‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by….John Cleese

Much like watching It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story or Tuna Christmas, one of my annual Christmas traditions is to listen to John Cleese’s adaptation of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Never mind that there have been endless readings over the years by the likes of Art Carney, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Perry Como, Dick Van Dyke and […]

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Eric Idle discusses the ‘Entire Universe’, Monty Python, PBS and more….

So, who’s up for a bit o’ science, Monty Python-style this Christmas? If you are, then Eric Idle’s Entire Universe will be the perfect PBS Christmas gift to unwrap this holiday season. International Man of Science, Professor Brian Cox, and the comedic greatness of Eric Idle will join forces in what appears to be, on the surface, a scientific […]

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Peter Capaldi bids a tearful farewell to fans of ‘Doctor Who’

While Jodie Whitaker is set to take the keys to the Tardis in 2018, fans of Peter Capaldi have one more opportunity to say goodbye to the Twelfth Doctor this Christmas with the BBC airing of “Twice Upon a Time” at 5:30p on Christmas Day. Capaldi may very well be the biggest Doctor Who fan that currently […]

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Happy 83rd, Dame Judi Dench! Trees and Champagne for everyone!

I’m now fully convinced that if you looked up the definition of brilliant in the dictionary, there would simply be a photo of Dame Judi Dench. Turning 83 years young today, the Oscar/Tony/BAFTA/Laurence Olivier/Golden Globe/Screen Actors Guild award winner is embarking on a new chapter in her life. Judi Dench: My Passion for Trees, airing […]

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It looks to be anything but a silent night this Christmas for ‘Victoria’

Using the festive carol “Silent Night” as the backdrop for the trailer for the Victoria Christmas special, it appears as if there is enough seasonal merriment combined with a seemingly overabundance of royal misery to last most of us until series 3 begins next year. Given that American audiences have yet to see the beginning of series […]

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‘Death in Paradise’ set for 2018 return with more death, more paradise and more guest stars than the laws of Saint Marie allow

Even though the principle actors charged with keeping the streets of the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie safe have turned over numerous times during the British comedy/mystery drama’s six series, one constant has remained throughout the popular BBC series. There has always been a steady stream of guest actors visiting the island paradise to […]

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PBS’ Young Hyacinth special tells the backstory of Hyacinth, pre-Bouquet

Almost three decades ago, American public television audiences were introduced to Richard and Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced “Bouquet”). With her white slimline telephone with automatic redial, of course, and her prized collection of Royal Doulton china with hand-painted periwinkles, of course, Hyacinth longed to spend her days visiting stately homes on the oft chance she would […]

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