While looking for all things Top Gear I happened on a page of videos featuring James May on his own. There was a whole range of subjects covered, from toys to the moon landing. It’s a shame we aren’t getting more of his stuff imported. I mean directly imported. Not like when we see a show we think will make money and then Americanize it. I’m sick of having my content Americanized. Not that it’s always tragic, but seeing the world from a new perspective would be good for the U.S. from time to time. I wonder if the James May stuff is the kind of thing British people are sick of and they want American shows to help break up the monotony.
I know a little more about television over there than the average American. It’s my understanding that you pay a licensing fee to have a television, or radio. Said fee seems to be why Doctor Who DVD sets are so crazy expensive to get here. I think it has something to do with why content on some BBC websites is locked off from people outside the U.K. There must be a way around it. I have yet to find it, but just you wait BBC. I’ll get to your delicious content eventually… MARK MY WORDS!
There’s a new show on BBCA called Being Human. It’s about a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost living in an apartment together. It sounds like it should be a comedy to me, but it is not. It’s fantasy taken very seriously. I liked what I saw of the first episode. I’m not sure what rules the monsters play by. The vampire can’t be seen in a mirror, so there’s some old rules being used. I might go ahead and follow it for a bit just to see how the show mythology works. If I don’t like it then I’ll wander off t something else.
I mention it because it seems like the kind of show that might get marked for Amricanizing. Imagining how badly it could be ruined makes my head swim.