Friday Videos Love Justice with Scarves

Midknyt sent me this link, from BBC America explaining the intricacies of Law & Order UK.


May your weekend be full of excellent scarves!


Friday Videos

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    Deadline Hell says:

    So that’s where Jamie Bamber went! Woot for a Friday morning that starts with a BSG alum … ;-)

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    Suzannah says:

    Brilliant! (another fave British expression which I’m sure crops up).  But just one tiny point…“knackers” are not “pants”.  “Knickers” are pants.  Knackers are something quite different (although they do occupy the same…anatomical region).  I loved the scarves, though, and barristers really do say “My Lord” and “My Lady” all the time.

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    Laughed myself silly. This is bloody brilliant :) (And no, I’m not British, I’m Australian, but the language is fairly similar).

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    Sunita says:

    I don’t usually pimp my blog, but there must be something in the air, because I just posted this last weekend:

    Great, great trailer! They’ve been running a shortened version over the credits of the show preceding Law & Order UK.

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    Scarves for the lawyers and furry robes for the Judges? 

    US Courtrooms are already kept at frigid temps to keep our black-robed Judges and navy suit-cladded lawyers comfy.  If we adopted British courtroom dress in the good old USA, they’d start building courtrooms out of ice.  Then only jurors, litigants, witnesses, and those who come to watch justice would shiver – about like now, but on steroids!

    Great clip but don’t give Judges here any ideas. They’d love to switch from “Your Honor” to “My Lord.”

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    And not just because Jamie Bamber is pretty.  Though he is.  He is.

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    Nancy says:

    Oh yes….the yuminess that is Jamie Bamber.

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    peggy h says:

    Oh—do they show L&O UK on BBC America?  This totally cracked me up!  I think I’ve seen 3 or 4 episodes total of the many incarnations of L&O in the US put together, but may have to try to catch an episode or two of this one.  I loved seeing “Martha Jones” formerly of Doctor Who….

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    Ellen Brand says:

    Hey! That’s the guy who played Lestrade in the RDJ Holmes, in the shot where they say “scrupulously clean.”

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    Sharon says:

    I love this show – think it is totally brill! (or brilliant for those of you who have not ticked “speaks British English” on your Facebook page).

    Jamie Bamber spent several years in Vancouver filming BSG, of course, and learned to put on his scarf in the ‘Kitsilano’ way (doubled, with the ends pulled through the loop). I totally squeed when I saw him do that on camera.

    He is pretty, but Freema Agyema (Dr. Who), Bradley Walsh, Ben Daniels, Harriet Walter and Bill Paterson are all excellent in their own rights. It really is my favourite of all the franchise.

    captcha: going 69
    Wow. So…many…jokes…head…exploded…

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    Tania says:


    That’s the “Kitsilano” way? That’s weird and funny, because I’m from Kits and never heard it called that, though it’s how I wear mine as a result of seeing everyone else wear theirs that way. The more you know!

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    Sharon says:

    @Tania – according to my 20-somethings friends. UBC students twist the ends through the loop in an intricate 80’s way, West Enders centre the scarf and wrap the ends, etc. etc. They can tell where you live by how you wear your scarf!

    Like Professor Higgins and London accents!

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    Ros says:

    Just to add to Suzannah’s point, ‘knickers’ are also ‘pants’ in the UK but they are ‘panties’ in the US.  But knackers are indeed something quite different.

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    Lisa Hendrix says:

    So if I have this right…You wear knickers to contain your knackers. Right?

    That gives me a whole different image of what happens when a person gets knackered. Or when the knacker man arrives…

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    Aideen says:

    Great clip.  After watching and reading the comments I felt I had no choice but to stop and add one of my own. 

    A knacker, by defintion, is a person who deals with animals, specifically horses, that are no longer of any use.  These people bring said horses into their ‘Knacker Yard’ where they finally meet their end.  Hence the expression ‘knackered’.

    Here in Ireland, members of the travelling community have often and continue to be referred to as Knackers.  Behind their backs that is.  Say it to someone’s face and you will be treated to an evening of fabulous hospitality, courtesy of the nearest A&E department while doctors and nurses and plastic surgeons stich your head back together.

    And finally, Lisa, yes you are right; you can keep your knacker in your knickers, if your a drag artist.  A knacker in knickers is a cock in a frock.

    All the best from Ireland,

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    lunarocket says:

    I wonder if the Most Interesting Man in the World enjoys wearing scarves? The again, if he did wear them, we’d all have to stop wearing them because he would do it so much better.

    And what’s so great about jamie bamber? definitely not romance hero material, too short, not wide enough across the shoulders and probably not arrogant enough either. ;-p

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    Ros says:

    @Lisa, generally only women wear knickers and only men have knackers.

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    KatherineB says:

    Having seen this and now the BBC Sherlock, I may have new scarf obsession. Go Beebs! Wrap it up!

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    Holly says:

    I agree with Suzannah- ‘knackers’ means testicles lol. Knickers are underpants.
    And judges are ‘your honour’ not ‘my Lord’- that’s for the aristocracy.
    and like Lexxie said- Australia (where I am) uses the same language and same justice system structure.

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    Jazzlet says:

    Your Honour for lower court judges, ‘my Lord’ for higher court judges because they are Lords, the Law Lords now sit in the new Supreme Court, but have historically been the final court of appeal in the UK. They are also members of the House of Lords. There is now of course also the further level of appeal to the European Court of Justice.

    And knackers definitely means balls, you could if you were so minded kick someone in the knackers. Yes a knacker worked in a knacker’s yard disposing of redundant farm animals, but colloquially to be knackered would be to be exhausted from excessive sexual activity. Well so I was told when I used the expression to mean ‘very tired’ in my teens and was berated for my coarseness by a friends older brother! These days it would to most people just mean very tired.

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    AgTigress says:

    The basic meaning of knacker is not pretty:  a knacker, who owns a knacker’s yard, is a person who cuts up and disposes of the corpses of animals whose meat is not fit for human consumption, especially totally worn-out old horses in the days of horse-drawn transport.  Thus, an animal that was fit only ‘for the knacker’s yard’ was one that was too old, feeble, overworked or diseased to be exploited by humans any more.  A knacker was not the same thing as a butcher, and a knacker’s yard was different from a slaughterhouse/abbatoir. 
    This is the sense that lies behind the adjective ‘knackered’:  it means, ‘worn out, exhausted’.
    The slang knackers=testicles is pretty modern, I think.  I don’t remember it at all in my youth, but it may have been regional.
    I think you have all got the nether garments sorted out:  ‘knickers’ originally (19thC) meant loose trousers or golfing trousers, but now means only ‘underpants/panties’.  British English trousers= Am. pants, but BE pants = AE underpants.  An American wearing ‘vest and pants’ would presumably be in trousers, a shirt and a sleeveless waistcoat:  an Englishman in his vest and pants is in his underwear.

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    AgTigress says:

    Jazzlet, sorry I repeated info that you had posted first:  your post had not appeared when I clicked ‘submit’ on mine, because there’s a time-lag.
    I suspect that the non-sexual meaning of ‘knackered’ — merely ‘worn-out’ —  preceded any association with ‘knackers’ meaning ‘testicles’.  If I can find anything on the dating, I will post it.
    ‘Knacker’ is also politically incorrect Irish English for an Irish Traveller.  This usage is not known, as far as I am aware, in British English, although the itinerant Irish social group thus stigmatised is to be found in Britain as well as Ireland.

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    Jazzlet says:

    That’s ok :)

    And it always gives me pause when I read of someonegoing out in a vest :o

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    AgTigress says:

    It seems to be my day for repeating points that others have already made.  I don’t even have the excuse of feeling knackered.  Sorry, everyone.  I’ll go away and come back only when I am more focused.

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    sophia says:

    i guess i’m the last to the “knackers aren’t pants” party. but what kind of pants to bbc america think the brits wear if they can be sold as baubles???

  26. 26
    sophia says:

    do** *facepalm*

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    Midknyt says:

    Love the education on knackers vs. knickers.

    I saw this originally on BBC America, though it was only a 30 second spot, and I swear it said “knackers = testicles” when I watched saw it on TV.  Not sure why they changed it for the online, longer version.

    I also loved the BBC tagline that came on the end of the TV version: “BBC America.  We speak English.”

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    Crisopera says:

    “Elderly Julian Assange” made me laugh out loud.’

    Yes, this show is full of eye candy – Ben Daniels, Jamie Bamber, and, showing up as he does in every British series (I believe it’s the law), as a guest star, the always gorgeous Rupert Graves.  (He only gets better with age – I can’t believe he first came on the scene in 1985 in A Room with a View at the age of 22.)

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    shel says:

    LOL at the education I’m getting reading this thread.

    So what’s the Main or Commerical Dr scarf wrap, as I’m closer to those neighbourhoods and have been unintentionally wearing ‘Kits’ style, the horror.  ;)

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    Wendy says:

    I see that knackers and knickers have been sorted. Just wanted to add that men have knackers, and women have knockers. You know what I mean; don’t pretend you don’t. :D

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