• First glimpse at Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall coming to BBC2 and PBS

    First glimpse at Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall coming to BBC2 and PBS

    Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies are headed to telly in the not-too-distant future. Scheduled to transmit in the UK on 21 January beginning at 9pm on BBC2 and tentatively set for its American premiere on PBS beginning March 29, 2015, the small screen adaptation of Mantel’s Tudor novels […]

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  • Royal Mail to commemorate The Two Ronnies with new post stamp

    Royal Mail to commemorate The Two Ronnies with new post stamp

    In the age of more and more communication via texts, email and FaceTime, the archaic practice of sending snail mail may just get a bit more fun beginning 1 April 2015. Royal Mail has just released the first images of a new set of stamps celebrating Britain’s comedy greats, including The Two Ronnies, Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie […]

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  • 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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