Brit TV bits and bobs to begin the weekend


Doctor Who 7 transmission date news — finally!

News of the BBC broadcast premiere of Doctor Who finally came on Wednesday with the date of 1 September etched in everyone’s appointment television brain. This season has it all with more Daleks, more dinosaurs, more Weeping Angels and a River Song return. The newly released trailer also sets the ‘out with the old, in with the new companion’ stage with an ever so heartfelt conversation between the Doctor and Amy Pond about her impending departure. Enjoy and get set for 1 September.

Red Dwarf X – “Way better than I ever dared hope“, says Robert Llewellyn

Kryten, a.k.a. Robert Llewellyn, our favorite Series 4000 mechanoid who’s full name is Kryten 2X4B – 523P, has weighed in on the upcoming premiere of RDX on Dave. With the titles having finally been revealed, Llewellyn commented on his llewblog ‘thingy’ (as he calls it) that series X of the small rouge one is way better than I ever dared hope then adding I truly believe you are going to love it!. Another series return I so can’t wait for. This production still was just released last week to add to the anticipation frenzy.

IT Crowd‘s Chris O’Dowd

Already well-known for his brilliantly delivered deadpan line, “Have you tried turning it off and back on again?” from the British comedy, The IT Crowd, life for Chris O’Dowd is about to get really busy and, as comedy fans, we’re all the better for it. O’Dowd, who most recently starred in Bridesmaids, will play Sean Murphy, the imaginary friend of 10-year old Martin Moone. Shot entirely in Ireland for ITV, Moone Boy follows the active imagination of Martin and his unique perspective on life aided by an imaginary friend, Sean. His imagination comes into play both in his childish drawings, which come alive through animation, and in the ridiculous schemes he comes up with, against Sean’s better judgement.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzU5yaYpgb0

And, as it was just announced by the BBC and HBO, O’Dowd will now pair up with the greatness of Christopher Guest (A Mighty Wind, Best in Show) for Family Tree. The documentary-style comedy series will follow the world and journey of 30-year-old Tom Chadwick (O’Dowd) who, having recently lost his job and girlfriend, has a rather unsure sense of his own identity. But when he inherits a mysterious box of belongings from a great aunt that he never met, he starts investigating his family lineage and uncovers a whole world of unusual stories and characters and a growing sense of who he is and who his real family are.

You know when a series is created, written AND directed by someone such as Christopher Guest, this is something that will be well worth the wait. Add Chris O’Dowd to the mix and I’m already setting the DVR.