The Best Shows on BBC that are not Downtown Abbey

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Lissa HarrisThe BBC has always put together some amazing programming. As the world’s oldest national broadcasting organization, BBC has continuously provided high quality (and low quality) programming to the world on the dime of the average British household and I personally want to thank each and every one of those contributors for hours and hours of pure personal enjoyment. Here is my list of the top shows, most of which can be found on non-nefarious Netflix.The Catherine Tate Show:Catherine Tate is a comedienne known in the States for her portrayal of Nellie Bertram, Michael Scott’s replacement, in the eight and ninth seasons of NBC’s The Office. But her talents are truly showcased in the sketch comedy show that bears her name. Her range of character is incredible and hilarious. My favorite character is Margaret the frightened woman who screams in terror at seemingly innocuous noises such as crunching or her own hiccups. If you think this is funny, you will LOVE this comedy.LutherThe current popularity of the crime drama has me on cloud nine and renews my faith in humanity’s capability to be interested in anything other than a housewife of some county. Like it’s title character played by Idris Alba, Luther has it all: intelligence, suspense, and sharp dialogue most of which is spoken in cockneyed british accents. It exudes a sexy slumpiness that is irresistible and completely satifying right down to the opening song by Massive Attack.Its only flaw is falling prey to the all too familiar “shock” plot twist (ie: killing off a major character) that we see all too often in TV today. But I can forgive its transgression without impunity because everything else about it is so good.Call the MidwifeI happened upon this pink diamond after reading an article about the best shows on Netflix. I was skeptical at first since, on the surface, it possessed none of my usual desired traits for good TV (crime-based, apocalypse centered, or anything sci-fi). It is set in 1950s London in the poverty stricken Eastend and follows the life of novice mid-wife in a convent, Nurse Jenny Lee (played by Jessica Raines). Each episode focuses on a different pregnant women with her own unique set of concerns for herself, her family, and her unborn baby. The show emphasis is on how crucial the midwife was at a time before we gave birth in hospitals strapped to a fetal monitor, a heart monitor, and an IV drip filled with Pitocin. It was surely a simpler time but boy did things go wrong. And although they faced some hard decisions, everything always turned out right in the end except for that one episode that unlike Luther I will never forgive them for. And let us not forget Nurse Camilla “Chummy” Browne, played with wild abandon by Miranda Hart, who at six-foot-something is awkward nervous perfection.SherlockOkay, okay I know. Sherlock is hardly a hidden gem. It is about as popular as that show I mentioned in the title (Downton Abbey, shhhhhh). But unless you have watched this series, every episode, more than once, you don’t know Sherlock. Visually stunning shot for shot, this show should be watched again in slow motion just to be able to absorb the slight nuances of the cinematography and each character’s movements within. Then it should be watched by pausing during breaks in the dialogue in order to catch each line in its “blink and you’ll miss it” style. Sherlock is a veritable banquet for the eyes, brain, and soul. Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes) and Martin Freeman (Dr. Watson) have a chemistry on screen that rivals Bogey and Bacall. The storylines are as realistic, intelligent and well though out as (or dare I say even better than) Breaking Bad, and this last season’s finale was exhausting and glorious to watch. It took my mind a week to recover. If you get nothing from this article except that I think everyone should WATCH THIS SHOW, then this was worth the hour it took me to write and I can feel that I’ve done my part to remove the stigma that still surrounds television. Sherlock is the reason why TV is good, TV is right, and TV should be watched often with a discriminating and curious mind. We will all be better for it.last_img read more

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President voices support for extending moratorium on maritime zone evictions

first_imgRelated posts:Debate over maritime zoning legislation heats up Transport Ministry says Cañas-Liberia highway expansion will help local businesses, but residents are wary More than 85 percent of Limón residents support new port terminal, poll claims Costa Rica’s Supreme Court tells Talamanca: You can’t declare environmentalist expats ‘personas non grata’ Residents along the beaches of Puerto Viejo and other parts of the southern Caribbean can breathe a sigh of relief, at least for now. President Luis Guillermo Solís announced support for an extension of a moratorium on a law that would displace coastal residents in the southern Caribbean and other parts of the country, during his trip to the province of Limón on Saturday.“There is talk about creating a special regime for the Caribbean Zone, but it’s not possible to have this discussion under the threat of displacement for the populations who have been in this region since ancestral times. This government is not going to take arbitrary actions,” Solís said over the weekend in Puerto Viejo.According to the Maritime Zone Law, the 50 meters from high tide mark is publicly zoned, meaning it belongs to municipalities. The remaining 150 meters is completely restricted, and any type of construction is prohibited. Families who already live within the maritime zone must abide by a municipal zoning plan, obtain a municipal concession and pay a monthly fee. The Comptroller General’s Office previously ordered municipalities to destroy structures found to be in violation of the Maritime Zone Law.In September 2012, lawmakers passed a bill that established a 24-month moratorium on the land evictions. Solís said that while he supports the extension of the moratorium he did not specify for how long. The president said he hopes the Environment Ministry, lawmakers representing Limón, and coastal community members could come together to establish a “realistic” time frame. The Legislative Assembly would have to approve another bill extending the moratorium.Solís highlighted that he envisioned the moratorium extending to other coastal communities in Costa Rica. While much of the attention regarding the Maritime Zone Law has focused on the inhabitants of the Caribbean coast, residents on the Pacific coast also are affected. A peaceful protest last March was violently quashed when anti-riot police officers used tear gas to remove dozens of demonstrators protesting in support of the Coastal Community Land Bill from the Inter-American Highway in Chomes, Puntarenas.A bill that would create an “Urban Coastal Zone” that would halt the land evictions was approved by lawmakers in a first round of voting in March but has since stalled in the Assembly. The bill still requires a second approval, President Solís’ signature and eventual publication in the official government newspaper, La Gaceta, before becoming law. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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