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Best British telly available in the USA

Updated on June 10, 2015
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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.

Absolutely Fabulous
Absolutely Fabulous | Source

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.

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This review is from Peter and I'm so pleased that he introduced me to this series.

I remember watching David Attenborough's wildlife programmes on the telly when I was just a kid and he's still making them to this day.

Made by the BBC, they are top quality and beautifully photographed.

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An Idiot Abroad
An Idiot Abroad

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?

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Blackadder
Blackadder

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.

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This review comes from Paul who (no pun intended) is without doubt an expert on the subject of this particular British telly favourite.

You do recognise the two chaps on the left, don't you?

In the UK we've being enjoying this for over fifty years.

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Well, I told you that Paul is our expert on this programme and this is his ultimate suggestion for the Dr Who fan.

Every single episode - ever - in one complete boxed set. I can hear the theme tune already... What a fantastic gift this is (or a treat for yourself, of course!)

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Edward and Mrs Simpson
Edward and Mrs Simpson

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.

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The Good Life
The Good Life

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.

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Keeping Up Appearances
Keeping Up Appearances

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.

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Minder
Minder

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.

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My Family and Other Animals
My Family and Other Animals

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.

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The Norman Conquests
The Norman Conquests

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.

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Red Dwarf
Red Dwarf

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.

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AdventureTravelShop has written great review of one of my favourite BBC telly series. I remember when this was first shown on BBC America. As a Conan Doyle fan, I was dubious. Holmes with an iPhone? Yes, and it's truly a brilliant series. Click below to learn more.

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The Young Ones
The Young Ones

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.

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Awaiting review

Jeeves & Wooster: The Complete Series
Jeeves & Wooster: The Complete Series

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.

 

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    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @DreyaB: Let me know as soon as you do :)

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      DreyaB 

      4 years ago from France

      Fab page, just finding so many more reviews to read. Will have to see if I can come up with something for you at some point too. :0)

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @rihannsu: Have you reviewed it? If so, I'd love to feature it in this list.

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      rihannsu 

      4 years ago

      I love the Vicar of Dibley

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      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Fiorenza: It's an excellent article.

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      Fiorenza 

      4 years ago from UK

      You've got some good ones here; keep up the good work! Thanks for picking up my article on Whitechapel also.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @CamelliaPenny: Thanks for visiting! Keep checking back because I'm adding reviews all the time :)

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      Perrin 

      4 years ago from South Carolina

      My grandparents, who loved Britain and tried to travel over there once a year in retirement, loved British comedies. They introduced me to Are You Being Served?, Hyacinth Bucket (it's boo-kay, haha), and several others. I loved Ab Fab, as well!! Great stuff here. What fun!

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      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @smine27: I love it :)

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      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @smine27: Thank you so much for visiting!

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      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I used to watch Absolutely Fabulous all the time. Hilarious!

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      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Ruthi: It's a great article and a wonderful programme. Judi Dench is just brilliant.

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      Ruthi 

      4 years ago

      What a treasure this compilation of BritishTV shows is sure to be! You are right, I have long enjoyed the BBC fare available here in the USA. Thanks for picking up my aricle for As Time Goes By.

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