Your first look at ‘Downton Abbey 6’ as premiere now set for 20 September in the UK

Filming has concluded, residents of both upstairs and downstairs have said their tearful goodbye to their Highclere Castle ‘home’ for the past six plus years and both creator/writer Julian Fellowes and Executive Producer, Gareth Neame, while a bit saddened at the prospect of ending the period drama juggernaut, have promised a very strong final series and […]

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From sweet ladies maid to Victorian serial killer just all in a day’s work for Downton’s Joanna Froggatt

Putting the last six years of playing sweet and innocent Anna Bates in her rear view mirror, Downton Abbey‘s Joanna Froggatt has already begun filming on her next project, Dark Angel, for ITV. The ‘did-she-or-didn’t-she-kill-Mr-Green’ downstairs ladies maid has stepped back in time to play real-life Victorian serial murderer, bigamist and adulteress Mary Ann Cotton. […]

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R.I.P. Eugene Kavanagh – owner of Kavanagh’s Public House, a.k.a. The Gravediggers

Almost a decade ago, several of us had an incredible opportunity to spend a couple of weeks in Dublin with Frank McCourt, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Angela’s Ashes, Teacher Man and ‘Tis. Frank hosted our PBS special, Historic Pubs of Dublin, broadcast in March 2008. As host, Frank took viewers on a tour of Dublin telling it’s history through the […]

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On a collision course with ITV’s ‘Downton Abbey’, a steamier ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ heads to BBC One this Fall

In the endless broadcaster search to uncover anything that might find an audience up against the final series of ITV’s Downton Abbey, the BBC will be upping its steamy quotient hoping to capitalize on Poldark-mania with a new television adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover this September. While some critics have already jumped on […]

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T-minus 28 days and counting to Doctor Who 9!

With just under 28 days until the Saturday, 19 September Doctor Who season 9 opening two-parter, “The Magician’s Apprentice“ and “The Witch’s Familiar“, have their premiere on BBC1/BBC America, there is much to fan the Internet flames of speculation as to where current showrunner, Steven Moffat, will take us this year. While it’s no secret that both Missy and […]

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The ‘lost years’ of Shakespeare found in BBC Films’ “Bill”

What really happened during Shakespeare’s ‘Lost Years’? In ‘real-life’, these lost years are widely acknowledged as being a crucial period in Shakespeare’s life, long having been a mystery to scholars, and cover his rise from virtual obscurity in Stratford-upon-Avon to fame as a playwright in London. Preferring to grab hold of the potential of great idiocy […]

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