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"Londynczycy" - new Polish soap


isa 10 | 41
24 Oct 2008 #1
After all the hype for the new soap "Londynczycy" ( I read about it in the States!) how was the premiere last night? Accurate depiction of the Polish immigration in the UK?
LondonChick 31 | 1,133
25 Oct 2008 #2
Ahahaha... I'm glad that there's a thread about this. I'm just back from Poland, and saw loads of posters for this TV show. Tell me more about it...
benszymanski 8 | 465
25 Oct 2008 #3
I watched it with curiosity. Personally I enjoyed it.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,385
25 Oct 2008 #4
benszymanski,

I missed this. Please, give us a report.
benszymanski 8 | 465
25 Oct 2008 #5
Well it's the first episode so really they were just introducing the characters and setting the scene. There is a girl who has gone to London to be with her boyfriend who turns out to be a drug dealer and already is getting her in trouble, there is a guy who has moved with his son to be with his wife (who's already been there 6 months). There's a couple who work in a bar (although they had a bust up). As you can imagine most of them live in Ealing and there's lots of shots of red buses driving about...
z_darius 14 | 3,968
25 Oct 2008 #6
boyfriend who turns out to be a drug dealer

This clearly goes against some claims that Poles did not integrate in the British society? ;)
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,161
25 Oct 2008 #7
Tell me more about it...

Episode 1: drug dealer, slut, drunk construction worker.
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240
25 Oct 2008 #8
There is a girl who has gone to London to be with her boyfriend who turns out to be a drug dealer and already is getting her in trouble, there is a guy who has moved with his son to be with his wife (who's already been there 6 months). There's a couple who work in a bar (although they had a bust up).

any nice examples of Poles living in London with a positive story? nah that's bad tv and everyone in Poland would get too jealous ha ha.
LondonChick 31 | 1,133
25 Oct 2008 #9
Episode 1: drug dealer, slut, drunk construction worker.

Hmmm...so, how does this go down in Poland?

Honestly, I think that my life and that of close friends in my neighbourhood would make a far more interesting Polish-British soap opera....
benszymanski 8 | 465
25 Oct 2008 #10
any nice examples of Poles living in London

well they showed an interview with the producers/directors etc before the show and one of them said that they would show the ups and downs of living in London and there would be some dramas but also some happy-endings.

Apparently some of the crew spent one year living in London themselves beforehand to try and make the show more authentic.

Given that I am from London (and my Polish wife worked there) we are very interested by this programme and curious to see how they portray life there etc...

But maybe it's just a sad indictment of my life that my highlight on a Friday night is sitting at home watching TV.... I must be getting old!

Ooh hang on - it's Saturday today - that means it's 'mam talent' tonight!
aki 3 | 17
3 Nov 2008 #11
I really want to watch this but i guess its only boradcast in Poland. Does anyone know if there are any Londynczycy DVDs out yet?
McCoy 27 | 1,269
3 Nov 2008 #12
peb.pl/seriale/394528-rapidshare-londonczycy-sezon-1-pl.html
Kazikowski 17 | 101
3 Nov 2008 #13
I thought it was gonna be a comedy. Still good though, and better than 'Tylko Milosc', 'Trzeci Oficer' and 'Twarza w Twarz'.
MrBubbles 10 | 614
4 Nov 2008 #14
any nice examples of Poles living in London with a positive story? nah that's bad tv and everyone in Poland would get too jealous ha ha.

Well , who would want to watch a soap opera about people who get a minibus to a factory to pack chocolate bars all day, get the minibus back and then sit in front of satellite telly with a tin of herring and a beer for the evening? Pass the drug dealer please.

Ps nice hair extensions! My wife's just had some done and they cost a fortune.
krakow1 3 | 55
4 Nov 2008 #15
Yes you are right, we have Big brother, and Eastenders to show the rest of the world how intellectual, sophisticated and well-read us Brits are.
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240
4 Nov 2008 #16
Ps nice hair extensions! My wife's just had some done and they cost a fortune.

are you trying to be rude or funny, cos i don't have any hair extensions

Well , who would want to watch a soap opera about people who get a minibus to a factory to pack chocolate bars all day, get the minibus back and then sit in front of satellite telly with a tin of herring and a beer for the evening? Pass the drug dealer please.

err that's not an example of a happy story is it
Wroclaw 44 | 5,385
4 Nov 2008 #17
I caught a couple of minutes of this programme. I liked the use of English and Polish language. The short piece that I saw seemed almost like a language teaching aid.

Did I just catch it at a certain point in time or is the whole programme a mix of language ?

In the clip that I saw we got an English stereotype opinion about Polish girls.
The polish guy quickly put the other guy right.
aki 3 | 17
4 Nov 2008 #18
English stereotype opinion about Polish girls.

Wroclaw, whats an English stereotype opinion of Polish girls? just curious
tomekcatkins 8 | 130
5 Nov 2008 #20
Well , who would want to watch a soap opera about people who get a minibus to a factory to pack chocolate bars all day, get the minibus back and then sit in front of satellite telly with a tin of herring and a beer for the evening? Pass the drug dealer please.

They could use that idea for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Polish Edition, in which Willy Wonka has cute happy Poles working in his factory, because they work harder for less money then the "Oompa-Loompas". ;)
MrBubbles 10 | 614
9 Nov 2008 #21
are you trying to be rude or funny

A little from column a, a little from column b. You have got good hair though: if that is your picture on the right, that is.

err that's not an example of a happy story is it

Sounds pretty good to me. Anyway, why does a TV drama have to be happy? Especially in Poland. Poles love chatting about misery. I read a statistic that the average Pole laughs 3.2 times in their life. Very serious race, the Poles.
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240
9 Nov 2008 #22
A little from column a, a little from column b. You have got good hair though: if that is your picture on the right, that is.

just cos i've got good hair doesn't mean it has to be fake. some people lack that and they need hair extensions or wigs, i consider myself fortunate :)

Sounds pretty good to me. Anyway, why does a TV drama have to be happy?

all i said was that there is this show about Polish immigrants in London and not ONE story is a good one. that is not a very objective picture of Poles living in UK is it. not all of us over here are in trouble and our lives aren't full of drama.

Poles love chatting about misery

true, and if it's someone elses misery then they can have a laugh, too

I read a statistic that the average Pole laughs 3.2 times in their life. Very serious race, the Poles.

i think i broke a record in laughing then cos i laugh at least 3.2 times a week lol
MrBubbles 10 | 614
14 Nov 2008 #23
i laugh at least 3.2 times a week

Me too. I sometimes just laugh to myself at the bus stop. Sometimes in a lesson. Ha! :)

that is not a very objective picture of Poles living in UK is it. not all of us over here are in trouble and our lives aren't full of drama.

Well, your UK experience wouldn't be very televisual. Broadcasters want angst and struggle. It's a shame that TVN or TVP or whatever don't do a proper fly on the wall documentary of the Pole in the UK. Maybe a factory worker, a doctor, a shop manager and a policeman (are you listening TVN?)
krakow1 3 | 55
22 Nov 2008 #24
factory worker, a doctor, a shop manager and a policeman

Yes I see the setting .A factory worker is looking in M&S for Xmas presents for the family, when suddently he is persued by a schizophrenic doctor, who is not a real doctor but thinks that he is, the policeman, who has been sent to monitor the situation realizes that the factory worker is infact his polish twin separated at birth. The shop manager physically restrains the doctor only to re-establish homosexual tendancies that have been dormant for many years. Shall I continue!
LondonChick 31 | 1,133
23 Nov 2008 #25
Just for a laugh... how would I go about getting a walk-on part?
MrBubbles 10 | 614
23 Nov 2008 #26
Yes I see the setting .

Well I was thinking more like a real life thing - a bunch of gloomy Poles sitting in their living room complaining about being discriminated against while at the same time slagging off Germans, Russians, gays, English, Muslims and so on
krakow1 3 | 55
23 Nov 2008 #27
Just for a laugh... how would I go about getting a walk-on part?

Oh! I think there is more involved in the walk-on part than you may anticipate.
LondonChick 31 | 1,133
23 Nov 2008 #28
Sure - and I do appreciate that. Does anyone know how I can get in contact with the producers? Is it filmed in London?
ChocolateSalty - | 1
25 Nov 2008 #29
It is filmed in London (exterior shots) and Warsaw (interior shots). The Polish production company is 'Besta Films' and the UK production company is 'Twilight Films'. I don't know how they hire extras, but I do know that they source them separately for each country, so contact the appropriate company for your country!

CS


  • Londynczycy press conference in Warsaw.
MrBubbles 10 | 614
29 Nov 2008 #30
I've just watched the last episode (recorded it) and come to the conclusion it's not about living in England at all. All the English seem to be sexist bigots who think all the Poles are actually Russians and try to rip them off at every opportunity - basically they are acting like Poles.

Classic case of projection,.


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