• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • First glimpse of PBS getting ‘Vicious’ on Christmas Day

    First glimpse of PBS getting ‘Vicious’ on Christmas Day

    Former bar manager, Stuart Bixby, and over-the-hill actor, Freddie Thornhill, have had a love/hate relationship for almost 50 years…although I’m not sure who loves to hate the other more… Created by Gary Janetti and starring Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon, Marcia Warren and Phillip Voss, the Vicious Christmas Special returns […]

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  • UK’s ‘The Great British Bake Off’ headed to PBS!

    UK’s ‘The Great British Bake Off’ headed to PBS!

    Now that #DowntonDay2015 is knocking at our front door, what better way to begin your Sunday evening appointment television viewing this Winter than with a dose of the BAFTA award-winning British television baking competition, The Great British Bake Off, as your lead-in to the return of Downton Abbey. Officially to be re-titled The Great British […]

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  • Shaun the Sheep to hit big screen in 2015

    Shaun the Sheep to hit big screen in 2015

    Shaun the Sheep has come a long way from their first appearance in the 1995 Aardman Animation short film Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave. A mere 20 years later, Shaun the Sheep will make the leap to the big screen in Shaun the Sheep the Movie in early 2015. While the brilliant work of […]

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  • Arkwright’s remains ‘open all hours’ after 40 years

    Arkwright’s remains ‘open all hours’ after 40 years

    In March 1973, a small grocer’s shop in Balby, a suburb of Doncaster in South Yorkshire, opened its doors. 40 years later, in Still Open All Hours, Arkwright’s is owned by Granville Arkwright (David Jason), the nephew of the now deceased Albert Arkwright (Ronnie Barker), the shops stammering, miserly original owner. To celebrate the 40th, […]

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