‘Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators’ tops drama offerings at BBC Showcase

The newest daytime detective effort from Will Trotter, creator of Father Brown and The Coroner, throws together the unlikely pair of hardboiled private investigator Frank Hathaway (Mark Benton) with ex-hair dresser and people person turned private investigator trainee, Lu Shakespeare (Jo Joyner). The series, which premieres in the coming week on BBC1, was screened on Day 2 of […]

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As ‘Red Dwarf’ turns 30, cast and crew look ahead to RDXIII

It’s a bit hard to grasp but Thursday marked the 30th anniversary! of Red Dwarf’s broadcast premiere on Monday, 15 February, 1988 at 9p on BBC2! Coincidently, the competition that fateful night looked a bit similar to today’s TV schedule as the premiere broadcast of the first ever episode of Red Dwarf was sandwiched in the middle of the BBC’s XV […]

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BBC’s proposed Victorian-age ‘War of the Worlds’ surfaces again

News has once again surfaced from the BBC that a proposed 3-part series based on H.G. Wells’ classic science fiction novel, War of the Worlds, was being developed. The ultra-intriguing adaptation was first announced in 2015 and then again last May. Even though the most recent effort was scheduled to begin filming in ‘early 2018’, let’s […]

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Are you ready for Alan Partridge’s primetime return to the BBC? He is!

Almost 20 years removed from a fatal on-air shooting brought about the cancellation of his 1990s chat show Knowing Me, Knowing You, Alan Partridge (a.k.a. Steve Coogan) returns to take on the gig of a lifetime as the (temporary) stand-in co-host of an evening weekday magazine show, This Time, on BBC1. Long recognized in his own […]

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Sir Kenneth Clarke’s Civilization gets 21st century reboot and heads to PBS, BBC2 this Spring

Civilization, Sir Kenneth Clarke’s epic 1969 series about Western art, architecture and philosophy since the Dark Ages, is getting a long overdue 21st century makeover and will air on PBS and BBC2 this Spring. Retitled Civilizations, the new 9-part series will be hosted by noted English historian and Professor of History and Art History at Columbia University, […]

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UK pins hopes on Eurovision veteran, SuRie, for 2018 competition

Ok, ‘veteran’ may be too strong of a word given the fact that SuRie‘s previous experience at Eurovision has been as a back-up dancer for Belgian acts Loïc Nottet (2015) and Blanche (2017) but, this time, it’s all her as she heads to Lisbon, Portugal for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in early May. As in […]

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‘Sherlock’ creators ready to sink their teeth into ‘Dracula’

As we reported last year, Dracula is getting the Sherlock treatment, with the writers and producers of the hit BBC detective series reuniting for a new take on the 1897 Bram Stoker vampire classic. Sherlock co-creators/writers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat will write the series with, Sue Vertue’s Hartswood Films producing. Verture, Moffat’s wife, served as producer for the brilliant Sherlock franchise. […]

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The music behind ‘Victoria’ deserves a co-starring credit

As America, once again, becomes transfixed (in a good way) on Sunday nights and the return of Victoria on PBS, we are afforded the opportunity to experience the theme music that easily deserves a co-starring credit as much as the Cornish coastline does for Poldark. It has been called haunting, mesmerizing, even uplifting. Composed by Martin Phipps […]

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Benedict Cumberbatch’s A Child in Time heads to PBS on April 1

Benedict Cumberbatch, the star of Sherlock and pretty much most everything that has come out of Hollywood these days, will bring an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s award-winning 1987 novel The Child in Time to the small screen for PBS on Sunday, April 1, 2018. In addition to executive producing the one-off, Cumberbatch will also take on the role of Stephen […]

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Les Misérables – the latest ‘Masterpiece’ epic headed to PBS and BBC

When it rains drama, it pours these days as PBS and BBC have announced an epic new adaptation of the 19th Century Victor Hugo classic, Les Miserables with an all-star cast headed by Dominic West (The Affair, The Hour) and David Oyelowo (Spooks, Selma, A United Kingdom) in the iconic roles of Jean Valjean and Javert, the police inspector […]

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