We’ve been watching a lot of British TV shows and movies to prepare for our first trip to England. Here are some of my favorites.
1. Sherlock. London is a practically a character in this modernized version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story.
2. Call the Midwife. The East End in the 1950s. The music is terrific, too!
3. Foyle’s War. My favorite show set in World War II. Is it weird that I want to be Sam Stewart?
4. Land Girls. To get my WWII fix after I watched all of Foyle’s War.
5. Downton Abbey. Duh.
6. Doctor Who. I’ve been a fan since college, and I’m loving the new ones.
7. Inspector Morse and Lewis and Endeavour. Detectives in Oxford.
8. Rev. Rick found this one on Hulu Plus. Rev. is a comedy about a preacher in the inner-city of London. I got a kick out of learning about the church that plays the church on TV — St. Leonard’s in Shoreditch, one of the churches featured in the Oranges and Lemons rhyme (When I grow rich, ring the bells of Shoreditch) and a church with connections to Shakespeare. Check out the church website for some cool videos.
9. Love, Actually. A movie we watch every year at Christmas. This pretty much defines what I think of as modern England. Do you think I’ll be disappointed at the real thing? Especially since it won’t be Christmas time when we’re there?
10. Scrooge. The version of The Christmas Carol with Alistair Sim, which I’m afraid, is how I actually think about London. How much could it have changed in the last 170 years?