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Old 29-05-2010, 18:45
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A few to start off the top of my head

Conviction (BBC3)
Criminal Justice*
State Of Play**


*I watched series 2 when it was on last year and thought it was pretty good so went back and watched series 1 (the plots are not connected). I think series 1 is probably better.

**I watched the film the other week and thought i'd check out the original series. The series is better but then it has more time to fill out the plot.



I guess you could add comedy dramas into it such as LoM/A2A and Shameless.

I thought LoM was better than A2A but both endings were a little dodgy.

I watched Shameless upto series 5 (I think) but imo it wasn't as good as the first few series with the original cast. Too quick of cast turnover after that.
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Old 29-05-2010, 18:48
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Not today or yesterday but he best one I have ever seen was Tenko , in the 80's so maybe before your time .
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Old 29-05-2010, 18:52
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Tenko probably doesn't count as a "mini series", but Edge of Darkness might!

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Old 29-05-2010, 18:55
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Tenko probably doesn't count as a "mini series", but Edge of Darkness might!

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True , it was a bit long !! Still the best though
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Old 29-05-2010, 18:59
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Aye, maybe the thread should be limited to Mini Series as there are too many possibilities for full drama series out there.
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Old 29-05-2010, 19:02
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If you're talking about mini-series, I think Moses Jones was pretty good. Shame most of the publicity was about the actor who played the sidekick getting the Doctor Who gig ...
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Old 29-05-2010, 19:54
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Pennies from Heaven
The Singing Detective
Edge of Darkness
Holding On
Births, Deaths and Marriages

What a quality list!
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Old 29-05-2010, 19:59
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Past few years would seem to rule out most of the above!

The first Five Days was pretty good. Does Dead Set count? That was rocking, the best thing Channel 4 have made in years.
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Old 29-05-2010, 20:24
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Blackpool and Viva Blackpool were good. I watched it after Morrissey and Tennant got more famous.

Speaking of Morrissey, I also watched Red Riding last year.
and also See No Evil: The Moors Murders at around the same time. Both very very good. Sean Harris was excellent in both.
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Old 29-05-2010, 20:40
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I liked The State Within, Blackpool and - talking of David Tennant - The Secret Smile. But that was only a one off single drama, not so much a mini series.
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Old 29-05-2010, 20:44
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I think single lengthy dramas are ok to be discussed along side mini series. Similar to how a two-parter could be like a film that has been split in half.
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Old 29-05-2010, 20:44
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Little known but superb show 'The Cops'

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cops_%28TV_series%29

It really was brilliant, winning bakc to back BAFTAs for Best Drama.
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Old 29-05-2010, 20:57
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The second Coming. It was only a two-parter, but I reckon it counts as a mini-series regardless.
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Old 29-05-2010, 21:26
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Pennies from Heaven
The Singing Detective
Edge of Darkness
Holding On
Births, Deaths and Marriages

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Couldn't agree more

Very British Coup and GBH would be up there too.
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Old 29-05-2010, 21:37
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The Street. I don't know if that classes as a mini series?
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Old 29-05-2010, 21:51
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Sex Traffic (John Simm) was a great 2 parter... can be found on 4od
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Old 01-06-2010, 07:20
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Funland; loved it wacky and weird!
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Old 26-09-2012, 14:09
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The Shadow Line, Top Boy, Line of Duty, Looking After Jo Jo, Luther, Appropriate Adult, My Murder.

All superb!
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Old 26-09-2012, 14:17
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The Shadow Line, Top Boy, Line of Duty, Looking After Jo Jo, Luther, Appropriate Adult, My Murder.

All superb!
BIB they were great! And to add; black mirror, marchlands, bouquet of barbed wire, whitechapel....there are definitely more!
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Old 26-09-2012, 14:20
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It's going back a few years now, but Holding On was probably the best TV drama that I've ever seen. The problem with drama these days that tries to deal with "issues" is that it ends up looking like a diversity training film for primary-school children with special needs. It's all too obvious and ham-fisted, with nice clear examples of goodies and baddies.
I liked Gideon's Daughter and Perfect Strangers too.
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Old 26-09-2012, 14:37
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This Is England '86/'88
Red Riding
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Old 26-09-2012, 15:14
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Red riding great shout, the bbc's Scottish drama ''The Field of Blood'' was amazing also.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1830332/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0110f5y
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Old 26-09-2012, 15:17
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The Little House, shown on ITV around 2 years ago.
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Old 26-09-2012, 16:29
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Torchwood: Children of Earth
The Syndicate
Great Expectations
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Old 24-07-2013, 22:47
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The Shadow Line
Low Winter Sun
Line of Duty
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