Good, ‘cuz we’re gonna tell you. The following UK series are written so much better than 90% of those made in the U.S. that they make us want to leap onto the next transatlantic jet and do whatever it takes to pay those British income taxes.
The UK TV shows to watch out for in 2012
by Louisa Mellor
Join us on a round-up of ten (fingers crossed) UK TV treats on their way to our screens in the second half of 2012…
If your boat isn’t exactly floated by the news that Sir Alan Sugar is returning for two more years of unleashing mammon-worshipping Next-suited MBAs on the general public, or that Darcey Bussell will be pirouetting her way onto a Strictly Come Dancing judges chair, or even that they’re making a sewing version of The Great British Bake-Off, then you’re in good company.
Never fear though. The Fades may still be cancelled, Dirk Gently may be no more, and we’ve months to wait until Sherlock’s return, but this year’s crop of new and returning UK TV has more than a few geek treats in store. Read on to see which 2012 shows are causing us to drum our fingers impatiently and draw big felt-tip crosses on the calendar…
HULU TO CO-PRODUCE FOURTHULU TO CO-PRODUCE FOURTH SEASON OF BBC AWARD-WINNING U.K. POLITICAL COMEDY“THE THICK OF IT”
by TeamTVWriter Press Service
Hulu today announced its first international co-production with the BBC for the highly anticipated fourth season of Armando Iannucci’s political U.K. comedy “The Thick of It,” through a partnership secured by BBC Worldwide Americas. Beginning July 29, Hulu and Hulu Plus will be the exclusive U.S. destination for fans to watch every episode from the first three seasons of the beloved program, as well as the two specials released between seasons in the UK. “The Thick of It” was initially broadcasted on BBC Four in the U.K. and BBC AMERICA in the U.S. Hulu will also exclusively premiere the fourth season in the U.S., which will air first on Hulu and Hulu Plus day-and-date with the U.K. broadcast before returning to BBC AMERICA early next year.
Created and written by Armando Iannucci, acclaimed writer of HBO’s “Veep” and Oscar-nominated film “In the Loop,” “The Thick of It” takes a smart, satirical look at the inner workings of British government. Shot in a vérité style with hand-held cameras, Iannucci’s distinctive brand of comedy thrusts viewers into a world of political embarrassment, backroom deals, policy U-turns, spin-doctoring, political backstabbing and wild media speculation.
For television writers, the fact that Hulu has come to the financial rescue of this series should be regarded as highly optimistic because, quite simply, “The Thick of It” is widely acknowledged in the U.K. as the most foul-mouthed series in history. Meaning that this could mean a breakthrough in Hulu programming. And, who knows? Maybe the openness virus will spread.