Recommendations for a good series?

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Mark wrote:
rachel leah wrote: I actually like the over dramatized silliness in I Claudius.
In that case, it's probably worth mentioning "The Cleopatras" from 1983, although sadly, it has yet to be released.

Also still in limboland, is "The Borgias" from 1981, and an excellent 1978 series called "The Devil's Crown" ( if you don't mind some fairly mild language), why these three are not on the shelves, I don't know.
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In TV or in real life (arf).

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Another great old tv series is Rumpole of the Bailey. Best not to watch too many epsiodes in a row; like a fine cognac, one to savour than gulp down.

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marsey wrote:Another great old tv series is Rumpole of the Bailey. Best not to watch too many epsiodes in a row; like a fine cognac, one to savour than gulp down.
True.!
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ctraynor wrote:In TV or in real life (arf).
Both, probably...ha..ha.

It must be said, both "The Borgias" and "The Cleopatras", were not well received critically, the latter was almost comic strip, and a bit bonkers, and certainly not anywhere near in the same league as "I Claudius", but it would be interesting to see again.

I'd like to see "The Borgias" again, for a reappraisal, it had it's faults, certainly.

"The Devils Crown", was seriously good, though.
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Of your original list they are all good except Clayhanger, which I found slow and ponderous ...

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ian b's list, but yes, I was disappointed with "Clayhanger" on it's first showing, more than watchable, but not amongst the best, that's for sure.
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There's a decent serial hiding deep in Clayhanger. Very deep.
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Rachel mentioned Lillie in the original post. Just finished watching it last week - 'rationed' to once a week, as I don't believe in 'binge viewing!

It's well worth your time - typical of its era, with the emphasis more on storytelling than flashy production values. (at one point a b/w still of New York is used to tell us our heroine has flown to America). Francesca Annis does a persuasive job in the title role, Anton Rogers and Denis Lill do solid work too.

A couple of minor caveats:

I think it would have made a better 10 parter than the 13x1 hour episodes LWT made - the series seemed padded out with same-y scenes of Lillie going to dances as she moved up the social ladder.

Peter Egan's portrayal of Oscar Wilde came to annoy me over the course of the series - just *too* fey and clever to be true, I'm afraid.

If you can live with the above, I think you'll enjoy Lillie as I did.

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I'd second the recommendations of "The Plane Makers" and "The Power Game". Although B/W they were brilliant telly, and haven't aged at all badly thanks to great writing and a wonderful cast. The first title was a drama series about a company that manufactured aeroplanes, and all the financial, political goings-on; that led to mostly the same characters battling it out in the boardroom for control of money & power. And sex of course. Patrick Wymark played the boss and was brilliant.

I'm afraid I saw Onedin Line first time round and it bored me to tears.

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I've heard a lot of good things about The Plane Makers/The Power Game. It seems to be in a lot better shape re archived episodes than its BBC equivalent Mogul/The Troubleshooters. That had a great reputation too. Can anyone vouch for that as I haven't seen that show either.

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I've seen a few episodes of MOGUL and THE TROUBLESHOOTERS and thought them uniformly above average - and it is very obviously the BBC's attempt to rival the ATV series. I'd welcome a dvd release of what survives.

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It's very high on my list of BBC Drama series wish list, I would snap up if it was released.

Great scripts with a top-notch cast, and the quality production you would expect from the Beeb.

Totally convinced, MC'rs would love it, especially if fans of "Plane Makers"/"Power Game".

Enough surviving for several DVD's, at a loss as to why it hasn't surfaced, yet, very frustrating.
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The Onedin Line is a killer. Totally addictive. The first two series are available in the UK, the rest can be got from Australia.

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Also worth mentioning that there are some terrific modern tv series. Breaking Bad is easily as good as the best of archive classic tv. In fact it's one of the few series that concentrattes as much on the characters as it does on the storyline, which is much more like tv from the 60/70/early 80s. Also Game of Thrones is a terrific tv series. Not all modern tv is terrible (although much is).

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Breaking Bad I go with. Extraordinary programme.

I've avoided Game of Thrones even though it's presumably well made and all that.

Wolf Hall is also well worth a look. It's not afraid to rely on tension arising from the writing, acting and atmosphere created (as indeed did Breaking Bad, how's that for an odd comparison). A very refreshing change from all the previous naughty romps set in that era. I saw those previous efforts as Carry on Henry without the jokes.

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ctraynor wrote:Breaking Bad I go with. Extraordinary programme.
and the first few episodes of 'Better Call Saul' have been just as good and with exactly the same feel.

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Reilly - Ace of Spies. I'm finally catching up with all of this 12-part series. The first three episodes are rippers, especially the second and third. Four to five (which I'm halfway through) a bit less so but that's often to be expected midway through a series. Screenplay by Troy Kennedy Martin, co-directed by Martin Campbell.

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During the recent Network sale I bought Edward the Seventh, because of this thread's recommendation, and "Ladykillers" due to my curiousity and because it was heavily reduced :). I haven't watched them yet.

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I'd like to know how you rate Edward the Seventh. Don't think I've seen it since it was first on. As I said though, I remember it being good.

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Finished Reilly - Ace of Spies. Very good. David Burke makes an excellent Stalin, if you take my meaning.

It seemed to have about half the cast of the later Edge of Darkness in it. Both written by TKM and directed by Martin Campbell. Hmm.

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