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Old 10-02-2007, 00:31
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I have been very surprised with this show as I have found the acting and writing to be very good.

I am very much enjoying stories and learning about the characters, how they lived and dealt with issues surrounding the UK after World War I.

The only disappointment I have got is that BBC chose the wrong time to show it because many go out on a Friday night and therefore it is loosing its audience. Plus Ugly Betty is on at the same time on C4.

I only hope BBC continues to make such quality programs.

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Old 10-02-2007, 02:35
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I would have liked to have been watching this but im not usually watching tv at that time, i caught clips the first week, it would do better on a sunday i feel
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Old 11-02-2007, 18:35
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I'm really enjoying Lilies. I have found the storylines surprising ,non-cliched and very well told. Keep up the good work BBC.
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Old 11-02-2007, 20:41
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Thought this week's episode was particularly moving. It was very well written and sympathetically acted.
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Old 11-02-2007, 20:50
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Think this show has suffered because of its timeslot.

It is however, from a historical aspect, very accurate with great costumes, sets and none of the ladies look like they are a bunch of WAGS. This is a rarity these days from the BBC with inaccuracies from shows like Robin Hood, Life On Mars and Doctor Who. The makers of these shows could take a lesson from this production.
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Old 12-02-2007, 16:28
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I only noticed two things which didn't ring true.

Firstly, pubs like The Baltic Fleet NEVER served food of any description, including scouse, around the turn of the 20th century! Food in pubs is a relatively new idea.

Secondly, a Liverpool father of that time would NEVER cook a meal for his three daughters! The idea would just be unthinkable. Cookery was very much woman's work. My grandfather, who would be the age that Dadda is in the show, didn't even know if he took sugar in his tea because it was always handed to him ready to drink. I don't even remember ever seeing him in the kitchen...

Other than that it's been excellent, with very few of the jarring speech anachronisms that ruin many other shows.

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Old 18-02-2007, 11:25
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I've been enjoying this too. I wondered why it wasn't aired on Sunday night, but if it had been I wouldn't even have given it a second look. Not really my kind of thing, but I've got into it.
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Old 27-02-2007, 11:55
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I'm loving this series....the touches of humour interspersed with the realism of the family's situation is very well done. Ruby's assertion that nothing embarrasses her because 'I've been on a course' still tickles me.
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Old 27-02-2007, 12:17
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i've been enjoying it, the timeslot doesnt mean much to me since i record it and watch over the weekend anyway
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Old 27-02-2007, 12:33
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I love Lilies too. Only problem is the timeslot. Friday tv is so dire I normally switch off and do something else only to realise I've forgot Lilies is on at 9pm!

As my Great-Great Grandmother was from Toxteth in Liverpool I watch this programme with an added interest. My mom's nan used to use some of the sayings/expressions used in the show especially the one about the Tallyman. My mom used to live with her parents, grandparents, sister and aunt, uncle and cousins in a small terraced house in the '50s. Her nan always used to say the Tallyman would be round but never understood what she meant until she watched this programme.

Great acting, costumes, script etc.

May is my favourite character.
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Old 27-02-2007, 13:39
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Originally Posted by Gemwba
Great acting, costumes, script etc.

May is my favourite character.
I've got to agree with the posters in this thread. Lilies is a very understated programme and can easily get lost in the Friday night schedules. But it beats repeats of Midsommer/Frost for me.

The acting and writing is top notch, though I don't think that Iris's scouse accent is particularly good. The red haired one (the middle daughter?) is spot on though.

The actor playing 'Dadda' is very good too.

I hope the BBC see sense and commission a 2nd series of this....
I hope they schedule it better next time though. What about 9pm on Wednesday evening? Traditionally a very poor night for BBC1?
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Old 28-02-2007, 15:07
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Great show.

Love the period
Love the fact that its not based in London
Love the acting!

My fav character is the daughter who is 'in the family way' (love that expression!). Im a few weeks behind btw!

Hopefully it will win sone awards. How are the figures for it?

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Old 28-02-2007, 15:32
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i like it, makes a pleasent change from the run of the mill dramas normall seen, felt sad for dadda last week though, thoought the daughters werent very fair on him
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Old 28-02-2007, 15:50
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Lillies is brilliant. Friday seems like an odd time for a show of this quality. I'm watching it on Virgin's VoD service which means i don't miss an episode. I think Aunty should be reet proud.
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Old 28-02-2007, 16:13
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I agree with Mack. Highly enjoyable and quite an unusual drama, not what we might expect on a typical Friday evening , it would probably have brought in the viewers on a Sunday, but I think the ratings are around the 3m mark, which is ok, I guess. Wonder if there will be a second series???
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Old 28-02-2007, 17:02
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I'm quite enjoying it but feel the BBC haven't really made much of this with regards to advertising it and Ionly found it on by chance one Friday evening. I hope it gets a second series because if not I feel they haven't really given it a chance.

I think what makes it interesting is its during a time period when things were really starting to change - particularly for women and given there are three young women featured I think it really shows the challenges they had to face and overcome which allowed women more freedom that we enjoy today.

I think its a great drama.

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Old 28-02-2007, 17:15
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I agree with all the posters on this thread - Lilies is not the kind of thing I thought i would enjoy, I'm in my twenties and quite often out on a Friday night, but have been skint since Christmas so have watched it, and enjoyed it immensely. Better than the over-rated Ugly Betty any day.

From Liverpool myself and still love reading the books of Helen Forrester and Lyn Andrews, 'Tuppence to cross the Mersey' etc, this programme is like a visual version of them!

Really hope it gets a second series - any chance the BBC's comissioning editors go on Digital Spy? If not, they should!
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Old 02-03-2007, 15:00
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Both today's Times and the Radio Times are hinting that tonight's storyline is going to be sad. Whether the baby or her mother dies, or there is another tragedy I don't know. So be prepared with the Kleenex !
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Old 02-03-2007, 16:01
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Originally Posted by BringBackThames
I've got to agree with the posters in this thread. Lilies is a very understated programme and can easily get lost in the Friday night schedules. But it beats repeats of Midsommer/Frost for me.

The acting and writing is top notch, though I don't think that Iris's scouse accent is particularly good. The red haired one (the middle daughter?) is spot on though.

The actor playing 'Dadda' is very good too.

I hope the BBC see sense and commission a 2nd series of this....
I hope they schedule it better next time though. What about 9pm on Wednesday evening? Traditionally a very poor night for BBC1?
Dadda reminds me of the bloke that used to be in z cars.
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Old 11-03-2007, 20:19
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Has it finished?!!!

Or has has my Sky Plus box failed to record it?!
The last one we saw dada came home.

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Old 11-03-2007, 20:28
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yes it finished the Friday before last.

Has anyone heard if it will be returning?
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Old 11-03-2007, 21:17
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No it is not returning! I can't believe they promoted Rough Diamond over this. Lillies was a better TV program. I watched two Rough Diamond episodes and I found it very boring.

Lillies should have had the Rough Diamond slot and its promotions.
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Old 11-03-2007, 22:37
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Do you have a source for this?

BBC Lilies website says it has still not heard if is being re-commisioned.
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Old 12-03-2007, 17:01
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It was reported in the other LILLIES thread in this forum, Cannot recall the source cited, but you should find it with a search.
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Old 12-03-2007, 19:01
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The only 'source' so far on Lilies NOT being re-commissioned (to my knowledge) is Wikipedia, and this source still needs a proper citation - so read into that what you will.

I think it's assumed Lilies won't get a second series because the ratings suffered because of a) poor scheduling - why Friday night?, b) same problem as a) but Celebrity Big Brother took a lot of viewers away from the show, which had opened pretty well, and c) atrocious marketing from the BBC ... they clearly never had faith in the show, which is ridiculous, considering it's one of the classiest drama series they've produced in ages.

However, looking at the poor showing of Castaway in the same slot, I wonder if Lilies might be given a reprieve? Or perhaps I'm clutching at straws .... Either way, we haven't had 'official' info.

The logic driving a second series is reasonable - the show wasn't given a proper chance but secured an 88 AI (appreciation index) rating amongst those who DID get to see it. Lilies ticks lots of BBC 'charter' boxes. Lilies costs about 700k per episode - that's not alot for period drama, and the sets are still standing in Aintree. The writer, Heidi Thomas, is a huge talent and clearly has a big career with the BBC (adapting Cranford next year for example). The actors are relatively unknown (though excellent) and comparatively cheap. The Yanks would love this too. It makes sense for the BBC to re-commission.

But I'm not optimistic.

For the first time ever I have actually emailed BBC execs over this show. I genuinely feel that this is a true test of the BBC's mettle, its future direction, its role and its value as a public service broadcaster, to which we pay good hard cash hoping for quality TV, not just jumped-up ITV wannabes and soapy drivel ratings chasers. Don't get me wrong. I like a lot of populist people-pleasing stuff, but I also want difference, choice and quality in my viewing pleasures.

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