My Mad Fat Diary

Why do the British make the best shows????  This is an amazing, funny, sad, sweet, realistic coming-of-age drama adapted from Rae Earl’s “My Mad Fat Teenage Diary.” It’s completely addictive; I finished it in two days and am now dying for the second season (which hasn’t even started filming and probably won’t air until 2014). Also, it takes place in 1996, which is kind of interesting.

 

 

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Veep Premieres in April on HBO

OMG.  SO excited.  Not only do I love Julia Louis-Dreyfus, but I love the director of this new series, Armando Iannucci.

From HuffPo:

In “Veep,” Louis-Dreyfus plays former Senator Selina Meyer, the new vice president of the United States. Her character quickly learns the job isn’t exactly what she thought it would be.

The show also stars Sufe Bradshaw (“Overnight”), Anna Chlumsky (“My Girl”), Tony Hale (“Arrested Development”), Reid Scott (“My Boys”), Tim Simons (“Days Together”) and Matt Walsh (“Outsourced”).

Iannucci was the co-writer and director of In the Loop, one of my favorite films and a great piece of political satire, and he wrote and directed The Thick of It, a fantastic tv show satirizing British politics.

In the Loop:

 

The Thick of It:

Iannucci is a genius.

I Love British Comedies

I loooover British comedies.  As a kid I would watch As Time Goes By (Judi Dench!) after school.  I have to recommend Whites, Green Wing, Twenty Twelve (mockumentary about the London 2012 Olympics; bootleg it online), and Spy.  These are all really, really great.  Green Wing is probably my favorite, kind of like Arrested Development.  Spy is less dirty, but just as funny.  Out of all of these shows, only London 2012 and Spy are still on 😦

British shows seem to get cut off right at their prime.  They never go stale and they always leave you wanting more.

Recognize Tamsin Greig or Stephen Mangan?  They are in Episodes, with Matt LeBlanc.  They were nominated for two Golden Globes and won one.

 

Anyway, segue. Black’s Books is another British comedy (with Tamsin Greig), but it didn’t capture my interested as greatly as the others I mentioned. Dylan Moran, the creator and star of Black’s Books, whose doppelganger is Matthew Macfadyen (Mr. Darcy from the remake with Keira Knightley), was in this cool short film a few years ago:

Tell It To The Fishes – http://www.laikapictures.com