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By Badger Mark
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chrysostom wrote:In terrible news, there is to be an American remake of Cuckoo, which led me to this list of UK TV shows which have been remade in the US. Of all of these which I've seen, I've only enjoyed The Office (which I thought was brilliant).

It's quite extraordinary that they persist!


That's quite a list. Of all those shows that have been remade here in the US, I've only ever watched Being Human, Cash Cab and Antiques Roadshow. The US version of Being Human is not bad IMO, if one can get past the first series which followed the UK version more or less. But after that, the story lines completely diverged and became very different shows. My wife and I got into the Roadshow when it came to Madison, Wisconsin a number of years ago, and she even made it onto the TV as a person in the background. It's a sad statement on the US television industry that they've tried to remake so many UK shows IMO. If anyone's ever watched the currently running show Episodes (seen here on the Showtime cable channel) I have to think that mirrors what often happens to UK imports. The show is completely ruined.
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By chrysostom
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JayE wrote:he only ever retaliated to the things that happened.


Disagree with this, (see: Season 4 & 5) - but careful, as spoilers!

Badger Mark wrote:It's a sad statement on the US television industry that they've tried to remake so many UK shows IMO. If anyone's ever watched the currently running show Episodes (seen here on the Showtime cable channel) I have to think that mirrors what often happens to UK imports. The show is completely ruined.


I think it's baffling that more work doesn't go into culturally converting the humour.

I thought the Office worked extremely well, because although the situation was the same, and the gags focused around the main character being the relate-able cringy boss - the characters seemed as though they were written by Americans (and many have said that Gervais & Merchant only oversaw the big things - mainly stepping away from day-to-day).

One day I'll watch the Gavin and Stacey remake, just out of morbid curiosity...
By JayE
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chrysostom wrote:
JayE wrote:he only ever retaliated to the things that happened.


Disagree with this, (see: Season 4 & 5) - but careful, as spoilers!


Oh no yeah, without a doubt he made his own choices in season 5, but to start with he didn't. He only ever hurt someone if they threatened him or his family, like the guy in episode 3 with the plate, he made the first move.

I would have gone into more detail but I don't think we have spoiler tags anymore.
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By Nicola_Red
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JayE wrote:I would have gone into more detail but I don't think we have spoiler tags anymore.


You can do it by writing [spoiler] and the actual spoiler material in pale coloured text, so people have to highlight it to see it. Example: [spoiler]this is a spoiler[/spoiler]
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By chrysostom
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Topher wrote:We were so disappointed when this was cancelled - watched it when it was first on, thought it was the best new comedy in bloody ages. So sad that it was cancelled when Mrs Brown's * Boys was recommissioned - Davies thought so too, I remember him saying on Twitter it was the biggest disappointment of his career.


It's very sad that we won't get to see the second series [on the BBC] - but maybe if enough people watch it on Netflix they'll commission it as a 'Netflix original' (hence why I'm pimping it out to everyone I know!).

Although I can see why the costs were too much - £3m for 6 episodes seems a lot given it wasn't a flagship show (not that I know much about budget restrictions on TV!)
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By Bruvva
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Caught the first episode of True Detective via the red button on Sky last night, it's really very good indeed. All the usual outlets are crying "the new Breaking Bad" which is a bit daft but, from what I hear, the rest of the episodes are just as good and the performances from the lead actors are great.
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By chrysostom
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Just found out that 1 episode of Doctor Who costs just over £680,000 (some series have been just over £1,000,000 for some episode) - given that it makes BBC Worldwide over £130m, it's easy to see why they couldn't justify the spend £500,000 per ep on Whites!
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By dimtimjim
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Bit like Top Gear. The budget they get to play with on that show is nearly laughable - BUT, it makes back many, many times what it costs to contribute towards the £40M profit from BBC worldwide.
By JayE
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Since I've finished Breaking Bad now and to be honest it was the first show that's managed to grab my attention since Scrubs, does anyone have any recommendations? I'm up for trying anything new so any genre really.
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By Badger Mark
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JayE wrote:Since I've finished Breaking Bad now and to be honest it was the first show that's managed to grab my attention since Scrubs, does anyone have any recommendations? I'm up for trying anything new so any genre really.


Chuck is definitely a good suggestion. If you've not seen Fringe that's a great one for a sci-fi-genre show. A great show in the drama genre is Six Feet Under. Arguably has the best show finale ever produced in my opinion (of those that I've seen). 5 seasons in all. 12-13 episodes per season. Another show about death and dying that I really liked was Dead Like Me. Both funny and dramatic at the same time. Only 2 seasons plus a direct to DVD movie for that one.
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By Bonanzoid
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JayE wrote:Since I've finished Breaking Bad now and to be honest it was the first show that's managed to grab my attention since Scrubs, does anyone have any recommendations? I'm up for trying anything new so any genre really.


Bodger and Badger
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By Nicola_Red
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JayE wrote:Since I've finished Breaking Bad now and to be honest it was the first show that's managed to grab my attention since Scrubs, does anyone have any recommendations? I'm up for trying anything new so any genre really.


For a drama, Lost or Mad Men. Comedy, Modern Family or Better Off Ted (that's only two seasons though).
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By flyingbadger
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Bonanzoid wrote:
JayE wrote:Since I've finished Breaking Bad now and to be honest it was the first show that's managed to grab my attention since Scrubs, does anyone have any recommendations? I'm up for trying anything new so any genre really.


Bodger and Badger


Bodger is a * and I'll shall never be working with him again.

Unprofessional, arrogant, misogynistic and just plain *.

All those things he called me.

Bastard.
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By Topher
#502186
He did give you mashed potato though.
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By flyingbadger
#502188
He did smear on his bum-hole and make me eat it that way. Just to humiliate me.

Not that I gave a * because I do love me some mashed potato.

And crack.

HAHA.

Do you get it?

Like, bum crack!

HAHAHAHAHAHA
HAHAHA

HAHA

Ahh...

It's great being me.
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By dimtimjim
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Ooh.... One of my work contact is called ***** hugging*, would that also cause Nic problems?!
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By Topher
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You won't know unless you put it on a different page, as 'hugging' is on this page multiple times and has probably blocked it anyway.
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