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Portlantis
07-25-2008, 06:43 PM
I am a huge fan of British music and television, and will use this space intermittently to expound on some of my favorite British things. Feel free to join me if you’d like.

Portlantis
07-25-2008, 06:44 PM
I’ll start with one of my favorite shows, Red Dwarf.

The intro to Red Dwarf sets the tone for the series perfectly.

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It starts with a close up of the protagonist, David Lister, painting the hull of the mining ship “Red Dwarf. As the camera pulls back, Lister is dwarfed by the enormity of the vessel, which itself is dwarfed by the enormity of space. The effect is to make Lister seem insignificant and utterly alone, which is fitting for a show about the last human being alive.

In the first episode, Lister, the lowest ranked crewmember on Red Dwarf, is placed in stasis as punishment for bringing a pregnant cat on board. When he’s released, he receives a somewhat somber message from the ship’s computer.

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This scene exemplifies what is so utterly awesome about Red Dwarf: its bleakness and philosophical nature is tempered by the fact that it’s funny as hell.

The supporting cast, which consist of Holly, the ships computer, a hologram of Lister’s immediate supervisor Arnold Rimmer, the android Kryten and a life form that evolved from Lister’s cat are all fantastic, especially Rimmer. The interaction between the anal, fastidious, yet entirely incompetent Rimmer and the lazy and slovenly Lister drives much of the shows humor. In fact, when Rimmer leaves the show in Series 7, it becomes almost entirely unwatchable.

Anything before that is golden, though.

What follows are some scenes from the show.


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I’d like to apologize if everything I write sounds like it’s from a thesis paper. I’m an English major, I’ve been conditioned that way.

Also, I get off on big words.

KcMizzou
07-25-2008, 06:45 PM
This seems like as good a place as any to ask.

Have you seen Simon Pegg's show "Spaced"? I read a article and interview about it on Wired.com. Sounded cool...

Worth picking up the DVD set?

Portlantis
07-25-2008, 07:04 PM
Funny you asked. I just watched the first episode of that online and it was hilarious. Don't know about the rest of it, but seeing as how it's by the creators of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, my guess is that most if not all of it is fantastic.

KcMizzou
07-25-2008, 07:16 PM
Funny you asked. I just watched the first episode of that online and it was hilarious. Don't know about the rest of it, but seeing as how it's by the creators of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, my guess is that most if not all of it is fantastic.
Heh, yeah after I posted I googled it, and watched it too. I like it.

For anyone else who might be interested...

You can't dangle the bogus carrot of possible reconciliation in front of my face whilst riding some other donkey. LMAO

"Spaced" Episode One

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Baby Lee
07-25-2008, 08:52 PM
This seems like as good a place as any to ask.

Have you seen Simon Pegg's show "Spaced"? I read a article and interview about it on Wired.com. Sounded cool...

Worth picking up the DVD set?

If you like the Pegg-o-verse, you'll like it. Lots of brit-style, gen-x, pop culture humor. It can swing wildly in tone due to all the references/homages, ie there's a ton of 'hey! that looks like the scene from . . . " because it's supposed to look like a scene from . . . Suggestions of gunplay become John Woo set pieces, scenes in bars become Clockwork Orange set pieces, scene of flat cleaning become Requiem for a Dream set pieces, etc.

KcMizzou
07-25-2008, 08:59 PM
If you like the Pegg-o-verse, you'll like it. Lots of brit-style, gen-x, pop culture humor. It can swing wildly in tone due to all the references/homages, ie there's a ton of 'hey! that looks like the scene from . . . " because it's supposed to look like a scene from . . . Suggestions of gunplay become John Woo set pieces, scenes in bars become Clockwork Orange set pieces, scene of flat cleaning become Requiem for a Dream set pieces, etc.Sounds like a lot of fun. I'm gonna pick it up.

I'd never heard of the guy before "Shaun of the Dead", but I've become a fan.

He seems like... sort of a brit Kevin Smith.

Kinda.

KcMizzou
07-25-2008, 09:31 PM
The first British show I loved...

Used to watch this when I spent the night at Grandma and Grandpa's as a kid. :D

Benny Hill

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Reaper16
07-26-2008, 12:16 AM
My favorite British things:

1.) Victorian literature

2.) Classic metal bands

Fishpicker
07-26-2008, 01:36 AM
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i don't know what this is from. it cracked me up though.

I like watching anything with Ricky Gervais or Eddie Izzard.

Lzen
07-26-2008, 09:14 AM
I really like a show on BBC America called Wire In The Blood.

JuicesFlowing
07-26-2008, 11:35 AM
I have the complete Black Adder series on DVD as well as Fawlty Towers. Those are some of my fave British sitcoms.

JuicesFlowing
07-26-2008, 11:36 AM
And Radiohead is my vote for best British rock band of all time.

Adept Havelock
07-26-2008, 12:10 PM
Black Adder, Fawlty Towers, Douglas Adams and The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy, and the genius that was "Monty Python's Flying Circus".

Baby Lee
07-26-2008, 01:11 PM
And Radiohead is my vote for best British rock band of all time.

I love Radiohead to no end, but The Beatles, Stones, Who, and Zep decree you FOS. . .

Third Eye
07-26-2008, 02:13 PM
I love Radiohead to no end, but The Beatles, Stones, Who, and Zep decree you FOS. . .

Of those 5 I would put Radiohead at #3. However, I would put the Floyd above them all.

I'd like to get back to London soon, or Cardiff perhaps. I've even considered moving there.

Portlantis
07-26-2008, 03:34 PM
I love Radiohead to no end, but The Beatles, Stones, Who, and Zep decree you FOS. . .

Not to mention The Kinks.

Portlantis
07-27-2008, 06:16 AM
The problem with many British bands is that they peak on their first record, then fade away. History is littered with groups who were supposed to be the next big thing out of the U.K. after their killer first L.P., only to be forgotten after their second and third albums yielded diminished returns.

My current favorite British band, The Arctic Monkeys, seem well aware of this. After all, "The View from the Afternoon," the first song off their first album begins with the lines, "Anticipation has a habit to set you up/ For disappointment..."

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A self-fulfilling prophesy, perhaps? Probably, but I'm still holding out hope.

What I think I like best about The Arctic Monkeys is how deft they are at vividly describing places and situations. Take, for example, these lyrics from the song "Riot Van," which details a group of adolescents running from police officers and the resulting confrontation.

"Please just stop talking 'cause they won't catch us if you do/ Oh those silly boys in blue/ Well, they won't catch me or you

Have you been drinking, son/ You don't look old enough to me/ I'm sorry officer, is there a certain age you're supposed to be?/ 'Cause nobody told me"

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Or take "From the Ritz to the Rubble," about the drunken optimism of a Saturday night out on the town fading in the light of a Sunday morning hangover.

"This town's a different town to what it was last night/
You couldn't have done that on a Sunday...

That girl's a different girl to her you kissed last night/ You couldn't have done that on a Sunday"

(Warning, this video contains some scenes of explicit drug use)
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There's just an unpretentiousness to their music that's infectious. All of it seems genuine, grounded in the realities of being young in England.

Which leads me to believe that when they grow into middle age, their music will turn to s***. But until then, I'll enjoy the hell out of it.

"Old Yellow Bricks," Live

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"I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor," Live

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Nightwish
07-27-2008, 12:13 PM
TV shows: Dr. Who, Blackadder

Movies: Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy (original BBC version - the Hollywood version blew chunks)

Music: Iron Maiden, Judas Priest (though Scott Travis is American), Black Sabbath/Heaven & Hell (though Dio is American), Dragonforce, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Duran Duran.

KcMizzou
08-07-2008, 12:38 AM
So... I loved Spaced.

I got season 2 on a torrent... and is it just me, or did Daisy lose a bunch of weight and become kinda hot?

I mean... the show's great anyway. But suddenly her character is a bit more interesting. Maybe I'm just a shallow bastard...

Portlantis
08-07-2008, 12:14 PM
Have only seen the first two episodes of season two so far. Yes, she's lost some weight. Her dying her hair blond doesn't do it for me, though.

I have to say, that Matrix episode was pretty bad. Only episode so far that I haven't liked.

Baby Lee
08-07-2008, 12:53 PM
Have only seen the first two episodes of season two so far. Yes, she's lost some weight. Her dying her hair blond doesn't do it for me, though.

I have to say, that Matrix episode was pretty bad. Only episode so far that I haven't liked.

Yeah, Edgar Wright admits they got a little carried away with Matrix fascination there.

http://www.avclub.com/content/interview/edgar_wright

Of all the bits, my favorite was getting fired over TPM and then getting his welfare/unemployment/whatever GB gives those who need it because the agent was a fellow TPM hater.

Donger
08-07-2008, 02:24 PM
Fawlty Towers. The Young Ones. The usual other suspects.

Demonpenz
08-07-2008, 02:50 PM
i saw spaced awhile back. pretty funny

vailpass
08-07-2008, 03:22 PM
In addition to Python and the other stand-by's, has anybody ever see The Goodies? Young Ones was great. I'll admit I found humor in AbFab as well.

Braincase
08-08-2008, 08:35 AM
I love Radiohead to no end, but The Beatles, Stones, Who, and Zep decree you FOS. . .

And Pink Floyd is there as an exclamation point.

Meanwhile, at a remote castle outside of Sudbury, brother Noel & Liam Gallagher claim that they are better than any of the aforementioned bands as I empty the last 50 gallon drum of accelerant and set fire to the whole bloody mess.

Burn, you Oasis pansies, BURN!!!!

beavis
08-08-2008, 02:00 PM
I haven't looked for them over here yet, but Peep Show is funny as hell.

Right before I left, there was a new show on called The Inbetweeners that was sort of a British version of American Pie. It was hysterical.