• ‘Thunderbirds’ get a 50-year makeover with 21st century, ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’

    ‘Thunderbirds’ get a 50-year makeover with 21st century, ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’

    Saturday’s 21st century return of the Tracy brothers in Thunderbirds Are Go could have been disastrous. It was not for one simple reason. Respect. Respect for their elders. The elders, in this case, being the original Thunderbirds, the brilliant mid-60’s creation of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson which featured marionette puppetry combined with scale-model special effects sequences in a hybrid filming technique dubbed “Supermarionation”. Aside from what […]

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  • Happy St Patrick’s Day, Frank McCourt

    Happy St Patrick’s Day, Frank McCourt

    Regular readers of Tellyspotting may recognize this post from several years ago. It’s worth repeating so bear with me today as St. Patrick’s Day just isn’t the same without Frank. Several years ago, we had an incredible opportunity to spend several of weeks ‘working’ in Dublin with Frank McCourt, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Angela’s […]

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  • R.I.P. Terry Pratchett — creator of ‘Discworld’ dies at 66.

    R.I.P. Terry Pratchett — creator of ‘Discworld’ dies at 66.

    R.I.P. Terry Pratchett — Discworld has stopped spinning…. As sentiments on Twitter have poured in from around the world, the above tweet, which easily came in under the 140-character limit, seemed to say it all. The literary world is a much lonelier place today as Terry Pratchett, the mind palace that created the brilliant Discworld series […]

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  • Behind the scenes bits with ‘Shaun the Sheep: The Movie’

    Behind the scenes bits with ‘Shaun the Sheep: The Movie’

    It’s been a long journey to the big screen for Shaun the Sheep ever since he made his debut in the 1995 Aardman short, A Close Shave. Watching that or any one of a number of Wallace and Gromit features, have you ever wondered just what goes into the making of an Aardman movie? If you were one of those […]

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  • CBBC’s Blue Peter to send kids to MI-5 spy school

    CBBC’s Blue Peter to send kids to MI-5 spy school

    In November 2013, the longest-running children’s TV show in the world (a.k.a. Blue Peter) paid tribute to the longest-running science fiction series in the world (a.k.a. Doctor Who). In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, the CBBC children’s magazine series launched a competition for kids ages six to 15 to design a sonic gadget that could […]

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  • PBS’ Arthur heads to ‘Fountain Abbey’ on Jan 26

    PBS’ Arthur heads to ‘Fountain Abbey’ on Jan 26

    I know, we’ve written (and, probably, overwritten) how you can tell when a series such as Downton Abbey instantly becomes a part of pop-culture. If it makes it to the mind palaces of such icons as Saturday Night Live  or Jimmy Fallon, whose Downton Sixby spoofs were priceless, then you know you have something. With […]

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  • Tea Pong & Havarti cheese; Must be time for ‘Downton Abbey’!

    Tea Pong & Havarti cheese; Must be time for ‘Downton Abbey’!

    For those that thought Downton Abbey was only for the 50-somethings and over Anglophile, think again. There’s a new audience demo in town and they are putting aside their traditional beer pong red Solo cups every Sunday evening for a bit of Havarti cheese, a proper cup of tea and a heavy dose of their favorite English […]

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