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Re: your top 30 TV programmes

Posted: 11 Apr 2018, 07:12
by The Red Heifer
fange wrote:Spongebob Squarepants


Probably would've thrown it in if I had remembered it!

Re: your top 30 TV programmes

Posted: 11 Apr 2018, 07:40
by fange
Honestly, some of the biggest laughs i've had watching TV shows since my kids were born have been while watching Spongebob! And now that they're in their teens, we quote Spongebob lines to each other when something in real life reminds us of the show. It holds a really special place for me.

Re: your top 30 TV programmes

Posted: 11 Apr 2018, 07:50
by The Write Profile
Samoan wrote:
The Write Profile wrote:In no particular order, and there's heaps I've missed out on...

TRAFFIK

Heavens, I was only thinking about that series a few hours ago, remembering how superb it was and wishing I'd included it.


Yes, it's better than the Steven Soderbergh film, if only because it's tackles a much wider canvas, both emotionally and geographically. The episode where the politician tries to search for his junkie daughter is superbly wrought and acted.

I also considered State of Play and Red Riding, not sure why I didn't choose them in the end.

Re: your top 30 TV programmes

Posted: 11 Apr 2018, 08:21
by The Write Profile
never/ever wrote:29. Clive James On TV - 1 pt


I should also say that Clive James's latest book, Play All, about the "box set" era of television (Sopranos, The Wire, Breaking Bad, Mad Men et al) is a wonderfully funny and casually insightful read. He really is a helluva critic, he has a knack of summarising things in the sharpest of fashions. It's definitely worth picking up. Given his recent health troubles, we should treasure him while we still have him.

Re: your top 30 TV programmes

Posted: 11 Apr 2018, 09:45
by never/ever
The Write Profile wrote:
never/ever wrote:29. Clive James On TV - 1 pt


I should also say that Clive James's latest book, Play All, about the "box set" era of television (Sopranos, The Wire, Breaking Bad, Mad Men et al) is a wonderfully funny and casually insightful read. He really is a helluva critic, he has a knack of summarising things in the sharpest of fashions. It's definitely worth picking up. Given his recent health troubles, we should treasure him while we still have him.


Thanks! I need to get some of his writings- I keep on putting it off. And you're right, treasure him while we can.

Re: your top 30 TV programmes

Posted: 11 Apr 2018, 10:23
by caramba
never/ever wrote:
The Write Profile wrote:
never/ever wrote:29. Clive James On TV - 1 pt


I should also say that Clive James's latest book, Play All, about the "box set" era of television (Sopranos, The Wire, Breaking Bad, Mad Men et al) is a wonderfully funny and casually insightful read. He really is a helluva critic, he has a knack of summarising things in the sharpest of fashions. It's definitely worth picking up. Given his recent health troubles, we should treasure him while we still have him.


Thanks! I need to get some of his writings- I keep on putting it off. And you're right, treasure him while we can.


Totally agree. Got the CJ on TV set a year or so ago. Shame there wasn't a second volume although there seem to be a few bits and bobs up on YT.

If you love CJ, you really should check out the lyrics he wrote for Pete Atkin from the 70s onwards.

Re: your top 30 TV programmes

Posted: 11 Apr 2018, 17:41
by Nikki Gradual
Quaco wrote:
Nikki Gradual wrote:My votes were:

Twin Peaks - 25

I never knew this about you!...


It changed telly forever, plus was eccentric and weird and inaccessible at precisely the same time as I was at my absolute most pretentious (yes, worse even than today). Great acting, amazing atmosphere, brilliant soundtrack. It was like a telly show woke the world up a little bit. No one had ever seen anything like that before, it was the closest thing my post-punk generation had to a cultural revolution.
Plus, it was just really enjoyable (before it went completely bonkers).

Re: your top 30 TV programmes

Posted: 11 Apr 2018, 18:21
by The Modernist
Nikki Gradual wrote:
Quaco wrote:
Nikki Gradual wrote:My votes were:

Twin Peaks - 25

I never knew this about you!...


It changed telly forever, plus was eccentric and weird and inaccessible at precisely the same time as I was at my absolute most pretentious (yes, worse even than today). Great acting, amazing atmosphere, brilliant soundtrack. It was like a telly show woke the world up a little bit. No one had ever seen anything like that before, it was the closest thing my post-punk generation had to a cultural revolution.
Plus, it was just really enjoyable (before it went completely bonkers).


Yes - there really was no precedent. The closest thing was maybe something like The Prisoner, but that was a retrospective discovery ( for many of us anyway when Channel 4 repeated them in the 80s) and so didn't have the same excitement as tuning in weekly to something that, as you say, was breaking all the rules.
I rewatched series one and two recently and it still holds up brilliantly well. Series two (apart from a couple of dodgy episodes) is far better than its general reputation suggests.

Re: your top 30 TV programmes

Posted: 11 Apr 2018, 18:27
by Quaco
The Modernist wrote:
Nikki Gradual wrote:
Quaco wrote:I never knew this about you!...


It changed telly forever, plus was eccentric and weird and inaccessible at precisely the same time as I was at my absolute most pretentious (yes, worse even than today). Great acting, amazing atmosphere, brilliant soundtrack. It was like a telly show woke the world up a little bit. No one had ever seen anything like that before, it was the closest thing my post-punk generation had to a cultural revolution.
Plus, it was just really enjoyable (before it went completely bonkers).


Yes - there really was no precedent. The closest thing was maybe something like The Prisoner, but that was a retrospective discovery ( for many of us anyway when Channel 4 repeated them in the 80s) and so didn't have the same excitement as tuning in weekly to something that, as you say, was breaking all the rules.
I rewatched series one and two recently and it still holds up brilliantly well. Series two (apart from a couple of dodgy episodes) is far better than its general reputation suggests.

Agreed, it was our Prisoner or something. Tuning in each week without fail. I haven't reassessed -- I'm glad it holds up.

Re: your top 30 TV programmes

Posted: 11 Apr 2018, 18:41
by Goat Boy
Fills my heart with joy to read that

Re: your top 30 TV programmes

Posted: 11 Apr 2018, 18:59
by Goat Boy
The Modernist wrote:
Nikki Gradual wrote:
Quaco wrote:I never knew this about you!...


It changed telly forever, plus was eccentric and weird and inaccessible at precisely the same time as I was at my absolute most pretentious (yes, worse even than today). Great acting, amazing atmosphere, brilliant soundtrack. It was like a telly show woke the world up a little bit. No one had ever seen anything like that before, it was the closest thing my post-punk generation had to a cultural revolution.
Plus, it was just really enjoyable (before it went completely bonkers).


Yes - there really was no precedent. The closest thing was maybe something like The Prisoner, but that was a retrospective discovery ( for many of us anyway when Channel 4 repeated them in the 80s) and so didn't have the same excitement as tuning in weekly to something that, as you say, was breaking all the rules.
I rewatched series one and two recently and it still holds up brilliantly well. Series two (apart from a couple of dodgy episodes) is far better than its general reputation suggests.


Season 2 really does lose its way big style after you find out who killed Laura and there are reasons for that of course but even at its worst it was still entertaining. The opening stretch of season 2 up to that point is great though and of course the final episode is one of the weirdest, most head spinningly wonderful things telly has ever seen.

Re: your top 30 TV programmes

Posted: 12 Apr 2018, 08:24
by caramba
In no particular order within their two points bands...


1=



The Sopranos
Twilight Zone (original one)
The Avengers
The Prisoner
Our Friends in the North
I, Caligula
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
The Wednesday Play
The World At War

11=

Star Trek
Better Call Saul
Spiral
Gomorrah
Patriot
Phil Silvers Show (aka Bilko)
Fawlty Towers
Hancock
Father Ted
Justified
The Americans
West Wing
Wire
Boys from the Blackstuff
The Thick of It
Peep Show
League of Gentlemen
Mad Men
The Shield
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Re: your top 30 TV programmes

Posted: 12 Apr 2018, 08:33
by Pansy Puff
caramba wrote:Better Call Saul

Oh yes!!! How could I forget that one?

Re: your top 30 TV programmes

Posted: 12 Apr 2018, 09:23
by The Modernist
Goat Boy wrote:
Season 2 really does lose its way big style after you find out who killed Laura and there are reasons for that of course but even at its worst it was still entertaining. The opening stretch of season 2 up to that point is great though and of course the final episode is one of the weirdest, most head spinningly wonderful things telly has ever seen.



Yes, much of season two works pretty well as a comedy, which is what it became before Lynch turned up again to reintroduce the darkness.

Re: your top 30 TV programmes

Posted: 13 Apr 2018, 14:35
by Geezee
Most of mine have already been mentioned. The only ones I don't think I've seen on here yet are Beck and Solsidan (Swedish series), Miss Marple (Joan Hickson series), Poirot (conservative delight), Unsolved Mysteries (I'd record every episode), Sunset Beach (my favourite trash series) and Ray Cokes Most Wanted (I'd maybe put Toby Amies' Alternative Nation in there as well).

The others for me are the usual suspects

Buffy
Simpsons
Twin Peaks
Mad Men
Forbrydelsen
Bron
GoT
The Office
Freaks and Geeks
Daily Show
Have I Got New For You?
Frasier
Detectorists
Reginald Perrin
Scrubs
Black Mirror

Re: your top 30 TV programmes

Posted: 13 Apr 2018, 15:19
by THE SMOOTH SOUL STYLINGS OF SUMPTUOUS SI
Ray Cokes! broadcasting genius

Re: your top 30 TV programmes

Posted: 13 Apr 2018, 15:23
by Geezee
oh and Nevermind the Buzzcocks - Lamarr/Amstell era - and possibly They Think It's All Over or the early years of Question of Sport.

Re: your top 30 TV programmes

Posted: 13 Apr 2018, 18:24
by Jeemo
Weston Drury, Jnr. wrote:Ray Cokes! broadcasting genius


he was brilliant. whatever happened to him?

Re: your top 30 TV programmes

Posted: 13 Apr 2018, 18:40
by THE SMOOTH SOUL STYLINGS OF SUMPTUOUS SI
Jeemo wrote:
Weston Drury, Jnr. wrote:Ray Cokes! broadcasting genius


he was brilliant. whatever happened to him?


I just looked him up - he's written a book, but seems to be keeping a relatively low profile in Belgium these days. He's just turned 60!

He was brilliant, I agree. Nobody could hold together a show like Most Wanted like Ray. They don't come much more likeable, natural and funny.

Re: your top 30 TV programmes

Posted: 14 Apr 2018, 21:36
by THE SMOOTH SOUL STYLINGS OF SUMPTUOUS SI
Q!

I might have included that - completely forgot it existed.