My Favorite TV Programs

My Favorite TV Programs

Here is a list of some of my favorite TV programs, in no order really.

Minder (Thames Television / Channel 5)

Minder is a British comedy-drama about the London criminal underworld. It was made by Euston Films, a subsidiary of Thames Television and shown on ITV. The show ran for ten series from October 29, 1979 to March 10, 1994, and starred Dennis Waterman as Terry McCann, an honest and likeable bodyguard (minder in London slang), and George Cole as Arthur Daley, a well-dressed but unscrupulous importer-exporter, wholesaler, used-car salesman, and anything else from which there was money to be made whether inside the law or not.

In 2008 it was announced that Minder would go back into production for broadcast in 2009 on Channel 5, although none of the original cast will appear in the new episodes. However, the new series shows some continuity with the old by recreating some of the more iconic images, such as when the main characters shake hands across the front of a car. The new show focuses on Arthur's nephew, Archie, played by Shane Richie. The series returned on 4 February 2009 on Channel 5 in a 6 part series


Auf Wiedersehen Pet

Auf Wiedersehen Pet is a British comedy-drama series about a group of seven British migrant construction workers: Wayne, Dennis, Oz, Bomber, Barry, Neville and Moxey, who start off in Series 1 living and working on a German building site. The adventures of a gang of British workmen abroad. Combines black and white humour with moments of drama, poignancy and drunkenness. In series 1, the lads head to Germany seeking work, and are thrown together by virtue of shared nationality and a run-down wooden hut. The story follows the lads' relationships with women, Germans and each other, and their attempts at passing the time away from home, saving money and ordering food in a German curry house. The series ends with new employment legislation forcing some of the Brits having to choose between the UK and their new-found pleasures abroad.

Two years later the gang are reunited for a second series, in which they travel to Wolverhampton to rebuild both the magnificent seven and Barry's home for his impending marriage. A further offer of work sees the lads head to a Derbyshire stately home in need of refurbishment. Here they fall foul of an irritable pub landlord, suspicious locals, a less than enlightened employer and the Inland Revenue. Finally, they are packed off to Spain as illegal workers for Tyneside villain Ally Fraser, and they fall under the unwelcome spotlight of tabloid publicity. Despite this, they still manage to indulge in some serious drinking practice and complete the building work.