If you’ve had the good fortune to be in the US recently and turned on the TV, you may have noticed a definite trend. On almost every channel and every major TV show, they seem to have a British presenter, judge or actor.
Piers Morgan is the new face of CNN evenings, Gordon Ramsey is currently hosting the US version of Masterchef, Nigella is big there too. Then of course there is Simon Cowell on the X Factor, Hugh Laurie on House and John Oliver on the increasingly popular Daily Show. It’s almost a British invasion.
However, the trend might be reaching its peak but the Americans have always had a thing for British TV. Right back to Monty Python in the 60s and 70s, our American cousins have had a penchant for quintessentially English TV.
Nowhere is this more evident than with Midsomer Murders. This most English of TV shows, filmed in and around the stunning locations of Southern Oxfordshire, has proved to be very popular in the US since it was first aired in 1997.
It seems they can’t get enough of the thrilling plots, great characters and wonderful scenery. And it’s not just in the US either. The show is big in Canada, widely watched in Australia and New Zealand, and in many other countries around the world. There’s even a Belgian Midsomer Murders fan club.
Midsomer Murders is actually one the UK’s most perennially popular TV exports and has paved the way for the success of many other shows, presenters and stars.
Once upon a time in the US, the phrase ‘The British are coming’ had a very different meaning. These days it usually leads many of them to sit down in front of the TV ready for some world class viewing pleasure.