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Your state-run television conglomerate, the BBC, was kind enough to start its own sister network over here, to which I have been addicted ever since our A&E Network changed format to "Law & Order 24 Hours A Day." And you've given us some fantastic stuff over the years. Frankly, your news programming beats the holy hell out of CNN and FOX--it's like having the Economist read to you, without the boring bits. "Top Gear" (a/k/a "Car Porn") is the best waste of an hour I can think of. I really think you're onto something with that show about the time-traveler and the girl from the call-girl show on Showtime, especially if you let Moffatt write more. He's dreamy.

Anyway.

What I'm writing about is a horrible--nay, unforgivable--lapse in BBC programming. I refer, of course, to "QI," the funniest thing on television.

Go ahead, scan the BBC America listings for it. You'll see what I'm talking about. Found it? No? Exactly.

Look, I know what's going on here. You're still pissed about that whole "American Revolution" thing. We understand that. You weren't used to guerrilla tactics back then, and it wasn't cricket. We also stuck you with Madonna, and we feel really bad about that. We've tried to make it up to you since then. Hell, I've dropped a small fortune on stuff from your foggy, magnificent island nation, and that doesn't look likely to stop any time soon. The next time I find myself with a couple grand handy, I'm making another trip to London so I can once again be the only tourist ordering Fullers at a Piccadilly bar filled with locals ordering Smirnoff Ices and Stellas (that happened, by the way).

You've pulled it off YouTube--you must be planning something. What worries me is that you might be considering watering down the pointy-headed joy that is "QI" for the "less-refined" (read: dumber) American viewing public, like you did to "Whose Line Is It, Anyway?" (curse you, Disney!). I know, we haven't given you much reason for confidence in us. After "Big Brother," "American Idol," "Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?" and pretty much anything on MTV, you'd probably feel justified in just building a wall around us and a big sign saying "Do not open until 2150." I'd like to say that Battlestar Galactica is a point in our favor, but even that's Canadian. I must drape our flag about the shoulders of "Arrested Development" in hopes of appealing to your sense of fair play. We deserve another chance, by gum!

So, what I'm saying is, throw your Anglophone brothers and sisters across the Atlantic a bone, eh? Give us QI or give us Beth (Elisabeth Hurley)!

Thank you, and godspeed.
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Dude!!

Why haven't you mentioned this before!?

And with Stephen Fry and Alan Davies!!

Must. Own.

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The problem with the programming of BBC America is that it is shown in...well...America. BBC America has to operate on it's own, with no support from the UK licence fee. That's why it uses those nasty adverts thingies to raise money and has to "appeal" to it's perceived audience to support those nasty adverts, just like the rest of commercial TV.

Many a true gem from the beep is not shown over here, and much stuff that is shown is not produced by the beep but is stuff by other British channels or TV production companies.

Anything too quirky does not normally get shown on BBC America, and there are a lot of repeats of crap shows (IMHO).

On the positive side, after many years without Top Gear; BBC America has now gone crazy for it, and most episodes stand up very well to repeat viewing.

P.S. Come this 4th of July, I will be celebrating your Independence, but for slightly different reasons.
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oi_you_nutter wrote:

P.S. Come this 4th of July, I will be celebrating your Independence, but for slightly different reasons.


Good riddance?
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Marlowe_PI wrote:
The next time I find myself with a couple grand handy, I'm making another trip to London so I can once again be the only tourist ordering Fullers at a Piccadilly bar filled with locals ordering Smirnoff Ices and Stellas (that happened, by the way).
They sure do like their alcopops. And tracksuits. Lots of tracksuits.
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JoshBot wrote:
Marlowe_PI wrote:
The next time I find myself with a couple grand handy, I'm making another trip to London so I can once again be the only tourist ordering Fullers at a Piccadilly bar filled with locals ordering Smirnoff Ices and Stellas (that happened, by the way).
They sure do like their alcopops. And tracksuits. Lots of tracksuits.


Sad but too often true.

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I am prepared to promise that we'll never release another Dane Cook movie, but in exchange, you'll have to take Sascha Baron Cohen back.
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The beep? Do you mean the Beeb?

QI is tosh of the first order, but money-spinning tosh. It will be back, fear ye not. I suggest you listen to R4's The Museum Of Absolutely Everything or some such. The credits actually credit QI's researchers as QI's researchers, it's become a brand.

Tim is correct in that the BBC was forced to make less programmes itself and instead commission material from outside production companies. So it has no control or very little over how the material is disseminated outside the UK. You are better off contacting the producers directly.
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And that is why I am a Pirate. That show (which I've never heard of, but does have the wonderful Stephen Fry) is readily available on a website for the hunting of iso's. I'd normally go to the Pirate Bay, but they're under siege and likely to sink. Not before selling off the treasure first, though.
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This brings up the bigger issue of trying to get other BBC material in America. My wife and I recently decided to cancel our cable service. Although we knew we would miss some of the channels (occasionally Food Network and ESPN) we were really concerned about only two. Comedy Central for the Daily Show and BBC America. The loss of the former can easily be rectified by going onto their website or onto Hulu. The latter, however, is a much bigger issue. The iplayer (I think that is the name of the BBC streaming service) is not accessible outside of the UK because of the issue of the licensing fee. However, this seems to me that they are missing a massive possible market. I have e-mailed them that I would be happy to pay and/or have to deal with advertisements for the privilege of seeing decent TV here in the states, but unfortunately, from everything I have seen, this does not seem likely to be fixed anytime soon.
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I'm personally willing to return the original 13 colonies in exchange for another season of Blackadder.
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Ok. I have never heard of this place called Amy (poor US geography strikes again). So, I need a show of hands

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amwiles wrote:


And with Stephen Fry and Alan Davies!!

Must. Own.



OK, Stephen Fry is amazing but who is Alan Davies?

And the DVD's on Amazon UK are region 2 only!
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thorndor wrote:
Ok. I have never heard of this place called Amy (poor US geography strikes again). So, I need a show of hands

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For the curious, Amy is a commune in the Oise departement of France.
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Alan Davies is a stand up comedian and the star of the great series Jonathan Creek:-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Creek

About a magician that is called in to explain the strange circumstances involved in crimes.
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EYE of NiGHT wrote:
QI is tosh of the first order, but money-spinning tosh. It will be back, fear ye not. I suggest you listen to R4's The Museum Of Absolutely Everything or some such. The credits actually credit QI's researchers as QI's researchers, it's become a brand.


The Museum of Everything. I'm so very upset that I cannot get it on CD. soblue

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degamer wrote:
I'm personally willing to return the original 13 colonies in exchange for another season of Blackadder.


Make it an eight episode season, and we'll throw in Florida.

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jmellby wrote:
amwiles wrote:

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And the DVD's on Amazon UK are region 2 only!
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Not a problem, region free hacks for even the cheapest DVD players are available on the interweb. A bit of research on the brand and model and Bob is your proverbial uncle.
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amwiles wrote:
degamer wrote:
I'm personally willing to return the original 13 colonies in exchange for another season of Blackadder.


Make it an eight episode season, and we'll throw in Florida.



You can keep Florida, we will throw in a Christmas special as a gift.
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QI is awesome indeed. And checking for fry I "discovered" that Hugie Laurie was a comedian (I know, I'm slow, but I do it slow for the ladies). If you can find, the Fry and Laurie show is surreal. Amazing.
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yohanleafheart wrote:
QI is awesome indeed. And checking for fry I "discovered" that Hugie Laurie was a comedian (I know, I'm slow, but I do it slow for the ladies). If you can find, the Fry and Laurie show is surreal. Amazing.


Personally, I think seasons 1 and 2 are the best of A Bit of Fry and Laurie.

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