PM

Any other fans of Portrait Artist of the Year?

I became aware of the competition series deep into the pandemic and it was so wonderfully engaging and soothing. It's been hard to find episodes sometimes. I originally found some years on youtube and then more recently some have been offered on Prime. It's so different from American competitions which are all about the craziness of the contestants. This series actually has wonderfully talented artists and charming Stephen Mangan (of The Split) as a host, as well as interesting Brit celebs as models posing for their portraits.

by Anonymousreply 53November 9, 2021 2:08 PM

I’ve watched a few episodes on YouTube. It is soothing. So many talented people, it’s amazing.

by Anonymousreply 54November 9, 2021 2:19 PM

[quote]If you are looking for new PBS shows to watch "Unforgotten" is terrific. Three seasons, only 4 episodes a season.

Great series, unfortunately the female lead, Nicola Walker wanted to leave the series. The other main performer, Sanjeev Bhaskar, will remain, not sure who will replace Walker.

Sanjeev was mostly known for his comedy series, Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars at No. 42.

by Anonymousreply 55November 9, 2021 3:49 PM

I've loved UNFORGOTTEN more than any other British series. Unbelievable how they take what is a rather ordinary cold case murder and spin it into high emotional drama with outstanding ensemble casts beyond even Nicola and Sanjeev.

I really hope the quality continues without Nicola. Seems odd that she would have wanted to leave such a great series and character that probably only took a month or two of her time each year....but I respect her for making the right choice for herself. Is there any word on who is replacing her?

Btw, I've had a little crush on cast regular Lewis Reeves who plays the hot young blonde ass't detective. He has a fun Insta account even if it's mostly photos and videos of his wife and baby.

by Anonymousreply 56November 9, 2021 6:00 PM

I was lucky enough to see Lewis Reeves starkers in My Night With Reg at the Donmar a few years ago, with the equally luscious and nude Julian Ovenden.

by Anonymousreply 57November 9, 2021 6:33 PM

Sarah Lancashire is playing Julia Child in an upcoming HBO mini-series. David Hyde Pierce as her husband, Bebe Neuwirth as one of her chef cohorts.

by Anonymousreply 58November 9, 2021 6:40 PM

r58, please read my scoop at r46.

TIA!

by Anonymousreply 59November 9, 2021 7:01 PM

Suranne Jones is the new Sarah Lancashire, another of Sally Wainwright's favourites.

They made Unforgiven in 2009 and it's been remade with none other than Sandra Bollocks as Suranne, and Viola Davis as someone else.

by Anonymousreply 60November 9, 2021 7:08 PM

(R18) I know exactly how your feel. I watch "Baptiste" but am not really interested in the plot line. I hate the time juxtapositions i.e. current date/14 months earlier. You see the Prime Minister (earlier) standing, then current date she's in a wheelchair. And the endless "I lost my sons" and Baptiste looks like a smelly, homeless man.

by Anonymousreply 61November 10, 2021 1:29 AM

Good news is always worth repeating, r59!

by Anonymousreply 62November 10, 2021 3:13 AM

Hard to believe Tchéky Karyo, who plays Baptiste, is only 65 years old, he looks much older. He must be a smoker.

Tchéky Karyo used to be hot.

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by Anonymousreply 63November 10, 2021 10:15 AM

R34, good god of course there were affluent women in Ireland, not just the immensely rich like the Guinness family but the daughters of doctors, dentists, big farmers, lawyers, senior civil servants, bank managers etc etc etc. Dublin has whole areas of the city full of Georgian townhouses and substantial Victorian villas as well as big 20th century houses. Who do you think lived in them? And of course they weren’t all Protestants. There were always doctors willing to do a ‘D & C’ for a nice middle class girl and it was easy to have a long weekend in London. No passport needed between Ireland and the U.K. Sorted. Otherwise, no problem in a private adoption. The illegitimate offspring of well off women rarely if ever ended up in the likes of Tuam. And btw, I knew a working class woman in rural County Kerry who had two illegitimate children around 80 years ago. As an old lady she still lived in the community with one of her daughters without either of them being in any way shunned. Unusual but not unknown. Thankfully Ireland has transformed and has to come to terms with horrors like Tuam. But in terms of class and socio economic status it was a lot more nuanced than you seem to think.

by Anonymousreply 64November 10, 2021 2:39 PM

Tried watching that series THE PARADISE discussed upthread cause I'm a big Sarah Lancashire fan, and even bigger Emun Elliott fan, but the first episode was so insipid I didn't get through it. Any encouragement here from fans who enjoyed it to continue?

by Anonymousreply 65November 10, 2021 2:41 PM

"THE PARADISE" was not renewed because "MR. SELFRIDGE' did basically the same show and basically the same story line only better.

by Anonymousreply 66November 10, 2021 3:21 PM

I couldn't watch MR SELFRIDGE because of my severe dislike of Jeremy Piven and his awful wigs.

by Anonymousreply 67November 10, 2021 3:23 PM

Of course the Midwife season ended on an up note. I'm surprised at the resolution for Nancy.

I didn't see the twist w/Matthew coming but I guess Trixie's story needed a bit of a twist.

Miss Higgins is forever the DL icon of all icons.

by Anonymousreply 68November 15, 2021 4:37 PM

[quote]I didn't see the twist w/Matthew coming but I guess Trixie's story needed a bit of a twist.

Having been surprised that Valerie's nan Dolly Rawlings was the back street abortionist I guessed immediately that Matthew was the slum landlord when they started talking about companies and Matthew donated the money to Nonnatus House.

It was as subtle as Olivia Colman telling Pauline Quirke in Broadchurch "how could you not have known your husband was committing all those crimes?".

by Anonymousreply 69November 15, 2021 4:42 PM

All I know is that I need to see Matthew in bed, erect. I need to see his O face.

by Anonymousreply 70November 15, 2021 4:46 PM

I don't watch any of these shows. There are some rare exceptions, but I actually think the US does television so much better than the UK, I don't tend to waste my time with much British TV. Plus they are usually either super bleak or super twee (like Call the Midwife) which isn't my cup of tea at all.

by Anonymousreply 71November 15, 2021 4:46 PM

So you're in a UK TV thread to say you don't watch UK tv?

by Anonymousreply 72November 15, 2021 6:11 PM

Angela Black finally finished last night. The plot would make a good 2 hour Netflix movie but it was so stretched to 6 episodes it nearly broke.

by Anonymousreply 73November 15, 2021 6:18 PM

[quote] good god of course there were affluent women in Ireland, not just the immensely rich like the Guinness family but the daughters of doctors, dentists, big farmers, lawyers, senior civil servants, bank managers etc etc etc

And their pregnant daughters went off to London and had abortions

by Anonymousreply 74November 15, 2021 8:41 PM

“Well of course Irish lass, you’re welcome back here to Nonnatus house after you snatched your child out of an orphanage, didn’t have any money, didn’t tell anyone where you were going, didn’t call your job/school, had no plan and put yourself and your child in mortal danger. That sounds like the kind of person we want becoming a midwife with our stamp of approval. Just behave now.”

by Anonymousreply 75November 15, 2021 8:46 PM

No surprise the Christmas special will be the wedding of Lucille and Cyril.

Apparently there’s a 10th anniversary special around Thanksgiving with a look back at all the departed cast members.

by Anonymousreply 76November 15, 2021 8:46 PM

Grantchester: Looks like Leonard has found his niche in prison, becoming the chaplain.

by Anonymousreply 77November 15, 2021 8:48 PM

[quote]Apparently there’s a 10th anniversary special around Thanksgiving with a look back at all the departed cast members.

We'll never see it in the US.

by Anonymousreply 78November 15, 2021 9:04 PM

Lucille & Cyril are 2 of the most cardboard cutouts on television. And what’s with Jamaicans going all in on US Southern gospel type religion? Most were catholic or Anglican. It’s not like they emigrated from Jamaica to Alabama.

by Anonymousreply 79November 15, 2021 9:11 PM

Cyril is from British Guiana, not Jamaica.

by Anonymousreply 80November 15, 2021 9:39 PM

[quote] We'll never see it in the US.

My PBS station has it on their schedule for next Sunday.

As I understood it, this was to replace the usual 8th episode in the season. They cut the number of episodes because they started so late with COVID.

Again in last night's episode you could tell so much of the blocking was influenced by COVID. The way they had Tim stepping up to Miss Higgins' desk, and the pauses between lines, almost made me think they did their lines separately and it was edited together. Same with the sister who gave up the baby handing the mug to the sister who birthed the baby. Trixie and Not Hugh Grant on different levels when speaking.

by Anonymousreply 81November 15, 2021 10:10 PM

I will say I didn't find Lucille that grating before, but they are DEFINITELY having the character lean into some of the stereotypical type things - and the accent is terrible, to be honest, for her and Cyril.

by Anonymousreply 82November 15, 2021 10:11 PM

Even more reason why he wouldn’t be a Southern US gospel type. He’d maybe be more influenced by Hindus

by Anonymousreply 83November 15, 2021 10:49 PM

Here's the 10th anniversary video, "Special Delivery."

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by Anonymousreply 84November 15, 2021 11:13 PM

[quote] Looks like Leonard has found his niche in prison, becoming the chaplain.

How can he be a prison chaplain when he’s been imprisoned for homosexuality in 1950s-1960s Britain? He wouldn’t be allowed to be a priest or a prison employee. Maybe he becomes a social worker after his sentence is up and he helps former prisoners return to society and cope with their PTSD (which didn’t have a name yet).

They’re overdoing it with the Geordie PTSD. Enough.

I fucking hate Baptiste and hurl it off my tv as soon as I see that guy’s face. I don’t care if he was hot 40 years ago. That show is disgustingly prurient and pointlessly violent. I don’t want “attempted gritty” on Sunday nights.

by Anonymousreply 85November 15, 2021 11:24 PM

I love Baptiste.

by Anonymousreply 86November 16, 2021 4:54 AM

"I love Baptiste."

R86 - I love Baptiste too especially this season with Fiona Shaw!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 87November 16, 2021 2:39 PM

Aw, Sister Evangelista at R84.

Miss that old dyke.

by Anonymousreply 88November 16, 2021 2:47 PM

r88 Not enough to get her name right.

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by Anonymousreply 89November 16, 2021 3:26 PM

R89 = Miss Higgins.

by Anonymousreply 90November 16, 2021 3:29 PM

I don’t find Miss Higgins as charming as the writers/directors do.

by Anonymousreply 91November 17, 2021 11:14 PM

How did Fred the janitor manage to buy a building?

by Anonymousreply 92November 17, 2021 11:15 PM

[quote] Aw, Sister Evangelista

That’s what they called her after the disfiguring plastic surgery.

by Anonymousreply 93November 18, 2021 12:43 AM

The season of Baptiste now airing on PBS is rather dull. I enjoyed previous seasons

The Showtime series ,about a vacationing family whose child went missing in France, The Missing, was excellent. Isn't that the series where Tchéky Karyo originated the Baptiste character?

The first The Missing starred James Nesbitt and Frances O'Connor, second series starred David Morrissey and Keeley Hawes.

by Anonymousreply 94November 18, 2021 3:32 PM

"The Missing, was excellent. Isn't that the series where Tchéky Karyo originated the Baptiste character?"

R94 - YES it is!

by Anonymousreply 95November 18, 2021 3:35 PM

Anyone here have a fondness for that series that was on PBS last year, set in Amsterdam but cast mostly with Brit actors....can't remember the title but the lead guy had white blond hair and lived on a houseboat and his female assistant was a very hot brunette (who later showed up on the reboot of All Creatures Great and Small)? I think there were only about 4 episodes in the first season but I really liked it and wonder if it'll return.

by Anonymousreply 96November 18, 2021 3:46 PM

Maybe the poors should just raid the piggy bank for that massive $1.99 contribution so we don’t have two concurrent discussions about the same topic?

by Anonymousreply 97November 18, 2021 3:53 PM

There are two episodes of the new season of "Shetland" up on Acorn.

by Anonymousreply 98November 18, 2021 4:04 PM

[quote]Anyone here have a fondness for that series that was on PBS last year, set in Amsterdam but cast mostly with Brit actors....can't remember the title but the lead guy had white blond hair and lived on a houseboat and his female assistant was a very hot brunette (who later showed up on the reboot of All Creatures Great and Small)? I think there were only about 4 episodes in the first season but I really liked it and wonder if it'll return.

Yes, I remember that series, it was called "Van Der Valk", the blond actor is Marc Warren. I first saw Marc on a British cop series, which aired on BBC America, "The Vice'" which also starred Ken Stott and Caroline Catz.

Ken Stott also played a pedo in The Missing.

Not sure what's going on with BBC America, when it first came on the air, it was great, there were tons of British cop shows.

HEX and PRIMEVIL, were fun, there was another supernatural show about weird goings-on at a former mental hospital which was turned into a luxury apartments, I don't remember the name of that series. Now all they seem to air is endless repeats of Star Trek. I tried to get into "Killing Eve", but I just couldn't.

What was the name of the Doctor Who spin-off, with the American actor who lives and works in the UK? That series was good too. It was similar to PRIMEVIL.

by Anonymousreply 99November 18, 2021 7:42 PM

[quote]What was the name of the Doctor Who spin-off, with the American actor who lives and works in the UK? That series was good too. It was similar to PRIMEVIL.

Torchwood, an anagram of Doctor Who. It was a very uneven show but it had its moments.

by Anonymousreply 100November 18, 2021 8:21 PM

There was a British series about a very unconventional detective that was thrown off the police force because he used a psychic(s) to locate missing bodies. Anyway, his old boss calls him up (back???) to help with a case the department cannot crack and all leads are dead ends. Does anyone know the name of this show as I can never remember it?

by Anonymousreply 101November 18, 2021 8:50 PM

That sounds like Abi Morgan’s River with Dame Lesley Manville, Dame NIcola Walker and the guy from Mamma Mia.

by Anonymousreply 102November 18, 2021 9:37 PM

The detective in River (Stellan Skarsgard) was schizophrenic or something. No psychics involved.

Dr T, a Belgian series, remade by the Brits, is a professor of Criminology or Criminal Psychology with severe OCD who helps the police solve crimes.

Yay, more Shetland. It’s such a soothing show despite the murders.

by Anonymousreply 103November 19, 2021 2:00 AM

When do the new episodes of Vera come out for streaming?

by Anonymousreply 104November 19, 2021 1:03 PM

I think there are only two new episodes of "Vera" from the current season available and the remainder won't be released until next year.

by Anonymousreply 105November 19, 2021 2:00 PM

R105 - THANKS!

by Anonymousreply 106November 19, 2021 3:03 PM

I've not yet watched The Gay Thing from the Vera writer also starring the openly gay Anal Sex Guy from Fleabag and anti vaxxer Juliet Stevenson from Truly Madly Deeply

by Anonymousreply 107November 19, 2021 5:26 PM

Baptiste finished. Brutal ending. It was odd. How was it going to be blamed on the immigrants? Even if he managed to get the body back inside the camp, it would be obvious from lack of blood, spray patterns that he wasn’t killed there. Not really sure how Baptiste and the son made it out alive unless she had her phone in her pocket and it wasn’t smashed from crawling. And 911 could find an obscure cabin in the woods.

Cooking class? Spatchcocking a chicken, “you do that so well”? At least he reunited with his wife. So it kind of sounds that this series is finished.

by Anonymousreply 108November 22, 2021 4:34 PM

I can't stand the plummy BBC shows nor the faux cockney chav ones. It seems British shows are one or the other. We are not amused - or might be if they spoke an English we can understand.

by Anonymousreply 109November 22, 2021 4:43 PM

[quote]I can't stand the plummy BBC shows nor the faux cockney chav ones. It seems British shows are one or the other. We are not amused - or might be if they spoke an English we can understand.

Examples?

by Anonymousreply 110November 22, 2021 5:13 PM

Juliet Stevenson is anti-vaxx? Ugh.

by Anonymousreply 111November 22, 2021 6:24 PM

[quote]Juliet Stevenson is anti-vaxx? Ugh.

She was a huge Andrew Wakefield supporter in the 90s when he was claiming MMR vaccine caused autism.

[quote]He also criticised the drama's star, Juliet Stevenson, for what he described as "irresponsible" remarks in media interviews in which she has called into question the safety of the vaccine. But a spokesman for Five said the actress had every right to make her views known. She added: "Juliet Stevenson has never claimed to be a medical expert. She is expressing her views as a mother."

A lot of actors are self important nutters.

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by Anonymousreply 112November 22, 2021 6:47 PM

Can we discuss relentless Representation Merchant, the British actor Riz Ahmed.

Is he well-liked in the UK? Is he popular there? In the US, he's been hyped non-stop since his turn in the HBO series The Night Of. He won an Emmy for this series.

While he's an extremely good actor and his really roles were diverse, his current constant blabbing about being Muslim and needing to see "Muslims presented in a positive light in showbiz" is extremely off-putting. Ahmed doesn't seem to comprehend, representation is about taking a role which can be portrayed by any race and ethnicity, that is the way to break stereotypes and barriers.

Then there are the sexual assault allegations which have been buried by Ahmed's powerful team. They go back as far as 2010. The 'tea' is, this man is extremely sketchy, very manipulative and that most of his representation stance is total bullshit. Riz Ahmed might be Muslim, but he sure doesn't adhere to most of the tenets of his religion.

His quickie marriage last year to an American born South Asian writer was an attempt to bury the whispers about his sexual assault allegations. They have little in common.

A UK TV series he claimed to have written, Englistan, about 30-40 years in the life of a SA British family, was totally ripped-off from a SA student's thesis! That's the real reason for the delay, not that he wanted the series to be "perfect, I'm such a perfectionist." Another lie.

I gather this actor is yet another fake and poseur? I'm curious what European film and TV fans think of this man.

by Anonymousreply 113November 22, 2021 7:39 PM

R113 thinks representation is bad but probably bitches about lack of representation for gays

And accuses someone of assault with no evidence. There is a weird group of people (or is it just one troll?) who are obsessed with Riz Ahmed. They attack him based on nothing

by Anonymousreply 114November 22, 2021 7:53 PM

Riz Ahmed has almost no profile in the UK.

The Night Of wasn't shown on main TV, whereas the original Criminal Justice was shown by the BBC in primetime slot and Ben Whishaw was nominated for a BAFTA for it.

His comments on representation are fair enough - how many Black or Asian British actors get high profile roles playing British characters?

by Anonymousreply 115November 22, 2021 8:10 PM

Riz Ahmed doesn't really do any British TV shows and he generally doesn't play English characters in his movies.

His UK profile is so high that as a Brit I had to Google him.

by Anonymousreply 116November 22, 2021 8:14 PM

R116 - I am a Yank and I had to Google him too.

by Anonymousreply 117November 22, 2021 8:16 PM

I don't watch much television, so I only know Riz Ahmed from film -- my first exposure was in Nightcrawler, where I assumed he was playing a Hispanic character (though looking at IMDb, only the character's first name, "Rick," is listed, which isn't confirmation of anything); he was excellent in Sound of Metal, fully deserving of his Oscar nomination, and again, his character's racial/ethnic background is never specified (the character's name is "Ruben Stone") -- isn't this what we should be aiming for in "color-blind" casting?

by Anonymousreply 118November 22, 2021 8:21 PM

So the only roles Muslims should be able to play are colorblind ones? There shouldn't be any characters who are specifically Muslim?

by Anonymousreply 119November 22, 2021 8:38 PM

No, r119.

by Anonymousreply 120November 22, 2021 8:44 PM

[quote]So the only roles Muslims should be able to play are colorblind ones? There shouldn't be any characters who are specifically Muslim?

His point was roles where the character was explicitly Muslim were always negative.

Other racial groups have spoken out about representation as well. British Chinese actors have complained about being cast as either The Doctor or The Prostitute. They're never The Best Friend or The Neighbour or The Partner.

by Anonymousreply 121November 22, 2021 8:45 PM

[quote][R113] thinks representation is bad but probably bitches about lack of representation for gays And accuses someone of assault with no evidence. There is a weird group of people (or is it just one troll?) who are obsessed with Riz Ahmed. They attack him based on nothing

And you know all this HOW? You know for an absolute fact he never assaulted any woman? How do you know this? Most rumors are based on facts, especially when you have many people who don't know each other repeating the same stories, those stories are usually true.

Are really this dense? Where did I post "representation is bad"? It's not bad, yet, that's the platform Ahmed goes on and on about. Riz has made 'representation' his main calling in life. By doing so he will surely limit the types of roles he's offered, he cannot play a put-upon Muslim forever. Are you really this stupid?

I agree with R118, the goal for any actor or actress is colorblind casting, unless, of course, the characters portrayed are real people, then, the casting should be specific to the character.

I assumed Rick in Nightcrawler was supposed to be Hispanic. In fact, Riz mentioned to Stephen Colbert, while in NYC working on TNO for nearly a year, people were speaking to him Spanish while he was going about his life, many assumed he was Spanish. Riz's Queens NY accent in TNO was spot on. I know an Indian guy raised in New York, who sounds just like the Naz Khan TNO character.

Riz also lies about hs 'humble' Wembley beginnings, his family are not poor, let alone working class.

by Anonymousreply 122November 22, 2021 8:50 PM

R114, no evidence re the sexual assaults, huh?

Several Twitter accounts had the names of his victims printed, until the South Asian Muslim women he assaulted got scared and thought they'd be shunned by their SA community , especially if their names got out there, which was ridiculous, as they were the victims. But SA society is still a patriarchy. The assault victims asked the Twitter account owners, one a SA female writer, to please delete their names from the Twitter accounts, which she and the other account owners did.

Screen caps of the names of Riz's victims are out there, of course, I will NOT post them here.

You don't know a damn thing about any of this, you obviously want to argue and or defend an actor you know little about. Are you working for his team? I'm sure his publicists and management team send their minions everywhere to make sure the truth never gets out there. It took years, but Weinstein was outed for all his crimes.

During Riz Ahmed's last two bizarre relationships, Riz sent his team all over the internet to delete any photos showing him with his last two secret GFs. When it came to hiding his partners, this man was worse than Jake G. Riz is now parading his Indian/American wife around like she's some sort of trophy. He neurotically hid his last two biracial GFs. If these women attended any events with him, they were walked in through a back door with his publicist. Why such espionage? He wasn't a married man hiding a mistress. He's one very odd bird. His public image versus his private life is very weird and extreme.

Now what's that about 'representation'?? Was he hiding these women because they were of mixed race? Give me a break.

by Anonymousreply 123November 22, 2021 9:03 PM

Peep Show and Spaced are two brilliant British comedies that have held up well over the years. The first two or three seasons of Lovejoy with Ian Mcshane are also a good laugh.

I recently watched The Pursuit of Love miniseries w Lily James and liked it. Not brilliant, but it’s something to watch on a Sunday whilst folding laundry etc.

The 90’s version of Rebecca with Charles Dance is also good.

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by Anonymousreply 124November 22, 2021 9:11 PM

R122, using your own logic, there is no evidence that you're not a rapist. So I'll keep calling you a rapist. Are you really that dense?

by Anonymousreply 125November 22, 2021 9:16 PM

Not all depictions of Muslims are negative, actor/comedian Aasif Mandvi is currently on the CBS now Paramount+ series called EVIL, he plays a Muslim investigator who works with a priest and a female detective to research cases of the paranormal and Satanic possession.

The series is excellent, Aasif 's character being Muslim is not drummed into anyone's head.

by Anonymousreply 126November 22, 2021 9:27 PM

R126, you talk about Muslims the way homophobic people talk about gay characters. "I don't care if they're gay, I just don't want it shoved in my face!"

by Anonymousreply 127November 22, 2021 9:35 PM

[quote][R122], using your own logic, there is no evidence that you're not a rapist. So I'll keep calling you a rapist. Are you really that dense?

Did you really just post this AFTER I posted that the names of the sexual assault victims were posted at several Twitter accounts?

The victims were interviewed for an expose in The NY Times, by several high profile journalists. 'Somehow' Riz's team got the expose buried.

by Anonymousreply 128November 22, 2021 9:36 PM

R128, cool, I can invent some random Twitter pages and accuse you of rape on those pages. Pretty easy to make shit up on a social media where your claims can't be verified by legit journalists

by Anonymousreply 129November 22, 2021 9:45 PM

[quote][R126], you talk about Muslims the way homophobic people talk about gay characters. "I don't care if they're gay, I just don't want it shoved in my face!"

Don't twist my words to fit your absurd narrative. When you watch a film, or TV series, is it important that you know what religion a character is? Unless it's an important plot device for the story, most people don't care. Why should people care if a character is Muslim, Catholic, Jewish, Hindu, Mormon, Evangelical etc?

Being Muslim is about religion, it has nothing to do with race or ethnicity. I know a Korean Jew, an Italian Jew, an African-American Baptist, an African Catholic and an African Muslim.

It's ridiculous when someone says, "Oh that actor is Jewish.", as if being Jewish is their nationality, it's not.

by Anonymousreply 130November 22, 2021 9:45 PM

R130, there are Christian films that revolve around a character's Christianity. You aren't bitching about that. And if you do a DNA test you can get results for "Ashkenazi Jew" which is a pretty good sign that being Jewish is a specific ethnicity. Yes, there are converts but they are a small minority. And the vast majority of Muslims are not of European descent, which is part of the reason they face so much prejudice in the West

by Anonymousreply 131November 22, 2021 9:49 PM

[quote][R128], cool, I can invent some random Twitter pages and accuse you of rape on those pages. Pretty easy to make shit up on a social media where your claims can't be verified by legit journalists

Wow, you are such a bloody moron. I just posted that several NY Time journalists had been interviewing the victims. Can you read and comprehend?

The Twitter accounts were run by important well-known South Asian journalists and writers, their accounts are still up. They deleted the assault victims names upon request from the victims. Its quite doubtful those women would fuck up their reputations, and writing careers, over some then unknown Z-List actor!

You know you cannot win this argument.

by Anonymousreply 132November 22, 2021 9:52 PM

[quote][R130], there are Christian films that revolve around a character's Christianity. You aren't bitching about that. And if you do a DNA test you can get results for "Ashkenazi Jew" which is a pretty good sign that being Jewish is a specific ethnicity. Yes, there are converts but they are a small minority. And the vast majority of Muslims are not of European descent, which is part of the reason they face so much prejudice in the West

Who cares about Christian films, you think I watch that crap? Yell at the 'religious' Magats and their hypocritical stance, ask them "What would Jesus say?"

I just posted I could give a shit what religion a character is, are you really this dense? Being Jewish is mainly about a person's religion and you KNOW it, stop arguing.

Oh the irony, I'm biracial, of many different ethnicities and religions, but I did not grown up religious, just the opposite. I grew up in a creative progressive Liberal household. It's quite difficult to grow up racist and xenophobic when pretty much everyone in my extended family is of different nationalities, races and religions. One of my aunts is an Ashkenazi Jew, yet she isn't always carping about it!

Give it a rest.

I simply DO NOT CARE what religion a character is, unless it's an important plot point, it's irrelevant to the script.

by Anonymousreply 133November 22, 2021 10:00 PM

You're biracial? Sure Jan. I bet you're a woke black woman who loves Donald Trump, just like all the other bots. You can always recognize them, they claim to be non-white while spewing the same racist talking points as white redneck Republicans

by Anonymousreply 134November 22, 2021 10:05 PM

Man, the cray-cray has managed to crawl out from under their rocks in this thread which is supposed to be about British TV... I clicked in order to comment that the last episode of Grantchester was very good. The season was so effing ridiculous earlier, but managed to make Geordie's storyline believable. Leonard being out of prison is ridiculous, of course, so is his relationship with Daniel, but it's 2021, so a Cotswolds village would of course have a gay male couple who stroll along the town's lake, discussing tea and cinammon buns. I wonder if cinammon buns was code for getting rimmed?

by Anonymousreply 135November 22, 2021 10:26 PM

The 10th anniversary Midwife thing was, well, sufficient enough to pass time. Probably a good third of it was in previous little promos made for either BBC or PBS.

Jenny Agutter did add new commentary and even mentioned COVID, though she was strangely in a nun's habit the whole time.

Apparently Jessica Raine burned all her bridges with the show, because they showed next to nothing of her in this recap/anniversary thing. If she got more than a minute of screen time I'd be shocked. And I can't remember her name being flashed on screen. The others who have left - Bryony Hannah, Miranda Hart and Pam Ferris among them - did get a credit and more recent departees like Vanessa Kirby talked a bit.

by Anonymousreply 136November 22, 2021 10:50 PM

Emerald Fennell and Charlotte Ritchie have had much more post Midwife success than Jessica Raine.

by Anonymousreply 137November 22, 2021 11:37 PM

Thank goodness "Baptiste" had the season finale and he retired, taking cooking lessons. The finale had him out in the woods, stabbed several times, no cellphone, next scene he's out on a building balcony saying goodbye to the ex Prime Minister who was also out in the woods, out of her wheelchair, crawling toward her son. Amazing.

by Anonymousreply 138November 23, 2021 2:16 AM

R137 an understatement especially re Emerald who, you know, won A FUCKING OSCAR!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 139November 23, 2021 2:36 AM

New episode of "Agatha Raisin" available 12/20 on Acorn.

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by Anonymousreply 140November 23, 2021 2:52 AM

I never got into Agatha Raisin.

by Anonymousreply 141November 23, 2021 3:26 AM

Line Of Duty (on Acorn, also BritBox) is pretty phenomenal on the whole. Have only just started into the most recent season, but the ones leading up to this one have been excellent for a crime/police drama. Definitely a cut above your standard procedural.

by Anonymousreply 142November 23, 2021 5:30 AM

Women really covet that ginger DNA, don't they? I bet it's the #1 choice at sperm banks: "Redheaded, tall and genius IQ, please".

Is this why there are so many Millennial gingers on the Autism spectrum?

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by Anonymousreply 143November 23, 2021 5:45 AM

Line Of Duty also aired on AMC. Last year I watched two seasons.

There were so many twists and turns. Great series.

by Anonymousreply 144November 23, 2021 6:43 AM

R140 & R141 - I love Agatha Raisin. Best country house-country village porn on British television.

Waiting on Jeremy Clarkson (Clarkson's Farm & The Grand Tour) to make a cameo. He can play the drunk in the village pub.

by Anonymousreply 145November 23, 2021 1:05 PM

[quote]saying goodbye to the ex Prime Minister who was also out in the woods, out of her wheelchair, crawling toward her son. Amazing.

R138 - what's amazing is that she was the ex British ambassador to Hungary.

by Anonymousreply 146November 23, 2021 7:22 PM

I watched the first season of "Baptiste" and then went back and watched "The Missing" on streaming (both seasons are on Amazon Prime), but it appears the only way to watch season 2 of "Baptiste" is with the PBS Passport service. I already pay for Amazon, Britbox, Acorn, etc. -- do you think it will ever become available there or elsewhere?

by Anonymousreply 147November 23, 2021 7:38 PM

I've discovered Dawn French's [italic]Murder Most Horrid[/italic] on Prime Video. Hilarious!

by Anonymousreply 148November 23, 2021 7:41 PM

R147 - Eventually Season 2 of Baptiste will be on BritBox just like Morse & Lewis.

by Anonymousreply 149November 23, 2021 8:03 PM

Season 2 of BAPTISTE? Aren't we already on the 3rd-4th season on PBS?

You do realize most of these streamed series listed in this thread can be seen for free online? A friend in the UK sent me the links for several sites.

by Anonymousreply 150November 23, 2021 9:25 PM

Roku is offering a Black Friday deal this week to add Britbox for 99 cents per month for the next two months! (Other channels are being offered too as part of the deal, including Acorn).

What are the best detective shows on Britbox? I have enjoyed Shetland, Vera and Line of Duty. Is it worth getting Acorn too?

by Anonymousreply 151November 23, 2021 11:35 PM

You kind of need both BritBox and Acorn sometimes. They have a nasty game of switching shows back and forth between them so if you want to watch every season, you need both.

by Anonymousreply 152November 24, 2021 12:09 AM

"Season 2 of BAPTISTE? Aren't we already on the 3rd-4th season on PBS?"

R150 - The first three seasons of the show starring Baptiste as the detective character are titled 'The Missing". "The Missing" is an international co-production between the BBC and Starz

The "Baptiste" titled seasons of the show are are joint financial venture with WGBH Masterpiece, produced by the British Two Brothers Pictures and distributed worldwide by All3Media.

by Anonymousreply 153November 24, 2021 3:20 PM

R151 - You need to get ACORN TV if you want to view all episodes of Vera as all episodes are not available on BritBox.

I have ACORN TV and watch it all the time for Midsomer, Murdoch Mysteries, Agatha Raisin, Miss Fisher, The Brokenwood Mysteries and Frankie Drake. ACORN TV has more TV from Canada, Australia and New Zealand. However, the ACORN TV catalog is not as great as BritBox.

by Anonymousreply 154November 24, 2021 3:27 PM

[quote][R150] - The first three seasons of the show starring Baptiste as the detective character are titled 'The Missing". "The Missing" is an international co-production between the BBC and Starz

There are only two seasons of "The Missing."

by Anonymousreply 155November 24, 2021 3:41 PM

R155 - Sorry! I miscounted as I tried to remember story lines.

I think Baptiste will be back for at least one more encore. He is not the type of dude to enjoy complete retirement. Something will come up and the French government will ask for his help.

by Anonymousreply 156November 24, 2021 4:13 PM

(R148) I totally agree, in fact when they first aired "Murder Most Horrid" I taped some of the episodes, yes on VHS (pre-cd's). We had two PBS stations, the second carried most of the British tv shows, where I got hooked on "East Enders." Sadly, the second station was sold but I have to check Pluto or You Tube to see if "Murder" is listed. On You Tube the hilarious "Carry On" movies are listed and they are a must for laughs.

by Anonymousreply 157November 24, 2021 9:38 PM

Norton has a very nice frame. Perfectly muscled. Not too much or too little of anything.

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by Anonymousreply 158November 24, 2021 9:41 PM

[quote][R150] - The first three seasons of the show starring Baptiste as the detective character are titled 'The Missing". "The Missing" is an international co-production between the BBC and Starz, The "Baptiste" titled seasons of the show are are joint financial venture with WGBH Masterpiece, produced by the British Two Brothers Pictures and distributed worldwide by All3Media.

Yes, I'm aware where the Baptiste character first showed up, I posted about The Missing upthread. I saw two of The Missing seasons on STARZ.

I was asking about the Baptiste series, not where he first appeared. IIRC, the last Baptiste season shown on PBS was actually the second or third Bapstiste series.

I don't think Baptiste is completely retired. They'll likely be a new season.

by Anonymousreply 159November 24, 2021 10:33 PM

Though it's not a fictional series -- "Grand Designs" with that cantankerous Kevin McCloud is one of the most calming, delightful shows around. The Australian and NZ editions of the show are equally excellent (and in some ways, have even more extraordinary builds). I believe 3 seasons are on BritBox, but it's also shown up on Tubi, Netflix and Prime as well.

by Anonymousreply 160November 24, 2021 10:41 PM

[quote]The 'tea' is, this man is extremely sketchy

Hold my beer.

by Anonymousreply 161November 24, 2021 10:43 PM

[quote]Emerald Fennell and Charlotte Ritchie have had much more post Midwife success than Jessica Raine.

Jessica Raine has done fairly well for herself. She was a bitch in Wolf Hall and a drunk slut in The Last Post.

I can understand the producers of Call the Midwife being pissed at her because her departure changed how the show was presented. It was supposed to be narrated by Older Jenny looking back on her experience and then they had to scramble around when Raine left the show. However, if I were Raine, I would have left too because she was too "goody two shoes." They never gave her anything to play. Watch her in The Last Post. She's really great.

AND, she snagged hot ginger Tom Goodman-Hill for a husband. So she's doing just fine.

by Anonymousreply 162November 24, 2021 10:54 PM

I can't believe all this talk of mystery shows and no one's talking about UNFORGOTTEN! Or was it thoroughly discussed up thread (there are so many similar threads to this one, I can't keep track).

In any case, if you've never watched it, it really is the smartest and most emotionally engaging.

by Anonymousreply 163November 24, 2021 11:50 PM

I'm hoping for a Season 2 for the Hugh Laurie political thriller series ROAD KILL. Any other fans? Not a lot of talk on that one and that's a shame. I watched it on PBS' Masterpiece Mystery this past year.

Though sadly, another season cannot include Helen McCrory.

by Anonymousreply 164November 24, 2021 11:53 PM

[quote]I can't believe all this talk of mystery shows and no one's talking about UNFORGOTTEN! Or was it thoroughly discussed up thread (there are so many similar threads to this one, I can't keep track). In any case, if you've never watched it, it really is the smartest and most emotionally engaging.

It's an excellent series, great acting. The season with Sting's ex-wife, the Irish actress Frances Tomelty, was very good. The series is also quite depressing.

Now that Nicola Walker has left the series, I wonder who Sanjeev Bhaskar's character's new partner with be.

by Anonymousreply 165November 25, 2021 12:02 AM

WILL be....

by Anonymousreply 166November 25, 2021 12:02 AM

When is "Line of Duty" returning? How about "Father Brown?"

by Anonymousreply 167November 25, 2021 12:03 AM

[quote]ROAD KILL.

They made a show about a deplorable Thanksgiving?

by Anonymousreply 168November 25, 2021 12:04 AM

R158 yes indeed. Perfection.

by Anonymousreply 169November 25, 2021 12:29 AM

[quote] AND, she snagged hot ginger Tom Goodman-Hill for a husband. So she's doing just fine.

She was a little homewrecker, was she not?

by Anonymousreply 170November 25, 2021 12:35 AM

Jessica Raine has resting bitch face.

by Anonymousreply 171November 25, 2021 12:44 AM

She does, poor girl. It’s like she’s smelling something bad. I didn’t start watching until her time was nearly done but from the forum I was reading (can’t remember), viewers really didn’t like her. “She thinks she’s better than them”, that sort of thing. I didn’t notice that in the writing but I didn’t see all her episodes. I will say, all the succeeding midwives have been very open and caring, maybe unrealistically so.

by Anonymousreply 172November 25, 2021 12:57 AM

r158=Leonard Finch

by Anonymousreply 173November 25, 2021 2:57 AM

Why do Brits not have top sheets on their beds? On tv, all Brits just use a comforter.

by Anonymousreply 174November 25, 2021 3:30 AM

R174 Because the 'comforters' (Duvets) have removable covers on them that get washed just as often as sheets, they usually come with matching pillow cases.

You can even get themed cover sets.

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by Anonymousreply 175November 25, 2021 10:54 AM

No top sheet but foreskin intact.

by Anonymousreply 176November 25, 2021 12:01 PM

[quote]Because the 'comforters' (Duvets) have removable covers

But why??? If it gets hot in the night, Americans can peel back a blanket and just use the top sheet. What do the Brits do, either freeze or sweat?

by Anonymousreply 177November 25, 2021 2:30 PM

Well, generally its gets neither as hot or as cold in the UK as it does in the US. Also, plenty of Brits use a sheet between them and the duvet, so the latter can be pushed back in summer if necessary

by Anonymousreply 178November 25, 2021 2:36 PM

R177 We use different 'weight' duvets for summer and winter, they vary between 2.5 tog and 15 tog.

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by Anonymousreply 179November 25, 2021 2:55 PM

Wrong link, buying a duvet is a science.

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by Anonymousreply 180November 25, 2021 3:04 PM

I've caught up with all of the regular shows I watch so I started looking for a new one to binge. I started "The Last Detective" but gave up after about 15 minutes because the closed-captioning was so wonky. It would skip several sentences at a time.

Then I moved on to "The Bay," which stars Morven Christie, formerly of "Grantchester." Finished episode 1 and will continue to see what happens.

by Anonymousreply 181November 25, 2021 7:50 PM

You lost me at Morven Christie.

by Anonymousreply 182November 25, 2021 7:58 PM

I can't see Morven Christie's name without thinking of The Replacement where she played the Bridget Fonda Single White Female role with Vicky McClure as Jennifer Jason Leigh.

It was one of the most ridiculous pieces of TV I've ever seen. Vicky McClure at least had Kate Fleming to help people forget her role in it.

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by Anonymousreply 183November 25, 2021 8:45 PM

I hated Morven Christie in that. I was actually rooting for the psycho.

She was annoying in “Grantchester “ and “The A Word” too.

by Anonymousreply 184November 25, 2021 9:00 PM

[quote] A lot of actors are self important nutters

Yes, the ghastly Emma Thompson

by Anonymousreply 185November 25, 2021 9:48 PM

Any comments/thoughts about a series called FIVE DAYS?

Recommended now on Hulu. I think it's about 10 years old and seems to be a police procedural about missing persons, not sure how many seasons, and has every fave Brit actor in it, from Rory Kinnear to Anne Reid, to Hugh Bonneville to Suranne Jones, et.al.

by Anonymousreply 186November 26, 2021 8:28 PM

Why are there so many "missing child" dramas coming out of the UK?

by Anonymousreply 187November 26, 2021 8:30 PM

R57 They had an "extended nude" scene together.

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by Anonymousreply 188November 26, 2021 9:12 PM

Just saw a trailer for Jed Mercurio's Trigger Point, a series about bomb disposal officers with Vicky McClure and Adrian Lester, coming to ITV in 2022.

by Anonymousreply 189November 26, 2021 9:21 PM

Vicky McClure always comes across as a lady licker.

by Anonymousreply 190November 26, 2021 9:27 PM

Why does that island in the Caribbean need a white man from the UK to solve all their crimes for them?

by Anonymousreply 191November 27, 2021 3:36 AM

Has anyone seen Ragdoll, a new Brit crime show that’s running in the states on AMC+? It’s a weird hybrid, a creepy serial killer-police procedural with a lot of pitch-black humor.

by Anonymousreply 192November 27, 2021 4:11 PM

[quote]Has anyone seen Ragdoll, a new Brit crime show that’s running in the states on AMC+? It’s a weird hybrid, a creepy serial killer-police procedural with a lot of pitch-black humor.

Had never heard of it but the cast includes Natasha Little and Amita Dhiri, responsible for one of the most iconic tv moments of the 90s, so I might give it a go.

by Anonymousreply 193November 27, 2021 4:42 PM

[quote]Why does that island in the Caribbean need a white man from the UK to solve all their crimes for them?

I don't know, but Ralf Little is the current white man. I've always thought he was sexy in a nerdy way.

by Anonymousreply 194November 28, 2021 1:51 AM

I just binged season 6 of Shetland and, two words: CAKE. FRIDGE.

!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 195November 28, 2021 5:38 AM

Never understood why we needed the mustached Belgian (Poirot) to solve crimes in Britain?

by Anonymousreply 196November 28, 2021 11:39 AM

I assume, r196, that Christie wanted Poirot to be seen as an outsider, someone who might not initially be taken seriously and even somewhat repellant. Shows you what she thought of Belgians.

by Anonymousreply 197November 28, 2021 2:19 PM

Wasn’t it another Christie character who “wrote mysteries “ and she frequently professed to HATE her detective character?

by Anonymousreply 198November 28, 2021 5:51 PM

OK, I'm now caught up on everything available on:

Grantchester

Line of Duty

The Bay

Death in Paradise

Agatha Raisin

Father Brown

Vera

McDonald & Dodds

Shakespeare & Hathaway

Endeavour

Inspector Morse

Midsomer Murders

Inspector Lewis

Shetland

Foyle's War

The Missing

New Tricks

The Coroner

A Touch of Frost

Hetty Wainthropp Investigates

DCI Banks

... and of course everything Agatha Christie-related.

Where to next?

by Anonymousreply 199November 28, 2021 6:02 PM

[quote] Wasn’t it another Christie character who “wrote mysteries “ and she frequently professed to HATE her detective character?

That is Ariadne Oliver played by Zoe Wannamaker in the Poirot series starring David Suchet as Poirot.

by Anonymousreply 200November 28, 2021 6:11 PM

Unforgotten, r199.

by Anonymousreply 201November 28, 2021 6:13 PM

r201 Thanks. I've added to my list, although as of right now only seasons 1-3 are available for free on Amazon Prime video.

by Anonymousreply 202November 28, 2021 6:15 PM

Christie came up with the character of Poirot just after WW1, when there were a lot of Belgian refugees in Britain

by Anonymousreply 203November 28, 2021 6:41 PM

Seasons 2 and 3 are especially great, r199/r202.

How about “Scott & Bailey” and “Happy Valley”?

by Anonymousreply 204November 28, 2021 6:48 PM

Cracker? I think it was made in the 1990s so it will look a bit dated but... I rented the first dvd and then went back to the video store (LOL) the next day and grabbed all the other seasons. Absolutely riveting.

by Anonymousreply 205November 28, 2021 7:41 PM

The new season of "Shetland" is on Britbox. Only a couple of episodes in (they release them weekly) and it's good.

by Anonymousreply 206November 28, 2021 8:19 PM

There are three episodes of "Shetland" Season 6 on Britbox. New ones usually come out on Monday, so episode 4 should be available tomorrow.

by Anonymousreply 207November 28, 2021 8:57 PM

r204 Thanks. I added "Scott & Bailey," but the other one requires a subscription to AMC+. As I already have Acorn, Britbox, Disney+, HBOMax, Amazon Prime, Netflix, as well as cable, I'm not up for subscribing to yet another premium service.

by Anonymousreply 208November 28, 2021 9:01 PM

CB Strike on HBOMax, r208.

by Anonymousreply 209November 28, 2021 9:04 PM

Season 4 of UNFORGOTTEN is not quite up to the brilliance of the first 3 seasons, anyway, r199.

by Anonymousreply 210November 28, 2021 9:08 PM

Does anyone know when the second season of "Gentleman Jack" will be shown?

by Anonymousreply 211November 28, 2021 9:13 PM

R199 - all those shows and no recommendations? Which ones did you enjoy? Any duds?

by Anonymousreply 212November 28, 2021 9:16 PM

I'm not going to spoil S4 of "Unforgotten" but I'm not sure that future seasons (I think it's been confirmed that the show will continue) will live up to first three series. But, who knows, maybe they have a good plan in place for going forward.

by Anonymousreply 213November 28, 2021 9:16 PM

"I'm hoping for a Season 2 for the Hugh Laurie political thriller series ROAD KILL. Any other fans? Not a lot of talk on that one and that's a shame. I watched it on PBS' Masterpiece Mystery this past year."

R164 - I was hoping for a second season of "Road Kill" too. I also wanted a second season of "Press" another BBC-PBS or ITV-PBS show that I found very good.

by Anonymousreply 214November 29, 2021 2:22 PM

Yes, PRESS! That was the one with Ben Chaplin, right? I'm also surprised it hasn't had a second season.

by Anonymousreply 215November 29, 2021 2:27 PM

I liked Press as well.

by Anonymousreply 216November 29, 2021 2:27 PM

R199 - Try Bergerac (1981-1991) starring a young John Nettles on BritBox. I would also suggest the Canadian Murdoch Mysteries on ACORN TV for light hearted murder mystery entertainment like Shakespeare & Hathaway. Also recommend The Long Call (2021) a British crime drama television on BritBox based on the 2019 novel of the same name by Ann Cleeves. This show is in it first season and is also pretty good. It co-stars Peral Mackie (Bill Potts from Dr. Who) and she is good.

by Anonymousreply 217November 29, 2021 2:34 PM

R199 - I LOVED Whitstable Pearl. It stars Howard Charles of The Musketeers.

by Anonymousreply 218November 29, 2021 2:38 PM

In my dotage, the only TV shows I want to invest my time are those that are historical and/or feature gay male characters (note: not L, not T, not Q, not +) -- any recommendations?

by Anonymousreply 219November 29, 2021 2:44 PM

R199

You've hit most of the highlights but you must add "Last Tango in Halifax", with both Sarah Lancashire and Nicola Walker (a true excess of riches watching two brilliant actors play against each other), as well as Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid, and a wonderful turn by the hunky (and so talented) Rupert Graves.

Written by the great and prolific Sally Wainwright.

Don't miss it. Five seasons.

by Anonymousreply 220November 29, 2021 2:49 PM

R220 - I read somewhere that Sally Wainwright might still have one more season of Last Tango in Halifax up her sleeve. The problem is the availability of the principle cast members. Gentleman Jack is suppose to have one more season but was delayed due to COVID-19

by Anonymousreply 221November 29, 2021 2:52 PM

I'd rather Sally Wainwright focus on another season of HAPPY VALLEY.

by Anonymousreply 222November 29, 2021 2:56 PM

R199 Here. Thanks for all the suggestions. I started "The Unforgotten" last night and have watched the first three episodes. While I'm enjoying it, it seems like there are a LOT of characters to keep track of - especially for a show that comes out in 50-minute increments.

I have watched a few episodes of "Murdoch Mysteries" and while it's fine, it never really grabs me. I'll watch it once in a while if I can't find anything else.

I tried to watch "Bergerac" but some of the older shows are just not that enjoyable to watch due to their old-school production values. Same with "Pie in the Sky." It just looks cheap and very "80s." I had the same issue with "The Sweeney," which starred a much younger John Thaw (Morse).

by Anonymousreply 223November 29, 2021 3:10 PM

R222

As R3 said, it is official...there will be a third (and final) season of 'Happy Valley.' Great and exciting news. I'm most surprised that James Norton agreed to come back, which enabled another season.

I wonder what Sally Wainwright will do next? She is the best writer for women today.

I wouldn't mind another season of 'Scott and Baily", but that's not likely, with Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp (and Lesley's hunky real-life husband Nicholas Gleaves). Amelia Bullmore, who also stars, wrote a few episodes and she is also a very good writer as well as actor.

For some reason I've yet to watch 'Gentlemen Jack' with Suranne Jones, so I'm going to start that. With Rosie Cavaliero, who can do no wrong.

So many riches!

by Anonymousreply 224November 29, 2021 3:13 PM

Has anyone seen the complete series of Jeeves & Wooster? Is it that good?

by Anonymousreply 225November 29, 2021 3:19 PM

A third series of Happy Valley has been confirmed and will start filming within the next couple of months.

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