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31 July 2010 @ 02:03 pm
TV meme, day 4  

Day 04 - Your favorite show ever

Ever since watching it for the first time three months ago, Life on Mars has quickly become my all-time favourite. As there are several more 'favourite show' questions to come in this meme, I'm not going to elaborate now.

Mind you, 'favourite' and 'best' are not the same in my book. I still think The Singing Detective is the better series, but the mad, passionate love I feel for Life on Mars is simply unequalled. If this were the only series I could watch for the rest of my life I don't think I'd mind.

Current Mood: goodgood
Current Music: Gloria - Them
silly_narziss on July 31st, 2010 12:19 pm (UTC)
ok, going to give it a try :)
Mnemosyne: affection_lethe_ on July 31st, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated...

Just make sure you get the UK version and not the American remake!

ETA: The whole first episode is up on YouTube in good quality, check it out:

Edited at 2010-07-31 02:16 pm (UTC)
silly_narziss on July 31st, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
i already figured i wanted the original... what is it with this whole remaking circus?? especially when the original is better. just like the british "the office" is about 100 times better than the remake.
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silly_narziss on July 31st, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
this looks like a folder set of tv episodes really, based on the file names.
Mnemosyne: music_lethe_ on July 31st, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
Ah, that's good, you'll have the original music then.
Mnemosyne: o rly?_lethe_ on July 31st, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
Actually, The Office is one of the very few remakes I don't mind. That said, I did stop watching after a while, whereas the British series knew when to quit.
heartofdavid: fishcatwindowheartofdavid on July 31st, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, I forgot about The Singing Detective, that was so good.

For my tastes, British shows are the best. I would be hard pressed to decide upon a favorite, but Prime Suspect, Inspector Morse and Cracker would all be up for consideration. And maybe Upstairs, Downstairs.
Mnemosyne: shifty_lethe_ on July 31st, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
More Singing Detective coming up later in this meme :)

Prime Suspect was very good, we loves Helen Mirren. I must say I didn't have the patience for Morse and didn't care for Upstairs, Downstairs at the time.

I never watched Cracker beyond the first couple of episodes and I can't think why, because I like Robbie Coltrane a lot. But I recently watched the "Best Boys" episode that had a young John Simm guesting. I ordered the DVD from Amazon, but they say it has been delayed (hopefully not indefinitely).

Wanted to add, what an intriguing icon! Do you have any idea where it's from?

Edited at 2010-07-31 05:08 pm (UTC)
heartofdavidheartofdavid on August 1st, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
I liked Morse because he was such a curmudgeon and fusspot. And I liked his side-kick Lewis, the ever patient, ever suffering, constantly criticized but respectful partner; and Morse, for all his berating of Lewis, really liked him too - that combination worked for me.

So many British shows have great plots and great cast, but it is the dialog that go for most - sharp, biting, witty, but always real.
chetbakerfanchetbakerfan on August 8th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
thought i'd been forgetting to do something.

The Avengers. much like Frasier and Niles, i wanted desperately to be John Steed as a much younger man. Diana Rigg had a sitcom called simply 'Diana' in the early 1970s, and Patrick MacNee made a guest appearance. There was a photo of the two of them in the local paper, which my Mom kindly showed me. I cut it out and pasted it into the inside lid of my small-briefcase-sized faux-purple-snakeskin cassette case, which went everywhere with me. still have the case, but the photo is sadly gone.

this is a true story.

back to The Avengers: i still watch it whenever it's on TV, which is rare these days. never was there a better chemistry, or more amusing stories. then there was The Winged Avenger episode. i was so frightened (remember, i was 7 the first time i saw it) that it had to be turned off. and i was ok with that. just that once. i still have the laurie johnson theme music on my mp3 player to this day.
Mnemosyne_lethe_ on August 8th, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
And I wanted to be Emma Peel (or simply Diana Rigg). She was so cool.

It is a very long time since I've seen The Avengers, so I don't have any recollection of individual episodes. Repeats are few and far between, and usually during the daytime. Not too long ago they were shown on the French/German channel ARTE, but dubbed in German they just don't hold the same appeal.