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Best British telly available in the USA
British TV shows available on DVD
Ask any passing British person who is living abroad what they miss about the UK and you can guarantee that the good old British telly will be high on their list. Of course, we've got BBC America but it's not quite the same and it's wonderful to have your own collection of British DVDs that you can watch and enjoy at any time.
And it's not just the Brits. So many people here in tell me that they love the British sense of humour - and quite right too. Good old Amazon makes it easy to have your own fine collection. I've written quite a few reviews of British telly programmes recently and it seemed sensible to have them all in one place. And you won't be surprised to hear that other people who write on this site have been reviewing too so I'm including their articles with the hope that, one day, this will be the ultimate guide to the best of British telly. So here we go, in alphabetical order.
P.S. I think that Queen Victoria would have been amused, actually.
I'm sometimes asked just how far-fetched this comedy is.
To be honest, it's only a slight exaggeration - Edina and Patsy remind me so much of me and my mate Kath in the eighties.
In case you're wondering, it was Kath who looked like Patsy, not me. I was the dumpy one with red hair. Pah.
Wouldn't it be great to travel around the world - at someone else's expense, I hasten to add - and see the Seven Wonders of the World?
Yes, I think so too. In this documentary-style show, Karl doesn't.
He hates every minute.
But what can you expect from a lad from Manchester who thinks Wales is exotic?
Another fine and fantastic programme with lots of laughs, twisty plots and superbly funny characters.
If you know your British history, you'll love it.
If you have absolutely no idea about the history of the UK you'll love it too.
See Rowan Atkinson (and many more stars) at their very best.
Britain was scandalized in the nineteen thirties when it became public knowledge that the king was having an affair with a married American woman.
This was,of course, Wallis Simpson.
Insiders had known for a while and she was in the process of getting divorced but there's no way a marriage could be sanctioned.
A fascinating series.
This jolly little suburban sitcom wouldn't have stood the test of time had it not been for one particular character.
When a middle-aged couple decide to turn their suburban home into a smallholding.
The neighbours are shocked, particularly the wonderful Margot who lives next door.
See the wonderful Penelope Keith.
Another suburban sitcom - and this one has quite a cult following.
Viewers love to watch 'the lady of the house' as she tries to maintain her decorum and keep up with the Joneses; or indeed, attempt to overtake them.
Often hampered by her less-than-posh relatives, it usually ends up all wrong.
Such a fun TV series.
The streets were quiet - there was so little traffic. Even the pubs were more or less empty; except for the ones that had a telly in the corner.
Why? Because it was Wednesday and everyone's favourite programme started at nine o'clock. The population at large were seeing what these two would get up to this week.
He was destined to become a well-known zoologist but when he was just a boy, his widowed mother took him, his two brothers and sister from their comfortable middle-class home in Britain to live on a Greek island.
The first of their adventures was looking for a home that actually had a bathroom...
A lovely series based on a fabulous book.
I love this.
This is a series of totally funny plays.
Like so many British programmes, it is set in a comfortable middle-class home. All three plays cover the events of one single weekend and the lives of three siblings and their partners.
Oh, and the good old eternal triangle rears its head.
Imagine that you are on a spaceship.
Planet Earth has been destroyed.
To keep you company you have a hologram of a crew member and a humanoid creature that has evolved from the ship's cat.
Yes, it's silly. Yes, it's funny.
And every single episode of this cult series is available on DVD.
This is a bit like Marmite - you either love it or hate it.
Cataloging the mishaps of the daily lives of four students, it's rude, revolting and rumbustious and I love it.
Click the link below to see a video clip of this cult British comedy.
This is a real classic, forget Benny Hill.
Wodehouse's characters have been portrayed by many actors over the years but none have been comparable to these two. This DVD set has the entire series.