I use British dramas the way some people use wine - to nicely finish off a day. Here are some of my highlights worth finding, even if the genre broadly holds no appeal. They show just how much New England prep is (and should be) influenced by our friends across the pond.
10. Inspector Lewis: Oxford in High-Def; Hathaway's expressions in High-Def.
9. Midsomer Murders: Where not only the murderers and the murderees, but also the owners of the sporting dogs who find the bodies, are wearing Barbours and wellies.
8. The Queen: Two commentary tracks - Director Stephen Frears and Writer Peter Morgan, and British Historian Robert Lacey.
7. Prime Suspect: Helen Mirren.
6. Miss Marple (Joan Hickson period): Women’s wardrobes - Gwenda from Sleeping Murder, and Miss Blacklock from A Murder is Announced; Men’s wardrobes - Giles from Sleeping Murder and Squadron Leader from The Moving Finger; Mr. Pye’s diatribe on people and taste from The Moving Finger.
5. Inspector Lynley: Lynley’s 1968 Bristol 410; his dressage acumen.
4. MI - 5 (aka Spooks): The doorway to Harry’s flat.
3. Monarch of the Glen: Molly's and Hector’s wardrobe; Golly’s (the ghillie) pipes; Duncan’s kilts; Big Eric.
2. Inspector Morse: Even more than his 1960 Jaguar Mark 2 and his exquisite taste in music, Morse’s flat.
1. Gosford Park: Commentary track - screenwriter Julian Fellows (who also played Kilwillie in Monarch of the Glen).
|(Almost) Morse's 1960 Jaguar Mark 2|