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Best ever British TV drama show (not soap)

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fraser
fraser  10631 forum posts Scotland14 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2010 - 8:35 PM

Yup, Edge of Darkness is in there, along with

Cracker
Life on Mars
Silent Witness
Waking the Dead
Prime Suspect
The early Taggarts
Spooks
Being Human

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Big Bri
Big Bri  1315605 forum posts United Kingdom
5 Feb 2010 - 9:10 PM


Quote: I'm surprised nobody's mentioned 'Edge of Darkness', yet. And I mean the original, not the Hollywood travesty.

And no mention of Dennis Potter? What about 'The Singing Detective'? Or 'Pennies from Heaven'?

Would that be the same Edge of Darkness I mentioned at 18:49 on page 2 ?

Chris - yes! I was beginning to think I imagined it.

Boyd
Boyd  1111213 forum posts Wales11 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2010 - 9:23 PM


Quote: And Doctor Who (does that count as drama?).

Of course Doctor Who is drama.
It makes you scared, makes you cry, makes you smile, excites your young children into an unbelievable frenzied, cushion clutching bewilderment of feelings...and then you get to play it cool at the end.
Quality with a capital Q-Who.

Last Modified By Boyd at 5 Feb 2010 - 9:24 PM
Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315682 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2010 - 9:33 PM

Pretty much all the drama`s from the 70`s I enjoyed have already had a mention.

Here`s one more Danger UXB up there with Secret Army and Colditz for me Smile

chris.maddock
5 Feb 2010 - 10:18 PM

Ooh, I'd forgotten Danger UXB - yep, twas another goodun.

On top of those that others have already mentioned, others that have sprung to mind since my first list include;
A Touch of Frost
All Creatures Great & Small - great for Dales photo locations too Wink
Blakes 7
Heartbeat - before it was panned out too much by adding more characters
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates
The Professionals
Warship

However, to answer the original question - I haven't a clue, I enjoyed them all.

TBH, it somewhat saddens me that the BBC has found it necessary to go down the road of what seems to me to be the "lowest common denominator" with much of their programming nowadays - soaps, not overly-good game shows, tacky or weak comedies, etc. - to try and compete with the even more tacky (IMO) commercial channels. Maybe my nostalgia specs are too rose-tinted?
They always were Number One for things like their costume and period dramas. Unfortunately, that type of programme is somewhat expensive to make and probably doesn't cut the mustard in competition terms nowadays. Of course, part of the problem is the sheer number of channels available now, so broadcasters have to spread the available funds thinner and thinner to fill them all up.
At least the BBC still have their excellent wildlife unit regularly making stunningly produced documentaries.

Tooth
Tooth  95772 forum posts Ireland227 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2010 - 3:09 AM

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet......

StuartAt
StuartAt e2 Member 91035 forum postsStuartAt vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2010 - 10:50 AM

Life On Mars - Gene Hunt, master of the one line put downs!

funkeldink
funkeldink  101592 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2010 - 11:06 AM

hustle ... bbc at its finest

cathal
cathal  10492 forum posts Ireland4 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2010 - 11:39 AM

I'm with Bri... Edge of Darkness was superb... shame Bob Peck is no longer here.

I loved The Sweeny, not least because the baddies often got away. Which surprises me that nobody has mentioned Morse. An excellent series.

My mother always enjoyed "The Duchess of Duke Street"

justin c
justin c  104537 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2010 - 11:56 AM

I thought the recent drame with Tamzin Outhwaite in was very good.
Can't remember the name off-hand, was it Para...... something or other.
Shame there were so few episodes though.

Another vote for Hustle and Cracker.

Last Modified By justin c at 6 Feb 2010 - 11:56 AM
mattw
mattw  105189 forum posts United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2010 - 12:06 PM

Jeeves and Woster?

Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie in the roles they were born to play

Big Bri
Big Bri  1315605 forum posts United Kingdom
6 Feb 2010 - 12:13 PM


Quote: I thought the recent drame with Tamzin Outhwaite in was very good.
Can't remember the name off-hand, was it Para...... something or other.

Paradox ?

justin c
justin c  104537 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2010 - 12:18 PM

That's the one Smile

Andy80F
Andy80F e2 Member 11308 forum postsAndy80F vcard United Kingdom
6 Feb 2010 - 2:37 PM


Quote: "We're the Sweeney son. And we haven't had any breakfast."

Gotta love it.

or was it "we haven't had any dinner" ?

Dinner, they hadn't had there dinner, right gov?

montechoro
montechoro  122340 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2010 - 2:59 PM


Quote: In case anyone missed it earlier...

I am trying to remember the name of a TV series probably from the early 1970s about a bunch of bank robbers who move in with a family - can't remember if it's a guest house or what. They end up holding them hostage. Was a series. Anyone? It's driving me mad and google is being no help at all.

Could it be "The Desperate Hours" you are thinking of? - a simmering, menacing performance from everyone concerned.

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