Tag Archives: British Tele

The IT Crowd

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Alica Mckenna-Johnson, The IT Crowd
I have done something bad, I have signed up for Netflix streaming and spent an hour adding movies and shows to my queue. In order to justify this new time suck I will bring back my Foreign Film Friday blog. So the first show we watched is The IT Crowd. It is a funny British Comedy.

Description from IMDB:The comedic adventures of a ragtag group of tech support workers at a large corporation.

So this doesn’t say much but is very accurate. Jen, who only knows how to check her email, is put in charge of Roy and Moss, the two IT specialists at a large corporation. They cause trouble by convincing a group of people they broke the internet and the world will end, hanging out with a Cannibal, and even hiding a Goth in one of the back rooms.
Both hubby and I enjoyed The IT Crowd a lot, and there are four seasons available on Netflix.

Season Two of Awesomeness!!!

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I raved about Sherlock season one twice in this blog so far, so it seems only fair to also rave about season two.
More wonderful stories, odd twists, and amazing Sherlock feats.

The downside: there are only three episodes, and it ends on a cliffhanger again. This is a common for British shows. They frequently only do a few episodes or end the series while you’re still enjoying it, but I suppose that’s better than getting sick of a show before it ends.

Sherlock shows some more human understanding in this season, which was nice and awkward at the same time.
Watson is fabulous, and the strength of his friendship is tested and shown in this season. If you haven’t watched these yet, run out and rent them right now! Then you can join with me desperately waiting for season three.

I am out of town, we’re taking all the work kids to beach then I go to a drug awareness workshop so I won’t be back until June 22nd. Please leave comments, I promise to respond as soon as I get back!

Sexy Sherlock

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I am re-posting this because 1- I have a lot more friends now *waves to you all* and 2- Season Two of Sherlock starts Sunday night on PBS!!!!!! I am so excited.

I LOVE Sherlock Holmes stories from the old Basil Rathbone to the new Robert Downey Jr.- I am also ashamed to admit I’ve never read the books but I do plan to. Anyway the BBC show Sherlock is an modern Sherlock Holmes story. Watson was hurt in Afghanistan, and he’s competent not a bumbling fool- which I like. Sherlock is seriously off, his social skill are very lacking and he’s fully aware of this.

I think this Sherlock is more aware of exactly who and what he is then any of the others. As I was preparing this blog it occurred to me that people with social issues have a much harder time now then they would have at the turn of the century. When the original Sherlock Homes was set social behavior was very regulated, you spoke to woman in a certain way, and men of standing in a certain way, and servants in a certain way, and those with social difficulties simply had to learn those rules and no one noticed they were faking it.

In our modern world those rules don’t exist. Sure there is the polite way to act- but so few people bother with that. So how does someone with social issues function? They become ‘outcasts’ or ‘the odd ones’ they learn and mimic people and accept they aren’t as flexible going from one group to another- Dexter. They work from home, they jump from job to job because they can’t get along with others. Some are geniuses and excused from having to be socially functional- Big Bang Theory.

I work with kids who have been removed from their homes by CPS and a huge part of my job- other then basic hygiene- is social skills. Giving people space, being aware of voice tone, reading body language, and speaking politely. Some kids are young enough or versatile enough that they will learn and fit in well. Some kids are faking it. Some I don’t have the skills to help.

Anyway back to Sherlock. These are all new cases- and his skills have been updated to match modern technology. And the guys are hot- sorry I was trying not to objectify them, but it’s me 🙂 I like hot guys. I want to tell you more- but I don’t want to ruin anything. This really is a unique Sherlock. I enjoyed it so much that I will be watching it over and over again. In fact I just rented it so I can watch Season One before the new one starts Sunday- yes I am that much of a Geek.

Here’s a clip of Sherlock- it’s short but fun- he has a lot of great lines.

And the trailer for Season Two!!!!!

Chocolate, Sex, Sheep, and the Vicar

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Ha ha made you look 🙂

The Vicar of Dibley

No, no, no, no, uh yes.
Okay, pee before you watch this.Seriously, this is your warning: pee before watching this show. Dawn French plays a sexy, bodacious vicar in a stuffy old-fashioned English town with some of the quirkiest characters ever to grace the screen!

I first watched this on Christmas Eve four years ago. I was up all night wrapping gifts, because the holidays are more fun if you’re freaking out. I laughed so hard I almost woke up the kids! It’s sweet and charming and insane. Also there is the joke after the credits. Don’t change the episode until after the joke!

There is some crude humor, so watch it before you let you kids watch. I think most of it will go over their heads but you might not want to explain things 🙂

More Food Porn with two Fat Ladies

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Two Fat Ladies is a hysterical British cooking show staring Clarissa Dickson-Wright and Jennifer Paterson. The ladies travel around England in a motorcycle with a sidecar. The ladies use fresh, local ingredients to make traditional English meals. This is a wonderful peek into the English countryside and watching them cook is so much fun! As a vegetarian I can’t eat most of what the ladies cook, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying the show anyway. They are so sarcastic and snarky, it’s a very fun show. If you find yourself tired of re-runs of your favorite food shows then you need to check out Two Fat Ladies.

Foreign Film Friday

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I watched three movies this week to share with all of you.

The first, Grimm, is a Dutch film the back cover led me to believe that it was a story about two adults trying to survive when they land in a fairy tale world- kind of an adult Hansel and Gretel. I have no idea what it was, and yes I could see bits of fairy tales in the ‘story’ but it was really weird- and you’ve already seen movies I like so this is saying something.

The plot didn’t make sense. I didn’t like the characters and didn’t care if they lived or died. And it was creepy and not in a fun ‘OH MY GOD what’s behind that door’ way, but in a ‘hey do you think the brother and sister are having sex?’ way. YUCK ;P

My second movie is The Devils Backbone, a Spanish ghost story. It takes place in an orphanage around WWII- we aren’t given a specific date. Carlos comes to the orphanage and quickly finds out about ‘the one who sighs’ the ghost of a young boy who was murdered.

This is a really good ghost story. There were some creepy parts, I jumped at a few places, and was fully involved in the story. Good acting, good plots, nicely filmed, and the kids acting in it were great. I don’t know if I would put it at horror- but if you like murder mystery/ ghost stories then you should watch The Devils Backbone.

I didn’t finish my third pick, and not because it was bad- Jekyll is turning out to be a great show- but it is a 6 hour BBC mini-series and I had to go to bed- but I didn’t want to.

Jekyll is a modern day Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, it is well done and the complicated plot is easy to follow. So far I wouldn’t call it a horror, but it does have a classic ‘monster’ in it. It is suspenseful, intruding, and we always wonder what Mr. Hyde, the darkest part of us, will do next.
It makes me question to what lengths we all go to cage and control our own Mr. Hydes.

As a side note- there are ‘American’ characters in the show- and I love seeing how the British portray Americans and our accents- super fun.

Once I finish it I’ll pop back in and give a full review. But so far I’d say- rent this mini-series.

Foreign Film Friday

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Black Books from BBC is my pick for the fifteenth Foreign Film Friday. This is a quirky show which takes place in a bookshop. The owner Bernard Black is drunk, rude, and will use a broom to shoo customers out of his shop just because he can.
Next door his long time best friend Fran jumps between encouraging his bad behavior and trying to keep him in line.
Our third player is Manny who is sweet, kind, loyal,neurotic, and gets a cramp in his leg when he gets stressed out.
Black Books is hysterical, the comedy is sometimes visual with a lot of the more dry sarcastic bend British sit-coms are known for. I fear by describing the characters I haven’t done them or the show justice- which is why I never review this way! These are like-able dysfunctional characters. We laugh with them and frequently at them, but none of them are horrid people- well not completely horrid people. So far I have watched the first two season and howled with laughter the whole time, as did my hubby and my two kids. I would not recommend this show for young children as there is a lot of drinking, smoking, talking about sex, and cussing.
I couldn’t find a season one trailer,and the other two videos I picked wouldn’t work- but here is a scene from season two. I’m renting season three tonight!

Sorry guys all the good stuff has the what-evers disable- go ahead and click on youtube and check it out- it’s really funny.

Foreign Film Friday

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Were are back to BBC Tele for review twelve. I LOVE Sherlock Holmes stories from the old Basil Rathbone to the new Robert Downey Jr.- I am also ashamed to admit I’ve never read the books but I do plan to. Anyway the BBC show Sherlock is an modern Sherlock Holmes story. Watson was hurt in Afghanistan, and he’s competent not a bumbling fool- which I like. Sherlock is seriously off, his social skill are very lacking and he’s fully aware of this.
I think this Sherlock is more aware of exactly who and what he is then any of the others. As I was preparing this blog it occurred to me that people with social issues have a much harder time now then they would have at the turn of the century. When the original Sherlock Homes was set social behavior was very regulated, you spoke to woman in a certain way, and men of standing in a certain way, and servants in a certain way and those with social difficulties simply had to learn those rules and no one noticed they were faking it.
In our modern world those rules don’t exist. Sure there is the polite way to act- but so few people bother with that. So how does someone with social issues function? They become ‘outcasts’ or ‘the odd ones’ they learn and mimic people and accept they aren’t as flexible going from one group to another- Dexter. They work from home, they jump from job to job because they can’t get along with others. Some are geniuses and excused from having to be socially functional- Big Bang Theory.
I work with kids who have been removed from their homes by CPS and a huge part of my job- other then basic hygiene- is social skills. Giving people space, being aware of voice tone, reading body language, and speaking politely. Some kids are young enough or versatile enough that they will learn and fit in well. Some kids are faking it.
Anyway back to Sherlock. These are all new cases- and his skills have been updated to match modern technology. And the guys are hot- sorry I was trying not to objectify them, but it’s me 🙂 I like hot guys. I want to tell you more- but I don’t want to ruin anything. This really is a unique Sherlock. I enjoyed it so much that I will be watching it over and over again. They are making a second season- but it’s not out yet. So go and watch Sherlock- make sure to tell me how much you loved it and then we will wait anxiously for the next season.

Here’s a clip of Sherlock- it’s short but fun- he has a lot of great lines.

Foreign Film Friday

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For my fifth installment of Foreign Film I have a British TV show for you- I love British tele 🙂 so I’m sure you’ll be seeing a lot more of these. Last weekend hubby and I watched “People Like Us” a mock documentary. In true BBC fashion the humour is dry and sarcastic. This is an adult show more because it would bore kids then there is anything inappropriate in the show. The whole series is on two disks- BBC is all about leaving viewers wanting more. Hubby and I laughed a lot, and enjoying pointing at the TV and saying- hey that’s so and so from… this show has a lot of great people in it, such as Bill Nighy, David Tennant, Jessica Hynes, and Sarah Alexander.

I couldn’t find a trailer, but here is the IMDB page http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0214362/