Goodness, I’m really paying for giving British TV all that gip in July about having no decent broadcast. Now, there’s too much good TV I just can’t keep up. I’m BARELY keeping up with my weekly shows and my Soaps haven’t been kept up with since early this month. Luckily, I have checked, and they are still on demand and I will be able to catch up on a rare weekend off. Crisis averted, right? Oh the things that take priority now that I don’t have University.
I’ve decided to make this month’s TV post a little bit of a Northern special. Original British drama produced and set outside of London has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Once Upon a Time when Coronation Street and Emmerdale were the only regular drama series that attempted to represent the rest of the country that isn’t London has now been left in the past and commissions are more varied and exciting than they have ever been. So here are my picks of Drama series broadcasted in September that are all chuffin’ delightful.
No. of Episodes: 3
UK air date: Tues 23rd September on BBC
The Driver is an Original British Drama that is very close to my heart for several reasons. Firstly, I was privileged to spend 3 short days work experience on this show before my final Semester of University back in January. It was an amazing experience and everyone working on that show was so skilled it was unbelievable. Also, it is set in my current city of residence, Manchester. I have to mention one hilarious moment in my life when I was watching the first episode where two men were travelling in a taxi from a pub called The Bull’s Head near Piccadilly station, then all of a sudden were driving down the Curry Mile in Rusholme. I chuckled to myself “you’re looking at about £15 for that ride so far…”
But this isn’t a criticism, I would normally be oblivious to the real time journeys would take in TV and I was more happy that I was able to notice something like that. Anyway, it’s about a taxi driver called Vince (the truly excellent David Morrissey) who is tempted by the dark side when he’s finally had enough of his mundane life. A really unique show that is well worth a watch.
No. of Episodes: 6
UK air date: Wed 3rd September on BBC
I have a confession to make. As a vegetarian, a true animal lover, I rarely watch wildlife documentaries and nature shows. I’m not really sure why, I think it’s just because I get really bored by them, especially insects and reptiles. Creepy crawly things. But a programme set post-war loosely based on how the fabulous UK zoo Chester Zoo came into existence? Yes please! It follows the struggles of the Mottershead family and in particular George, the father of the family, and how he managed to build a zoo in a sleepy Cheshire town. You can tell just by watching that it is one of the bigger budget British dramas because of the animals and the authentic period feel, and it really pays off. The acting is superb and would you just look at those ringlets on June’s little head? All kinds of adorable going on in this show. Unmissable.
Scott and Bailey
No. of Episodes: 8
UK air date: Wed 10th September on ITV
This drama is another one set in my adopted home town and one that I always look forward to. Scott and Bailey is by Red Productions, the same TV company that produced The Driver and hands down the best creator of TV Drama in the North. Scott and Bailey follows the lives of DC Janet Scott and Rachel Bailey as they crack murder cases around their constantly messy private lives. I personally love watching the show, and I’m not surprised when it’s renewed for another season, but apparently that’s not a unanimous opinion amongst drama lovers. A number of people that I’ve spoken to about Scott and Bailey have branded it a ‘typical, non-descript ITV drama’ just another cop show and the like. But that’s no bad thing, that means Drama is not being made to satisfy everyone and that hopefully there is a TV drama for everyone.
No. of Episodes: 8
UK air date: Sun 21st September on ITV
Ahh, Downton Abbey. One of the few shows that need no introduction. On the surface, there would seem to be nothing special about its. It’s a period drama set in the 1920s (though starts much earlier in season 1) and follows the lives of a well-to-do upper class English household. Yes, you can see why Americans lap it up, but surely we British have seen this sort of upper class fodder many times over? Oh, we have, but we haven’t seen it been done with so much class and with so many lavish costumes that, as a fairly feminine girl, make me forget about the fact I couldn’t inherit or wear trousers and whisk myself into the world of the Crawleys so I could wear drop-hip embellished dresses and parade around my Mansion having luncheon and afternoon tea. Bliss on a Sunday evening right here.
What were you watching in September?