Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Fun British comedies on TV

Two months ago I subscribed to Acorn TV via Amazon Prime which offers some great British and Australian TV shows and movies. Since I live in the USA this is a real treat for me, as Acorn offers many shows I like, including mysteries new to me like "Rake" and "Murdoch Mysteries" and lots of goodies like "Midsomer Murders" and "Endeavor", dramas, and some fun comedies. Plus it is only five dollars a month. I dropped cable two years ago, which was costing seventy dollars a month and didn't have many shows I like.

My favorite show thus far on Acorn is "Ladies of Letters", which is fabulous fun. Two quite mismatched English ladies meet and then keep in touch via letters. Their letters are often wildly untrue which makes for much laughter from me. The first photo is of Maureen Lipman who plays Irene, and the second is of Anne Reid who plays Vera. Anne Reid does a wonderful performance in "Last Tango in Halifax", by the way.
Some people who enjoyed the books and radio series do not like this rendition of "Ladies of Letters" but this is my first introduction to it and I find the ladies to be hilarious while being not very pleasant in the way they treat each other. Their letters to each other show them to be out of touch with reality, which causes funny situations. There are 20 episodes and some of the episodes are rather dark.
Two other funny comedies I am watching are "French Fields" (English couple moves to France and this show is a continuation of "Fresh Fields") and "Boomers" (3 English couples who are long time friends).
I watched all 20 episodes of "Ladies of Letters" and miss those gals, wish they would make more. Another good comedic find is P.G. Wodehouse's "Blandings" which I am watching.
I enjoyed the movie "The Man Who Lost His Head" about a man who works for the "British Imperial Museum" and travels to New Zealand on assignment to get the Maori people to allow the museum to keep a famous Maori chieftain's carved head. Will romance occur? A nice glimpse of very rural life of a group of Maoris. I saw this on Acorn TV.
Today on Facebook I saw an ad for Britbox_US which offers shows from the BBC and ITV, and claims to be the biggest collection; it is $7.99 a month and apparently became available in the USA earlier this year. Have you tried it?
Do you have any favorite British or Australian TV shows or movies you suggest I look for?

20 comments:

justjill said...

If you like crime. Lightheartedish is Father Brown. One we really like is Law and Order a British version of an American programme!

kath001 said...

I love Foyle's War which is a police drama set in WWII era. The Vicar of Dibley is very funny. And Lark Rise to Candleford is really great.

Michelle said...

Thank you for the review. I will look these up!

happyone said...

My favorite British show is As Time Goes By. I love it and watch it over and over.

only slightly confused said...

A good chuckle is good for the soul. We need more shows like this.

Mari said...

I love British tv - haven't heard of these ones though!

LL Cool Joe said...

I had to come here when I saw your photo of Maureen Lipman on this post, she is one of my favourites!

Well I am a Brit but I don't watch much TV these days but I still enjoy all the classic British comedies like Only Fools and Horses etc.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I haven't tried either of them but I am glad you are enjoying your new programs.

DawnTreader said...

Never heard of Ladies of Letters. We get quite a lot of British series on Swedish television though. I have seen some the series mentioned in other comments above (Father Brown, The Vicar of Dibley, Lark Rise to Candleford, Foyle's War). I have also collected quite a few old favourites on DVD, like... Upstairs Downstairs. All Creatures Great and Small. Brideshead Revisited. The Onedin Line. Jeeves & Wooster. Lord Peter Wimsey. The House of Elliott. Monarch of the Glen. ... And Australian: The Flying Doctors. One more recent British series I've watched/am watching recently (on Swedish TV and on Netflix) is Call the Midwife. Also recently watched the Netflix series The Crown (about Queen Elizabeth II), and found it as good as "everyone says".

Hootin' ♥ Anni said...

That Ladies of Letters sounds very good!! If there's laughter, I'm enjoying every minute!!

Jennifer said...

Jeeves and Wooster with Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie!

Blogoratti said...

Sounds like great shows, thanks for sharing!

Vintage Reading said...

Gosh I'd forgotten all about French Fields! I used to watch it (I'm in the UK). I'm a bit of a fan of American TV. Loved Sex in the City (particularly the early episodes)and I used to love Happy Days.

Rebecca Nelson said...

I have never heard of Ladies of Letters. I have to check this out! Thank you again for visiting me. Means so MUCH! <3

Terra Hangen said...

Jennifer, and all, I love P.G. Wodehouse and those Jeeves and Wooster shows, I don't think Acorn TV offers them, but I am watching Blandings, another Wodehouse series, produced in 2014, it is entertaining too.

Denise inVA said...

I wonder if I can get Acorn TV in this area? I get their catalogue every Christmas and always look at the British shows they sell. My favorite Brit sitcoms were To The Manner Born and As Time Goes By. I have heard of the shows you mentioned, but haven't seen them yet. We are also thinking of giving up on our cable, not enjoying a lot of the things we see on there and you're right, it is very expensive. There is so much to see on the Internet now.

Terra Hangen said...

Denise and all, I think AcornTV is now available all over the USA. I have an Amazon Prime subscription ($10.99 a month) and for additional $4.99 a month I added AcornTV.
You could look up Acorn online, I imagine you can directly subscribe. I loved the two shows you mention "To the Manner Born" and "As Time Goes By."

Kevin & Debra said...

I will have to check out the Acorn TV. We have stopped our cable service- we are watching movies on Netflix. thanks!

Patsy said...

Thanks for your comment:
When the news and boredom set in I escape
to the English Country side. In my books
I have watched many of Brit sitcoms and love them.
My husband says he doesn't get their humor.

Marguerite (Tina) Smith Hart said...

Hi Terra! I too love British programming! I don't have Britbox but may have to try it as I also don't have cable! I do have a subscription to MHZchoice which broadcasts Euro shows with sub-titles and I love it. Thanks for the head's up!
Tina xo