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Month-long TV Meme - Day #01 - A show that should never have been cancelled.
When nicis_anatomy started to post this meme last month, I promised her that I would do it in June. So I am keeping my promise. From seeing Nici's posts last month, I know several of my answers will be the same as hers.

Day 01 - A show that should have never been cancelled.
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching.
Day 03 - Your favourite new show (aired this TV season).
Day 04 - Your favourite show ever.
Day 05 - A show you hate.
Day 06 - Favourite episode of your favourite TV show.
Day 07 - Least favourite episode of your favourite TV show.
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch.
Day 09 - Best scene ever.
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving.
Day 11 - A show that disappointed you.
Day 12 - An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times.
Day 13 - Favourite childhood show.
Day 14 - Favourite male character.
Day 15 - Favourite female character.
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show.
Day 17 - Favourite mini series.
Day 18 - Favourite title sequence.
Day 19 - Best TV show cast.
Day 20 - Favourite kiss.
Day 21 - Favourite ship.
Day 22 - Favourite series finale.
Day 23 - Most annoying character.
Day 24 - Best quote.
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new).
Day 26 - OMG WTF? season finale.
Day 27 - Best pilot episode.
Day 28 - First TV show obsession.
Day 29 - Current TV show obsession.
Day 30 - Saddest character death.

Day #01 - A show that should have never been cancelled.

That would be Kingdom. It's a British show and starred Stephen Fry. It was set in Norfolk and followed the life of Peter Kingdom, a small-town solicitor whose work revolves around cases brought by the eclectic and eccentric populace of Market Shipborough.

It was 'old-style' Sunday night British TV viewing, something suitable for the entire family. It was gentle, full of humour, had element of mystery and romance and real characters in whom you could believe and say 'I know someone like that'. The cast was superb - and had people even I recognised (helps plutos_revenge up from the floor). It was an excellent series. Series Three ended with a kind of cliff-hanger, nothing that major (not life or death) as that wasn't what the show was about, but it gave you something to look forward to for the next season and left a question hanging over viewers heads.

So what did ITV do? It cancelled it. Why, I have no idea. I can't believe it was that expensive to make, and it was so enjoyable - but off it went :-( And it shouldn't have done. I can recommend it to anyone who wants a show that isn't full of bad language and blood and gore, that has great actors and actresses, and is excellent entertainment and has a feel good factor to it.

If you wish to learn more about it, here are some links:

Kingdom on Wiki

Literary Norfolk

Official ITV Kingdom Site

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birggitt From: birggitt Date: 1st June 2010 13:05 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I didn't saw this one!
And for your description, it looks very interesting, so maybe I'll give it a go now, when I have less to watch.
After I finish with The Middleman.
The good and also bad thing about this meme? You end discovering a lot of new shows *laughs*
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 1st June 2010 13:12 (UTC) (Link)
It is a really good, enjoyable, laid back, feel good series. J and I thoroughly enjoyed it - and have the DVDs.

Do let me know if you do give it a go.

*Grins* You do indeed.
nicis_anatomy From: nicis_anatomy Date: 1st June 2010 13:07 (UTC) (Link)
Two Nikki/Nicky's are doing this meme this month. That should be fun ;)
I already knew that you would share this show today, but I'm glad you did anyway, because it reminded me of what I wanted to write on my 'To-be-Watched'- list to check it out some time.
Too bad that it was canceled :( But maybe ITV will change it's mind.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 1st June 2010 13:14 (UTC) (Link)
*Grins* So many ways to spell the name. I'm looking forward to the month.

Indeed you did, as you kindly confirmed it had been cancelled *sighs* I do hope if you watch it you enjoy it.

One can but hope.
plutos_revenge From: plutos_revenge Date: 1st June 2010 13:09 (UTC) (Link)
That is quite the meme! I look forward to reading the rest of your answers :)

I confess I never watched Kingdom, much as I adore SF. But it did seem one of ITV's more bizzare decisions to cancel it. Not exactly sure what it is they're doing with the money saved from progs like this & The Bill etc.

I'm going to start keeping cushions on the floor round my chair if you're going to keep on shocking me by recognising actors. My poor rear end is going to end up very bruised if not *g*
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 1st June 2010 13:15 (UTC) (Link)
It might get me back to posting on LJ and not Tweeting - Twitter is evil *g*

It was a great show, it really was. And cancelling it was indeed bizarre. I'd love to know what they are doing with the money!

*Giggles* That's a jolly good idea, you should.
strainconductor From: strainconductor Date: 1st June 2010 13:12 (UTC) (Link)
This looks fun! I saw someone else doing it but they hadn't posted the list sooo I wasn't sure what it was.

I might do it for fun too XD
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 1st June 2010 13:16 (UTC) (Link)
Quite a lot of my flist have done it/are at various stages of doing it, but I couldn't bring myself to start mid-month, so waited until today.

You should.

toomuchfandom From: toomuchfandom Date: 1st June 2010 13:38 (UTC) (Link)
*giggle* I wanted to do this this month! *giggles* I guess July will be my month:D
fanfromfla From: fanfromfla Date: 1st June 2010 17:19 (UTC) (Link)
I adore Kingdom! You described it so well. It was such a *gentle* show. I have the first two seasons on DVD, and must try to view season 3. Am very sad to know it has been canceled. There are so few episodes of it as there is. :(
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 2nd June 2010 11:52 (UTC) (Link)
*Waves to another Kingdom fan*

Thank you - I'm glad you think I described it well.

I was very sad indeed, daft people to cancel something so good.
youngenigma1701 From: youngenigma1701 Date: 2nd June 2010 00:07 (UTC) (Link)
Oh..I totally agree..this should never have been cancelled. It was really good.

I have a recommendation for you..check this out...


It is a slash fanfiction of Peter Kingdom with an OC character named Sebastian, who bears a striking resemblence to Mr. Hugh Laurie. The fic is long but really well done. Also very romantic..you fall for Peter all over again, and love Sebastian even more.

My opinion, 2 other shows that should never have been cancelled:

Threshold: A scifi series that lasted only a season but was still really good. It was about aliens that come down to take over the world by turning us into aliens. It starred people like Brent Spiner and Peter Dinklage and produced by Brannon Braga who made Star Trek.

The Magnificent Seven: I usually hate westerns. And I mean HATE. But this show was amazing. It lasted 2 seasons and was set around 7 very different men who came together to protect a small western town. The the gun-for-hire, the con artist, the fallen priest, the bounty hunter, the young idealist, the former slave, and the womanizer. This show was so good that when they tried to cancel it after the first season all the fans rallied together to get another season.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 2nd June 2010 11:54 (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you agree - it is such a shame.

Thank you for the rec and link - I shall indeed check it out.

I'm never even heard of Threshold, I have to say and hadn't realised The Magnificent Seven had been done as a series.

It does seem they always cancel the good things.
aingeal8c From: aingeal8c Date: 2nd June 2010 07:43 (UTC) (Link)
My mother is a huge Kingdom fan and was very disappointed it got cancelled. ITV makes some really odd decesions sometimes...

Interesting meme this...
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 2nd June 2010 11:55 (UTC) (Link)
I always said your mother is a sensible person *g* It was such a shame :-(

I'm looking forward to doing it - and actually posting for a whole month *g*
aingeal8c From: aingeal8c Date: 3rd June 2010 08:10 (UTC) (Link)
She is indeed. Yes very much so.

Hee hee I shall look foward to reading it.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 3rd June 2010 12:00 (UTC) (Link)
I always enjoy her thoughts.

Oh, good. Must do today *Nods*
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