The British Broadcasting Company has brought some of the funniest, most intelligent, and creative shows to television. In many cases, when a show is successful on British television, it will soon find itself on one of the American television over-the-air or cable networks. “The Office“, “Survivor,” “American Idol,” and “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” are just a few of the shows that were hits in England before they became big hits in the United States. With that in mind, take a look at this list of the top five reason to watch BBC America.
This is one of the top BBC shows and has been for years. “Top Gear” is ostensibly a show about the best and most interesting cars, but it is really a program about the male psyche. Hosted by car enthusiasts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, the show is also about cracking jokes, stunts, and learning all about the capabilities of the most interesting cars on the planet.
“Gordon Ramsay‘s F Word”
American audiences are familiar with Ramsay, who regularly appears on cooking shows in the United States to “critique” and advise chefs and restaurant owners on how to get the most out of their abilities and/or venues. In his BBC show, his colorful language is on display and he also engages celebrities who dare to challenge him in the kitchen. The preparations of Ramsay and the celebrity chefs are judged by the audience at the conclusion of each show.
“The Graham Norton Show”
Norton hosts a late-night talk show in Great Britain and it is unlike most seen in the United States because the host will challenge guests regularly with blunt language and nasty barbs. He doesn’t need controversial guests or topics because he’s controversial and doesn’t mind insulting guests just to see how they will react. Some of his gusts have included Canadian singer Michael Buble and actress Anna Paquin.
This is a more modern version of the classic character but the motivation remains true to history. Robin Hood avenges murders, corruption and other crimes. He favors the poor over the rich and he has a crew of thieves that help him right wrongs. The BBC version of the series also has very sexy overtones that keep viewers hooked week after week.
This British drama looks at the lives of three young people who share an apartment. However, they are not people at all. They are mythical, evil creatures that are posing as human beings. One of the roommates is a vampire, another is a werewolf and the third is a ghost. They have to avoid being exposed as they battle other underworld creatures.