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NOW CLOSED What are you watching at the moment? Tell TalkTalk and win a £200 Love2Shop voucher

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 18-Feb-13 16:48:59

TalkTalk want to hear your recommendations for TV programmes and boxsets that you or your children have been gripped by recently. They've just launched YouView which should make it easier to catch the best bits of recent telly as well as old classics. Here's what they say about it:

"YouView is a groundbreaking new TV service now available to all TalkTalk customers. We have joined forces with the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 to create a new way of watching TV. YouView allows access to the best On Demand content, an ability to record and rewind live TV and search through thousands of hours of great TV with ease. This month's TV gift from TalkTalk includes some old favourites like Grey's Anatomy, The Tudors, and Friends, as well as Peppa Pig, Bob the Builder and Pingu for the DCs."

What's the best TV series you've ever watched?

Is there anything on at the moment/has there been anything recently that you're particularly glued to?

Are there any programmes you're using this half term to keep your DCs entertained?

Please share any recommendations you have for can't miss shows. Everyone who posts on this thread will be entered into a prize draw to win a £200 Love2Shop voucher.

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw

YeahThatsTheBadger Tue 19-Feb-13 17:06:20

Lewis, Call The Midwife, One Born Every Minute, Ripper Street, Great British Bake Off, The Mentalist, NCIS, CSI, The Wire, Africa, Black Mirror, Utopia. Don't tend to watch live TV but watch it back on TiVo.
DC's watch The Octonauts and Africa, and really like nature programmes.

THERhubarb Tue 19-Feb-13 17:07:01

Ok so loving the Channel 4 dramas of Utopia and Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror. Both dh and I sit down to watch these and have been gripped by them so far.

The best TV series I've ever watched? Well now that's a tall order as my tastes have changed over the years. I wouldn't mind watching these classics again:

The X Files
Phoenix Nights
All the old Doctor Who episodes

I never see those on repeat and would love to see them again.

I can't wait for the new series of Sherlock and both dd and I love watching Doctor Who.
You know what, thinking of those old classics and certainly the way Doctor Who was heading with David Tennant - don't you think that these classics are brilliant when they are original and new and ground breaking but the thing that lets each of them down is when they stop focusing on monsters and mysteries and start focusing on relationships. That's when it gets boring and sort of just fizzles out. Moonlighting went that way as did X Files and V and Doctor Who was getting there with Billie bloody Piper. So if you're listening producers and directors - we watch these series precisely because there is no relationship shite in there. We WANT monsters and mysteries and aliens. If we wanted to see blossoming relationships and soul searching we'd watch bloody soap operas!

Oh yeah, far too many soap operas. I really don't care for them.

For the kids I much prefer educational shows. They love watching:
Blue Peter
Kids dramas (like Sarah Jane Adventures)
Deadly 60
Art Attack (what happened to that series?)

They are no longer interested in cartoons or Peppa bloody Pig thank goodness. They want to watch something gripping, something intelligent that really captures their imaginations.

I'd also love to see some of the old kids movies repeated like:
Stand By Me
The Goonies
The Railway Children
The Secret Garden
Tom's Midnight Garden

It would be nice to see some 70s and 80s series re-run too so that adults can have a bit of nostalgia whilst the kids get entertained. Someone mentioned He-Man, then there's Fraggle Rock, Ren & Stimpy, Inspector Gadget, The Bionic Man, Knight Rider, Wonder Woman, etc.

And Candid Camera - remember that? I'd love to watch those again!

MakeTeaNotWar Tue 19-Feb-13 17:10:49

Currently watching and loving Breaking Bad but I cannot praise "Love Hate" enough, a fantastic but violent Irish series with a very good looking cast. DH & I were glued to 3 series and can't wait for more! 2 year old DD likes the Simpsons for the bright colours, we watch it together as there is only so much CBEEBIES that I can stomach

cindersinsuburbia Tue 19-Feb-13 17:14:32

Me and my OH really just 'binge' watch TV shows - we can watch a whole series in a few nights

My favs have to be pretty little liars, revenge, The middle, Modern Family and Doctor who

My children are avid Cbebbies fans hmm

ComeAlongPond Tue 19-Feb-13 17:22:40

Love Call The Midwife, The West Wing, anything by David Attenborough.

Quite like Doctor Who and Outnumbered for some light relief, and enjoyed Homeland. The Killing was good.

YY to whoever said old kids films - Railway Children, Secret Garden, A Little Princess, that sort of thing. I'd love that. (I don't have children, I'm just a bit of a loser.)

DP and I are also a little bit addicted to Sun, Sex, and Suspicious Parents blush We love it.

We never watch live tv, we always use iplayer or whatnot.

Eastpoint Tue 19-Feb-13 17:45:36

I'm enjoying Death in Paradise at the moment, also watching Top Gear with DS & DH while my DDs watch Call the Midwife.

On my own I like 30 Rock, I love Tina Fey's character. I'm a big fan of US sit coms. My DD1 likes Pretty Little Liars & Modern Family as well as Call the Midwife & Great British Bake Off. DD2 prefers programs on the Disney Channel but I can't remember what they are called as I try to avoid them. DS who is 13 doesn't like TV & doesn't watch anything apart from Top Gear which he watches while playing on a laptop.

Years ago I liked MASH, Friends, Dharma & Greg, Will & Grace, Moonlighting, LA Law & going back even further I liked Dukes of Hazard & the Waltons.

I spent my childhood watching TV - hours and hours a day.

DH only watches Top Gear - not a fan of TV more of a reader.

FannyFifer Tue 19-Feb-13 17:56:26

Favourite ever series was prob the first 4 seasons of the X Files, went a bit blah after that.

I also oved Lost, first couple of series anyway.

What I am currently loving, Borgen, Spartacus, The Following & Revolution.

DD current favourite is Doc Mcstuffins and DS favourite is Newsround and match of the day.

BornToFolk Tue 19-Feb-13 18:32:42

I am watching a lot of Buffy at the moment. It's on SyFy so I've got it on series link and am watching almost constantly.

I've got the entire box set of West Wing and MA*S*H has been on my wishlist for a while. Oh, and I have all the Mad Men too.

DS mostly watches films but his favourite TV programme of the moment is Tree Fu Tom.

Doogle2 Tue 19-Feb-13 18:34:38

Well if we could all choose a box set to watch this would be the ones for us;
Me - Stella
OH - Arrow
DS 9 - Dr Who
DS 6 - Dog with a blog

We also loved the recent retro weekend on citv. It would be good to have another one.

LaVitaBellissima Tue 19-Feb-13 18:37:38

Criminal Minds
Vampire Diaries
Hawaii Five O
Silent Witness

Loved the box sets of 24 & Spooks

My 2 year olds love

In the night garden
Peppa Pig
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
But they absolutely love Watermill farm, which is the plasticine farm animals on Nick Jr

swallowedAfly Tue 19-Feb-13 19:20:49

best ever - there's a lot but i reckon it would have to be six feet under.

currently i'm watching 'enlightened' and 'white collar' and of the walking dead is back on now. fringe is finished sad supernatural is back on. once upon a time is watchable and mostly child friendly too. light comedy wise whitney, new girl, cougar town - have to have the odd cheesey sitcoms to get a break from crime, zombies and monsters wink

the hour was great but cancelled. newsroom - can't wait for the next season as i really enjoyed it. being human was ace and i'm now watching the american version. misfits good in the early series not so much later. what else?

ooh i loved saving grace and the other one about a girl who met her angel and had to learn lessons and i can't remember what it was called hmm

i like the good wife. breaking bad (though gone a bit dark even for me now). oh and dexter of course!

swallowedAfly Tue 19-Feb-13 19:21:53

uk dramas like silent witness, waking the dead etc are good but always such short seasons and so infrequent unfortunately.

Ilovemyteddy Tue 19-Feb-13 19:39:55

Best series ever was, and always will be The West Wing
Until we got BT Vision we had a hard disc recorder, which was the best thing we have ever bought. We now watch very little live TV as we record stuff on the BT vision box. The only live TV we watch is sport. Oh and the BBC Penguin programme, which is superb.

Must watches for us are Call the Midwife, Ripper Street, DIY SOS, all home programmes (Location, Location, etc) Silent Witness, Law and Order UK and DH likes Revenge. My guilty pleasure is Homes under the Hammer, which I watch on catch up as I work during the day.

We've just brought the boxed set of the first three series of Breaking Bad on the recommendation of our American relatives.

ElvisIsKing Tue 19-Feb-13 19:42:14

Best series ever: twin peaks, this is England a close second

DD currently watching: peppa pig and something special
DS watching: anything minecraft related on YouTube also loves age appropriate films (he's 6) new and classic

I love one born every minute, great British bake off, Britain and Ireland's next top model, this is England and one off documentaries such as Grayson perry's class doc, the opening of the Supreme Court. Also have a love film subscription and sometimes (!) watch a movie a month

Don't watch any live tv at all to be honest so catch up on 4od / I player / YouTube

ElvisIsKing Tue 19-Feb-13 19:43:17

Oh yes and been meaning to watch Africa and will probably catch up with that at some point

TotallyEggFlipped Tue 19-Feb-13 19:43:57

What's the best TV series you've ever watched?
Tough one. I can't choose between the Good Wife, Entourage and Grey's Anatomy. Or maybe Homeland. And we love Modern Family.

Is there anything on at the moment/has there been anything recently that you're particularly glued to?
I loved the Newsroom when it was on. Also the Good Wife and Silent Witness. And the Great British Bake Off.

Are there any programmes you're using this half term to keep your DCs entertained?
DD loves Timmy Time.

leniwhite Tue 19-Feb-13 19:47:36

Best series definitely Breaking Bad, closely followed by Weeds (no deliberate theme there!).

At the moment I'm watching Brain Doctors avidly and rewatching The Office USA.

DS is still in utero so he's not watching anything yet!

Must admit that I don't really 'do' television much. Dp has been watching The Undateables.

We like the Black Adder and Fawlty Towers boxsets. And dd, who is 15 and ought to know better, likes Adventure Time and Scooby Doo!

MrsWeasley Tue 19-Feb-13 20:10:45

What's the best TV series you've ever watched? House of Elliot

Is there anything on at the moment/has there been anything recently that you're particularly glued to? not glued but like Call the Midwife

Are there any programmes you're using this half term to keep your DCs entertained?
no but they will watch anything. They do like Primeval and Dr Who.

BoringSchoolChoiceNickname Tue 19-Feb-13 20:20:13

My favourites of all time are Blake's Seven and Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Favourites recently are House, Game of Thrones, Strictly Come Dancing and Sherlock
Favourite viewing as a couple is Only Connect, University Challenge, Mastermind and Pointless
Favourite family viewing are Top Gear and Mythbusters
DD's favourites are Sparticle Mystery and MI High
DS's favourite is Destroyed in Seconds

Roseformeplease Tue 19-Feb-13 20:22:13

Drama / Detective stuff such as "The Following" "Lewis" and "Death In Paradise" and still occasionally Bones and Criminal Minds. We love, and never miss, Dr Who, Top Gear and all the Attenborough documentaries as well as Top Gear, Have I Got News and QI. We enjoy a lot of films. The children watch some of these with us (High School age) but also watch Big Bang Theory and lots of old films that we recommend.

CarrieDon Tue 19-Feb-13 20:47:42

I like any detective type series as long as it's not too gruesome. Also love antiques programmes - Antiques Road Trip is my fave escape from the stresses of the world programme. Love Charles Hanson!

missorinoco Tue 19-Feb-13 20:58:14

I have started watching Numbers; quite easy to watch. I like Rookie Blue also and am waiting for The Mentalist to come back, there has to be an end in site. Little Einsteins is one of the few my children will watch together, my littlest likes Peppa Pig and Bob the Builder, but the non toddlers are less keen.

Recommendations - Boston Legal and Damages; series one of Damages was excellent.

zzzexhaustedzzz Tue 19-Feb-13 21:19:21

Nighty Night
League of Gentlemen
Father Ted
and now

My kids like Dr Who and Harry Potter

HugAndRoll Tue 19-Feb-13 21:35:35

Shows I love and would watch again from series 1 to date are criminal minds, ER, alias, scrubs and house. Other programmes I like are junior doctors, embarrassing bodies, supersize vs superskinny and other such programmes.

My 4yo ds1 loves Mickey Mouse clubhouse, generator Rex, young justice and art attack.

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