Over the last couple of weeks something has become very apparent: I am addicted to BBC documentaries. They cover a myriad of topics and are sooo good (once you get used to the accents, I have to admit I had a hard time understanding everything they were saying at first but now I can listen to British and Scottish accents like a native Brit). This first started when I was deep in mono-pocalypse and has hours upon hours I needed to fill with something mindless so I could fall asleep without feeling like I was missing out on sometime cool (like How I Met Your Mother or The Office). I also LOVE LOVE LOVE documentaries. So this was, at first a great fit. The documentary part drew me in but the accents made it easy to fall asleep when I didn’t have the energy to try and understand what they were saying. Mono perfection!….until I started easily understanding their accents.
Now I love coming home after a long day and unwinding by watching a documentary about obesity, the American prison system, or some sort of psychological disorder. And, worse, I can’t stop. It is SO addicting. You’re leaning. You’re growing (ok, at least I feel like I am as I think about what I am watching. I make no promises that anyone else will feel like they grow while watching BBC). You’re relaxing. You’re having fun. What’s not to love?!
Here are a few of my favorites from across the pond. Admittedly, I’m not 100% sure it’s all from BBC (though most is) but it’s all up the same ally.
I love everything Louis Theroux has worked on. SO.MUCH. Not only is he a really cool guy but he also covers all sorts of social issues we don’t really discuss over here including: White Supremacists, Legal Prostitution in Nevada, and he made an entire series about the American prison system. Pretty much, he is the bees knees.
The also have done a ton to talk about obesity (usually citing America as the example they are trying not to become). I find their dialogue about health issues really interesting because they talk about a ton of stuff we tip toe around over here and they aren’t afraid to say sweeping drastic changes need to occur nor that food companies need to hold more personal responsibility for the quality of food they produce. They also do riskier social experiments to show exactly what obese people (and individuals who are unhealthfully thin) need to change about their diets on Supersize vs Super Skinny (although I would totally argue that The Biggest Loser is a pretty ballsy way to talk about obesity but it is also a challenge show which I do not know if I really agree with just because it does not set up a positive model for the average viewer at home-who really has 10 hours a day to work out?).
(An image from Supersize vs Super Skinny, source)
And best of all I just watched a series about Amish teens going to stay with different families throughout England. First off, I have a strange love for the Amish. I have ever since I was about 11 and started asking my dad about a million questions about who they are, what they believe, and why they were so different. All of this has sparked a weird fascination with this group of people so I was pretty stoked this week when I found this 4 episode series. It was so interesting to see how the Amish kids changed as they became more comfortable and it was also kind of cool to hear the people they stayed with talk about the bits and pieces of the Amish tradition they really valued including the relaxing nature of the Amish lifestyle or the less is more attitude the teens brought with them. All in all, this was a really cool social experiment. And a stark contrast to an American version I remember from a few years (maybe a decade) ago where a TV crew taped Amish teens as they essentially partied for a few weeks. This was a much more enlightening and uplifting way to portray the Amish and help people learn from them.
(These are the Amish kids who went to England. Source)
And, I know I’ve mentioned her on here before but I think she deserves another shout out, of course I have to mention Hayley Okines. She is so sweet and really inspires me to treat the people around me better than I do sometimes because you never know how long you or they have here on earth. If you’ve never heard her story you should totally check out her website because she is one amazing teenager.
Anyone else obsessed with BBC/British TV? What do you like to watch? And is anyone else as in love with Louis Theroux as I am?