Summer UK TV Shows

Dear ladies and gents,

I haven’t done one of these posts in a while. Down below is a short selection of some of the TV shows airing in the UK at the moment.

The Interceptor

I quite liked the Interceptor. It is a crime drama type of series that BBC does so well. Written by Tony Saint, it is about super secret Undercover Narcotics Investigation Team that hunts down the UK’s most wanted criminals. It stars O. T. Fagbenle and Trevor Eve (of Waking the Dead fame).

Not Safe For Work

Not Safe For Work is a black comedy starring Zawe Ashton as a civil servant who works on the immigration issues. Due to the budget cuts she gets transferred to the office in Northampton. Once she gets there, it turns out her new boss is her former protege. And the department hasn’t done any work at all over the past 2 years.

Humans

Jointly produced by Channel 4 and AMC Humans is based on the Swedish series Äkta människor (Real Humans). It is about a future where the latest gadget is a Synth. Which is an android robot you need around the house to do stuff for you. Obvs people wouldn’t be people if they didn’t use the synths for all sorts of nefarious reasons. And obvs it wouldn’t be a tv show if the synths didn’t start feeling things/rebelling. Saw the first episode and it’s not bad. It stars William Hurt and Katherine Parkinson (Jen off the IT Crowd).

No Offence

No Offence is a crime/drama/comedy hybrid series about the officers working for the Manchester Metropolitan Police. The team is led by D.I. Viv Deering (played by Joanna Scanlan) and they are investigating a serial murder who is killing girls with the Down syndrome in Manchester.

Returning shows

Strike Back

Strike Back is well.. back for it’s fifth and final season. Based on the novel written by former SAS soldier Chris Ryan, it follows the members of Section 20 on their super secret mission around the globe. A solid choice for all the thriller/military/spy buffs who enjoy this type of thing.

Vicious

Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi are back. You need to know more? They play a bickering gay couple who have been together for 48 years. Like you care – it’s Ian McKellen!

Man Down

Greg Davies stars as Dan, a man who loathes his job as a teacher. Unfortunately Rik Mayall (who played Dan’s dad) passed away and he was supposed to have a more prominent role in the second season.

My Mad Fat Diary

My Mad Fat Diary is based on the book written by Rae Earl. It follows the story of a 16-year old Rae Earl who is trying to adjust to her everyday life after spending 4 months at a psychiatric hospital. The series was a breakthrough hit for Channel 4 and this will be the show’s last season. Also – the American version is already in the works (facepalm)

Last but not least…

I know, it’s a TV show about cars, but who the hell cares – it’s Idris freaking Elba!

Idris Elba No Limits

Best British TV shows – revisited

Dear ladies and gents,

a while back I wrote this post about the best British shows.

Since this was written back in 2008, I wanted to the revisit the post and see what has aired in the meantime and deserves a mention.

So.

Luther. Obvs. OBVS.

The IT Crowd. Now that one did air prior to the original post. However I haven’t seen it at the time. I have rectified that mistake and yes, it is one of the funniest things I have ever seen. Someone actually called me a moron for leaving that one out. (shrug)

Sherlock.

Gavin and Stacey.

Misfits.

Black Mirror.

The Fall.

Gogglebox. Yes, I know. It’s a TV show about people watching TV. But it’s really, really funny.

The Thick of It.

Rev.

Any other suggestions? I’m sure I have forgotten plenty.

This week’s episode of Broadchurch

To sum it up:

Meanwhile the Daily Fail, the bastion of all that is decent and moral and upstanding (written with heavy irony), is outraged at the lesbian kiss. (To be clear I’m outraged at the shoddy plot lines and what the what with that Eve Myles character?)

Although I am still not sure what caused more outrage a) that the ladies are lesbians b) that they are middle-aged or c) a combination of both?

To be fair – even the Daily Fail comments section* is like – are you serious with this sh*t?

I never EVER thought I’d see the day I would see eye to eye on anything (ANYTHING!) with any random Daily Fail commentator.

But there you go.

* Or rather the first 10 comments. I cannot read too much of Daily Fail comments section. It gives me the urge to stick a fork in my eye and makes me lose the will the live.

Fortitude

What it is labeled as: a psychological thriller. Me thinks however they were aiming for a Scandi noir.

What I like to call it: Broadchurch on ice. Yes, I am aware how that sounds like, but it was my first association.

Reasons to watch: Stanley freaking Tucci! Michael Gambon. Sofie Gråbøl. Also? Fuzzy sweaters! So many fuzzy freaking sweaters!

The down side: I’ll be honest – I don’t have a clue what the what is going on at the moment (3 episodes in).

A dude was killed with a potato peeler (yes, a freaking potato peeler of all things! They peeled him to death. Sorry, couldn’t resist the pun). Everyone is sleeping with everyone else. It seems to be a normal thing?

Also everyone walks around with riffles because polar bears? BUT if a polar bear attacks someone you kill the human rather than the bear? I thought that was odd, but what do I know, Bear Grylls I am not.

Why it shows promise: So did you know that in permafrost nothing can decay? As in corpses and stuff? So they still have people buried there with the plague. BUT plague aside there is this mammoth, yes? And they showed it a number of times already. So am thinking ancient virus/bacteria? Or wait – that would be more SyFy’s jam, right? I KNOW, I’m facepalming myself. See?

Where to watch: Sky in the UK. Pivot in the US.