SOME BBC SHOWS TO DEFINITELY WATCH
The BBC is my safe space (even when it's depicting systemic violence and drug use and corruption in law enforcement!) Some personal favorites. Cheerio!
- •Absolutely FabulousTo me this is where it all begins. The show of all shows, Patsy & Edina are genius nightmare striver lunatics with the best comic timing that side of the revolution. I met creator Jennifer Saunders and cried.
- •Gavin & StaceyThis will be fun for you to watch since the James Corden show is beginning here in the USA. Gavin & Stacey is a show he wrote and, in a move no American would ever pull, plays a supporting role in (Americans like to star in their own shows I think.) This is actually sort of American in that the boring people are the stars! But it's sooo funny.
- •Call The Midwife1950s midwifery ain't no fucking picnic. These ladies are basically surgeons in adorable collared shirts, riding bikes and SAVING LIVES! Plus a baby is born EVERY DAMN EPISODE.
- •Prime SuspectHelen Mirren as a brilliant detective with a dark past and a horrible drinking problem. It's my favorite genre: rough-hewn lady cop is shut down by her superiors but continues to investigate anyway! There were many series-- SEASONS as we call them in the US-- made over the course of 15 years, so it's an incredibly realistic depiction of aging and also takes a very enlightened approach to sexual violence. All hail creator Lynda Laplante!
- •The FallAnother rough-hewn lady cop! I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this one because I am sooo sick of women being raped and murdered for our amusement BUT the creator wrote this really skillful piece about sexual violence on TV that intrigued me//www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2013/jun/07/the-fall-allan-cubitt-women-violence and it was worth it! Follows both the killer and the detective, removing the mystery in a sense and creating something smarter.
- •The GameMy dad made me watch this. It's all sorts of Russian Cold War double triple agent stuff and I would follow Brian Cox into an inferno so I enjoyed myself. My dad calls the lead "pretty boy" because he's, um, pretty.
- •The Line of BeautyGorgeous miniseries about homosexuality in Thatcherite England starring Matthew Crowley from Downton (I actually don't really watch Downton but it seems to mean a lot to a lot of people.) ARE YOU IN!? This is SO moving and has these incredible period details that the BBC does so right. Based on a wonderful book of the same name by Allan Hollinghurst.
- •Happy ValleyLatest obsession, another rough-hewn lady cop (it's the best way to be) this time dealing with the booming drug trade in her Yorkshire town-- and the fall out from her daughter's suicide. Another amazing female creator, Sally Wainwright, whose wiki personal life section reads: "In 2014 Wainwright was living in Oxfordshire. She owns a cat and is a feminist."
- •Nuts in MayIn the 70s Mike Leigh made a number of films for the BBCs Play for Today series. This is my most favorite- the story of a high-strung health obsessed couple who take the worst camping trip in history. It's actually funnier than anything that's ever been. Also, Leigh's ex wife Alison Steadman is a gifted comic actress who will later play a mum in Gavin & Stacey!