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#1 manicmonkeyinspace

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 07:31 PM

i got to thinking how good some of the Sci-Fi shows we make here and why there is more fans of them
and how some people like ShiningPathofLight reacted to the words "British TV" and his reaction to them (mainly being human)after he was pressured into actually sitting down and watching an episode or two was was very positive
so here are a few show i am recommending to those you haven't tried them or heard of them

Doctor Who - well its the longest running Sci-fi ever and it has something for everyone. you will laugh you will cry you will be shocked and surprised and it made for the whole family. so no matter what your age you will find something you like
http://en.wikipedia....wiki/Doctor_Who

Torchwood - an adult spin-off of Doctor Who it deals with more adult things, yes S1 isn't the best but S2 is a lot better and S3 (Children of Earth) was fantastic, it will also make you laugh, cry be shocked and surprised
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torchwood

Jekyll - written by the best new Doctor Who writers and its new executive producer Steven Moffat the 6, 1 hour long episodes are brilliantly written. and the acting was awesome, especially from James Nesbitt, but i do say Paterson Joseph American accent wasn't good
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jekyll_(TV_series)

Being Human - the writing is brilliant, acting awesome. the direction and cinematography is fantastic
the thing that makes this standout for me is how strongly the characters drive the show, and how much it sucks you in the world around them
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Being_Human_(TV_series)

Misfits - like being human the writing acting and direction are brilliant, and it also sucks you into the story. but it the underlining mysteries and the characters interaction that really stands-out for me
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misfits_(TV_series)


so what do you think of my recommendations
and what UK Sci-Fi shows would you recommend and why
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Posted 17 January 2010 - 07:47 PM

Blake's 7. Sure the special effects and the sets were wonky but if you want to see the original misfits in space this is it. Farscape and Firefly borrowed heavily from it.

Want some comedy to lighten up, go with Red Dwarf.
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Posted 17 January 2010 - 08:29 PM

manicmonkeyinspace seems to be recommending current (and recent) British sci-fi.

That being the case, I would add the original Life on Mars to the list. Some might also enjoy Primeval, about dinosaurs and other creatures infiltrating the present-day through temporal anomalies, though it rather went off the rails for me in the 3rd series.

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 09:03 PM

Of the titles already mentioned I have seen and liked:

Most of the past five years of Doctor Who, although I have seen little of earlier series.

Most of Torchwood, although I think they went out of their way to include risque material just for sensationalism.

Loved Jekyll. James Nesbitt was fantastic, and Michelle Ryan certainly proved (along with her guest appearance in Planet of the Dead) that the train wreck that was the new Bionic Woman was not her fault.

Being Human. I've seen up through the first episode of the second series, and other than not liking how George was handling the situation I am still enjoying it.

Life on Mars (along with Ashes to Ashes).

I did not care for what I saw of Misfits or Primeval, and have never seen any of Blake's 7 or Red Dwarf.


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Posted 18 January 2010 - 01:13 AM

I do plan on seeing Life on Mars (because of the fantastic John Simm) and Primeval soon as well as Jekyll, I didn't get into Being Human but I will try it again.

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 02:31 AM

Blake's 7, I've heard about this. Where can I find it?
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Posted 18 January 2010 - 02:50 AM

Blake's 7, I've heard about this. Where can I find it?


It's out there if you look hard enough, it was made in the 70's and looks like they had $0 for a budget, it *looks* really bad but the story itself is rather interesting. If you can get over how Godawful cheap it looks, and that's hard, you may find it at least somewhat interesting.
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Posted 18 January 2010 - 09:26 AM

Blake's 7, I've heard about this. Where can I find it?

It has not been released on region-1 DVD.

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 10:07 AM

Blake's 7 creator Terry Nation also created a SF show for the BBC before Blake's 7 called Survivors which recently got a remake by the BBC, and the remake's first 2 seasons will air next month on BBC America. The original Survivors is definitely some great stuff and worth taking a look at and will be released on region-1 DVD later this year along with the region-1 DVD release of the remake.

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 11:41 AM

as mentioned above Life on Mars & Ashes to Ashes are a must watch
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_on_Mars_(TV_series)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashes_to_Ashes_(TV_series)
and i love Blake's 7 yes it has those really bad 1970's BBC FX but it has good stories and actor ans the best ending of all time
http://en.wikipedia..../wiki/Blake's_7

Ultraviolet - every time i think of this show i just a head rush and a cold chill down my back which is all down to the writing, the acting, and some of the subject matter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultraviolet_(TV_serial)

The Quatermass Experiment (1953 and the 2005 remake) & Quatermass II & Quatermass and the Pit - classic British Sci-Fi at its best
http://en.wikipedia....mass_Experiment
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Quatermas...periment_(2005)
http://en.wikipedia....i/Quatermass_II
http://en.wikipedia....ass_and_the_Pit

The Day of the Triffids (1981 and the 2009 remake) - the 1981 version is (imo) better than the 2009 but both are well worth a watch.
tho i do think the actors are better in the 2009 version
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_of_th...1981_TV_series)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_of_th...2009_TV_series)

Dead Set - not strictly Sci-Fi but if you love zombie movie then you are going to love this it a really fantastic look at what could happen if you were in the Big Brother house when the living dead start to walk the land
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Set_(TV_series)

Terry Pratchett's Hogfather & The Colour of Magic - Fantastic Sky 1 adaptations from the Discworld novels. as Terry Pratchett was involved they are quite faithful to the novels
http://en.wikipedia....ett's_Hogfather
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Colour_of_Magic_(TV_film)
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Posted 18 January 2010 - 04:30 PM

I love Ultraviolet and wish there were more than six episodes. I did buy the DVD and have watched it four times already.

I was turned on to it by a guy who used to write some reviews for my site, and another one that he reviewed I can also highly recommend. I was able to get it on VHS off ebay but now it is on Region 1 DVD and I plan on getting it soon. The title is Edge of Darkness and you'll have the chance to see a theatrical remake of it soon starring Mel Gibson. I'm not much of a Gibson fan and wouldn't normally be interested in this remake except that Martin Campbell is the director of both, although the film's screenplay is written by people other than the original writer Troy Kennedy-Martin.


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Posted 18 January 2010 - 04:35 PM

It's out there if you look hard enough, it was made in the 70's and looks like they had $0 for a budget, it *looks* really bad but the story itself is rather interesting. If you can get over how Godawful cheap it looks, and that's hard, you may find it at least somewhat interesting.

There is, I believe, a remake in the works. Hope they keep the ending (or have something along the same lines) and keep Avon as a complete b*st*rd.
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Posted 18 January 2010 - 04:45 PM

There is, I believe, a remake in the works. Hope they keep the ending (or have something along the same lines) and keep Avon as a complete b*st*rd.

If they eventually do the remake and air it in the US, chances are they might release the original Blake's 7 on Region 1 DVD as part of promoting a new remake. However, the talk of a new B7 TV remake by UK Network SkyOne doesn't seem to be going into production as was announced a year or two back.

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 11:28 AM

how could i forget The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - FUNNY, brilliiant, and a must watch
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hitchhike...axy_(TV_series)
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 02:25 PM

Posts on the possible U.S. reboot of Doctor Who and Torchwood <_< have been moved to the discussion thread here.

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 01:14 PM

another missed show
Survivors 1975 and the 2008 remake it about a group of people who have survived a plague that kills nearly the entire population of the planet
it may depend on you and which style of of writing you prefer as to which version you like
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivors
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivors_(2008_TV_series)
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Posted 17 February 2010 - 11:36 PM

I loved Blakes 7. And I submit that Red Dwarf also belongs on this list.

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 04:16 PM

I loved Blakes 7. And I submit that Red Dwarf also belongs on this list.

Everyone must submit to Red Dwarf eventually. <_<
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Posted 18 February 2010 - 08:35 PM

another missed show
Survivors 1975 and the 2008 remake it about a group of people who have survived a plague that kills nearly the entire population of the planet
it may depend on you and which style of of writing you prefer as to which version you like
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivors
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivors_(2008_TV_series)


I love the new "Survivors", I'm going to start watching season or, as the British confusingly say, series 2 tonight.

I have a question, if each season is a series then what do the British call the whole thing? What do they use in place of what Americans call a series?
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Posted 18 February 2010 - 09:03 PM

I love the new "Survivors", I'm going to start watching season or, as the British confusingly say, series 2 tonight.

I have a question, if each season is a series then what do the British call the whole thing? What do they use in place of what Americans call a series?

a TV show or a TV programme
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