English TV Culture That Doesn’t Work Abroad
There is nothing in this world as good as English TV. It’s ingrained in our culture. Whether it’s soaps, comedy or drama, we do it better than the rest. So why don’t other countries appreciate our quirky culture?
Because English TV is unique. We have a self-irony and wit that other nationalities just don’t understand. Only we can understand colloquialisms in our culture that often get lost in translation. Take The Office: the American version wasn’t the same. It just didn’t hit the right buttons. Ex-pats living abroad have a limited range of English TV shows that are aired, but Top Gear or Gavin and Stacey lose their appeal when dubbed in another language.
Here’s a look at some of the genres of English TV that don’t work abroad.
The dry humour and witticisms of comedy panel shows such as QI, Have I Got News For You? and Mock The Week are impossible to translate, dub or appreciate, even in English speaking countries.
Many foreign countries display half-naked girls on game shows and the ‘watershed’ doesn’t exist, yet uncensored shows such as The Inbetweeners and Shameless would be considered inappropriate and offensive.
Peep Show is a brilliant example of what Brits do so well: socially awkward and embarrassing situations, but you really need to be British to get it; as with the colloquialisms in Gavin And Stacey.
Love them or hate them, there isn’t a Brit alive who doesn’t know who Phil Mitchell or Ken Barlow are. Remember when Tony Blair appealed to free Deirdre? Now in what other country would that happen?
High dramas, Christmas specials; English soaps will always be part of the British culture. Unfortunately, other countries don’t appreciate our soaps as we do, preferring cheesy American soaps instead.
The quality of many British and American made thrillers and crime dramas are exceptional. However, only the American shows tend to get aired in many European countries such as France and Italy. British thrillers such as Peaky Blinders, Spooks and Line Of Duty are hugely popular in the UK, but are unknown in many countries.
The lack of English TV shows can be fairly disheartening for many British ex-pats, especially when people back home rave about the latest series on their Facebook posts. Luckily there is a way to watch English TV abroad that you love, wherever you live. For more information, contact SkyFrance TV today or visit us online.