Brighton…Craggy Island. Tedfest V…Brighton. What to do?


Let’s see. It’s February with a forecast of cold, wind and rain. It’s not Boston. Took too long to get there. Must be Brighton. Must be time again for BBC Showcase, the annual gathering in Brighton, UK where we get a chance to screen the entire BBC catalog both past and present to make potential buying decisions for the coming year. You may remember last year was the year to screen the likes of Hustle, Sherlock, Ashes to Ashes, Outnumbered and Old Guys along with new seasons of New Tricks, MI5 and Waking the Dead. After 5 days and hundreds of hours of screening, you are reminded, yet again, these people just do brilliant television.

As you quietly slept over night, tellyspotting was making the journey to Brighton on your behalf to get a look at what’s coming up in the BBC pipeline in the coming year. Looking at the preliminary catalog, there’s lots to look at in all genres much of which, hopefully, will find its way to the United States soon. OK, I could have turned left at Galway and hit the final couple of days of Tedfest V, the annual Father Ted festival taking place this weekend at Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands, where the Friends of Father Ted Festival was born in a storm of drink, fancy dress and sporting events. This looks like more fun than the law allows. That said…

Made the adult decision to go to Victoria Station instead of Craggy Island and continue on to Brighton, arriving at the train station as you are waking up Saturday morning. Father Jack would be proud. Will report throughout the week on what’s coming up and, hopefully, some quick interviews with the folks from Upstairs Downstairs, MI5, Life on Mars and Hustle. Cheers.