Americans, who watches BBC America?

Jul 19th, 2004, 06:17 AM
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Flanneruk- I can't see the Royal Family doing well in the U.S. It's humour is different coming from a totally different place. I can't even put it in words. I nearly died laughing at there Christmas special a few years back. Maybe its a bit crass for US tastes.

The Kumars as well I can't see making it as it is a cultural reference for the Asian British generation and us children of that generation(s) (all races)will understand the references and jokes. What about "Goodness Gracious me" Wasn't Sanjiev and some of the others on it?
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Watch BBC News nightly on PBS CH21; listen to NPR for my incoming and outgoing commute into/home from Manhattan; my home page is CNN International; been reading the NY Time daily for 30+ years; Atlantic Monthly, well, monthly-and just forget about all of the web newsletters, etc. Every so often, I'll pick up the NY Post which is almost worth the quarter they charge for it(does have pretty good sports). No, I'm not a news junky but try to get a somewhat balanced look at the news.
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Jul 19th, 2004, 07:09 AM
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After watching "House Doctor" several times I've noticed that the prices of houses in the U.K. seem to be extremely high. They will show a typical, three-bedroom house that looks fairly ordinary to me and say it's listed for £300,000! That translates to $600,000 at the current rate of exchange. I thought that perhaps salaries were higher in the U.K. and that's why people could afford these higher prices, but I checked an employment web site and a secretarial position was listed at £12,000. How does anyone afford housing in the U.K.?
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Jul 19th, 2004, 07:26 AM
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Good question. In London, there is a lot of concern that key workers (police officers, nurses, teachers, firefighters) just can't afford to buy as single people. Similarly, in places where there's a lot of interest in buying second homes in the country, prices are too high for local youngsters to stay.

So both partners in a relationship are likely to be working, and to take on a much higher debt than they used to. Mortgage lenders will lend to higher multiples of income than they used to (time was, you had to beg to get 2.5 times income and you had to have saved for a fair time and built up a substantial downpayment - not any more).

Many people stay in flat-shares a lot later than they used to.

On the other hand, there are still some parts of the declining industrial towns where they can hardly give property away...
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Jul 19th, 2004, 07:44 AM
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Love BBCA. Watch it all the time. I too wondered about the high prices of houses in the UK and how people can afford them.
My favorite personality is Allistair Appleton. He is just so cute. Love Cash in the Attic and House Doctor, also Life Laundry. Have seen all the Ground Force and Changing Rooms. The only one I don't like is Lawrence Lewellen-Bowen's new show over here. I think it is called Design Time. Very boring.
I watch BBC when I travel to Europe and Have noticed some new shows, so I hope they make it over here to America.
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I thpught that as well but the house prices in Dublin are insane as well. They give far more for a mortgage than they would/should in other countries. Most people spend a huge portion of their income over here (Ireland) on a mortgage and then rent rooms out for a few years until they are able to manage the mortgage alone or with a partner. I would never have gotten a mortgage in the states for my place here on my salary.
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Jul 19th, 2004, 07:58 AM
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The house price thing is also not quite what it appears.

A 3-bed house isn't typical for someone buying their first house (though a lot of the propaganda around the issue likes to pretend it is). People will buy something a lot smaller and, when the market's been buoyant, have enough equity to trade up.

These endless house makeover shows are posited on the near-universal phenomenon that you buy a house to improve it (ie add to the equity). That's not by adding technology or toys, but almost always by adding habitable space. Home improvements are driven by equity appreciation, and rarely quality of life.

Mortgages don't necessarily involve repayment. And it's important to remember that Brits are more comfortable with debt, that saving isn't that common ("my house is my savings" is a common belief) and that job loss or medical bills aren't the constant Damoclean swords they seem to be for Americans.(the key here being that, apart from a free medical service, job loss here is heavily governed by law. Firing is easy - unlike in most of Europe - but contracts tend to have relatively generous severance terms, and there tend to be fairly long statutory notice periods. Oh, and Brits aren't stupid enough to invest in their employers' company. We believe in spreading risk.)

Ultimately, we simply accept that a very high proportion of our income goes on the house. But since the almost infallible law has been that houses inflate in the long (or even very short) run, that doesn't worry quite as many people as you'd imagine
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Jul 19th, 2004, 08:23 AM
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Yes, it's the proportion of income over time, that's important. There used to be a rule of thumb about spending roughly 25% of your income on your housing. For the first-time buyer that's probably impossible, but once you average it out over the 25 years of a standard mortgage, and (one hopes) improving income in the same period, it may well be much less unreasonable.
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Jul 19th, 2004, 08:40 AM
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Now that it's been a while, what's the buzz in Britain over Laurence v. Carol?
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Even with that hint I still don't know who killed Sonya Baker. I will just have to wait for reruns. How could I forget Manchild. Loved it. I also think LLB's new show is BORING!! Gave up on it.

I do not know if most people in London have cars or not. If we had public transport and put the expense of 2 cars in the mix, we could afford the more expensive housing.
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Jul 19th, 2004, 09:41 AM
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Flanneruk to the rescue again. Thank you. I've always wondered about shows like "Hot Property" where contestants try to win a house by guessing the price within a 1000 pounds of the asking price.

Does anyone remember a Britcom called " Mind your language" ? Again, it was quite a few years back and all I can remember was it being very popular and a character called Jamila (?) and another who was a buxom Scandanivian girl ? Something to do with Adult ESL classes.
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Jan 23rd, 2005, 04:32 PM
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Time Warner Cable in NYC has added BBC on Demand. IT is amazing I have always loved BBC America but it is better without commercials. I am watching "State Of Play" I get to see the whole show in one night great for a snowstorm. It also has coupling.

The Life LAundry is so much more touching than TLC "Clean Sweep". The house Dr. is also great. I agree the price of housing is crazy. I was married to a Brit and his family had passed their small house in Twickenham down from generation to generation.
Jan 23rd, 2005, 05:25 PM
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My local public tv Britcom night line-up starts as usual with that Bucket woman and As Time Goes by, and includes Waiting for G-D, Last of the Summer Wine, My Hero (star is also costar in Father Ted), Thin Blue Line, Britas Empire and now Saeson 4 of Coupling. I tape My Hero & Coupling. Some I just can't watch, but My Hero is fun and Coupling is just great timing & delivery..
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Jan 23rd, 2005, 06:04 PM
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My favorite is As Time Goes By -- I have seen all of the episodes so many times, but love it still.

I also love Bargain Hunt -- that man has got to be related to Richard Dawson.
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My favorite is As Time Goes By -- I have seen all of the episodes so many times, but love it still.

I also love Bargain Hunt -- that man has got to be related to Richard Dawson!
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Oops, too much caffeine.
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Jan 23rd, 2005, 06:11 PM
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It amazes me how anti American the news is on BBC. Every time we're in Europe which is about twice a year, we're amazed at the stories they run.
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Jan 23rd, 2005, 06:19 PM
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Triestopak- yes, on both counts- He does look like Richard Dawson! And As Time Goes By just gets better every time I watch it, and I never tire of it. I love the houses, the slice of life.
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Jan 23rd, 2005, 06:37 PM
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I love the BBC. I used to watch Inspector Morse and that's how I got hooked on BBC. Now I like Waking the Dead when it's on and any mystery they do. They are masters at malice. Their murders are delicious if you know what I mean. I love anything done by the English as far as movies, plays...they know so much about character development.

I also watch What not to Wear...hoping I will learn something.

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What happened to Waking the Dead it was on for approx. 3 Mondays and now it is gone. I still miss Top of the Pops!

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