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Telly for Anglophiles | Teachers

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Teachers is a British television sitcom, originally shown on Channel 4. The series follows a group of secondary school teachers in their daily lives.

While the first series centers heavily around probationary teacher Simon Casey (Andrew Lincoln), later series have a more balanced ensemble approach. The cast changes dramatically over time, with few original characters remaining by the fourth series. While some of these disappearances are explained, others happen between series without explanation.

The first three series are set in the fictional Summerdown Comprehensive, which merges with another school in the fourth series to form Wattkins School. The series was filmed at the former Lockleaze school, and other locations around Bristol, England.

Teachers was nominated for six BAFTA awards between 2002 and 2004, and was nominated for Best British Comedy Show at the British Comedy Awards in 2003.

In January 2005, after a muted reception to the fourth series, Channel 4 announced that Teachers would not continue for a fifth series. A short-lived U.S. version was aired in 2006.

Telly for Anglophiles | League of Gentlemen

[abridged from http://www.leagueofgentlemen.co.uk/]

The League of gentlemen are: Jeremy Dyson, Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith.

BBC 2 aired the first episode of The League of Gentlemen ‘Welcome to Royston Vasey’ on 11th January 1999.

Over ten years later, we have had a second and a third series, a Christmas special, loads of books, two national tours with the ‘local show for local people’ and ‘The League of Gentlemen Are Behind You’ and many individual projects such as TLC, Surrealissimo, nighty night, Benidorm, Dr Who, Catterick, Sherlock and film appearances in Birthday Girl and Hitchhikers Guide to name just a few. Reece has taken to the boards a few times and has appeared in the stage version of The Producers. Steve has become a regular on TV in Benidorm and has appeared in many quality drama and Mark has fulfilled a lifetime ambition not by just writing an episode of Doctor Who but by starring in an episode! Jeremy has published more books, co-written a brilliant TV series, Blackpool and co written the amazing stage show Ghost Stories with Andy Nyman and has too many projects on the go to mention them all!

Collectively they Fulfilled a lifetime ambition with their very own feature film entitled The League of Gentlemens Apocalypse which is out on DVD and a DVD of the Panto tour is out also! Steve and Reece won A Comedy Award with the first series of Psychoville and have a 2nd series under their belt which is also nominated for a comedy award! Can we beg them for a live show of Psychoville?

Psychoville was launched in June 2009 and features both Steve and Reece supported by an amazing cast including Dawn French, Christopher Biggins, Dame Eileen Atkins and Nicholas Le Prevost to name but a few!

Telly for Anglophiles | Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice is a six-episode 1995 British television drama, adapted by Andrew Davies from Jane Austen’s 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice. Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth starred as Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Produced by Sue Birtwistle and directed by Simon Langton, the serial was a BBC production with additional funding from the American A&E Network. BBC One originally broadcast the 55-minute episodes from 24 September to 29 October in 1995. The A&E Network aired the serial in double episodes on three consecutive nights beginning 14 January 1996.

Set in England in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet’s (Benjamin Whitrow and Alison Steadman) five unmarried daughters (Susannah Harker, Jennifer Ehle, Lucy Briers, Polly Maberly, Julia Sawalha) after the rich and eligible Mr. Bingley (Crispin Bonham-Carter) and his status-conscious friend, Mr. Darcy, have moved into their neighbourhood. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane, Darcy has difficulty adapting to local society and repeatedly clashes with the second-eldest Bennet daughter, Elizabeth. The New York Times called the adaptation “a witty mix of love stories and social conniving, cleverly wrapped in the ambitions and illusions of a provincial gentry”.

Critically acclaimed and a popular success, Pride and Prejudice was honoured with several awards, including a BAFTA Television Award for Jennifer Ehle for “Best Actress” and an Emmy for “Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Miniseries or a Special”. The role of Mr. Darcy elevated Colin Firth to stardom. A scene showing Firth in a wet shirt was recognised as “one of the most unforgettable moments in British TV history”. The serial inspired author Helen Fielding to write the popular Bridget Jones novels; the screen adaptations featured Firth as Bridget’s love interest Mark Darcy.

Telly for Anglophiles | Mad Dogs

Mad Dogs is a British black comedy and psychological thriller television series created by Cris Cole that started broadcast on Sky1 on 10 February 2011. It was produced by Left Bank Pictures, and co-produced by Palma Pictures. The series stars John Simm, Marc Warren, Max Beesley and Philip Glenister, with Ben Chaplin and María Botto serving as additional cast. It follows four long-time, middle-aged friends getting together in a villa in Majorca to celebrate the early retirement of Alvo, a fifth friend. However, the group find themselves caught up in the world of crime and police corruption after Alvo is murdered.

The series was initially a story about a rock band, but changed after feeling bands have been “done to death.” After gaining interest from some terrestrial networks, the series was commissioned by British Sky Broadcasting. Filming took place on location throughout the island of Majorca starting May 2010, and took around four million euros and 44 days to make. The main themes are friendship and growing older; Glenister said it is about ageing and “getting closer to death.” Photographer David LaChapelle directed three 30-second advertisements for the series. Mad Dogs opened with 1.61 million viewers, the 17th highest rated programme ever for Sky1, and attracted generally positive reactions from critics. They noted similarities with British gangster films, more predominantly the 2000 film Sexy Beast. The second series premiered in January 2012. A third series has also been commissioned by Sky.

Telly for Anglophiles | Being Human

Being Human is a British supernatural drama television series. It was created and written by Toby Whithouse and is currently broadcast on BBC Three. The show blends elements of flatshare comedy and horror drama. It originally starred Lenora Crichlow as Annie Sawyer (a ghost), Russell Tovey as George Sands (a werewolf) and Aidan Turner as John Mitchell (a vampire) — all of whom are sharing accommodation and attempting as best as they can to live a “normal” life and blend in with the ordinary humans around them. In the third, Sinead Keenan became part of the main cast. In the fourth series, following the departure of Turner and Keenan and, shortly after, Tovey, the ensemble was joined by Michael Socha and Damien Molony. The first two series were set in in Totterdown, Bristol, and the third series onwards relocated to Barry, Wales.

On 13 March 2011, series creator Toby Whithouse announced that Turner had left the show and that new characters would be introduced. On 11 November 2011, Russell Tovey announced that he was leaving Being Human after the first episode of Series 4 to work full-time on his other show, Him & Her.Furthermore, Keenan announced on the 9th January 2012 that she had not filmed any scenes for Series 4, and would exit the show off-screen. Joining the cast of series four are Michael Socha who featured in series three and has now been upgraded to a series regular as werewolf Tom, and Damien Molony as new vampire Hal.

The series is one of the most popular shows on BBC’s iPlayer.[8][9][10] The second series premiered on BBC Three on 10 January 2010. The third series launched on 23 January 2011. The day following the final broadcast in series 3, the BBC announced a fourth series would premiere on the BBC in 2012. Series 4 commenced airing on BBC Three on Sunday 5th February 2012. The BBC Media Centre announced a fifth series has been confirmed.

Telly for Anglophiles | Only Fools and Horses

Only Fools and Horses is a British sitcom, created and written by John Sullivan. Seven series were originally broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom between 1981 and 1991, with sporadic Christmas specials until 2003. Episodes are regularly repeated on GOLD and occasionally repeated on BBC One.

Set in Peckham in south London, it stars Sir David Jason as ambitious market trader Derek “Del Boy” Trotter, Nicholas Lyndhurst as his younger brother Rodney, and Lennard Pearce as their ageing grandfather. After Pearce’s death in 1984 his character was replaced by Uncle Albert (Buster Merryfield). Backed by a strong supporting cast, the series chronicles their highs and lows in life, in particular their attempts to get rich.

After a relatively slow start the show went on to achieve consistently high ratings, and the 1996 episode “Time On Our Hands” holds the record for the highest UK audience for a sitcom episode, attracting 24.3 million viewers (over a third of the population). Critically and popularly acclaimed, the series received numerous awards, including recognition from BAFTA, the National Television Awards and the Royal Television Society, as well as winning individual accolades for both Sullivan and Jason. It was voted Britain’s Best Sitcom in a 2004 BBC poll.

The series had an impact on English culture, contributing several words and phrases to the English language. It spawned an extensive range of merchandise, including books, DVDs, toys and board games. A spin-off series, The Green Green Grass, ran for four series in the UK. A prequel, Rock & Chips, ran for three specials in 2011.