Monday, June 13, 2005

one foot in the grave

Is Nashville Public Television ever not having a fundraising campaign? They have been at it for at least the past three weeks. I had assumed it to be a seasonal things but it seems like they’ve already gone though four of these this year, each more of a blatant begging than the previous and with the dignity of a crack whore. A commie trying to raise money is never a pretty sight.


That having been said, Mrs. Camino and myself shelled out some cash during their last drive, prompted by the drastic reduction in BBC comedies. The lady at the station said that they were just unable to afford all they had been showing and that they might return to the old line-up if the funds were available.

How much have they spent on “The Lawrence Welk Show” for the past twenty or thirty years, and do they serious believe that anyone is watching it? No, of course not. Lawrence Welk is so bad it isn’t even campy. How much do they spend on “Are You Being Served?” Have they not been showing it for about as long as “Welk”? Have they not exhausted each and every damn episode?

My axe to grind is this: “One Foot In The Grave”—my favorite BBC production, better even than “The Office”—is one of the shows that got cut. It isn’t yet available on Netflix or through any similar entity, yet it is easily one of the funniest, most well written, well acted, and consistent shows to ever appear on television. It ran from 1990 to 1995 and follows the life of retired couple Victor and Margaret Meldrew, as played by Richard Wilson and Annette Crosbie. The first episode deals with Victor being replaced at his job as a security guard by a microchip. From then on through the next five years we follow Victor as the entire world conspires against him.

If it ever becomes available or if you live in an area where the public television establishment deems it as worthy as “Lawrence Welk”, please, by all means, take advantage of the opportunity.
one foot in the grave


Blogger Frisky070802 said...

I found this posting when trying to see if anyone had commented on why Netflix claimed seasons 1-2 of One Foot in the Grave are available, yet they keep skipping over all 3 discs in deciding what to send me.

Is this a common practice? In any case, at least there may be light at the end of the tunnel.

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