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Best ever British TV drama show (not soap)

fraser 14 631 14 Scotland
5 Feb 2010 8:35PM
Yup, Edge of Darkness is in there, along with

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

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Big Bri 16 16.3k United Kingdom
5 Feb 2010 9:10PM

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 14 11.2k 11 Wales
5 Feb 2010 9:23PM

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.
Paul Morgan 16 19.1k 6 England
5 Feb 2010 9:33PM
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 16 3.7k United Kingdom
5 Feb 2010 10:18PM
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

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 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
6 Feb 2010 3:09AM
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet......
StuartAt 13 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2010 10:50AM
Life On Mars - Gene Hunt, master of the one line put downs!
funkeldink 14 1.6k 1 Australia
6 Feb 2010 11:06AM
hustle ... bbc at its finest
cathal 13 492 4 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2010 11:39AM
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 14 4.9k 36 England
6 Feb 2010 11:56AM
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.
mattw 14 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2010 12:06PM
Jeeves and Woster?

Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie in the roles they were born to play
Big Bri 16 16.3k United Kingdom
6 Feb 2010 12:13PM

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 14 4.9k 36 England
6 Feb 2010 12:18PM
That's the one Smile
Andy80F 15 326 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2010 2:37PM

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?
rhody 15 2.4k 2 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2010 2:59PM

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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