From the UK to the US: TV transfers

Why we should be thankful that the new Shameless is no Krypton Factor

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Shameless US (Thursdays, More4) is the latest in a long line of UK properties to be remade in America. Sometimes the result can be a success (The Office, Who Do You Think You Are?), but when it goes wrong, we get programmes like the following:

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The Krypton Factor (1981)
Very short-lived version (it ran for one month) of the mental-ability and physical-agility game show hosted by Dick “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” Clark. The contestants were obviously employing a Six-Million-Dollar-Man approach to running.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0tVYJLBShI

Blackadder becomes 1775 (1992)
Sitcom set in colonial Philadelphia starring Ryan O’Neal as innkeeper Jeremy Proctor. High comedy in the opening titles at 0:50 when man enters room and then leaves it again. Former Batman Adam West played George Washington.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNca7IsC8qE

Red Dwarf (1992)
A misjudged pilot that featured Robert Llewellyn reprising Kryten and future Frasier star Jane Leeves playing Holly. Studio executives at Universal were unhappy but reshoots were bodged, leading to a heavily bootlegged (but never actually broadcast) opening episode.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1uTqA9jWWE

One Foot in the Grave becomes Cosby (1996)
It’s incredible that this lasted a full four seasons, especially when you consider the quality of these opening titles, which feature a gurning Bill Cosby appearing to lose control of both limbs and facial muscles over 41 seconds.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs96z0vspSE

Life on Mars (2008)
When original creator Matthew Graham was asked for his opinion of the US remake, his reply was: “Have you seen it? It beggars belief, doesn’t it?” Check out the show’s ending below, where Gene Hunt is revealed to be Sam’s father – an astronaut called “Major Tom” Tyler.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxI_UwYThgU