• Upstairs Downstairs….165 Eaton Place gets a facelift

    Upstairs Downstairs….165 Eaton Place gets a facelift

    Scheduled for Boxing Day (26 December) on BBC One, with parts two and three to follow the next two days, UK viewers don’t have long to wait before we return to 165 Eaton Place (U.S. premiere is set for April 10, 2011 on Masterpiece Classic). On the surface, the challenge of bringing back perhaps the […]

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  • BBC for sale? Ok, not really.

    BBC for sale? Ok, not really.

    Will they or won’t they. Sell the hallowed grounds of the BBC Television Centre, that is. With the Centre celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year, it was 2007 whereby plans started to sell off the historic building thus, moving thousands of employees to either their studios in Salford or to Broadcasting House in central London. […]

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  • The 'unofficial' history of London's television studios

    The 'unofficial' history of London's television studios

    Every so often, you run across a site on ‘the internets’ that you just have to share. This particular site came to our attention recently when we were taping the host segments at TC8 in BBC Television Centre with Moira Brooker (Judy, As Time Goes By) and Philip Bretherton (Alistair, As Time Goes By) for the […]

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  • Upstairs Downstairs – it was 40 years ago today…almost

    Upstairs Downstairs – it was 40 years ago today…almost

    As the UK moves closer to the Boxing Day premiere of a 21st century remake of Upstairs Downstairs and with American audiences not far behind with an April 2011 premiere as part of PBS’ Masterpiece series, it’s time to look back to a day almost 40 years ago when the original London Weekend Television series premiered […]

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  • LENNONYC – tonight on PBS

    LENNONYC – tonight on PBS

    Following the break-up of the Beatles, John Lennon left for New York with Yoko Ono to escape. Escape from years of Beatlemania, the death of Brian Epstein and a rapidly deteriorating home life. In a sense, Lennon was growing up. In the midst of a creative transformation. Lennon definitely grew up as his New York […]

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  • The TARDIS lands in Monument Valley

    The TARDIS lands in Monument Valley

    Doctor Who has left the building. Ok, not really, but the Doctor has left Utah’s Monument Valley. While probably a pretty quick trip in the TARDIS to go from Cardiff to America, the 3-day shoot in Utah that ended Friday, included Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, the Doctor’s companion, Amy, along with Alex Kingston (ER) for […]

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  • Kryten meets MI6

    Kryten meets MI6

    Seems as though a funny thing happened to Robert Llewellyn as he stepped up his brilliant Carpool series to Dave, the self-proclaimed television home of witty banter, recently. When tooling around London this summer doing some mounted camera and microphone testing, he attracted the attention of London anti-terrorism police in the process. As they passed MI6 headquarters, […]

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  • Behind the Britcom at BBC Television Centre

    Behind the Britcom at BBC Television Centre

    In London Sunday, taping the host portions of the upcoming PBS special, Behind the Britcom: From Script to Screen at BBC Television Centre. The cool thing is that we are taping in Studio TC8 which was home to the likes of Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, The Good Life, Keeping Up Appearances, Are You Being Served and […]

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  • Peter Jackson's Hobbit a go! C'mon 2012.

    Peter Jackson's Hobbit a go! C'mon 2012.

    We’re talking 2012 and 2013, so who knows what movie distribution will look like, but this will be a movie-going event not to be missed. 3D in the theatres, Netflix download, Apple TV download, who knows. Whatever the outlet, put it on your calendars as of this moment. Fraught with delays in such minor details […]

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  • Dateline New Orleans: 2010 BBC Showcase

    Dateline New Orleans: 2010 BBC Showcase

    Working extremely hard on your behalf, it’s Thursday and we find ourselves in New Orleans attending the third annual BBC Syndication Showcase meeting. New Orleans?  BBC? Fair questions. Well, this is THE meeting where public television programmers from around country sit in a room for several days screening BBC programming for possible acquisition and broadcast. As […]

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