I've been running a campaign with myself to watch more UK TV because I've found that I/we are watching too much American stuff; whilst the best of US is really good (Carnivale, Roswell (2nd time round for me and it is just as funny and the kids love it), Lost, Boston Legal, West Wing, Weeds, Scrubs) it can't be healthy can it? I enjoyed Extras and Bleak House looks interesting but other than that I have been really strugglin'. The first series of The Thick of It was OK but the current series (if you can call 3 episodes of 1/2 hour a series) is, err, dreadful. Have media land lost the sense that 'comedy' is meant to be funny? I also saw the first episode of the second series of Bodies. "Hospital-drama" it was not - in the horror genre maybe (and if you viewed it as that quite effective).
I am wondering if I have missed something that would enable me to understand what is going on here. Is it the new vernacula that "challenging" means we descibed something as something else entirely? And there is another theme, both Bodies and The Thick of It are meant, at some level, to reflect the reality of their subject matter. And that is really scary - taking into account the dramtaic exaggeration - are hospitals really like that portrayed, does government really behave in the way described?
And after all of that, I have to watch the X-Factor every Saturday - ah well, at least its from the UK.