Friday, 6 June 2014

London Live add another great show to their roster

London Live TV (Sky 117) has been getting a lot of stick since its launch and apparently has very low viewing figures. For a lot of the time I can understand why, just look at the schedules. However it does also show four really great shows:

1. Coupling - Steven Moffat's master-work of three series from 2000 to 2004 and a dodgy series four. A genius comedy series with some great acting, some poor acting but always very very funny, and sometimes toe-curlingly embarrassing. You must watch this series, if not on London Live then buy the DVD. I have previously blogged about Series 1, Episode 5 'The Girl with Two Breasts' - Shadayim... and Series 3, Epsiode 1 "Split" is another that you must watch. The series starred Jack Davenport, Sarah Alexander, Gina Bellman, Kate Isitt, Ben Miles and Richard Coyle. This was a programme about relationships, sex and misunderstandings.

Shadayim extract...

How to dump your girlfriend...

Sally could kiss Jennifer...

2. Spaced - Simon Pegg's great TV slacker comedy series with a heart and numerous popular culture (mainly sci-fi) references. Simon Pegg is great but to my mind Jessica Stevenson steals the show, along with Colin (the dog). A wonderful great programme but not really lending itself to video extracts, but this should give you a flavour... watch it.

3. Smack The Pony - The brilliant sketch show that didn't receive the recognition that it deserved. The stars of this programme included Fiona Allen, Doon Mackichan, Sally Phillips, Sarah Alexander and Darren Boyd. With a mostly female cast this show was often portrayed as some sort of feminist programme, to me it was just very very funny.

The window cleaner


4. Black Books with Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey and Tamsin Greig, oh and a small part for David Walliams...

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