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All of my choices are British productions that not many people here might know, although the British film industry is nothing special they make first rate dramas, especially the BBC.

I think the greatest TV mini series ever made is 'The Singing Detective' it has a 9.0 rating on the imdb and is voted 7th best TV mini series ever, the plot is far too complex to summarise but the rating speaks for itself. It was remade as a Hollywood movie starring Robert Downey jr which wasn't anywhere near as good.

Other TV-Mini Series I like are:

'Count Dracula' starring Louis Jourdan which is the most faithful version of Bram Stoker's Dracula that's been made so far.

'The Invisible Man' a 1984 adaptation of HG Well's book which is also very faithful.

'Jekyll' a recent mini series from one of the writers of Doctor Who.

'The Quatermass Experiment', 'Quatermass II' and 'Quatermass and The Pit', a highly influential sci-fi series shown in the 50's, remade as Hammer Horror films which are pretty good too in their own right.

'The Last Train' broadcast in 1999, this was a great sci-fi TV mini series about passangers on a train who get cryogenically frozen as an asteroid hits the earth and thaw out to find themselves in a world where they are the only survivors.


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Across the Pond we have Roots, Rich Man Poor Man, The Thorne Birds, V, and some that I have a tough time remembering. :clap:


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Across the Pond we have Roots, Rich Man Poor Man, The Thorne Birds, V, and some that I have a tough time remembering. :clap:



Yes and we also had "North and South", and so much bullshit I would rather not even get into. I really never watched any of this shite.


I did hear that "V" was fair though, but perhaps I am biased seeing as I like anything dressed up as sci-fi.
Oh yeah, Stephen King had a couple that were broken down into 2-3 nights as well that were supposedly good.



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i loved "v" and "v: the final battle".
i also watched "north and south", but i liked another civil war miniseries "the blue and the gray".

i caught "jekyll" when it aired on bbcamerica. great show! james nesbitt was great.


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i caught "jekyll" when it aired on bbcamerica. great show! james nesbitt was great.


Cool 8) Nesbit is great in it, I love the part where he sings The lion sleeps tonight after killing the lion :lol:


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i loved "v" and "v: the final battle".


And I as well. I still would've loved to see how it would've turned out had creator Kenneth Johnson not left after doing the original mini-series. Like maybe the Final Battle would've ended differently or maybe they would've done another movie or two before wrapping it up and if they would've even had the Michael Ironside character. Who knows if it would've even led to a weekly series, I think Johnson was still doing Incredible Hulk at the time as well.


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Sorry but the only part about V that I liked.............

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She did make me want to eat lizard though!!! :oops:


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Anthony wrote:
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i loved "v" and "v: the final battle".


And I as well. I still would've loved to see how it would've turned out had creator Kenneth Johnson not left after doing the original mini-series. Like maybe the Final Battle would've ended differently or maybe they would've done another movie or two before wrapping it up and if they would've even had the Michael Ironside character. Who knows if it would've even led to a weekly series, I think Johnson was still doing Incredible Hulk at the time as well.


actually, there was a weekly series.. it only lasted a season.

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adamgrant wrote:
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i loved "v" and "v: the final battle".


And I as well. I still would've loved to see how it would've turned out had creator Kenneth Johnson not left after doing the original mini-series. Like maybe the Final Battle would've ended differently or maybe they would've done another movie or two before wrapping it up and if they would've even had the Michael Ironside character. Who knows if it would've even led to a weekly series, I think Johnson was still doing Incredible Hulk at the time as well.


actually, there was a weekly series.. it only lasted a season.

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I know, but there probably wouldn't have been, had Johnson stayed as executive producer. And even if there still would have been, it would've turned out a lot better and not become a weekly soap opera.


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I don't remember much of the show, but I do recall watching it as a youngster. I should look into getting the movie and short-lived series on DVD soon.

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'The Last Train' broadcast in 1999, this was a great sci-fi TV mini series about passangers on a train who get cryogenically frozen as an asteroid hits the earth and thaw out to find themselves in a world where they are the only survivors.


Rorschach was nice enough to send me a copy of this, a while back.

After watching it, I can say it was rather good.
It was broken down into 6 hour long episodes, and made for interesting watching.

It did seem to build as it went along, and it all led up to an "interesting" conclusion.
I can say I think the ending could have been handled a bit better, as I have mentioned to Rorschach himself.

It wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't what I was expecting, and it could have ended a bit sharper than it did.



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ROOTS.
for the casting only. the cast was a who's who of the first three decades of tv actors and film stars from all ages.

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BAND OF BROTHERS . . . a true masterpiece!


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The original Prime Suspect with Helen Mirren, From the Earth to the Moon and. definitely, Band of Brothers.


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I don't remember much of the show, but I do recall watching it as a youngster. I should look into getting the movie and short-lived series on DVD soon.


Well I got 'V' on DVD (both mini-series and the complete series) quite a few months ago, but just started watching it. Good stuff there, and yes, I liked the original better than the final battle, but it was still enjoyable. Haven't cracked the weekly series yet.

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I don't remember much of the show, but I do recall watching it as a youngster. I should look into getting the movie and short-lived series on DVD soon.


Well I got 'V' on DVD (both mini-series and the complete series) quite a few months ago, but just started watching it. Good stuff there, and yes, I liked the original better than the final battle, but it was still enjoyable. Haven't cracked the weekly series yet.


I agree with V being the best. I too grabbed the DVD boxed set but I haven't started the TV series just yet.

Reviewing it after all these years I spotted glaringh plot errors and a few acting mistakes (like Robert Englund's character being referred to as 'Rob' accidentally, etc.) but still it brings back great memories even if the ending was a little crappy.

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I don't remember much of the show, but I do recall watching it as a youngster. I should look into getting the movie and short-lived series on DVD soon.


Well I got 'V' on DVD (both mini-series and the complete series) quite a few months ago, but just started watching it. Good stuff there, and yes, I liked the original better than the final battle, but it was still enjoyable. Haven't cracked the weekly series yet.


I agree with V being the best. I too grabbed the DVD boxed set but I haven't started the TV series just yet.

Reviewing it after all these years I spotted glaringh plot errors and a few acting mistakes (like Robert Englund's character being referred to as 'Rob' accidentally, etc.) but still it brings back great memories even if the ending was a little crappy.


V is an awesome series. Im also trying to watch the TV series ...not sure where to find it.


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I don't remember much of the show, but I do recall watching it as a youngster. I should look into getting the movie and short-lived series on DVD soon.


Well I got 'V' on DVD (both mini-series and the complete series) quite a few months ago, but just started watching it. Good stuff there, and yes, I liked the original better than the final battle, but it was still enjoyable. Haven't cracked the weekly series yet.


I agree with V being the best. I too grabbed the DVD boxed set but I haven't started the TV series just yet.

Reviewing it after all these years I spotted glaringh plot errors and a few acting mistakes (like Robert Englund's character being referred to as 'Rob' accidentally, etc.) but still it brings back great memories even if the ending was a little crappy.


V is an awesome series. Im also trying to watch the TV series ...not sure where to find it.


If it's streaming for free online somewhere, I couldn't tell you. However, amazon has the TV series DVD set for a ridiculously low $11.99.

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Wow that is a damn good price. How many episodes?


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Just a note to anyone that might be wanting to catch a "preview" episode or two of the show "V".

I just did a quick search through "TV Duck" and the "Veoh" sites, and V is listed in each if you do a little bit of digging.
So you should be able to go to either one and possibly find an episode or 2 to catch.

To be honest, I haven't even looked at it to see if it is the Miniseries or seasonal show.
I have not actually looked at either site yet, but I plan on it in the next few days.

I actually only remember seeing the previews of this one when I was little, but it looks like something I would like quite a bit.


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Wow that is a damn good price. How many episodes?


I believe 20 episodes. The first and second mini-series are both sold separately, also pretty cheap $9.99 and $11.99 respectively. The whole lot for under $40 is tight.

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i caught "jekyll" when it aired on bbcamerica. great show! james nesbitt was great.


Cool 8) Nesbit is great in it, I love the part where he sings The lion sleeps tonight after killing the lion :lol:


I rented the first disc from netflix with episodes 1-3. Man, I am thoroughly enjoying this mini-series. Can't wait for the final 3!

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i caught "jekyll" when it aired on bbcamerica. great show! james nesbitt was great.


Cool 8) Nesbit is great in it, I love the part where he sings The lion sleeps tonight after killing the lion :lol:


I rented the first disc from netflix with episodes 1-3. Man, I am thoroughly enjoying this mini-series. Can't wait for the final 3!


:) glad you like it too lazy and hope you enjoy the rest.


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Jekyll is a great miniseries! I even got the wife and kids to watch it. :D


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Just finished up episodes 5 and 6, one left to go! 3 words....

"We Are Coming".


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So, Lazy ... have you gotten around to watching Hyde yet?


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I posted incorrectly above -- I have watched episodes 4 and 5, and have one left.

What's this Hyde you refer to? You're pulling my leg...

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Nope. Episodes 1 ~ 5 are entitled "Jekyll" Episode 6 is titled "Hyde."


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Nope. Episodes 1 ~ 5 are entitled "Jekyll" Episode 6 is titled "Hyde."

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