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British TV vs American TV

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Loki, 19 Feb 2006.

  1. Loki

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    I get the feeling that British TV is seriously going down the toilet. I mean its truly awfull. When I watch TV I am drawn more to the American progs on E4 for entertainment. TV Viewing on a regular basis for the last 12 months

    * Sopranos
    * Las Vegas
    * 24
    * Lost
    * Desperate Houswives
    * Invasion
    * Smallville & Stargate (Occasionaly)

    British TV is just paltry in comparison. Even the best programmes are repeats of old comedys such as Fawlty Towers or Only Fools n Horses. Granted the Beeb has some good dramas such as Life on Mars and Dr. Who

    What do we have today, Reality TV, Pap Idol, Fat Academy, Im a B Grade celebrity get me a career (See C4 or ITV as the protagonists) Emmerdale, Coronation Street and East bloomin Enders with wannabee Gangsters and a good ol sing song round the old Joanna.

    Last edited: 19 Feb 2006
  2. hittman

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    is Las Vegas still being shown on british television? it was on sky one but haven't seen it about since the last season ended on sky1.
  3. Loki

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    I think a new season is due to start on Sky 1 this summer
  4. Scam


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    I'd agree with your point with regards to American programming, however actually attempting to watch any TV whilst in America is like pulling teeth. 5 minutes of the show, start credits, ads, 5 minutes of the show, ads, etc.. its unbearable.
  5. Loki

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    too true
  6. NokkonWud


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    More money in American TV (hence the bigger stars).

    However, they are full series, we generally do drama's and we are the best at those.
  7. riddlermarc

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    I am sick to death of the celebrity shows we get, utter pap :( No sooner did the Soapy Superstar singathon series finish, the next flipping week that Icy Celebrity thing started :rolleyes:

    I'm looking forward to a new series of Hustle soon, also Three Pints Of Lager.. other than that I find myself watching the Discovery channels or the UKTV Gold/History/Documentary stuff - Coast was a wicked series :)
  8. Goatboy

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    American TV by far, starting to prefer shows to films nowadays.

    Only really decent UK stuff recently has been Hustle and Spooks, the latter of which is a bit hit and miss.
  9. Martynt74


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    I imagine there are loads of celebrity shows in america aswell they just dont get aired over here. Along with all the other crap that always seems to be on when you switch on the tv in america.

    Just only the good things will get televised over here
  10. Jokester


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    Having just got back from the US I can agree with that, we just cherry pick the good stuff from them, knowing for sure that it'll be a big hit.

    But certainly in the past few years the big shows on UK tele are more and more US ones.

  11. PureAppleJuice

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    But always British comedy > American comedy, just about :)
  12. atpbx


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    Only decent program on telly in ages has been "life on mars".
    It is brilliant.
    Mainly for CI Hunt.
  13. elroberto


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    You could add Shameless to that too. The big problem over here is all the reality tv pap that's being shovelled down our necks because it's cheaper to make than dramas or comedies. So if Everybody starts boycotting programmes like 'Strictly Celebrity Soap Love Farm On Ice' then we might see a turnaround. In other words, hide the remote from your woman!
  14. Sirrel Squirrel


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    American programs are good but their actual television is absolute crap of you watch it over there, adverts every 5 minutes, a program will start, the main titles will play and then it'll go to an advert, its like ffs its been 30 seconds since the last advert :mad:

    British comedy however is better than American comedy, although the animated shows like Simpsons, Family Guy, Futurama, South Park all own
  15. MikGriff


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    Shameless is brilliant :D
  16. ants83

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    lost is great
  17. Jake 2.0


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    the thing is we only get shows that are "popular" or have higher rating, i bet if you lived in US, you would also get/notice bad programmes...

    regarding the breaks in US, whys isnt there an ITC or whatever it is that govern UK channels.... ? there should be one.
  18. Sirrel Squirrel


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    America has the FCC but they only censor programs on network television, I think cable and satellite is unrestricted as far as I know.
  19. Retorted


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    Concerning audience figures, these are the guys who assess them for the main terrestrial channels and are actually owned by the beeb:


    Hmmm... the above represent the 24+ million homes in the UK :confused:
  20. ultim


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    i watch alot of tv shows and most of them are american, guess they have more variety and bigger budget.
    some uk shows i like...

    life on mars