You Asked For It…

I think it was Maggie in a recent Comment who asked for a list of the British shows we have enjoyed over the years, and I said that I really should catalog the DVDs we’ve got here and that it would be a big job.

Well, this list that I’ve compiled below is garnered from the amazing-amaz0n – from 2008 to the end of 2014 – these are all the shows we’ve acquired and watched – including TV series, films, travelogues, just really great programming and film-making. You will notice there is very little (if any!) subject matter dealing with royals in here.

If you go to and type in any of these titles, you can read more about them, if you are interested.

(Note: You would need a Region 2/PAL or an All-Region DVD player for just about all of these DVDs. We couldn’t live without ours, and it plays US DVDs, as well. A good investment for about $75 now on amazon. I think we are on our 3rd one!

This one at amaz0n is very similar to, if not THE SAME, one that we have at the moment, and it’s never given us any problems.)

Yes, it is a lot. This is my passion. I try to find the lowest possible price wherever I can. I will even wait a year or more for something to go down in price. Sometimes I will pre-order things and the price will go down by the time they send it out to me, so I get a refund or a reduced price. Amaz0n is very good about that stuff.

It took me a while to copy all this down by hand and then to figure out a way to make a file using my new Browser, Google Chrome. But I found Google Doc and it works great – saves me hundreds for not having to buy Microsoft Office! I am liking this Google Chrome, BTW…

So here are just the DVDs since 2008. They didn’t have stuff before that date. I was buying them way before 2008, also, so there are many, many other movies and TV series (all British or European) that I have here, a lot of which are on VHS tapes, that I have not listed here. But I don’t feel up to physically standing up and bending over and writing down all those titles, so this was the easiest way for me to give you an idea of the things we’ve been watching, every night after supper for about 2-3 hours, since 2008.

Some of the series in this list have been quite long, too, like Family at War, When the Boat Comes In, Bergerac, etc. I probably should have put a star next to the really excellent ones, but so many of them are excellent that it would probably be most of them! There really are only a few of these productions that we were disappointed in, not many at all.

(Note: CS = Complete Series and includes Collections & Boxed Sets – these are usually long TV series and/or shorter but multiple episodes)


The Professionals (Martin Shaw) – CS

Agatha Christie’s Poirot (David Suchet) – CS

Inspector Morse Series (John Thaw) – CS

At Home with the Braithwaites – CS

Doc Martin – CS

Judge John Deed (Martin Shaw) – CS

Lark Rise to Candleford

Far From The Madding Crowd

The Street – CS

The Chase – CS


Plastic Man (John Thaw) – CS

Mitch (John Thaw) – CS

The Brief (Alan Davies) – CS

The Power Game – CS

Sutherland’s Law (Scottish Series) – CS

South Riding (1974 – CS)

Dalziel & Pascoe (Warren Clarke) – CS

The 39 Steps (1978 version – film)

William and Mary Series 1-3

To Serve Them All My Days – CS

Family At War – CS

When the Boat Comes in – CS

Chatterley Affair (film)

Wainwright DVD Collection

Wainwright Walks – CS

Wainwright Coast-to-Coast – CS

Trial & Retribution – CS

Cider with Rosie (film)

A Year in Provence (John Thaw) – CS

Blue Murder – (Caroline Quentin) – CS

Reggie Perrin (Martin Clunes) – CS

Lewis (Kevin Whately) – Series

Kavanaugh QC (John Thaw) – CS

Bergerac (John Nettles/Isle of Jersey) – CS

Murder Most Horrid – CS

Jam & Jerusalem (Dawn French) – CS

The Go Between (film)

A Month in the Country (Colin Firth) – Film

Life Begins (Caroline Quentin) – CS

The Beiderbecke Trilogy (James Bolam) – CS

Second Thoughts (Jas. Bolam) – CS

Prime Suspect (Helen Mirren) – CS

Life of Riley (John Thaw) – CS

Dirk Bogarde Screen Icon – Collection of films

Regan – Original “Sweeney” Pilot (John Thaw) – Film

Apparitions (Martin Shaw) – CS

Survivors (Julie Graham) – CS

Sweeney Movie (John Thaw)

Spooks (aka MI 5) – CS

Home to Roost (John Thaw) – CS

Ashes to Ashes – CS by BBC

Rhodes (Martin Shaw) – CS

Life on Mars (Brit. version) – CS


My Family (Robert Lindsay) – CS

Jake’s Progress (Robt. Lindsay)

Nightingales (Robt. Lindsay)

A Bouquet of Barbed Wire – CS

Another Bouquet – CS

Downton Abbey – Series 1 (the rest seen on TV)

Spoils of War – CS

Wessex Tales – CS

The Commander (Amanda Burton) – CS

A Picture of Britain – CS

Martin Clunes, A Man and His Dogs – CS

Rosamunde Pilcher’s Four Seasons – CS

Shillinbury Tales (Dawn French) – CS

Forever Green – CS

Solo (Felicity Kendall) – CS

Silent Witness (Brit. version) – CS

Our Friends in the North – CS

Helen West Casebook (Amanda Burton) – CC

Glorious 39 (Film)

Swallows and Amazons – CS

Swallows and Amazons Forever – CS

Withnail and I – CS

Wish Me Luck – CS

Spoils of War – CS

Penmarric – CS

Jonathan Creek (Alan Davies) – CS

Down to Earth – CS

Genova (Colin Firth) – Film

Monsignor Renard (John Thaw) – Series

Lost Language of Cranes

Criminal Justice – CS

GBH (Robt. Lindsay) – CS

Britain’s Best Drives – CS

Islands of Britain(Martin Clunes) – CS

Coast – CS

The Chief (Martin Shaw) – CS

We’ll Support You Evermore – CS

Garrow’s Law – CS

Hornblower – CS


Monty Hall’s Great Escapes – CS

Heartbeat – CS

Another Year (Film)

Kes (Film)

Dr. Finlay – CS

Page Eight (Bill Nighy) – CS

In Deep (Nick Berry/Stephen Tomlinson) – CS

Hitchcock Collection – CS

Classic British Movies – CS

Casualty – CS

Outnumbered (Brit. version) Series 1-3 or 4)

Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years – CS

The Bill (almost CS)

World’s Greatest Railway Journeys – CS

Holby Blue – CS

House! (Kelly MacDonald) – Film

Silk (Maxine Peake) – Series 1- current)

The Impressionists – CS

The Last Station (Helen Mirren) – Film

A Passage to India – CS

The Golden Hour – CS

Whitechapel – CS

Moving On – CS

Monocled Mutineer – CS


Miranda (Miranda Hart) – CS

Cause Celebre (Helen Mirren) – Film

The Caretaker (Alan Bates) – Film

Dixon of Dock Green – CS

The Paradise (Series 1, rest seen on TV)

The River Cottage – CS

The Rainbow (DH Lawrence) Film

Terrence Rattigan Collection – CS

North & South – CS

Longitude – Film

Catherine Cookson 24 disk Collection- CS

Monday Monday (Miranda Hart) – CS

My Boy Jack – Film

Call The Midwife (Miranda Hart) – Series 1-?

Parkin’s Patch – CS

Take This Waltz (Michelle Williams) Film

Tipping the Velvet – CS

Brighton Rock (old and newer versions/British) – Film

Inspector George Gently (Martin Shaw)- CS to current

Torn – Film

Scenes of a Sexual Nature – Film

Vincent (Ray Winstone) – CS

The Mother (Anne Reid) – Film

Enduring Love – Film

Master of Bankdam (Film)

Barbara Vine Collection – CS

Unforgiven – Film

Teachers – CS

Archipelago – Film

Suburban Shootout – CS

Between the Lines – CS

Scott & Bailey – CS to current

From Time to Time – Film

Cold Blood Complete Collection – CS

Inspector Alleyn Series – CS

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Judy Dench) – Film

Lovejoy (Ian McShane) – CS

White Heat

A Perfect Spy – CS

The Syndicate – CS

The Dales

Bodies – Complete Boxed Set

The Knowledge – Film

Jack Rosenthal – BBC Collection – CS

A Very Peculiar Practice (Peter Davison) – CS

Any Human Heart

FingerSmith BBC Series – CS

Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky – Film

The Manor Reborn (Penelope Keith narrates)

Endeavour – CS

Hidden BBC – CS

North Square – CS


A is for Acid (Martin Clunes) – Film

The Village – CS

Moll Flanders – Film

Hope Springs – CS

Touching Evil (Robson Green/Nicola Walker) – CS

Marchlands – Film/Series

Lightfields – Film/Series

Jane Hall (Sarah Smart) – CS

Secret of Crickley Hall (Suranne Jones) – Film

Above Suspicion (Ciaran Hinds/Kelly Reilly) – CS

The House in Marsh Road – Film

Monkey’s Paw – Film

Marriage Lines (Richard Briars/Prunella Scales) – CS

The Politician’s Husband – CS

Broadchurch – CS

Spoils of Poynton

The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (Maxine Peake) – CS

The L-Shaped Room – Film

Scotland Yard Complete Series – CS

Scales of Justice Complete Series – CS

The River – CS

Cheerful Weather for the Wedding – Film

Shades of Love – Rosamunde Pilcher – CS

Before Scotland – Story of Scotland Before History – CS

Boys From The Blackstuff – CS

Outside Edge – CS

Ever Decreasing Circles Collection – CS

Ladies in Charge – CS

Last Tango in Halifax – CS to current

Emmerdale Farm (long running Brit. TV series) Series 1-4 only available so far)

On the Up (Dennis Waterman) – CS

Watching (Emma Wray) – CS

Crime Series – CS

Night Train for Inverness – Film

Roger & Val Have Just Got In (Dawn French/Alfred Molina)

Along the West Highland Way – CS

Wire in the Blood (Robson Green) – CS

The Decoy Bride – Film

The Enchanted April – Film

Take the High Road – Scottish Series – CS to current

Vera (Brenda Blethyn) – CS to current

One Summer – CS

Stay Lucky (Dennis Waterman) – CS

Life at the Top (1965) – Film

Room at the Top (’59) – Film

A Kind of Loving (’62) – Film

A Taste of Honey (Rita Tushingham) – Film

Saturday Night – Sunday Morning – Film

Cathy Come Home (’66) – Film

Poor Cow (’67) – Film

Up the Junction (’60’s) – Film

Our Mutual Friend – Film

Fallen Angel – Film


Line of Duty – CS

David Lean Collection – CS

1914 All Out – CS

Angus, Thongs, & Perfect Snogging – CS

Under the Skin

Dark Summer

Straight On Til Morning

A Boy Called Dad – film

Scarlet & Black – CS

Classic Crime Films of Silver Scree – CS

Chancer (Clive Owen) – CS

The XYY Man (Don Henderson et al) – CS

Strangers (Don Henderson) – CS

Bulman (Don Henderson) – CS

A Touch of Cloth (John Hannah) – CS

The Edge of the World – Film

Never Let Me Go – Film

Public Enemies – Film

Where The Heart Is – CS

Happy Valley – CS to current

Shetland – CS

Between the Sheets – CS

Summer in February – Film

The Mistress (Felicity Kendall) – CS

The Escape Artist (David Tennant) – CS

Rosemary & Thyme (F.Kendall/P.Ferris) – CS

Pierrepoint (Timothy Spall) – Film

Linda Green (Liza Tarbuck) – CS

True Love – CS

Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady (Pippa Guard) – CS

Mr. Turner (Timothy Spall) – Film (pending)

The Imitation Game – Film pending

Suspects Series 1-2 – CS

Strangers & Brothers – CS

The Changes – CS

Blandings (Timothy Spall/Jennifer Saunders) – CS

Distant Shores (Peter Davison) – CS

Jeeves & Wooster (Stephen Fry/Hugh Laurie) – CS

Alfresco – CS

Grantchester – CS

Local Hero (Peter Riegert) – Film

Flood (Robert Carlyle) – Film

Two Days, One Night

Green for Danger

St. Trinian’s Collection – CS

Cottage to Let – Film

The Happiest Days of Your Life

Six Centuries of Verse Complete – CS

The Valley

The Blue Lamp/The Nanny – 2 Films

Thorne (David Morrissey) – CS

Fair Stood the Wind for France

Minder (Dennis Waterman) – CS

The Bletchley Circle – CS

Benidorm Series – CS

Lucan – Film

Secrets & Lies – Pending

Belonging – Pending

The Dales Way – Pending

So Maggie and anyone else who was interested, there you go. I wish my personal collection was as orderly as this list is! But it isn’t. Also, I do not have ALL these shows still here, I have gifted many of them to various special people and, alas, I didn’t write down which ones I’ve given away! So searching for a specific program, at this point, is not something I really would want to begin!



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10 Responses to You Asked For It…

  1. Bex says:

    Harriet – When I was ordering up my cable channel lineup, several years ago, I added a package that included BBC America because I thought it would have all kinds of great shows from Britain not otherwise available here.

    I was so wrong.

    That channel is a total failure, IMO. All they ever seem to have playing are Dr. Who episodes (which I have never been a fan of at all) and a stupid car show where the host gets celebrities to hop in a souped-up looking car and see how fast he/she can drive without crashing! A whole show of that! Total idiocy. Oh, and tons of shows starring the royal foul-mouthed chef, Gord0n Ramsay, who cannot seem to utter one full sentence without it needing to be “bleeped” out!

    And not much else is ever on that station… no great British shows that I’d hoped for.

    I really should downsize my subscription because I could live very well here without BBC America!


  2. l'empress says:

    I’m trying not to accumulate more stuff, after downsizing so seriously last year. However, I notice that several of these are available on PBS, my go-to when the networks are of no interest to me.

    One of the new channels on my change of cable provider (required by the Tower) is BBC-America. Marathons of Dr. Who, which I had never seen before!


  3. Eric Mayer says:

    Unbelievable! I think you’re watched more British shows than Mary and she lived in the UK for thirty years!


  4. TopsyTurvy says:

    OMGosh! I think we need to change the name of your home to Crow Cottage Library. 😉


  5. Bex says:

    Crackers is one we have not seen and don’t have. Hamish MacBeth – oh yes… like I said, there are lots that we have here that are not on this list – these are just the ones I got from amaz0n UK during that time period of ’08-’14. But as I perused my bookshelves that hold a lot of our British stuff, I saw plenty of titles that are not on this list. So it’s not complete, but just as a guide if you are looking for some good stuff.

    If I love an actor, I will find everything they’ve done and try to get those things. I have all the Jane Austen movies and the Bronte movies as well and they didn’t appear here.


  6. Bex! Thank you! The first thing I did was save this entry of yours as a pdf file, so that I can print it out and consult it when looking for programming for Attila and I to watch. We WILL watch programmes together again… when the snow melts.


  7. Annanotbob3 says:

    And I can’t access the Downton Manners program (boo!), which is very rude! xx


  8. Annanotbob3 says:

    Wow – that’s an amazingly eclectic list! Have you watched Cracker? Or Hamish Macbeth? xxxx


  9. Bex says:

    Bonnie, We loved Doc Martin long before it landed here in the U.S. We have many of the first 4 or 5 series here but then saw that it was on TV here so stopped paying for it! He is priceless.

    There are several series in this list of mine that have Clunes in them… some are more of documentary than actual movies or films, but they are all excellent. The one with his dogs is really fine.


  10. Bonnie says:

    I love Doc Martin, but will admit to enjoying Downton, especially the special about Manners last week.


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