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Television, television

It's been a while since I did one of these! Gacked from jonesiexxx:

Name a (current) show you can't miss:
Dexter. Material Girl. Wallander. Top Gear.

Name an actor that would make you more inclined to watch a show:
Robert Lindsey. Richard Armitage. Philip Glenister. Kenneth Branagh.

Name an actor who would make you less likely to watch a show:
I can’t think of anyone.

Name a show you can, and do, quote from:

Name a show you like that no one else enjoys:
It’s usually the other way around, where I don’t enjoy a show that everyone else does. Like Friends.

Name a TV show which you've been known to sing the theme song:
Beertje Colargol (i.e. Barnaby the Bear). De Fabeltjeskrant. Alfred Jodocus Kwak. Pippi (Longstocking). All children's programmes, funnily enough. And Red Dwarf. That one remains my favourite.

Name a show you would recommend everyone to watch:
Last year, that would have been Beautiful People. Right now, it’s Material Girl.

Name a TV series you own:
Brideshead Revisited. Pride & Prejudice (the one with the dripping wet Colin Firth in). I, Claudius. Cold Feet. Hornblower. Robin of Sherwood. Life On Mars. The Mahabharata (Peter Brook's adaptation). BtVS.

What is your favourite episode of your favourite series?
The Greatest Enemy, the last episode of Season 2 of Robin of Sherwood. Makes me cry every time.

A show you mean to watch, but you just haven't gotten around to yet:
Being Human. I’ve seen the odd episode, but I can’t see any more now because I haven’t got BBC Three (woe).

Ever quit watching a show because it was so bad?
Robin Hood (the current one). Right after the first episode. And it had Richard Armitage in as well.

Name a show you aren't interested in watching, not in the least:
The Vampire Diaries. Gossip Girl. And others of that ilk.

Name a show that's made you cry multiple times:
Robin of Sherwood.

Oldest TV show you like?
Doctor Who.

Newest TV show you like?
Material Girl.

What do you eat when you watch TV?

How often do you watch TV?
Most days. Well, evenings.

Do you have a favorite talk show?
I’m not big on talkshows. Though I like Graham Norton, when I’m in the mood for some light entertainment.

What's the last TV show you watched?
Silent Witness.

What's your favourite/preferred genre of TV?
Comedy. Historical/costume drama. Educational programmes. Escape To The Country-type programmes. Top Gear.

What's your least favourite genre of TV?
Party political broadcasts. Sports. Reality TV. Hole In The Wall and Total Wipe-Out.

What was the first TV show you were obsessed with?

What TV show do you wish you never watched?
There is no show I wish I’d never watched. I tend to watch only those shows I like.

What's the weirdest show you enjoyed?
De Lachende Scheerkwast. You wouldn’t know it.

What TV show scared you the most?
Doctor Who (in the days of the Fourth Doctor).

What is the funniest TV show you have ever watched?
Red Dwarf, possibly. Or The Brittas Empire. Only Fools And Horses? I seem to remember, The New Statesman was also quite funny in its day.

Which do you think is the best TV series ever made?
Actually, I think that's a three-way tie between Brideshead Revisited (sheer beauty), Robin of Sherwood (emotional impact) and Cold Feet (good writing/acting).



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Feb. 13th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
HEE. I can't recall whether we've talked about this, but I've only seen the pilot of Wallander. It's just too weird for me. ;-)

Feb. 13th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
It took me a while (well, an episode at least) to get used to this BBC series, as a Swedish series was aired in The Netherlands a few years back. But the episodes are so beautifully shot and Kenneth Branagh plays Wallander so brilliantly, I've sort of forgotten what the earlier series was like.
Feb. 13th, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
Well, it's easy to make the place look pretty in summer, to be honest. Hordes of people congregate at that corner of Sweden at Easter and during the summer. (Currently, it's snowed in, as usual in winter.) For me, it's more "hahaha, the police station is in the public pool house" or "ahaha, names sound hilarious". Have to admit that I haven't really read more than the first book, nor have I seen much of the tv series.

Feb. 14th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm at a disadvantage of not having read any of the books (strangely, though I do like a good detective series, detective novels hold no interest for me)...but I have noticed the mangled Swedish, which I think can't be helped. The English are notoriously bad at other languages. There used to be another detective series in the 70s or 80s, that was set in Amsterdam. It was called Vander-something, and the way they mangled the Dutch names of people and places in it was hilarious.
Feb. 14th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
Ah. I quite like detective novels, actually. Mostly because characters and surroundings often are interestingly portrayed out of necessity.

Hee. Yes, they really are. I remember reading French for a month in Switzerland with about a dozen Brits with gorgeous English accents. So gorgeous in fact that I think it took up to a week before I could fully understand their French without mindtripping. But the stay worked wonders for my English accent (and my French got better too *g*).
Feb. 16th, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
And then there are those who, when they find themselves in foreign parts, in an effort to make themselves understood will a) dumb down their language and b) raise their voices at the natives. As if they think that'll help people who don't speak any English suddenly understand, and all that was preventing them from getting the sense of whatever they were saying before was their own stupidity bordering on the retarded and their deafness.

But the ones who try...yes, they generally do have the most charming accent.
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