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  • Scott & Bailey, season 3 was just released on Netlix (DVD)…can’t imagine that it’s not a favorite , too. Watched episode 1 of the season last night. Didn’t disappoint!

  • There is a way! IT’s called VPN. If you would like to email me I can “talk” you through it, me old China (bit of cockney there!)

  • As a fellow Eastenders fan from the UK, I agree about the need for a yarn shop. In the very early days, Kathy Beale had a knitting stall or handmade jumper stall on the market, but, I think she went over to the dark side and got a knitting machine. My sister recently started watching it after a gap of a few years and asked for a summary of what had happened – we couldn’t believe how many characters had gone and returned.

  • You clearly need some of this tea to drink while you watch.
    http://www.teasource.com/collections/black-tea/products/albert-square-black-tea-blend?variant=6563620931

    • Ha, what a find. Though this is why I seldom order tea while traveling in Ireland or the UK: “a very hearty British-style tea blend . . . takes milk and sugar very well . . .” – not unlike boiled coffee. China tea for me, please, or a nice Darjeeling.

      • This wasn’t actually a find. I drink this tea daiky at lunch. Married to a Brit, I apprec a real cuppa.

        • Appreciate!

  • I gave up on ‘Stenders a good while ago but have just checked and it looks to be on between three and four times a week. So the gap could be widening. It is amazing how some of the original cast are still there. And surprisingly, BBC I player, which is for catching up on recent shows, had a show listed from 1986. There were the smiling faces of Angie and Den Watts. Oh the drama!

  • I, too watch WLIW! what would Friday night be with the Britcoms … I’ve been introduced to so many great shows. Not merely “Doc Martin,” but “My Hero,” ” Goodnight Sweetheart”, and even though I’ve seen every episode, I still love “As Time Goes By.” I’ve only seen the occasional Eastender, but I know that an amazing amount of talent goes into – and out of – that show. Even, I believe Miss Denker from Downton … I think .

    Hope your day goes well.

  • Yarn Shop indeed! “I’m knitting a sweater for Jerome. No, I’m knitting a sweater for Jerome!” [catfight ensues]

  • Every time we meet a British person, stateside or in during any of the small amount of time we have spent in Britain, my husband ( an EE fan for many years) has to bring up Frank Butcher.

    • Well of course he does. One of the best characters ever.

  • A yarn shop on the square would be a good idea. Maybe next door to the Queen Vic, so the mayhem could spill both ways…”Why’d you throw that pint at me, you slag?” … “Why’d you stick me with those DPNs?” … “Aargh! Watch the beads!!”

  • I don’t know if this show has captions, but if so, that might help sort out tricky dialogue. I was rescued from confusion in another PBS program some years ago. The story took place in Wales: the accents were very dense and often the speakers didn’t face the camera and were hard to hear. I know that sometimes the captions folks go off the rails, but I thought it was worth suggesting.

  • I love a good show on the telly, and after nearly 40 years of inundating my brain wif ve accents of the British Isles (fanks mum, for turning on “Upstairs Downstairs” at an early age!), my friends are often subject to a bit of crass fakery when I get a mood on!

    Appreciate your honesty re not understanding the varied dialects all of the time. I love “Vera” (God who doesn’t love Brenda B? She’s my middle aged role model of shambling, bucket-hatted hard-drinking wisdom), but like yourself only catch about 85% of it.

    Oddly, I found a guide to cockney speech patterns and slang in the back pages of “The Midwife,” the book upon which “Call the midwife” is based. The author offered some linguistic insights into this dialect, which the nurses had to untangle as a necessity: what if your client is trying to tell you something about her baby or her belly but you can’t decipher it? Or worse, making a joke on you that you’re oblivious to? It’s fascinating and funny, the cockney manner of rhyming pairs of words to stand for the English. A hidden language! Might be useful to you.

    As for me, I will google how to watch EE and look forward to years of catching up!

  • Another EE fan here. started watching when WLIW showed it FOUR NIGHTS a week! yes ! and then the big cutback to two a week… and now we are so far behind as you mention.

    I also dvr them and then do a binge watch.. if it werent for the fact that i have to mow the yard and do some last plantings and that there is a TON of good stuff on tonight – new ENDEAVOUR! the last VICIOUS! the beginning of the TUNNEL all on PBS and then GOT VEEP AND SV on HBO… thank goddesses for dvrs and repeat play on PBS and HBO!

    as for reading about the current state in Albert Square well, sometimes i do and sometimes i dont. still doesnt hurt my enjoyment. i know what happens to Natalie and Dot and Peggy and Grant and … but i still like to see how the stories are developed and after all its all that interaction and drama in 25 minutes!

    as for watching shows in UK there are tricks and ways and means. email privately and i will divulge.

  • Two words that will change your life (as they have mine): Closed Captioning.

  • I watched Eastenders for years on PBS. In the mid-1990s I was visiting a friend in Wales and remember his mum was watching Eastenders on telly and she said brokenly: “They are burying ______ today.” Of course I was several years behind and the news broke my heart!

    I loved Ethel and Dot!

  • Oh good grief, this addiction of yours is seriously worrying! I’m British and can’t stand East Enders. We are quite a nation of soap addicts though: Coronation Street, set in the no-longer-so-grimy North West has been on our screens since 1960, whilst the grandaddy of all our soaps is The Archers, on the radio since January 1951, no less. (A bit controversial recently, though, with accusations of plot-line sensationalism levelled at The Archers producer, who interestingly has now moved on to East Enders. We think he’ll be more at home there).

  • There must be yarn shops “up west” but since characters only leave the square to die or just disappear for years, it seems that buying wool is a risky business.

    • Well, I’m responding to this a bit late. I’ve become addicted to this show now. i’m also watching on WLIW. I realized they were 10 years behind when I saw that NO ONE had a smart phone! IPhones hadn’t even been introduced yet.

      As for a yarn shop, the real-life I Knit London shop isn’t so far away. I was in London last May, but I didn’t make it there for their weekly knit-in. Maybe next year, as we may go again.

      Kay, if you haven’t realized it yet, you must use closed-captions to follow the dialogue in all British shows. I started doing this years ago. Now I even use it for American TV, as my hearing seems to be getting worse.

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