Thursday, September 30, 2010

My Obsession with BBC

In 2004 my friend Noelle M. convinced me to go to London with her for my birthday. I had never been and honestly, going there for vacation didn't appeal to me as I thought it was too "educational" compared to my preferred Caribbean vacation destinations prior to that year. Well, needless to say I LOVED London and became very much obsessed with it (and Virgin Airlines!). When Uka was in Finland a couple years later my friend and I planned another trip and during that trip Uka flew in to London for a 24hr visit. It was a whirlwind trip but we hit up all the major sites. Thank you Ryanair

2004 London Trip
2006 London Trip

Because of these trips I was introduced to the wonders of the BBC and became very much obsessed with all things British. Growing up I was familiar with Mr. Bean but I didn't realize the plethora of programs that the BBC had. I also discovered that I love British humor. 

Here's a rundown of my favorite shows: 

The Office - The British version is brilliant and I ended up buying the DVD series. I cringed when I heard the American version was being released and I couldn't even make it through an entire episode, but since I've come to appreciate it. Overall, I just love Ricky Gervais (Extras is good too!). This has to be my favorite clip, especially when David says, "She's not dead!" when Garreth tries to jump in and sing:

Mr. Bean - This clip cracked me up when I was a kid:

Little Britain - I fell in love with this show on Virgin Air. You HAVE to watch this clip:


NY-LON - I don't know why this suddenly disappeared from BBC America, but I  never got to finish watching the series. Rashida Jones was really good in it, and I liked the concept of documenting the time difference especially a long distance relationship (I could relate!):

Footballers Wives - Move over Desperate Housewives! This show is steamier and more scandalous! I have to admit that it got more and more outrageous each season, especially that Tanya Turner:


Gavin & Stacey - I like the theme song "Run" first of all! Secondly, I adore Ness and want a best friend just like her. Someone who will fight to the death for me!

Teachers -  Kinda obvious by the title, but essentially a dramedy following teachers in British public high school. The series stopped suddenly, but you can find the episodes here. I can't post a pic of video clip as they're all blocked :-(

Do any of our readers watch BBC? What are your favorite shows?


  1. I don't watch the BBC, but, I wanted to say I LOVE London!

  2. I am a fan of some BBC shows, but I haven't watched in a while. I love the BBC version of Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares (*hate* the American version).

    I loved Footballers Wives too. I got all engrossed a few years back and was pissed to find out that they randomly cancelled it. It ended on a freakin' cliffhanger! There was supposed to be an American version with Gabby Union but it never got off the ground.

    I watched and liked the first season of Hex. That was a few years ago.

    I need to check them out again but I have too many regular shows to watch!

  3. @keyalus oh yes, the bbc kitchen nightmares is great! i want to go to one of his restaurants here in nyc someday.