Saturday, January 15, 2011

The British Television Podcast

Hello everyone. This week I spoke with two Americans who have an obsession with British Television, so much so that they produce the weekly British TV Podcast.

The British TV Podcast began in 2009 and is co-presented by Ryan Johnson and Chrissy Cameron. Every episode they review the latest British TV, look ahead to the coming weeks broadcasts, keep you up to date on any US DVD releases for British shows and much more.

Ryan is a 49-year old American living in Seattle. He became a fan of British television during the Monty Python invasion of the early 1970s. In 1993 he moved to London for a year just so he could see British television first-hand. Since moving back to the States sixteen years ago he has continued to keep up on British TV by trading tapes back and forth. In the late 1990s he worked for three years for as their British TV Guide and has been interviewed twice by BBC Radio including a 2007 interview for Radio 4 when BBC America canceled Benny Hill. He has written over 1200 British TV reviews over the years (you can read them here).

Chrissy has been a British TV fan since the early 80s. Growing up in the 1970s she remembers when her relatives would watch shows such as Monty Python and Upstairs Downstairs on PBS. Her interest was piqued when she got cable TV in the 80s when networks like A&E and MTV would import British TV shows to fill their schedules. She is a big fan of stand up comedians, and her favorite actors include Marc Warren, Lesley Sharp and Lee Ingleby. She also follows British politics just so she'll get all the jokes on Have I Got News For You.

Their latest podcast, show 67, includes a feature on "Shameless", which is currently in its 8th season in Britain on Channel 4 but also has an American remake running on Showtime. Chrissy and Ryan talk about both versions and how they compare. Plus there's a review of "The Sinking of the Laconia," the new Derren Brown specials, and the return of "Hustle" along with all the regular features.
There are many ways you can access the British TV Podcast, on their website, on iTunes or on the Brits In America website where you can download shows and listen to the latest offering.

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