In honor of my recent vacation to the U.K. and the fact that I’m a hopeless Anglophile, I thought I would share what British TV I’m watching at the moment. However, let me be VERY clear about something – I watch A LOT of British programs! If I dared to list everything, you would think that all I do is sit around eating bonbons, drinking tea & watching TV. I can’t have that now, can I?
Before getting to the list, I starting thinking back to the moment I discovered British TV. If memory serves me (which is a crap shoot even on a good day), my mom & I would watch “Are You Being Served?” which aired on our local PBS station. “Are You Being Served?” was a sitcom from the 70’s that took place in a Department Store & had a very typical British sense of humour. Think Benny Hill without all the silly music & running around! I’m pretty sure it was that program that started me down the slippery slope of British entertainment!
Since then, I’ve watched dozens of English programs – from “Keeping Up Appearances” to “Downton Abbey” to “The Graham Norton Show” and everything in-between! I love them all – – well, most of them anyway! My list of favorites could go on and on.
Having said that, here are my top 5 favorites at the moment:
If you read my post about going to Port Isaac, Cornwall in search of Doc Martin then this will not come as a shock. I’ve been watching this show for years & love the repeats as much as the originals. It’s even more fun to watch now that I’ve stayed in the village & met some of the actors. Since the current season is just now being filmed, we won’t get it here in the states for at least another year😞
This is a sort of “Murder She Wrote” light dramady which takes place in the Cotswold’s. Agatha is a retired PR guru who moves to the country to escape the stresses of city life. Unfortunately for her, every week there’s a new murder that she & her merry gang of misfits have to solve. It’s not Shakespeare but I love the cast & the scenery couldn’t be more beautiful.
This drama chronicles the lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late 1950s to the early 1960’s. All the midwives live in the convent, Nonnatus House, set in the very poor town of Poplar. It is based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth & narrated by Vanessa Redgrave. The program is currently running on PBS but is also available to stream on Netflix. I have literally sobbed through some of the episodes as they are so well-done & very real life.
When I was in London, my friend Donna, raved about this program & the book from which it came. She gave me the book (which I will read Donna, I promise!) but started watching the drama on Netflix as soon as I got home. While the premise of the story is quite sad – a young boy is murdered – the acting is fantastic and the scenery gorgeous. The twists and turns of the story will keep you guessing until the very end. Unfortunately, only two of the three seasons are currently available so now I have to wait!!!
Victoria on Masterpiece
I’m obsessed with the British Monarchy (and not because I think I’m a princess or anything) and have watched numerous programs, documentaries & movies on the royal family. So of course, Victoria on Masterpiece is on my DVR. The series begins when Victoria, just 18 years old, is awoken with the news that her uncle, King William IV, has died & she is now Queen. It then follows her through her marriage to Prince Albert, first pregnancy & reign through Victorian England. And in case you were wondering, yes I’ve already watched The Crown (about Queen Elizabeth) on Netflix and loved that as well.
Do you love British programs? Have you seen any of these? Leave me a comment.
Thanks for reading!