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6/19/10 12:28 P

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Reading this post LATE, but I had to tell you I own the complete set of Good Neighbors, it is THE show that got me hooked on British TV!!! LOVE it! It was on Canadian TV and local PBS back when I lived in Buffalo NY and had access to the "good stuff" on CBC from Toronto! I got satellite radio just so I can listen to CBC Radio, it's awesome! QUIRKY stuff just like I like. Do you know if Clatterford is done for? I want more! I may have to buy that on DVD too. Also, it's not a comedy but I recommend "Rosemary and Thyme" a BBC mystery series with 2 kooky gardening sleuths, kind of silly at times , but fun. All the plots involve gardening and the show is always set in some fab British garden. emoticon emoticon



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6/19/10 8:52 A

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NYAYNE -- I agree with you. Silly to have changed any of HP. I started reading them to my kids when the first book was relatively new, though, and didn't realize that Scholastic had Americanized it. Of course, then we were hooked, and I wouldn't have waited for a UK version to find out what happened next. But now that the kids are grown, I've been trying to find all the books in the UK editions for my own collection. I'd also love to hear the UK audio books by Stephen Frye (sp?)-- I already have the Scholastic versions by Jim Dale. At least they didn't get an American to read them!

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6/19/10 8:45 A

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Since Alicia214 brought up Harry Potter. I refuse to read the Schoolastic (US) version. I waited until I was in Canada to pick up the books as originally written. I see no reason why the wording and in the case of the first book the title had to be changed.

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5/31/10 11:17 A

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I'm watching Coupling, I'm a few episodes into Season 2. Someone just asked someone to marry him! (no spoilers! ha)

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5/21/10 9:47 P

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Well, it's not a britcom, per se, but it is from the library and kind of related to As Time Goes By...

Anyone remember the episode where Penny and Steven are trying to buy the house next door? Steven mentions a movie in which the male neighbors have adjoining garden sheds with a flap in the middle so they can get away and have a "chin wag". Eventually he recalls that the movie is "This Happy Breed." Well, I've been compelled to find that movie since the first time I heard Steven mention it. Finally, I got it through an inter-library loan from all the way across the state!

It's a nice movie based on a Noel Coward play that follows a family through the decades between the World Wars. Not the best, but enjoyable. There were, indeed, best friends who would often get together for a drink and a chin wag. But I was distraught that they didn't do it in a shared garden shed! So perhaps there were different versions of the film made, and this one was not the one Steven talked about. Still, I'm glad to have seen it, and look forward to the next time that episode of ATGB is on, so I'll better know what Steven's talking about. :-)
Yes, I'm somewhat obsessed.

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4/13/10 5:30 A

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I liked the few bits & pieces of Young Ones that I was able to view.....will have to look into this.....

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4/11/10 10:59 P

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Yes -- she played the portrait of the Fat Lady in Prisoner of Azkaban. Before that, it (she) was played by a different, older and stuffier actress. I'm not sure if the portrait was seen in later movies. I'm glad she got a role in the films, however small it was.

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4/11/10 9:54 P

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To Harry Potter fans, Do you remember seeing Dawn French as one of the talking pictures at Hogwarts.?

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4/11/10 7:09 P

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I finally watched the first six episodes of The Young Ones. Hmmm.... not one of the BBC's gentler comedies, is it? :-) At times it annoyed me (I'm becoming something of a curmudgeon in my middle years), but I have to admit that there were times I was laughing in spite of myself. Kind of a cross between SNL and Monty Python. I can see how it could become a cult hit like Rocky Horror Picture Show or something.



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3/31/10 6:26 P

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Yes, Train, that's the one. The Goods try to be self-sufficient, and Penelope Keith's character is appalled. Seems like she's always playing a snob!

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3/31/10 5:17 P

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I think I remember the To the manor born series. If it's the one I'm thinking of I loved that show!

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3/31/10 3:54 P

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Oh yes - loved Monarch of the Glen, too!

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Yes that's Dawn French! She's a riot. Incidentally, the woman from Mulberry (Geraldine McKewan I think?) was also in a Miss Marple series.

Watched Young Ones in high school as well. It was so funny, but I remember thinking that they looked like the must have stunk, LOL.

Was Good Neighbors the one about the couple that decided to start raising their own food? Oh wait. That was called something else - the neighbor was Penelope Keith. She was the Lady in To the Manor Born. It was really funny!

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3/29/10 9:08 A

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Yes, Red Dwarf evolved through the first six seasons. The first season was very low budget, but as it continued and they spent a little more money (presumably on writers as well as sets/effects) it definitely improved. However, as happens with so many series, in or around the sixth or seventh season, a number of original cast members left (and when you only have four, you can't lose many), the story lines took weirder tacks, and it kind of collapsed on itself. However, when it was good, it was brilliant. It's one of only a few BritComs I've shared with my teenagers that they not only had the patience to make it through, but also really laughed at.

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Bluedress -- I watched the first series of Red Dwarf, but didn't care for it. Other people, though, have also told me how much they like it. Does it get better as it goes on?

Didn't like the first episode of M & L, but in the second, the characters are a little better defined and their personalities start coming out. I think I'll stick with it. Realized Lucia is the same actress who played Mrs. Farnaby in Mulberry. What a difference a red wig and an attitude make! I'll have to see if the library has the book.

Enjoyed "Good Neighbors" (which, I just noticed, was called "The Good Life" in the UK -- don't know why they changed it). I didn't know how old it was (1970s) until I realized that the leading actor is the same person who played Hector in "Monarch of the Glen" -- he's so much younger, I almost didn't recognize him.

Haven't gotten to the others yet. I mistakenly brought home disc 2 of Lark Rise, so I have to return it and get the first disc. Is that Dawn French I see on the cover? LOVE her.

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3/29/10 7:27 A

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I absolutely loved Mapp and Lucia! They are based on the EF Benson novels, very mannered, but had me in hysterics. Lark Rise isn't a comedy as such, but a beautiful series, again based on a novel, and very well extended. I recommend making sure you start with the first series. As for the Young Ones - I can see in my mind's eye our younger son watching with tears of hysterical laughter rolling down his face, and I have to say I find it funnier now than I did then! Happy watching! emoticon emoticon

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3/28/10 7:37 P

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The Young Ones is hysterical. When I was in high school they used to show it on MTV; I used to run home from the bus stop to see it. I'd love to see it again to see if it's as funny as I remember.

One of my forever favorites is Red Dwarf. I can think of at least two episodes that actually had me on the floor laughing. One is entitled simply, "Backwards." Anyone seen it? The bar fight scene is amazing, as is Cat's expression in the last scene....there's another episode, I can't remember the title, where the characters use a holodeck of sorts to go back to the Old West....I used to have most of the series on DVD but "lent" two seasons to a..."FRIEND"...who never gave them back. As the Brits might say, "Bugger."

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Never heard of them. I'll have to check them out. Thanks so much for the info!!!

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3/26/10 6:21 P

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These shows are my latest acquisitions from the library:

Rising Damp
Mapp & Lucia
Lark Rise To Candleford
The Young Ones
Good Neighbors

Almost makes me hope for lousy weather over the weekend! I've seen clips of Good Neighbors online, but the others are all new to me. Are you fans of any of these?

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