After the rambling of last years Disney inspired fest-o-fun, I knew another Disney-themed Challenge probably wouldn't be a good idea. You see, since Disney is the love of my life, I can't shut up about it. I was really getting bent out of shape because I couldn't cover all the topics I wanted to. I was afraid that I wasn't portraying the magic that is the attractions and parks and resorts and shops and restaurants and food and...well, you get the point, in the right light. But, worst of all, I was getting "home sick" for Disney way too soon before my annual Halloween trip...bad juju! I needed to find another topic this year for my sanity as well as yours, so a different plan of action began to take shape.
About a year ago, I discussed different region codes and how easy it is to watch DVD's from other countries along with a brief (well, brief for me) description of British TV in general. Here is the link to that post if you're interested. Most Americans, when they think of the British, think of period dramas that air on PBS like Downton or comedy like Monty Python or, for us lucky BBC America viewers, the annoyance that is Top Gear and Gordon Ramsay (which air approximately 15 bloody times a piece every single day!). I also discussed (aka ranted) about how American television has become extremely stagnant over the past several years. We are bombarded by reality TV (which I am NOT a fan of), dramas consist of basically the same show with an added moniker of "New York" or "LA" or "insert any big American city here", and don't even get me started on comedies or family shows, they are practically non-existent. The ONLY American show I watch faithfully is Once Upon A Time, and is that a shock to anybody?
So this year I've decided to go a different route with the Challenge and highlight this other passion of mine, British television. I want to share with my fellow Americans a whole new world of tele (yeah, can't really get away from the Disney, can I?). Each letter will take us through a list of the shows from my personal collection (which has grown exponentially over the past couple of years) and a brief (well, brief for me) description of said shows. It's probably not going to be the best of British television from the eyes of a real Brit, but merely from the eyes of a jaded American with a really bad case of Anglophilia. I do, however, have "connections" across the pond that recommend shows to me all the time and have introduced me to shows I wouldn't pick for myself, but have become some of my favorites.
Coming up with a theme title, however, was a lot harder than deciding on the actual theme, hence the delay in this post...every title I came up with was complete rubbish! In the end, I begged help from my friend Kate over at The Suddenly Kate Show and she, as always, had the perfect answer!
Without further ado, I give you this years A to Z Challenge Theme....
TV Anorak: An American Intro To British TV
for those that don't know, the definition of anorak is:
1. British: A person obsessively interested in a thing or topic that doesn't seem to warrant such attention.
You might want to prepare yourself for a month of highly impassioned descriptions of my favorite shows along with off-topic ranting and raving. Hopefully, you will all walk away with some new television viewing choices and maybe even a new favorite show! And don't forget to stop by Kate's world as well, whose Challenge posts are guaranteed to be far more entertaining than mine!!