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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 11/2/2013 7:55:22 AM   
matty_b


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The Baftas.

Fry bores me, and editing it down to two hours so we can hear Paloma Faith, but not see the clips it's supposed to be supporting and missing out on all the technical categories also sucks. Good speeches from Jackson and Day-Lewis, however. (3)

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 12/2/2013 7:43:18 PM   
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M*A*S*H Series 3

SPOILERS The Korean war hospital comedy has a slightly skewed reputation these days; as the sheer length that it ran for (longer than the actual war lasted) and the huggy touchy-feely series that it turned into both combine to disguise the fact that, in its early years, it was much more clever and interesting than the 'dramedy' (I hate that fucking term) that it ended as.

It's almost a meta-comedy at times, decades before Community, with Alan Alda's Hawkeye Pierce commenting and reacting to situations as if he were in a movie and he was the star - for instance, when the chaplain Father Mulcahy behaves particularly generously Hawkeye confesses, "I feel guilty, we tried to get Pat O'Brien." Probably a ploy by the character to keep himself insane amongst all the blood and guts, it also keeps M*A*S*H feeling fresh, relevant and interesting nearly 40 years on.

This series is packed full of great episodes; Rainbow Bridge, Iron Guts Kelly - "There is a war on - someone must be fighting it somewhere!" - Adam's Ribs, Bombed - this was M*A*S*H at its peak.

Part of its...peakness? (peakicity?) is the perfect chemistry between the leads. Wayne Rogers as Trapper and Alan Alda have magnificent rapport and McLean Stevenson's oafish, but goodhearted, Colonel Blake really gave his best performances in this season, while Larry Linville and Loretta Swit were also excellent as Majors Burns and Houlihan, the only two people in camp insistent on military discipline. The butting of heads between the two captains and two majors with Blake, Radar and Klinger caught in the middle is a great example of how sublime comedy can be with a note-perfect cast.

Sadly, this was as good as it got for M*A*S*H despite the next eight years (hi, Gimli ) because, of course, it ends with the devastating episode Abyssinia, Henry, an episode that hits you with a sucker punch right in the jaw and is rivalled only by the finale of Blackadder Goes Forth for sheer emotional devastation. McLean Stevenson gets an iconic departure as he doesn't make it home after all, but what's often forgotten is that this is also Wayne Rogers' final episode. A between-season dispute with the producers saw him depart the series, and he doesn't even get a proper goodbye which really, really sucks. Trapper and Henry were both replaced for the next season, which started a long, slow and sad slide into mediocrity and sappiness. Best instead to do what I do, and just pretend that M*A*S*H decided to bow out on its greatest series and most memorable episode. (5)


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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 12/2/2013 8:08:24 PM   
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2. Angel Season 5

It finished with it's best season. The finale is better than the Buffy one. Only quibble is The Girl in Question. Not so much for quality, but for placing in the series.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 13/2/2013 6:32:25 AM   
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Sadly, this was as good as it got for M*A*S*H despite the next eight years (hi, Gimli ) because, of course, it ends with the devastating episode Abyssinia, Henry,


Howdy!

I will say that it never does get better than Abyssinia Henry.


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Yeah, Mr. White! Yeah, science!

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 15/2/2013 3:19:19 PM   
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Cabin Pressure Yverdon-Les-Bains (2013) John Finnemore
That canít be the end! I was welling up and then I wanted to punch my computer! (4)


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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 15/2/2013 3:21:21 PM   
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Cabin Pressure Yverdon-Les-Bains (2013) John Finnemore
That canít be the end! I was welling up and then I wanted to punch my computer! (4)





That's the power of Cabin Pressure.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 15/2/2013 3:29:59 PM   
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It was both beautiful and unbearable, I wanted to hug Martin. I am really gutted that is the end.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 16/2/2013 5:56:09 AM   
Gimli The Dwarf


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3. Everybody Loves Raymond, season 8

7. Africa

The last episode was depressing as hell but this was an amazing show.

9. Cheers, season 5
Best one yet.


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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 16/2/2013 12:30:15 PM   
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1. Cougar Town - Season 3
With season 4 still going strong this is probably the best comedy on TV along with Parks and Rec.

2. Being Human (US) - Season 2
Really good stuff, love how much it's deviated from the UK one.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 17/2/2013 6:29:03 AM   
Gimli The Dwarf


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8. Life On Earth
I'm almost convinced that I've never seen this before. I thought I had but could recall only a few specific scenes, which makes me think I've seen those moments included in other shows. If I have seen the who in full it would have been in the early 90s probably. A great show, I could watch Attenborough all day.



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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 17/2/2013 12:46:36 PM   
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3. Buffy: Unaired Pilot
Stephen Toblowsky! Guy who looks like James Marsters, but apparently isn't! Not Alyson Hannigan! Watch here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR3J-v7QXXw

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 17/2/2013 8:34:52 PM   
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I'm only just discovering Cabin Pressure, after rawls's powerful advocacy, but I absolutely love it. Probably my favourite British comedy since the first couple of series of Peep Show.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 17/2/2013 8:54:25 PM   
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Good man. How far along are you? Have you had your first Birling Day yet?

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 17/2/2013 9:06:45 PM   
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Good man. How far along are you? Have you had your first Birling Day yet?

I was just listening to the ones on iPlayer, so just episodes 3-5 of the latest series. If you can point me in the direction of the older ones, that would be fantastic, I'd like to listen from the start. Cheers.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 17/2/2013 9:16:26 PM   
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Pm, Rick.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 18/2/2013 2:38:52 AM   
Gimli The Dwarf


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Single shows


5. BAFTAs 2013
Fry was amusing at time, but his tendency to gush magnificently when introducing the next presenter is very irritating. The biggest laugh for me came when Billy Connolly presented an award (that's twice in the last year I've praised him now!). I hate the fact that half of the awards the BBC shove to the end as an afterthought. Still, the most enjoyable BAFTA ceremony for some time. Some very nice speeches from people with genuinely seemed happy to have won.



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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 18/2/2013 9:05:32 PM   
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Could I get that PM as well rawls?

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 18/2/2013 9:27:54 PM   
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Just sent it.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 18/2/2013 9:41:09 PM   
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Thanks rawls.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 19/2/2013 1:59:08 AM   
Gimli The Dwarf


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Can I have one too? Pretty please!

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 19/2/2013 8:31:07 AM   
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I'd love a pm too!

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 19/2/2013 1:51:52 PM   
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I fowarded it on to both of you.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 19/2/2013 1:52:39 PM   
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I don't think either of them actually know what the pm is about.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 19/2/2013 3:15:09 PM   
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Awesome , paul!


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I don't think either of them actually know what the pm is about.


Yeah, I always go around asking people to send me stuff I have no idea about!


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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 19/2/2013 3:18:30 PM   
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Oh so you did know? I just thought it was like every time a pm goes round people take the piss by saying they feel left out.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 19/2/2013 3:22:15 PM   
Gimli The Dwarf


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I often have no idea what PMs are flying about for but I figured this one out easy enough With FMBs and Half a Mile being a success, I should try more radio.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 19/2/2013 3:35:41 PM   
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This is better than both of them. Up there with OHG and Count Arthur as the best modern radio comedies.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 19/2/2013 5:26:13 PM   
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Thanks for the PM Paul. I was looking for something interesting to listen to, so hopefully this is it.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 19/2/2013 5:46:12 PM   
rawlinson

 

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I would feel shitty for not sending it, but I only saw the message after Paul had already done it.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 19/2/2013 5:55:32 PM   
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Yeah yeah. I'll remember this snub Rawls, I'll remember it.

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