• The 39 Steps on PBS vs. Closing ceremonies – no choice

    The 39 Steps on PBS vs. Closing ceremonies – no choice

    Ok, I know the Olympic closing ceremonies are on tonight. But, there will be another closing ceremonies in 4 years, so it’s time for you to take a stand, DVR it, and then watch the newest adaptation of The 39 Steps instead. The show airs as part of the Masterpiece series tonight (Sunday) at 8:00pm CT […]

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  • MI5, Hustle, Life on Mars – what's next?

    MI5, Hustle, Life on Mars – what's next?

    Post, post BBC Showcase random thoughts…. Kudos Film & Television, the producers of MI5 (Spooks), Hustle, Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, have just been commissioned by BBC One to make a futuristic drama, Outcasts. Set in 2040 and created by Ben Richards, the eight-part series that follows a group of people setting up […]

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  • BBC Showcase – a postscript

    BBC Showcase – a postscript

    Well, screenings are over (again, we were the last people to leave the Brighton Centre before they kicked us out), but the wind, rain and cold have a new friend, snow, in the forecast. Lots of great finds, as always, during our five days in Brighton. I say this every year, but this has to […]

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  • The return of Upstairs/Downstairs and more…

    The return of Upstairs/Downstairs and more…

    The return to 165 Eaton Place If Monday’s news of Sherlock coming to PBS wasn’t enough, there was the announcement yesterday that WGBH and the BBC have signed a major co-production deal to return to 165 Eaton Place with a new Upstairs/Downstairs. Jean Marsh, who won the Emmy for Best Actress in the original series will return […]

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  • Screenings and Sherlock in the 21st Century

    Screenings and Sherlock in the 21st Century

    Day two – more screening, more wind, rain and cold weather, then more screening. Another 10 hours of screening yesterday which means another opportunity to see some of the best television being produced today. Some highlights from the day: Hustle – from the producers of MI5 (Spooks) and Life on Mars, comes a really great […]

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  • BBC Showcase: British comedy, the new Doctor and more

    BBC Showcase: British comedy, the new Doctor and more

    Day one at BBC Showcase has come and gone, but the weather remains in true “Brighton in Winter” fashion. Saw some great programs yesterday including several British comedy series starring a number of familiar faces. One being a series called Big Top, a series about a traveling circus, stars Amanda Holden (Britain’s Got Talent), Tony Robinson […]

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  • Secret messages infiltrated Doctor Who scripts. Seriously??

    Secret messages infiltrated Doctor Who scripts. Seriously??

    Some 20+ years after the fact, Sylvester McCoy (the Seventh Doctor) has claimed that anti-Thatcher plot lines were woven into the series just after Thatcher’s re-election in 1987. As mentioned in this article in the Telegraph, and now made public for the first time by McCoy, this “news” seems to be news to everyone at […]

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  • Valentine's shopping list – British drama edition

    Valentine's shopping list – British drama edition

    Not to worry, British drama fans. Didn’t leave you out of the Valentine’s shopping mix. Took care of the comedy folks yesterday, time for the top five all-time favorite drama DVD sets that will be great additions to DVD libraries across the land. Don’t forget that if you click the link below which takes you […]

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  • David Tennant fans – Say it Isn't So NBC

    David Tennant fans – Say it Isn't So NBC

    Word from Hollywood is that NBC has put a hold on David Tennant’s leap into the U.S. television landscape with the series, Rex is Not Your Lawyer. Originally penciled in as a post-failed Jay Leno 10:00pm experiment series, the show now seems destined for a Fall 2010 premiere. Currently, with a pilot in the can, […]

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  • EMMA – a classic Masterpiece

    EMMA – a classic Masterpiece

    If you didn’t see Sunday’s broadcast of part one of Jane Austen’s Emma on Masterpiece Classic, you missed, well, a classic. I know, it’s been done before, both on film and for television. It’s also had a veiled American teen re-make in the movie, “Clueless”.  What is shaping up to be a great season for the […]

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