First off, I must say, the UK is way more awesome than the US. At very least in television, er, telly. Don’t worry, I’m not one of those FREAKS who has British flag pillows and socks and tattoos and stuff. FREAKS. I am 25.7% English though, so there’s that.
I’ve been traversing the BBC, more like trolling it actually, because American television sucks. For the most part at least, here’s to you Dexter. Did you know that in the UK, they actually have HOUR long shows? Like, instead of the 42 minute or the rare 45 minute episode which are called an hour, shows in the UK are actually an hour long. Er, 52 minutes. Close enough. That’s like TEN more minutes than US episodes. Do you know how much can happen in ten minutes!?? Two words: A LOT. There’s way more time for character development, details, depth, and general awesomeness. After watching an episode of literally anything from the BBC, I feel about a bazillion times more satisfied. Okay, I admit, there’s quite a few US shows that are almost an hour long too, but for sake of arguement’s sake’s sake – Team UK!!
Here’s a few of my fav BBC delights.
Why do I like Sherlock? Why do YOU love anything? It’s delicious, quick-witted, spontaneous, thrilling, awesome, cool, edgy, hip, British, yum, oh gawd, adjectives. Benedict Cumberbatch (yes, I did have to look up how to spell that, but I actually had it spelled right in the first place. HA!) and Martin Freeman (not to be be confused with Morgan Freeman, although, admittedly, that could get awesome) are delightful together. Their chemistry is just grating enough to be adorable. Also, if you get a chance, check out some of the creepy Sherlock/Dr. Who fan art out there.
Luther. Have you heard of this show? YOU HAVE TO WATCH IT. It’s a pretty bamf show, if I may say so myself. Three words: Detective, Anger-Management-Needing, British. Idris Elba is a bamf. There’s just no other way of saying it. I mean, look at this dude:
It just wrapped its second season, just like Sherlock, and there’s more on the way. Check out a trailer for it to see if you might be interested, yo:
Survivors is a reboot of the 1970s show of the same name. Basically, it’s The Walking Dead without the zombies. Which sounds lame, but trust me, it’s not. I love The Walking Dead and all, especially the opening credits, but you’ve got to admit, some of the characters *coughLORIcough* are super annoying and, not to mention, IDIOTS. Survivors ran for two seasons from 2008 to 2010, and then was canceled for some obnoxious reason. Here’s a trailer that was impossible to embed for some reason.
There’s a crossover from Survivors to Luther in the form of Nikki Amuka-Bird. In the aforementioned, she plays the tyrannical, violent leader of an eco-friendly commune, whereas alongside Idris Elba in the second season of Luther, she plays a newbie, confused, rule-abiding whistleblower detective. It’s sweet to see polar opposites. I literally just found out like microseconds ago that Julie Graham, who plays one of the title characters in Survivors, has a show called Bonekickers, which looks like a cross between Bones and Indiana Jones. It’s singular season is next on my list.
Long story short, Long Live The BBC!!
Here’s some ish that sort of relates:
- Luther star Idris Elba lands dream role as Nelson Mandela (mirror.co.uk)
- new ‘Prometheus’ trailer has more details, clanging sounds (wwtdd.com)
- “You be Bilbo, I’ll be Smaug,” Says Sherlock (lotrfandom.net)
- Sherlock Scored Star Trek 2 Role with iPhone Audition (escapistmagazine.com)