POP QUIZ: TURN ON THE TELLY TO THE BBC (answers)

And a smattering of polite applause goes to Tim B and Raymond C who tie as high scorers this week. Way to go! And thanks for playing!

Given the British original, can you name the American remake?

1) Musical set in a casino ‘Blackpool’
2) Murder mystery serial ‘Broadchurch’
3) Working-class family sitcom ‘Till Death Do Us Part’
4) Political comedy ‘The Thick Of It’
5) Spin-Off sitcom ‘George And Mildred’
6) Sitcom about a cartoonist ‘Keep It In The Family’
7) Sitcom set in an ESL class ‘Mind Your Language’
8) Topical comedy ‘Not The Nine O’Clock News’
9) Seventies class drama ‘Upstairs Downstairs’
10) Old-age comedy ‘One Foot In The Grave’

1) VIVA LAUGHLIN!
2) GRACEPOINT
3) ALL IN THE FAMILY
4) VEEP (only the unaired pilot kept the British title)
5) THE ROPERS
6) TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT (acc: The Ted Knight Show)
7) WHAT A COUNTRY
8) NOT NECESSARILY THE NEWS
9) BEACON HILL
10) COSBY

If you haven’t seen “Broadchurch”, do yourself a favour. It’s one of the best cop/murder mystery shows ever. I think it’s on Netflix.

The show ‘Cosby’ was the later series, not the long-running ‘The Cosby Show’. It ran for four seasons, and was the last time the world liked Bill Cosby.

Most American remakes keep the same titles. ‘Red Dwarf’, ‘Kitchen Nightmares’, ‘Shameless’.

‘Fawlty Towers’, the greatest sitcom in the history of television, has been the source for three separate American remakes. ‘Chateau Snavely’, with Betty White and Harvey Korman, never made it past pilot. ‘Amanda’s’ starring Bea Arthur lasted a single thirteen episode season, and John Laroquette’s ‘Payne’ was over after only eight episodes

Thanks,
QM Bill

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