April 9, 2020 at 1:36 pm #1203418088
Please show what your favourite underrated British shows are and why.
1. MIRANDA, (the original fleabag)
2. The Vicar of Dibley
3. Absolutely Fabulous
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN- Picture, Director, Actress, ScreenplayApril 9, 2020 at 1:59 pm #1203418107
Are those three shows underrated on a global scale?
Because in the UK they’re all adored and remembered to this day the same way most US audiences love Friends.
OT: Twenty-Twelve is hilarious (it’s about a PR company that’s organising London Olympics, starring Hugh Bonneville & Olivia Colman)April 9, 2020 at 2:08 pm #1203418119
I mean underrated globally
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN- Picture, Director, Actress, ScreenplayApril 9, 2020 at 2:23 pm #1203418130
I think all of these were pretty successful in the UK but are underrated globally (unfortunately in the US we don’t get a ton of access to the UK shows that are also underrated in the UK)
Scrotall Recall (title changed to the infinitely blander Lovesick)
Crashing (Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s first show, not the masterpiece that is Fleabag but still very good and you can see the hints of her unique talent right away)
This Way Up (more fleabag vibes if you’re a fan)
And I’ll just second Miranda againApril 9, 2020 at 2:33 pm #1203418143
Ooh I love this thread.
– Miranda has to be first mentioned because it’s the funniest show I’ve ever watched. Doesn’t seem like kind of show that would translate well in the US so I’ll be intrigued to see what the Mayim Bialik version is like.
– Line of Duty. The most thrilling series currently on television. From the writer of Bodyguard but it’s better than that.
– Motherland. Just a brilliant and insightful comedy from Sharon Horgan. Simply told but so enjoyable.
– Years and Years. It will make you depressed about the future but my god is it a series that conjures every emotion. Emma Thompson manages to steal the show despite only being in about two scenes an episode.
– Broadchurch. Believe Olivia Colman is great actress? You haven’t seen anything until you’ve watched this show.
– Man in an Orange Shirt. The most emotional and nuanced depiction of gay love I’ve seen on screen.
– Vicious. A comedy starring Ian McKellan and Derek Jacobi. And it’s even better than it sounds. Delightfully camp and bitingly funny.
– Happy Valley. Probably the highest quality show I’ve ever seen. I’ve been doing episode grades for years and the second season of this is the only one that’s ever gotten all As.
– Call the Midwife (Seasons 1 to 3). Featuring a fantastic ensemble cast including a BAFTA-nominated but should have been BAFTA-winning Miranda Hart. This is an episodic drama like no other. Your emotions go here, there and everywhere. BUT this was only in the first three seasons after which Hart and lead Jessica Raine left as series regulars and it all went downhill. Season 6 was a return to form but it didn’t last and it wasn’t so good that it was worth getting there.April 9, 2020 at 2:33 pm #1203418145
I second the Miranda love!! The show was such a treat.April 9, 2020 at 2:36 pm #1203418149
I guess I have to start Miranda now…April 9, 2020 at 2:40 pm #1203418154
Vicious – One of the best comedies I’ve ever seen. All the characters are unique and marvelous on it’s own way.
Lovesick – Don’t know how to really describe it.
Secret diary of a call girl – Billie Piper.April 9, 2020 at 2:43 pm #1203418158
miranda is honestly my favourite show. If you’ve not already watched it I definitely recommend (3 Series + 2 Finale Specials). Also make sure you watch the reunion special they did on New Years.
Olivia Colman is outstanding in Broadchurch, one of the best British Dramas.
Another guilty pleasure of mine is Friday Night Dinner, absolutely hilarious.
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN- Picture, Director, Actress, ScreenplayApril 9, 2020 at 2:44 pm #1203418160
Doctor Foster, Suranne Jones is so good in it. Jodie Comer is also in it !April 9, 2020 at 3:32 pm #1203418239
– Surprise surprise I’m starting with Miranda on this list. It is probably one of the most original sitcoms that has aired on British television ever and has generated a unique recipe for success for British sitcoms over the past 10 years.
– Line of Duty. Think The Departed meets Bodyguard. One of the best written shows on British television ever. From the creator of Bodyguard but as forwardswill said this is the superior show.
– Years and Years. Just going to second everything forwardswill said.
– Broadchurch. Olivia Colman should have multiple Emmy statuettes already and fifty trillion of them should be for this show. Plus it has every actor who has every appeared in Doctor Who in it if you are a fan of the show (including David Tennant and Jodie Whittaker).
– His Dark Materials. Lost faith in Tom Hooper because of Cats? Think Shane Meadows and Jack Thorne can only dramas with emotional social realism? This show will prove any prior misconceptions wrong. It really should have gotten into ensemble at SAG this year and should be scoring Lead Actress, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor and Guest Actress Emmy noms this year. Hell even if all the other actors of the show missed, this is one of Ruth Wilson’s BEST performances in her entire career.
– My Mad Fat Diary. At first glance this may seem like a soppy teen show set to the sound of the Oasis dominated 90s music scene but it is so much more than that. It is a show that provides social commentary surrounding the stigma behind mental health. It also explores very topical yet important themes with it’s setting in a town in the English Midlands in the mid 90s. The writing of this show is a treat as well as it’s soundtrack (I may be slightly biased as someone who grew up listening to the music) and it’s stand out performances from Sharon Rooney, Claire Rushbrook, Ian Hart (Professor Quirell from Harry Potter) and…
…a young Jodie Comer.
– Thirteen. Think Killing Eve is Jodie Comer’s only stand out performance. Hahahahahahahahahahaha
– The Cry. A rollercoaster of a series that will probably mess you up when you realise it’s loosely based on the Madeline McCann case.
– The Victim. Two words. Kelly MacDonald.
– War and Peace. Probably one of the best literary adaptions of a novel ever.
– The Fall. Think Gillian Anderson can only play roles in British period dramas and Dana Scully? You’re wrong. Think Jamie Dornan can’t act? You’re also very wrong.
–Vanity Fair. Hated the film with Reese Witherspoon? This isn’t anything like that. (P.S. Olivia Cooke really gave the second best Lead Actress in a Limited Series/TV Movie performance last season)
– Ashes to Ashes/Life on Mars – A criminally underrated sci-fi saga. Do you enjoy the music of David Bowie? Well these two series aren’t really about the music but are still as much of a nerdy treat. The writing of Ashes to Ashes is inferior to that of it’s preceding show Life on Mars but Keeley Hawes (yes the same one from Bodyguard who is married to Matthew MacFadyen), delivers a stellar performance. If you enjoy science fiction series, crime thrillers, police shows and shows set in the 70s or 80s, this show is for you.
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The Bi Life — Bored of The Bachelor, losing interested in Love Island. May I direct you to this criminally underrated 8 episode, 1 season reality hosted by Courtney Act, where she takes a group of British bi/pan & sexual fluid individuals to Barcelona acting as their fairy drag mother guiding them in the highs and lows of love.
Chef — British comedy icon Lenny Henry is arguably is finest role as restauranteur Gareth Blackstock, a talented, arrogant, tyrannical and obsessed chef who has endlessly inventive insults for his staff, unknowing customers, and almost anyone else he encounters. A must see for any fan of the Curb / Veep mean humour.
Chewing Gum</strong> — Fan of Fleabag, then prepared for a even better ride with Michael Coel’s television adaptation of her hit play, starring as Tracey. Coel shows the life of a 24-year old repressed virgin working in her “fake-ass estate where no crime ever happens” conner shop trying to lose her virginity.
Yes, the jokes will make you cringe in the best possible way as Tracey & her friends deliver some of the most relatable & most hilarious work ever put on screen. Milking the crassness, misery and loneliness of being young and turns it into something relatable and laugh-out-loud funny. Plus, you know, black characters with plotline, personality and character development.
Derry Girls — Tired of 80’s nostalgia, well its time to move on the mid 90s. Set in Northern Ireland during The Troubles, this comedic gem follows four schoolgirls and their English cousin James as the negative adolescent with a stand out performance from Siobhan McSweeney as headmistress Sister Michael.
My Mad Fat Diary — Dramedy at its finest. Scottish thespian Sharon Rooney stars as Rae, a young girl whose mental health starts to deteriorate as the same time as her friend group. Also featuring Jodie Comer as one of her friends in an outstanding comedic performance.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK — Ever wondered what happened if Drag Race had the budget of post season 9 but the heart, quality & talents of pre-season 6. Well, the spinoff is a revelation not only for the franchise but the reality competition genre itself.April 10, 2020 at 3:52 am #1203418856
Adding a few more which have not been mentioned
Mrs Browns Boys
Birds of a Feather
and the best of all
GAVIN AND STACEY
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