I am from India. I am going to start my undergraduate studies in UK next year. I have grown up watching American series and so, I know a lot about them. However, I want to know more about the British culture before I go there. Can you suggest some television shows and movies that will give me a better idea about their culture? Thank you.
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Most scripted television shows will give you a caricatured view of British culture, but they could help to start you off. I would recommend a mix of genres so you get a broad idea of what people like and how the media represents British culture in different scenarios. I haven't included the more absurdist comedies because I don't think they would be useful preparing to live in the UK as a foreigner.
Sitcoms: Coupling, Gavin and Stacey
Teenage dramas: Skins, Misfits
Crime or detective show: Luther, Sherlock
Political comedies: In the Thick of It
Blackadder: A fantastic comedy show that places characters in a different notable historical setting every season. Slightly dated, but probably the most useful show described here to learn British history.
Those shows will give you a broad but incomplete range of what people like and are like in the UK, but I haven't recommended anything I don't personally watch. There's lots of more modern sitcoms; like Black Books, Green Wing, Spaced; that I hear are more in line with what British people watch. If you want a less edited view of the culture, I'd recommend panel shows like QI, reality TV, and interviews or news shows.
Finally, John Oliver's The Bugle is a really entertaining comedy news podcast. It's a good way to learn broad strokes of British politics and sport, as well as what (some) British people think about post-imperial Britain.
Obviously, an answer by a British person would be more helpful.