Days Like These. *shudders*
Wasn't there a contract in place with Fox that halted That 70's Show from airing in the UK?
There was indeed, after the failure of shows like Brighton Belles and Loved By You, the idea was that they suffered from endless comparisons to the originals (quite rightly, in the case of Brighton Belles), so there was a clause in the contract which said That 70s Show would never be shown in the UK, and indeed the cast weren't shown any episodes, so as far as everyone was concerned it was a brand new show. Turns out that didn't help it at all, and That 70s Show was shown on Channel 5 eighteen months later. Indeed if anything they made no attempt to make it look like a new British show as they even left in the little sketches that the US version had going in and out of the ad breaks, which made no sense on the UK version as they didn't go into ad breaks.
The bizarre thing about Days Like These is that ITV ran it at the same time as The Grimleys so they had two seventies-set sitcoms running concurrently, which seems the most appalling bit of scheduling. The writers who adapted That 70s Show for ITV were Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, now very successful writers of course who have written many acclaimed series like Peep Show. David Mitchell makes reference to Days Like These in his book, saying that when Peep Show began it was a bit of a last chance for Mitchell and Webb, and for Bain and Armstrong, as both their careers had derailed a bit (in Mitchell and Webb's case they'd written and starred in a sitcom pilot for C4 which didn't go to a series). Mitchell says he assumes Bain and Armstrong's obvious comedic talents were blunted "by interfering executives from both sides of the Atlantic".
The Married With Children adaptation sounds like it should have been the most successful because it always sounded like it was the nearest thing to a British sitcom with the main character being a loser and lots of rude jokes, and it was certainly brash enough to work on ITV. But they adapted it incredibly badly.
Lee Pressman and Grant Cathro did a lot of sitcom type stuff for CITV as above Spatz and Mike & Angelo, they also did the T-Bag series which I suppose isn't a sitcom as such though it probably felt like one to an extent.
Always switched off when the names of Pressman and Cathro came on screen, surely the Glen A Larson of kids TV with their weird transatlantic mish-mash.
Vicious was wonderful but the PC lot get grumpy.
"The PC lot" didn't get grumpy about it, it got an absolute free pass from all the critics, and it was doing nothing in terms of sexual explicitness that Gimme Gimme Gimme wasn't doing on BBC1 a decade earlier. But Gimme Gimme Gimme was umpteen times funnier.
Vicious got a succession of brilliant slots, like straight after Corrie, and the press absolutely lapped it up, but the audience never took to it. About 99% of the excitement seemed to come from the idea of Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi doing jokes about dildos.
UKnews and Revolution gave kudos