I am going to ramble for a moment.
I have been working my way through episodes of The Eleventh Hour (there are only four) with Patrick Stewart. Once again we see a BBC show which has a strong social agenda.
You can tell from the first episode what sort of thought is behind the series from their reduction of the human fetus (which figures in an episode about cloning) to "medical waste" and the paean sung to stem cell research. Right now I have on a self-righteous episode about global warming. There is, however, a very cool scene about a decoding quiz planted in an e-mail from a dead man… but I digress.
I have seen not a few British TV series on DVD. Everyone should see Yes, Minister and its sequel. I have especially liked detective shows.
Americans should know that, even if BBC series have far higher production values and are smarter, their propagandizing content is far more aggressive than American shows, which are for the most part stupider, but less blatant…. if you can imagine that.
But the point… as I listened to some of the actors, their accent sounded more and more familiar, though not Patrick Stewart or the woman sidekick (a Scot… Scotess? Scotette?)
It struck me that it was the same as I had heard during Life on Mars, which was set in Manchester.
A quick search revealed that The Eleventh Hour is also in Manchester.
Any Manchester United fans out that?
Also, I think there are several series which started in the UK and have been converted for American TV. Didn’t The Office start in the UK? I have only see a couple episodes of the UK version. I think Life on Mars was converted as well.
Have any shows gone the other direction across the pond?
Okay… enough rambling.