• Making a Portwenn 'house call' to the set of Doc Martin

    Making a Portwenn 'house call' to the set of Doc Martin

    Patients of Dr. Martin Ellingham finally received word this week that the new season of Doc Martin will begin on Monday, 12 September, in the UK (ITV). In the States, on public television, we can now, with virtual certainty, announce that Dr. Martin Ellingham will resume making house calls in Portwenn beginning in April 2012. […]

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  • Live in a sitcom or drama and need to write about it?

    Live in a sitcom or drama and need to write about it?

    If you’ve every thought, as I’m sure we all have at one time or another, 1) this would make a great sitcom or, 2) I’m living in the middle of a sitcom, the BBC has all the answers in the BBC Writersroom. There are those that will argue that the “Sit”, or situation, needs to […]

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  • TV's Downton Abbey would be so proud

    TV's Downton Abbey would be so proud

    If you’re ITV, you just can’t pay for this kind of press leading up to the premiere of the new season of your most highly successful series in some time. Scandal = audience in the 21st century. It’s definitely a case of art imitating life rather than the reverse when it comes to the mega-hit, Downton […]

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  • Judi Dench talks situation comedy

    Judi Dench talks situation comedy

    Let me just start this off by, again, saying that I think Dame Judi Dench is about ten shades of brilliant. Now, B.B. King may still be the hardest working man in the music business, but you just can’t convince me that Jay Leno should continue to be tagged by his peers as the hardest […]

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  • Dame Eileen Atkins moves out of 165 Eaton Place

    Dame Eileen Atkins moves out of 165 Eaton Place

    According to the BBC, Dame Eileen Atkins will not return when filming commences on Upstairs Downstairs 2 in Cardiff in October. Atkins, who created the series with fellow actress, Jean Marsh, did not appear in the original 1970’s ITV series, but was cast in last years revival of the series as the free-thinking mother-in-law Maud, Lady […]

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  • In the trenches with Downton Abbey 2

    In the trenches with Downton Abbey 2

    It’s been a long road for young Matthew Crawley who started out as a middle-class Manchester solicitor and heir apparent of Downton Abbey. For the upcoming second series of the critically acclaimed, audience mega-hit, he now finds himself deep in the trenches of the First World War. “It was miserably cold and wet and muddy,” […]

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  • The Hour.  A British Mad Men? Uh, no.

    The Hour. A British Mad Men? Uh, no.

    It can be both a blessing and a curse to be linked to a previous hit program or series. Calling a comedy “…the next Seinfeld” or a drama “…the next Sopranos” can be great for a few fleeting moments, but then you have to deliver. Tonight’s U.S. premiere of The Hour (after a July premiere […]

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  • Helen Mirren warned about upcoming HBO project

    Helen Mirren warned about upcoming HBO project

    Dame warned of ‘consequences’ Just a little Helen Mirren follow-up to Wednesday’s post about Prime Suspect vs Prime Suspect. As some may be aware, the Oscar winner has a key role in an upcoming, somewhat controversial, HBO project about the infamous record producer, Phil Spector. According to the New York Post, Mirren, along with Al Pacino, […]

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  • Uptown Downstairs Abbey – a house divided…by stairs

    Uptown Downstairs Abbey – a house divided…by stairs

    Unfortunately, the whole of the UK seems to be reeling this week with the news that the second series of Sherlock will now not broadcast until early 2012. Well, as a card-carrying member of the U.S. Sherlock support group, welcome. As most of you now know, Sherlock 2 will not air in the U.S. until […]

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  • Sherlock 2 – a 221B Baker Street update

    Sherlock 2 – a 221B Baker Street update

    Thanks to some brilliant detective work over the past several months from the folks over at Sherlockology, looks like the door is cracked open to where we can take a peek behind the front door of 221B Baker Street and hear some brilliant first-person narrative from a source at the scene. In between some well-deserved […]

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