Fav TV.by McSwag | created - 10 Apr 2014 | updated - 09 Jan 2016 | Public
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1. Only Fools and Horses (1981–2003)
TV-PG | 95 min | Comedy
Comedy that follows two brothers from London's rough Peckham estate as they wheel and deal through a number of dodgy deals as they search for the big score that'll make them millionaires.
The first couple of series with Leonard Pierce were the best.
2. Minder (1979–1994)
60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Arthur Daley, a small-time conman, hires former boxer Terry McCann to be his 'minder', so Terry can protect him (Arthur) from other, small-time, crooks. While Terry is trying his hardest to... See full summary »
A big favourite at the time. 79/80 series were more grittier than later ones.
3. The Kenny Everett Video Cassette (1978–1981)
30 min | Comedy, Music
This show featured music set to imagery, just prior to MTV. Most of it was concert footage though some had effects and a theme. It had a choreography segment featuring dancers known as "Hot Gossip".
Very funny characters, good music and of course Hot Gossip
4. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama
New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life that affect his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.
5. Rome (2005–2007)
TV-MA | 90 min | Action, Drama, History
A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.
Sopranos in Rome 1st Century AD
6. The Prisoner (1967–1968)
TV-PG | 50 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
After resigning, a secret agent is abducted and taken to what looks like an idyllic village, but is really a bizarre prison. His warders demand information. He gives them nothing, but only tries to escape.
Cool 1960's series...one of the best of the era.
7. Boys from the Blackstuff (1982– )
50 min | Drama
Five unemployed men would do anything just to have a job in Thatcher's Britain.
Groundbreaking drama from the early 80s recession. Moving stuff
8. Brookside (1982–2003)
30 min | Drama
The everyday life and times of the residents, friends and enemies who live in a suburban street in the city of Liverpool in the north of England.
Used to watch this a lot in the early days, best soap on TV then.
9. The Sweeney (1974–1978)
60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Jack Regan is a hard edged detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan Police. He pursues villains by methods which are underhanded and often illegal, frequently violent, and more often than not, successful.
A favourite as a child.
10. Dad's Army (1968–1977)
30 min | Comedy, War
A ragtag group of Home Guard volunteers prepare for an imminent German invasion during World War II.
11. The Tube (1982–1987)
90 min | Music
Channel 4 music show - Originally with Paula Yates and Jools Holland.
12. Rising Damp (1974–1978)
30 min | Comedy
Popular sitcom set in a seedy bedsit lorded over by the mean, vain, boastful, cowardly and racist landlord Rigsby. In each episode, his conceits are debunked by his long suffering tenants.
Rigsby is one of the best ever sitcom characters...still watchable now.
13. The Dick Emery Show (1963–1981)
30 min | Comedy
Comedy skits featuring the talents of Mr Dick Emery.
14. Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1974 (2009 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A rookie Yorkshire journalist sets out to solve the case of a child murderer.
One of the best British dramas of recent times(first part of a trilogy)
Play for Today (1970–1984)
The Muscle Market
Danny Duggan's rough-house business methods and lifestyle owe more to early influences than the CBI. But with the bottom falling out of the building game playing at gangster is only fun on the winning side.
Only ever seen this once. Has stuck in the mind ever since. A story of a man desperately trying to hold on to his business in difficult times. Great Drama from Bleasdale.
16. The Singing Detective (1986)
415 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery
Tormented and bedridden by a debilitating disease, a mystery writer relives his detective stories through his imagination and hallucinations.
I remember it first time round. Much lauded Dennis Potter series with a fine Michael Gambon performance.
17. Edge of Darkness (1985)
307 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The mysterious murder of an environmental activist leads her straight-laced father, an Inspector of the local police force, through a haunting revelation of the murkiness of the British ... See full summary »
Excellent conspiracy thriller of the kind they don't make anymore.
18. Pennies from Heaven (1978– )
75 min | Drama, Musical
Arthur, a sheet music salesman, has an ear for the hit tunes, but nobody will trust it. And his imagination often bursts into full song, building musical numbers around the greatest ... See full summary »
Bob Hoskins on top form as dreamer Arthur Parker.
19. Extras (2005–2007)
TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama
Andy Millman is an actor with ambition and a script. Reduced to working as an extra with a useless agent, Andy's attempts to boost his career invariably end in failure and embarrassment.
Great comedy - best for years.
20. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy
Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.
Speaks for itself.
21. The League of Gentlemen (1999–2017)
TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy, Horror
An interweaving narrative chronicling the antics of such diverse characters as: a transsexual taxi driver, a family obsessed with hygiene and toads, a fiery reverend, a carnival owner who kidnaps women into marriage, and a xenophobic couple who run a local shop for local people.