Sure, there's the cute accent. There's the funny hats. There's the feeling of intellectual superiority when it comes to humor. There's even the fact that I could ignore painful dental visits without becoming socially ostracized. But mostly, I occasionally want to be British because of things like this:
Last Chance to See, BBC2, from Sunday 6 September, 8pm
Mark has joined forces with Stephen Fry to present a new series about threatened species, as inspired by the best-selling book which Mark wrote some 20 years ago with Douglas Adams, Last Chance to See.
The six-part series - which is entertaining despite being about animals on the brink - will include some of the old stars from the book. And it will introduce us to many new ones that have inevitably joined the ever-expanding cast of endangered species.
Updating the animals' stories and explaining their ecological predicaments, Mark and Stephen have faced a catalogue of adventures.
6 SEPTEMBER - Last Chance to See: Amazonian Manatee
13 SEPTEMBER - Last Chance to See: Northern White Rhino
20 SEPTEMBER- Last Chance to See: Aye Aye
27 SEPTEMBER- Last Chance to See: Komodo Dragon
11 OCTOBER - Last Chance to See: Kakapo
18 OCTOBER -Last Chance to See: Blue Whale
PS if you live in Britain, have a great TV to DVD recorder (or an in with BBC) and want woo me for whatever reason, I just might consider a gift of this series in its entirety similar to manner in which a wild female chimp regards meat. Just some food for thought.