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    That show was a gem.  It is going to sit on my shelf next to Firefly as one of the greats.  And, with a very similar fate.

    I am starting to get used to finding these brilliant little TV shows that challenge the orthodoxy just a little too effectively, and I like to think of them as being all the more precious for their brevity and rarity.  Instead of 5 seasons of dragging melodrama, you get almost a miniseries with a sharp, brilliant focus.


    by slippytoad on Fri May 20, 2011 at 12:03:38 PM PDT

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      put mine next to my copy of "That My Bush !" - about as close to seeing the "real" W.  But I guess you can't have a comedy about a president that is bombing the sh*t out of people.  (And I'm sure the death threats didn't help either).

      I also find that the Brits do the "brilliant little TV shows much better than we do here.  They seem to expect their comedies to poke fun at the "upper classes" and their dramas to address the failings of those same people. and how it affects the rest of us.  I have recently seen shows addressing climate change (and the lengths to which they will go to deceive the public), corporate farming (and what they want to hide from us), unethical newspapers (and their enablers), corrupt pols and cop (many of those shows)s, and even one where (true story) workers were locked out of a profitable bakery and were able to force the company to sell - to the workers.  

      None of these would ever be greenlighted at one of our "big four" networks!  BTW - the UK really only has four networks there too.  BBC 1,   BBC 2,  BBC 3 and, SURPRISE!  BBC 4.  And only one satellite service (Sky).  This is why Murdoch wants to buy Sky (but can't get approval) and get the UK government to completely defund the BBC.  So that he can neuter it and emulate US TV.  This is also why it's such a big deal that Murdoch placed one of his his henchman in the new Prime Minister's office as his new director of communications ( at a cool $750,000 per year - not bad for a public servant in a broke country).  Somehow, people got the idea that it would be improper that one of the guys who directed the illegal tapping of the phones  of celebrities, military figures,and even the royal family, should be trusted to keep the secrets of 10 Downing Street from his old boss.  Talk about insider trading!

      Another good thing  about Brit TV is that very few of them run for more than 2 or 3 series (seasons to us) because, I hear, the actors want to, well, act.  They feel that staying in the same part for too long would limit the sort of roles they're offered later.  You just have to look at American TV"stars" for proof of this - lots of money, but, for the majority of them, they would be lucky to any acting work at all other than cameos playing their old character.  I can't imagine anything more depressing.  Except maybe being a musical one-hit-wonder - and still touring with it after 30 years.

      "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -Plato

      by Bcre8ve on Sat May 21, 2011 at 03:40:23 AM PDT

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