Americans, who watches BBC America?

Jul 18th, 2004, 08:05 AM
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So don't. Last word, yours again: _____
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Jul 18th, 2004, 08:07 AM
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mgmargate & soccr
you two are the tiresome ones. please stop this bickering on threads that are ruined because of your immaturity.
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Jul 18th, 2004, 08:14 AM
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BBC America is practically the only channel I watch.
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Jul 18th, 2004, 10:03 AM
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Huitres - I found that show Coupling mid-season, and missed the open episode. When I saw the US remake, I thought "how crass". It turns out it was a word-for-word version- the difference was the delivery! Is the show still going? The last episode they have run here was Susan's dinner party.
From Atlanta- yes! that's how I watch them, tho some are quite old (dated), and get bumped off the schedule.

I did hunt & find several Stiltons during my visit to England, inspired by an episode of "Chef!"

Nigello- I liked your tagline don't phone...thanks for the explanation.
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Jul 18th, 2004, 11:07 AM
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I watch more BBCA than I do all other channels put together, but that's not saying much because I don't watch much network TV. I've apparently seen every Ground Force
and Changing Rooms episode, to the extent that I can anticipate the decor decisions as soon as I see the setting, I just thoroughly enjoy them. House Doctor is great, because it lets me feel superior. I am always amused at how neglectful and sloppy people can be, and then display it on television--sort of the home/garden decor version of Dr. Phil. Actually, it's mostly the "home" shows that I watch, I don't watch the sitcoms or mysteries. I'm sure they're excellent (esp. anything with Robson Green) but I don't have enough time.
Abfab has never worked for me, I just never learned to appreciate it. But that Bucket woman, as we all discussed in another recent thread, is Britain's answer to I Love Lucy. I just wish there were more of it.
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Jul 18th, 2004, 11:44 AM
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We watch quite a few programs, primarily the good mysteries but also repeats of shows like "The Prisoner," "Are You Being Served," "Yes, Minister" and such. We thought that "Waking the Dead" was far superior to the CSI programs here. I hope there will be another season of "Monarch of the Glen," although IMO it hasn't been as good since Archie's father was killed off. Still, it has Susan Hampshire.
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Jul 18th, 2004, 12:57 PM
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ggnga, do you really want to know who killed Sonya Baker - if it's anything like the BBC in the UK (and even more the wonderful new world of multi-channel TV) it's bound to be repeated. I can give you a clue that it was, of course, the one person who seemed to have the least to gain by the whole business....

Oh, and many of the programmes on BBCA aren't either produced or commissioned by the BBC - in the UK we see them on the commercial channels (e.g., Graham Norton, House Doctor, Morse, Frost). And wasn't John Hannah all wrong for Inspector Rebus?
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Jul 18th, 2004, 12:59 PM
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I'm an American living in the UK, and a journalist, so I'd like to offer my two cents or pence.

All new organisations (like all people) provide their own slant on things. It's human nature, and there's no way around it. The only news coverage that can even approach being purely objective is a complete transcript of every event that ever takes place. And even that will have the slant of the person doing the transcribing.

It's interesting to watch both the US news over here (we get CNN and Fox News) and the British media covering the same stories, most often in very different ways. The British press is much more cynical, which wears on you after a while, while the US media tends to believe whatever their sources tell them, which also gets to me. So by watching both, I'm able to figure out the real story for myself.
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Jul 18th, 2004, 01:11 PM
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For you Anglophiles - you can listen to BBC radio on the net - my favorite listening at work.
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Jul 18th, 2004, 01:12 PM
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Oops here the link bbc.co.uk/radio
I have actually gotten hooked to The Archers on BBC4 !!!
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Jul 18th, 2004, 01:50 PM
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Four phrases never seem to occur on threads like this:

Edna Everage/Barry Humphries
Father Ted
Goodness Gracious Me/The Kumars at No 42
The Royle Family

Can you not get them them? Or does this piss-taking of the farther reaches of our virtual realm (for these days, Liverpool often seems more remote than Moonie Ponds) discomfort you all?
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Jul 18th, 2004, 02:13 PM
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The only "liberal" news media I am aware in the US is NPR. The standard media (NY Times, major network news) are all centrist/slighty right of center. Faux is in some world of its own - inhabited by Attila the Hun and a hiorde of other pre-19th century idealogues - how anyone can judge its content to be anything but completely unfair and unbalanced is totally beyond me.
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Jul 18th, 2004, 02:23 PM
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flanneruck, I understood the words but the meaning was lost on me. Was it perhaps friendly? or just lost in translation?
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Jul 18th, 2004, 03:08 PM
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NY: Are you Kidding. What lala land are you really from.Could it be the upper west side?
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Jul 18th, 2004, 03:23 PM
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How about Manchild. I know it was cancelled but I loved that show.
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Jul 18th, 2004, 03:28 PM
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I was obsessed with the EastEnders Omnibus until it was wrenched from the BBCA line-up.
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Jul 18th, 2004, 03:58 PM
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flanneruk, we do get Dame Edna on occasion and Father Ted is featured on BBCA and some PBS stations. The Royle Family aired briefly on BBCA and was converted into an American show without success; I believe it was called the Kennedys but I'm not sure. I read that they are trying to retool this under a different name but who knows. Lastly, the Kumars (never aired on BBCA as far as I know--only had tv service since 2002) is coming to NBC as the Ortegas (will probably last as long as Coupling).

cher_cher, check your local PBS station, that's where I get my EastEnders fix, albeit a year or so behind. I'm so glad I get to the UK several times a year to catch up.
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Jul 18th, 2004, 08:32 PM
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Flanneruk, I love the Father Ted series. One of my favorite bits - Ted asks Dougal what he thought of the sermon. Dougal explains he wasn't really listening, as he was busy trying to look holy.

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Jul 18th, 2004, 08:57 PM
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soccr--when you say:

"And for the record, Nigello, Americans do watch BBC America but not in great numbers, usually the more educated and well-traveled -- the vast majority see BBC productions on public broadcasting, which is probably where many posters find the programs (programmes) you mention."

on what is your opinion based?

I watch BBCA ALL the time! And I have lots and lots of friends who do the same. Why do you say "not in great numbers"?
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Jul 19th, 2004, 05:44 AM
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nytraveler: <The only "liberal" news media I am aware in the US is NPR. The standard media (NY Times, major network news) are all centrist/slighty right of center.>

What planet do you live on?

I have never heard of BBCA. I must lead a sheltered life. I like to watch the Golf channel.
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