• Happy 80th – Dame Maggie Smith!

    Happy 80th – Dame Maggie Smith!

    Fresh on the heels of one of the all-time greats of the acting world (Dame Judi Dench) turning 80 earlier this month on December 9, we now have the brilliant opportunity to celebrate another ‘Dame’ as she turns 80 today – Dame Maggie Smith. Although she has achieved worldwide recognition from her portrayal of Professor Minerva […]

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  • ‘Mapp and Lucia’ – round one begins 29 December on BBC One!

    ‘Mapp and Lucia’ – round one begins 29 December on BBC One!

    From a drama standpoint, 2014 is going out in style just like it came in. Since last January, British telly fans have feasted on the likes of Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Call the Midwife, Mr. Selfridge, Broadchurch, Prey, Endeavour, Lewis, Last Tango in Halifax and Scott & Bailey…to name a few. Before we all begin to lean forward to 2015, there’s […]

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  • ‘The Wrong Mans’ – Q & A with Mathew Baynton

    ‘The Wrong Mans’ – Q & A with Mathew Baynton

    With the long-awaited series 2 of The Wrong Mans returning last night and concluding tonight on BBC Two in the UK and then tomorrow night (Christmas Eve) on Hulu in America, Tellyspotting recently sat down with series co-creator/writer/star, Mathew Baynton, to talk about what’s in store for Sam and Phil in S2 and, basically, all-things comedy. Before we find […]

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  • Miranda Hart’s Christmas Acting Masterclass 101

    Miranda Hart’s Christmas Acting Masterclass 101

    Given the timing this week whereby telly viewers in the UK will soon be, sadly, preparing themselves to say goodbye on Christmas Day (and New Years Day) to the Miranda Miranda Hart but, happily, saying hello to the Call the Midwife Miranda Hart in Poplar, she and fellow Sport Relief BFF, David Walliams, took time out from their busy schedules […]

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  • ‘Imitation Game’ star Benedict Cumberbatch talks Bletchley Park

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

    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’

    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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  • Downton Abbey series 5 Q&A with cast in NYC

    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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  • Happy 80th, Dame Judi Dench!

    Happy 80th, Dame Judi Dench!

    This pic is from our Summer 2010 interview with Dame Judi Dench for the PBS special, Behind the Britcom: From Script to Screen. She was absolutely the most delightful person on the planet, bar none. What struck us the most was her admitting that what terrified her the most was the time right before going onstage […]

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