But, Summer can be the perfect time to catch up on shows that you might have missed out on. Last year I shared with you a list of British TV shows that my American (and other non-British) readers should be watching, and since then I've continued to keep up with British programming. Here's my new list of British television shows that my non-British readers should be watching.
10. The Graham Norton Show Available on BBC1 and BBC America
What's Making Me Laugh series, you've no doubt seen me post several clips from The Graham Norton Show. If you don't, The Graham Norton show is a weekly evening talk show with celebrity guests and it features a segment called "The Red Chair" in which members of the audience are asked to tell their most funny/embarrassing story while setting in a red chair and if Graham or the celebrity guests don't like the story they'll pull a lever and flip the storyteller out of the chair. This show is hilarious and blows anything from the current U.S. TV talk shows out of the water.
9. Episodes Available on BBC2 and Showtime
8. Moone Boy Available on Sky TV 1 and Hulu
Fans of the It Crowd's Chris O'Dowd will enjoy watching him in the Irish comedy, Moone Boy, that is both co-written and co-starring O'Dowd. The show follows a young boy growing up in the Irish countryside in the late 80s/ early 90s. This show is funny, heartwarming at times, and innovative.
7. Broadchurch Available on ITV and BBC America
6. Gadget Man Available on Channel 4 and YouTube
5. Fargo Available on Channel 4 and FX
4. The Paradise Available on BBC 1, BBC America and Masterpiece
3. Mr. Selfridge Available on ITV and Masterpiece
2. The White Queen Available on BBC1 and Starz
1. I Wanna Marry Harry Available on ITV and HULU
Also worth mentioning:
The Crimson Field Available on BBC1
This drama takes place at a French hospital camp near the battlefields during World War I. It's got all of the drama of Call the Midwife, but on a battlefield.
Peaky Blinders Available on BBC2
With all of the grit of Boardwalk Empire or The Wire, Peaky Blinders following a Birmingham gangster family in 1919. It also stars Cillian Murphy and Sam Neil.
This show is described as a sci-fi, comedy/drama about a group of young convicts doing community service that get struck by lightning and develop super-powers. It combines three genres that I like and sounds interesting.
Fresh Meat Available on Channel 4 and Hulu
A hilarious comedy following a group of students at Uni (University to you Yanks) by the creators of Peep Show. Fans of The Inbetweeners will recognize Joe Thomas.