Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Canadian-British Telly Exchange

Loads of us are big fans of British telly.

But which Canadian TV shows (old or new) you would recommend to the Brits?

G’won now. Let the Brits know what they’re missing from this side of the pond.


18 comments:

Lori said...

Well,, SCTV of course! Devinci's Inquest, and for that younger crowd, Degrassi.

kowy said...

My british grandparents LOVE Corner Gas. They can't wait for season 2 to get to them on DVD.

I'd send Trailer Park Boys to the BBC. Yeah, there would have to be a lot of explanations as to what's going on, but it's so VERY Canadian.

I'd have suggested Les Bougons, but they just wouldn't get it.

Lori said...

How could I forget Trailer Park Boys??????????? (tips more rum and coke into glass). Corner Gas I have not seen yet,, but heard it is pretty funny. Another oldy is Kids in the Hall,, still makes me laugh.

GoBetty said...

Agree with SCTV and the classic Degrassi series. We are also big fans of Corner Gas. And the Canadian Tire commericals.

Jacqueline said...

Heeeeeeeeeeee's a man among men! The people's champion! And when destiny caaaaaaaaallls him....he's King of Kengsington!

Okay - maybe that one sucked a bit, but it's one of those things that ARE the Canadian experience.

I'd send Codco, Beachcombers, KITH, and my two current favorites:

This is Wonderland (FABULOUS!) and The Tournament.

MJ said...

If I may add my two cents worth to my own posting, I'd choose Hatching, Matching & Dispatching. And "Once Upon a Hamster" starring Hammy Hamster but I think the BBC picked it up at some point.

John said...

King of Kensington wouldn't be a bad way to show what urban Canada was kind of like in the 1970's.

I'll second the Codco, and Hatching, Matching, and Dispatching. Corner Gas is worth seeing. It's very Canadian, without hitting you over the head with it. Trailer Park Boys, Les Bougons (carefully subtitled) are also good choices.

I think the new Degrassi is as good as anything else that's out there. It's better than the O.C., anyway. And Robson Arms is pretty good as well.

Rick Mercer and 22 Minutes would be good but like me with the BBC's Dead Ringers, they'd only get half of it.

Who'd thought we'd see the day when we became spoiled for choice on Canadian TV.

Jacqueline said...

Oh..and Body Break. Definately, Body Break

missusmac said...

My top three:

Hatching, Matching and Dispatching.

This is Wonderland.

The Tournament. (Might urge them to pretend it's soccer on ice, soccer parents in the stands.)

The Tournament is brilliant, nails every stereotype I've ever encountered in my long career as a hockey mom of four children -- none of whom, I might add, will ever represent Canada on ice.

And I'm okay with that.

Ginny said...

My vote is for Hatching, Matching and Dispatching.

Mushy Pea said...

Does anyone remember The Littlest Hobo?

Lori said...

I remember it,, but can't say I liked it much. How about Danger Bay?

Mushy Pea said...

Sometimes you know its bad (i.e. Littlest Hobo) but its nostalgia that draws you. I also just remembered a fantastic program. The Hilarious House of Frightenstein! I loved all the characters and the groovy atmosphere.

Lori said...

Street Cents and Live it Up,, didn't it have some kind of bee at the end,, for a What Bugs You segment, plus the WatchDog,, and the Leagle Beagle.

...Et le But! said...

When I grew up in the UK, I remember "The Littlest Hobo". Has no-one mentioned Chilly Beach here? Send Chilly Beach to the UK.

Wen said...

Littlest Hobo!!! Are we talking about the original black and white version? I always cried as the dog wandered off down the road and the credits rolled. I remember as a kid seeing the whole troop of Littlest Hobo dogs at Zellers mall in Cobourg (ok so it was only a Zellers/Dominion store in one big building, but 38 yrs ago that was a mall to us hicks. My sucky cousin got a glossy pic of them signed with a paw print. Sorry I get carried away sometimes.

missusmac said...

My little sister ALWAYS cried when the Littlest Hobo left town.

Why can't he stay, she'd sob, they seemed like nice people...

Of course, I never, ever teased her about it.

Wattay said...

I was telling my daughter I seen the Littlest Hobo in Cobourg when I was a kid, and then googled it, hoping I wasn't imagining it. I was happy to see your post, confirming my memory. I think I got an autographed picture and I hope my parents saved it. Thanks, Bob Watts