‘Imitation Game’ star Benedict Cumberbatch talks Bletchley Park

Labeling it an ‘overwhelming experience’, Benedict Cumberbatch, star of The Imitation Game, talked recently about his filming the story of wartime code-breaker Alan Turing in the place where he actually lived and worked, Bletchley Park. It was Turing, the troubled genius mathematician, who spent the Second World War building an early computer that could crack encoded […]

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Fancy a night’s stay at Highclere…sort of?

If you are wondering what it would be like to be a part of the Crawley family and stay overnight at Highclere Castle, the setting for Downton Abbey, now is your chance…sort of. Beginning Valentine’s Day, the Highclere estate is offering guests the opportunity to access your inner-most Dowager Countess and stay the night in […]

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Start the New Year off right with Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot on BBC One

The UK Christmas Day to New Year’s Day tradition of great telly just gets better and better with every passing year. Besides the usual obligatory specials from Eastenders, Coronation Street and Doctor Who to look forward to, in recent years those lucky ones to receive the BBC and ITV signal have been treated to specials from Call the Midwife, […]

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Worlds collide when SNL visits ‘A Hobbit Office’

When Martin Freeman (The Office, Hobbit, Sherlock, Fargo) stepped onto the 30 Rock stage to host Saturday Night Live this past weekend, it almost reminded me of my university days when SNL was so good, you didn’t even think about going out on Saturday night until it was over. Those were the days of John […]

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Dueling Christmas adverts jumpstart the UK holiday buying season

Holidays are filled with endless memories of Christmas’ past. Interestingly, for a generation of telly viewers, some of the most nostalgic memories are triggered by classic American commercials such as the unforgettable “Peter Comes Home” mid-80’s commercial for Folgers Coffee, the late 70’s Santa coming down a ski slope on a Norelco shaver and the 1970’s […]

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Downton Abbey series 5 Q&A with cast in NYC

With the full acknowledgment and understanding of the growing annual frustration that American fans of Downton Abbey feel knowing that as each new series premieres in the UK almost 5 months prior to it’s U.S. premiere on PBS’ Masterpiece series (September v. January), the silver lining treat to this delay usually occurs in the month of […]

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The ‘Downton Abbey’ Holiday Gift Guide: post-electricity, of course!

The holidays must have been so easy in the early twenties. No Tickle-Me-Elmo’s, no Transformers, no impossible to find Cabbage Patch Kids, Beanie Babies or Furbies and no iPods, iPads, iWatch or iWhatever’s to endlessly have to stand in line for or get up before the crack of dawn for that ‘hurry, only one available’ Black […]

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Time to channel your inner Patrick Swayze for Britain’s Best Potter

Imagine you create and produce reality television and you strike gold with one of your ideas. How do you even begin to top yourself and find the next bright and shiny thing? It’s simple if you’re Love Productions, creators of the wildly successful reality series, The Great British Bake-Off. Fresh off last weeks brilliant announcement that Bake-Off […]

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