Friday, March 31, 2006

The Best Night of the Week




I don't watch t.v.

With one exception...

Friday night. The best night of the week. Work is done, two blissful days of freedom loom ahead, and my BBC comedies are on PBS.

Judi Dench is my favorite actress, and she stars in As Times Goes By with Geoffrey Palmer. She was a nurse and he was a soldier during the Korean War. When he left for war, she stayed behind in England and they wrote letters to one another. But one of those letters went astray, and so did their relationship.

Thirty-eight years later, they meet again and their romance is rekindled!

I absolutely adore this show. It's brilliantly written, intelligent, and always makes me feel wonderful after I watch it. Precious few shows have been able to do this, and that's why I reserve Friday nights for this particular show.

But the other BritComs are hilarious, too. There's Keeping Up Appearances with Mrs. Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced "Bouquet") and her hen-picked husband, Richard. One Foot in the Grave features Victor Meldrew, a stubborn, grouchy old codger who never fails to make his wife furious with his antics. Then there's the classic Are You Being Served? that takes place in a department store with Captain Peacock, the floor manager, Mrs. Slocombe with her variously tinted hair-do's, and a whole host of eccentric employees.

I've also been sort of an Anglophile, but I started watching BritComs on my PBS station back in junior high. I love the simplicity of them, the brand of humor, and the acting.

So tonight, I'll indulge in a bit of chocolate, cuddle up on the couch with my daughter (who also loves BritComs, even though she's only five!) and enjoy my shows. Then starting tomorrow, it's back to writing!

13 comments:

  1. Sounds peachy!
    Have a great weekend Melissa!

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  2. Isn't that a great feeling when you can bond with a child for the first time on a more adult level? Now my second child (4) is getting there. Babies are nice and all, but I much prefer being able to have conversations.

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  3. Sounds like heaven. My Friday night line-up is CBS, with a little foray over to the travel channel for Most Haunted (I think that's what its called) - that's my only British indulgence.

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  4. My mother loves "Keeping Up Appearances." She's always talking about it and she loves Hyacinth. If it ain't on Nickelodeon of Fox Sports, I don't get to watch it.

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  5. I too enjoy As Time Goes By, among other Britcoms.

    But my fave Brit tv show is Heartbeat. It's totally addictive!

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  7. That really does sound like a great night! Did you enjoy some Cadbury's chocolate while watching? :)

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  8. sounds like a nice relaxing night! I'll have to try and catch that show.

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  9. I love Victor. I love Falty Towers. God bless British TV :)

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  11. I love BBC and Judi Dench is a huge favorite of mine.

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