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Is this a Golden Age of British TV Drama?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2014 10:06 pm
by Jamie Renton
No, not really. But there is some good stuff on at the moment.

As already mentioned, Cilla is a lorra lorra fun (sorry, couldn't resist)

Even better, based on this week's opening episode, is Manchester set thriller The Driver in which Ian Hart's ex-con talk's David Morrissey's put upon cabby to drive for Colm Meaney's local criminal Mr Big. Tense, occasionally funny and as you'd expect from such a cast, very well acted: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... -episode-1

And the second series of top notch "Post WW1 Brummie gangsters look moody to a Nick Cave soundtrack" epic Peaky Blinders starts on Thursday: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b045fz8r

Re: Is this a Golden Age of British TV Drama?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2014 10:50 pm
by Rob Hall
I avoided Peaky Blinders for no good reason when it was first aired, but - prompted by the imminent arrival of the second series - I decided to go back and give it a go. I'm glad I did, 'cause it's bloody excellent (that last statement to be read in a fake Brummie accent). Unfortunately, if you missed the first series, they're removing it episode-by-episode as the second one approaches; you'll have to catch it on DVD, but it will be worth it.

Re: Is this a Golden Age of British TV Drama?

PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 6:15 am
by Chris P
not a f***ckin Nick C*ve soundtrack, still I'm not predjudiced (much!!). Been meaning to try Peaky Blinders agin

Re: Is this a Golden Age of British TV Drama?

PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 6:41 am
by Chris P
It's certainly a golden age (edit: I suppose ths is the teenies now, following the noughties; thank christ it ain't the eighties! haha) of Beeb & C4 comedy, no doubts whatsoever!

Re: Is this a Golden Age of British TV Drama?

PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:41 am
by NormanD
Chris P wrote:not a f***ckin Nick C*ve soundtrack, still I'm not predjudiced (much!!).
Join the club, Chris.

And let's not forget all the Jimmy McGovern plays, like the Accused series a couple of years ago.

Re: Is this a Golden Age of British TV Drama?

PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:48 am
by Jamie Renton
Rob Hall wrote:I avoided Peaky Blinders for no good reason when it was first aired, but - prompted by the imminent arrival of the second series - I decided to go back and give it a go. I'm glad I did, 'cause it's bloody excellent (that last statement to be read in a fake Brummie accent).


Same here. I saw a trailer before the first series, from which I got the feeling that it was all style and no substance, whereas it in fact has an abundance of both. roll on thursday.

Re: Is this a Golden Age of British TV Drama?

PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:57 am
by Jamie Renton
Chris P wrote:not a f***ckin Nick C*ve soundtrack, still I'm not predjudiced (much!!)


I'm certainly no fan of the artist I like to refer to as "Micky Goth and his Rockin' Cavemen", especially when I'm around people who take him too seriously (i.e. at all seriously), but in this context his music works well. Honestly it does.

Re: Is this a Golden Age of British TV Drama?

PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:21 am
by Jamie Renton
Chris P wrote:It's certainly a golden age (edit: I suppose ths is the teenies now, following the noughties; thank christ it ain't the eighties! haha) of Beeb & C4 comedy, no doubts whatsoever!


Interesting Chris. Which comedies would you put forward as evidence for this?

Re: Is this a Golden Age of British TV Drama?

PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:35 am
by Chris P
Boomers, The Mimic, Friday Night Dinner, Siblings, Drifters, Cuckoo & many many more
Now what was there in the noughties: IT crowd, 30 rock, that gav & stace welsh thing with James corden, inbetweeners, were noughties weren't they?
more teenys: Bad education, that Greg Davies thing: odd man standing or whatever it was called

so many I've missed. Lists I (piss 'em) miss 'em, whatevah!

Re: Is this a Golden Age of British TV Drama?

PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 12:09 pm
by Jamie Renton
Blimey and there's me mostly just watching repeats of Porridge and Steptoe!

Actually, I know and love a few of those. But some are new names to me (Drifters? is Clyde McPhatter involved?) I'll have to look them up

Re: Is this a Golden Age of British TV Drama?

PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 12:53 pm
by AndyM
Nobody's mentioned the exceedingly great 'Scott and Bailey'. Or the phenomenal 'Happy Valley'.

(But then they are centred on women.)

Re: Is this a Golden Age of British TV Drama?

PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:04 am
by Jamie Renton
AndyM wrote:Nobody's mentioned the exceedingly great 'Scott and Bailey'. Or the phenomenal 'Happy Valley'.

(But then they are centred on women.)


The first programme mentioned in this thread was Cilla. Unless there's a shock Crying Game style plot twist in tomorrow night's final episode...

I watched the first episode of Secrets and Lies last night. Nothing to do with Mike Leigh, it's an Aussie drama involving child murder and suburban intrigue and is surprisingly good. Especially considering it's on Channel 5 (not known as the home of good new drama).

Re: Is this a Golden Age of British TV Drama?

PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:13 am
by Chris P
must watch the Crying Game sometime! Maybe C5's got some good drama. laters, thnx for tv listings Jamie

Re: Is this a Golden Age of British TV Drama?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:16 am
by Garth Cartwright
I don't watch much telly cos I travel so much and go to so many gigs. But the rave reviews of Happy Valley have put it on my winter dvd list. I did try and watch The Driver last week but found it so predictable that I gave up before the first episode was over. I did watch episode 2 of Cilla and enjoyed it as a well done period piece but didn't feel the need to watch episode 3. I have been enjoying Andrew Graham Dixon's series of British painters - David Bomberg and Edward Burra, 2 of my favourites both handled well. Thanks for the tips, i will try and watch some more of these programmes.

Re: Is this a Golden Age of British TV Drama?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 6:09 am
by Chris P
don't be a critic of our comedy, then, or I'll give u some slap & tickle. I like Burra, missing my painting missus (at Butlins Minehead with a victim/'client's work - 'annual' holiday). I'll talk about Bomberg wiv her mebbe when she gets back. We've got Arigella (slight possibility Aragell - won't know til final moult) the 'pink-toe metallic' (Avicularia metallica) baby now though, so I'll go check up on our spiderling. Threaddrift. don't do drama