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Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 30/7/2012 7:32:55 AM   
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In an attempt to ensure that neither this nor my other top 100 get completed, I'm doing them both at the same time. Each show is represented by one episode, ranked in order of episodes rather than shows, so there'll be some great episodes from generally average shows, while series I really like don't make if there's no one episode that really stands out. I'll start tonight. Maybe.
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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 30/7/2012 8:12:26 AM   
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If The Muppet Show doesn't make this I think I'll cry. X-Files too.

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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 30/7/2012 8:16:46 AM   
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I'll be honest, I have my longlist at around 240 at the moment. I'm just trimming the last few entries. I'll be astonished if either of those get cut though.

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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 30/7/2012 1:12:21 PM   
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Would Wire be a series that misses ouit on these criteria?

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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 30/7/2012 1:15:55 PM   
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Nah, The Wire is one with a lot of stand-outs. I have my 200 now, just need to order them. I'll give you an example of a show I really liked that missed out - Yes Minister. Really good show overall and is in my t.v. list, but no one ep stands out in my memory above the others.

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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 30/7/2012 1:18:59 PM   
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Humphrey losing it trying to get to Hacker - poss my favourite bit

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ORIGINAL: Deviation] LIKE AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS TOO. IT MADE ME LAUGH A LOT AND THOUGHT IT WAS WITTY. ALSO I FEEL SLOWLY DYING INSIDE. I KEEP AGREEING WITH ELAB.


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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 30/7/2012 4:39:03 PM   
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You should tell us some shows that are appearing and then give us prizes if we guess the correct episode.

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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 30/7/2012 5:06:34 PM   
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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 30/7/2012 9:18:39 PM   
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Ok. Guess which episode of The Strange World of Gurney Slade has made my list.

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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 30/7/2012 9:21:09 PM   
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What do I win if I guess correctly?

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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 30/7/2012 9:22:48 PM   
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I'll swallow this time.

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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 30/7/2012 9:24:43 PM   
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OK, I haven't actually heard of The Strange World of Gurney Slade until you mentioned it.

No sucky sucky for you tonight, buddy.

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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 30/7/2012 9:28:01 PM   
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Well, not with you.

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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 30/7/2012 9:29:26 PM   
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I on the other hand could guess.

But I rather think I'll choose not to


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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 30/7/2012 9:29:56 PM   
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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 30/7/2012 9:53:02 PM   
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200. Hut 33
"Know Thyne Enemy"



Series 03, Episode 01
2009

Radio comedy series about the three hopeless Bletchley Park code-breakers who inhabit Hut 33, the worst performing hut in the war. Most of the episodes focus on the bickering relationship between Marxist Geordie, Archie (Tom Goodman-Hill) and upper-class languages professor Charles (Robert Bathurst) with the naive young genius Gordon (Fergus Craig) making up the last of the trio. Leading the group is Josh (Alex MacQueen) a man so dim he thinks The Wizard of Oz is a newsreel and Minka (Olivia Colman) a deadly Polish assassin who lives to kill Nazis. The show sometimes relies a little too much on easy and obvious jokes, the inspired performances by all the leads lift it above the lows in the material, and when the writing is on form it's something quite special. In Know Thyne Enemy, with their helpful code-breaking book "arrested" by Minka, the guys try to crack an important code by getting into the mind of the German who encrypted it. When the impressionable Gordon spends the night listening to Wagner and reading Mein Kampf, he gets a little too far into the Nazi mindset.

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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 30/7/2012 9:58:48 PM   
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I think S3 generally saw it hitting its stride. I'd probably go for Unlucky for Some, if that's the one where Minka decides to make a coat of owls. 

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ORIGINAL: Deviation] LIKE AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS TOO. IT MADE ME LAUGH A LOT AND THOUGHT IT WAS WITTY. ALSO I FEEL SLOWLY DYING INSIDE. I KEEP AGREEING WITH ELAB.


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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 30/7/2012 10:03:05 PM   
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Minka's always brilliant. I think if Blackadder had ever moved on to World War Two, she's the kind of character Miranda Richardson would have played.

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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 30/7/2012 10:04:15 PM   
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You can just see her having a lucky grenade. 

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ORIGINAL: Deviation] LIKE AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS TOO. IT MADE ME LAUGH A LOT AND THOUGHT IT WAS WITTY. ALSO I FEEL SLOWLY DYING INSIDE. I KEEP AGREEING WITH ELAB.


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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 30/7/2012 10:07:53 PM   
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Olivia Colman really is one of the most talented all-rounders in the country.

Changing the subject, have you ever seen Break in the Sun? I was reading about it while researching a few things for the list and it sounds very good.

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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 30/7/2012 10:28:58 PM   
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199. Dramarama: Spooky
"The Keeper"



Series 01 Episode 07
1983

Children's television seemed a lot more willing to take chances in the 70s and 80s, I don't know if this was because broadcasters were more daring, or if there was less of a sense that children had to be protected from everything upsetting in the world. Either way, this led to some daring and innovative shows, like the anthology series, Dramarama. Dramarama Spooky was a series of supernatural themed stories that appeared before the main show. I very nearly went with "In a Dark, Dark Box..." a creepy little tale about a granny telling a bedtime story to a young boy, with him discovering that the house in the story is the very house they live in. But The Keeper is something really special. Written by Alan Garner, so you know in advance to expect something more intense and adult, a pair of ghost hunters spend the night at a deserted cottage, waiting for an appearance from something otherworldly. The Keeper would work perfectly as an adult drama, much of the episode is spent on the relationship between the two, but when the supernatural does put in an appearance it's atmospheric and unsettling.

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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 30/7/2012 11:19:44 PM   
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198. Just Shoot Me!
"Slow Donnie"



Season 03, Episode 11
1999

Sitcom set in the offices of a popular fashion magazine owned by tycoon Jack Gallo (George Segal) Filling out the workplace are feminist writer (and Jack's daughter) Maya (Laura San-Giacomo), ladies' man photographer Elliot (Enrico Colantoni) who has an on-off affair with Maya, vapid former model Nina (Wendie Malick) and the office smart-ass, Dennis (David Spade). The excellent ensemble cast made Just Shoot Me into a witty and brilliantly performed comedy that usually avoided the everybody hug because we love each other ever so much approach of inferior contemporaries like Friends. The show's finest 22 minutes came with the introduction of Elliot's brother, Donnie (David Cross). On the day before he was due to go to college, Donnie suffered an accident that left him brain-damaged, something that has left him totally dependent on his family, and Elliot has blamed himself ever since. Trouble is, he's faking, something he reveals when he begins hitting on Maya when nobody else is around. It could easily have been offensive, but the joke is never that someone is mentally ill, it's that Donnie is such a lazy sleaze that he would spend years faking a mental illness to avoid having to do anything for himself. There really should have been a sitcom focused on Colantoni and Cross as brothers.

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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 30/7/2012 11:30:45 PM   
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This is actually the second time I've seen this episode on a top tv episodes list today - http://robertdavidsullivan.typepad.com/my_weblog/2012/03/top-100-sitcom-episodes-of-all-time-no-68-slow-donnie-just-shoot-me.html

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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 30/7/2012 11:35:10 PM   
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Have you ever seen it? It's a brilliant piece of comedy, definitely worth checking out, and that's a great review too. I'll have to have a look through the rest of that blog.

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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 30/7/2012 11:38:58 PM   
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I have yeah, used to watch Just Shoot Me every week when it was first on. Don't remember a lot of it though, but I do remember David Cross's performance.

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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 31/7/2012 5:39:01 AM   
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Waiting for something I know to come along

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So, sir, we let him have it right up! And I have to report, sir, he did not like it, sir.

Fellow scientists, poindexters, geeks.

Yeah, Mr. White! Yeah, science!

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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 31/7/2012 6:17:47 AM   
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You never saw Just Shoot Me? Keith Mars is in it.

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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 31/7/2012 6:20:58 AM   
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I saw bits here and there but never full episodes.


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So, sir, we let him have it right up! And I have to report, sir, he did not like it, sir.

Fellow scientists, poindexters, geeks.

Yeah, Mr. White! Yeah, science!

Much more better!

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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 31/7/2012 6:25:50 AM   
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Slow Donnie is on Youtube.

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RE: Top 200 T.V./Radio Episodes - 31/7/2012 8:40:57 AM   
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I used to really enjoy Just Shoot Me and Slow Donnie is definitely the stand out episode.

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