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     Monday, October 09 2006 @ 09:16 AM EDT
    So, is there a second series for this yet?

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     Monday, October 09 2006 @ 10:24 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  MikeD] I see that BBC America is running "Life on Mars" in a one hour timeslot so presumably the series is being heavily edited (like Spooks/MI5 was on A&E). Without ads a full episode of "Life on Mars" runs nearly one hour. I guess that means that up to 15 minutes could be missing from each episode. It's too bad they're not running it a long timeslot so that editing would not be needed.

    Mike


    That sucks, good thing for me I'm acquiring through other means versions of the original BBC broadcasts. [edited to use appropriate code phrase...sorry Big Grin]

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     Monday, October 09 2006 @ 10:27 AM EDT
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    Some chat on the forums even thought he - Sam - would jump to a different time period.



    Heh. It didn't occur to me until just now that he has the same name as the main character in Quantum Leap. Intentional? Or accidental. I'll have to pay attention to see if anyone is named Al in the show. Big Grin

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     Monday, October 09 2006 @ 01:34 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  jeffreysg] So, is there a second series for this yet?


    EDIT:
    Yes a second and it looks like - last - series to come early 2007:-

    BBC News Item

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     Monday, October 09 2006 @ 01:40 PM EDT
    Oh no.. I've really enjoyed "Life on Mars" series 1, but-

    Not the dreaded re-working of a great British show for American audiences! (In the BBC news item link from daveac.)

    Did you say "74,384,338 to 1 against"? That's my lucky number!
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     Monday, October 09 2006 @ 02:31 PM EDT
    Well, some of us Americans appreciate a great British show. I'm not sure why we always have to redo the show instead of just showing the British version. I feel like such a copy-cat now.

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     Monday, October 09 2006 @ 06:51 PM EDT


    [Quote  by:  jeffreysg] Well, some of us Americans appreciate a great British show. I'm not sure why we always have to redo the show instead of just showing the British version. I feel like such a copy-cat now.


    Because television executives in the US feel that the audience here won't watch anything foreign... even if they are speaking english, they probably feel the accent will make people tune out. While I agree, they should show the original material. I am not one for all these Americanized versions of original British productions. Recent victims of this has been series such as The Office and Russell T Davies' very own Queer as Folk series. But it is nothing new, it goes back years and years now on American TV. Many popular US sitcoms, now considered classics have their roots in the UK (i.e. All in the Family (originally was Till Death Do Us Part in the UK), Three's Company (originally was Man About the House in the UK), Cosby (originally was One Foot in the Grave in the UK), etc.). Not to mention the countless 'reality' shows of late...

    I feel privileged to be able to see the original series when I can... In most cases, they are better. I fear what they would do with an Americanized version of Life on Mars... for one thing, they would probably use a different title off the bat. Oh well.

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     Monday, October 09 2006 @ 06:53 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  rocko] Not the dreaded re-working of a great British show for American audiences! (In the BBC news item link from daveac.)


    Come on. You can't tell me that Man About The House being re-worked into Three's Company for the States wasn't a resounding success.

    Wink

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     Monday, October 09 2006 @ 11:32 PM EDT
    I suppose when it's successful, you don't notice! I didn't know "Three's Company" was originally British, but I never really thought about it... I guess I am thinking mostly about the modern (unsuccessful) attempts, such as "Coupling". I know that there are many shows that work in the US (Survivor, Idol, etc.), but when they flop, they really flop (I'm thinking, for example, of when they tried "Fawlty Towers" recently).

    By the way, I'm American too- I just like my British TV to stay British!

    Did you say "74,384,338 to 1 against"? That's my lucky number!
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     Tuesday, October 10 2006 @ 12:11 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  rocko] I suppose when it's successful, you don't notice! I didn't know "Three's Company" was originally British, but I never really thought about it... I guess I am thinking mostly about the modern (unsuccessful) attempts, such as "Coupling". I know that there are many shows that work in the US (Survivor, Idol, etc.), but when they flop, they really flop (I'm thinking, for example, of when they tried "Fawlty Towers" recently).

    By the way, I'm American too- I just like my British TV to stay British!


    The version of Fawlty Towers with Bea Arthur? That was absolutely horrible. I think there was another attempt at an American Fawlty Towers, too, but I can't remember.

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     Tuesday, October 10 2006 @ 01:05 AM EDT

    [Quote  by:  Linquel]The version of Fawlty Towers with Bea Arthur? That was absolutely horrible. I think there was another attempt at an American Fawlty Towers, too, but I can't remember.


    Oh, I completely missed this altogether. When was it on? I must have blinked and missed it. Did Bea Arthur play Basil's character?

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     Tuesday, October 10 2006 @ 07:50 AM EDT
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    Oh, I completely missed this altogether. When was it on? I must have blinked and missed it. Did Bea Arthur play Basil's character?


    Yeah, it was called Amanda's and was made in 1983. Bea Arthur played the Basil character and Tony Rosato played the Manuel character. I can't stess enough just how bad it was.

    p.s. Sorry about hijacking this Life on Mars discussion. To try bringing it back on topic, can I just say how creepy that little girl with the clown doll that comes off the "off the air" picture on the TV?

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     Tuesday, October 10 2006 @ 09:21 AM EDT
    Don't forget about the American Sanford and Son. That was origianlly Steptoe and Son in the UK. I think I even caught a version of that. Odd how many successful 70's shows were first aired in the UK.

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     Tuesday, October 10 2006 @ 11:32 AM EDT
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    Yeah, it was called Amanda's and was made in 1983. Bea Arthur played the Basil character and Tony Rosato played the Manuel character. I can't stess enough just how bad it was.


    No, no- there was a much more recent version with John Larroquette! It was called "Payne".


    He was also in a longer-running (1 whole season) US re-make of "My Family", called "Happy Family".


    OK- this is my last off-topic comment here. Promise!


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     Tuesday, October 10 2006 @ 11:51 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  Louis]Not to mention the countless 'reality' shows of late...


    The term "Reality TV" is not only a misnomer but it is far too generic as it covers so many different kinds of shows. There are series that this statement is true for but for many other big name reality shows it is not the case.

    "Big Brother" is originally Dutch not British, "Survivor" started out in Sweden and was adapted for the US and then there was a UK version based on the American version. "The Mole" originated in Belgium. "Dragons Den" started in Japan.

    There are many other examples that both support and go against this but it is not fair to say that countless relaity shows are US version of UK originals.

    Mike

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