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Dick Stodghill
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PostSubject: British TV and Eating Habits   Sun Oct 11, 2009 4:27 pm

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A couple of young British actors, Jenny Funnell and Moira Brooker, were on PBS last evening during a showing of a rerun of an As Time Goes By reunion. They were here to encourage viewers to subscribe to PBS, something that seems to happen six or more times a year. Listening to their stories of behind-the-scenes events was interesting, but it was a refence to having lunch in the studio canteen that caught my attention. Apparently the entire cast ate beans on toast every day.
Beans on toast seem to be a British favorite. In the old Inspector Morse series, Sergeant Lewis frequently hoped they would stop somewhere for beans on toast. In the new series in which Lewis has been promoted to inspector he has not mentioned this delicacy, perhaps because he now is the boss and can decide to stop for them whenever he likes.
I have no idea what type of beans are served with beans on toast but I have an idea they are not good old Boston baked beans. This suspicion in based on the fact that when it comes to eating, the British haven't a clue. They do many things well in England. Eating is not one of them.
However, they make TV shows, both dramas and comedies, far better than is done on this side of the Atlantic. Why this is true escapes me. Perhaps it is because they film about half a dozen episodes and call it a year. If the show proves popular they do another six the following season. In this country they make anywhere from 13 to 39 episodes a year. That doesn't allow enough time for writers to come up with crisp new ideas.
In a poll among British TV viewers, As Time Goes By ranks No. 29 on the list of 100 all-time best comedies. It should be much higher than that. The opinions of viewers rarely amount to much so polls are meaningless in my opinion. No one asked for my opinion, of course, which is concrete proof that polls don't mean a thing. If you have never watched As Time Goes By, try to see it and you will find I am right. The stars are Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer, enough in itself to make the show a winner, but Funnell and Brooker plus Phillip Bretherton play wonderful roles as well. It definitely rates higher than No. 29. I'd place it No. 1, but nobody asked.
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PostSubject: Re: British TV and Eating Habits   Sun Oct 11, 2009 5:19 pm

Our Beans have come to us Brits care of Heinz an American company. We do have copy cat brands like HP and Branston.
But in the UK Beans Means Heinz. A million housewives every day pick up a tin of beans and say, " Where the hell is the can opener?"
I have not had the pleasure of tasting boston beans but I look forward to trying it out when you invite me to lunch one day Dick.
How about our cheese on toast or poached egg on toast.
I am open to proving that we Brits do have a clue about food. But only after having my dinner (not beans on toast!) and a nice cup of tea.
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PostSubject: Re: British TV and Eating Habits   Sun Oct 11, 2009 5:21 pm

As Time Goes By is one of my all-time favourites. We have seen Dame Judi on stage in the West End . She is a wonderful actress.

Baked beans are tasteless. It is the tomato sauce (full of sugar) that makes them so popular. Beans are full of protein, tomatoes are a good source of vitamins (A, C and K) and bread is almost a whole food in itself. So beans on toast is a tasty, healthy, low-fat meal -- even with a good amount of butter to melt into the toast! As a child, I would eat nothing else. The family doctor told my mother not to worry, beans on toast was as nutritious as any other meal. Now, I eat natural yogurt for breakfast and drink hot water; maybe I should have stuck to the beans on toast!

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PostSubject: Re: British TV and Eating Habits   Sun Oct 11, 2009 5:32 pm

I'll say it for Dick............"See I told you Brits just don't have a clue about food Shelagh!"

But our TV shows are great!
It anoys me when our shows are taken to the US and rewritten and recast to make them more appealing to US audiences and they ruin them. What the hell is wrong with them the way they are? We would never think of taking a Great US show and rewriting it to make it more watchable for us Brits!
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PostSubject: Re: British TV and Eating Habits   Sun Oct 11, 2009 5:48 pm

I love British TV and biscuits and yogurt. Their double cream ice cream is scrumptious also.
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PostSubject: Re: British TV and Eating Habits   Sun Oct 11, 2009 5:57 pm

Hooray we have a fan!!
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PostSubject: Re: British TV and Eating Habits   Sun Oct 11, 2009 6:08 pm

As I mentioned in another thread, I love British comedy and the series Dick mentioned are usually shown on PBS. As for the food, I'm not going to castigate an entire country based on beans. Now if one can covert the gas produced by the bean with the use of an air purifier into something on wheels, then I'm all for it.
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PostSubject: Re: British TV and Eating Habits   Sun Oct 11, 2009 6:20 pm

I like British TV, especially As Time Goes By. I like roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, and Gordon Ramsey's Sublime Scrambled Egg Breakfast.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU_B3QNu_Ks

I also like fish and chips, minus the mushy peas, though.

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PostSubject: Re: British TV and Eating Habits   Sun Oct 11, 2009 6:25 pm

I'm sorry; but I am 1/4 English but have no appreciation for English humor. I was in London years ago with lots of plays to see in the standing room only seats. Everyone around me was laughing; I found nothing funny at all.

My mother (who gave me the 1/4 English) watches the shows on PBS and thoroughly enjoys them. I just figure it's because she's 90 and there's nothing else on tv at that time. She knows the characters which I think makes a difference.

Considering I don't have much humor in me to start, you can understand that it's nothing against my English 1/4 that I don't get the humor.
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PostSubject: Re: British TV and Eating Habits   Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:06 pm

David is right about them taking British shows and remaking them in America. They don't do that with the ones on PBS; they are the originals, but what they do to such shows as The Office is a crime. They used to have some great TV comedies in this country but I haven't seen a new one that has made me laugh in years. More and more I feel that way about drama as well.
One channel has been running the old Kojak shows. They make the modern American crime shows look like pap.
Abe, I'm not basing my opinion of British food on merely beans and toast. I once had to eat quite a bit of it and. . .well, I won't say it. I am pleased to hear that the beans are Heinz beans, assuming they are the same as Heinz beans here. I would certainly enjoy that Greek restaurant.
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PostSubject: Re: British TV and Eating Habits   Sun Oct 11, 2009 11:04 pm

For many years my husband flew to London once a week. He seldom ate British food, but loved all the ethnic restaurants there. I think he wants to go back just to have dinner.

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PostSubject: Re: British TV and Eating Habits   Sun Oct 11, 2009 11:34 pm

I thought David Frost did a great job with his American version of That was the Week that Was back during the 70's. One of the best on the air at the time, but apparently I was one of the few who thought so.

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PostSubject: Re: British TV and Eating Habits   Mon Oct 12, 2009 1:45 pm

I liked that show, Ann.
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PostSubject: Re: British TV and Eating Habits   Mon Oct 12, 2009 7:35 pm

British shows I love past and present are: The Avengers, Dr Who, As Time Goes By, Minder, Only Fools And Horses, Goodnight Sweetheart, The Office , Extras, New Tricks, Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, Father Ted, Red Dwarf, A Touch of Frost, Jonathan Creek. Just to name a few there are many more.

American shows I like past and present are: Bewitched, My Favorite Martian, Kojak, Ironside, Monk, Airwolf,The Virginian, High Chapperal, Rawhide, Sea Hunt. Again to name only a few.

Good British food To try: Sunday Roast any thing Pork , Lamb, Chicken or Beef with a Yorshire pudding. Shepherds Pie, Cottage Pie, Sausage, Lamb or beef Casserole.

That covers it I think !
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PostSubject: Re: British TV and Eating Habits   Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:06 pm

... you forgot fresh Scottish salmon and trout, David, and homegrown raspberries and ice cream made from real cream.

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