Screenings and Sherlock in the 21st Century

Day two – more screening, more wind, rain and cold weather, then more screening. Another 10 hours of screening yesterday which means another opportunity to see some of the best television being produced today. Some highlights from the day: Hustle – from the producers of MI5 (Spooks) and Life on Mars, comes a really great […]

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BBC Showcase: British comedy, the new Doctor and more

Day one at BBC Showcase has come and gone, but the weather remains in true “Brighton in Winter” fashion. Saw some great programs yesterday including several British comedy series starring a number of familiar faces. One being a series called Big Top, a series about a traveling circus, stars Amanda Holden (Britain’s Got Talent), Tony Robinson […]

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BBC Showcase – Brighton, UK

Greetings from BBC Showcase, Day one As you were, hopefully, sleeping the night away this morning, tellyspotting was arriving at the train station in Brighton, England ready to attend the 2010 BBC Showcase on your behalf. What is BBC Showcase, you may be asking yourself? In simple terms, it’s an incredible meeting put on by […]

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Yes Prime Minister takes the stage after 22 years

If you were a fan of either Yes Minister or Yes Prime Minister and you think that the series has more relevancy today than it did in the 80’s, you’re probably not alone. If you ever had a thought that this would be a great stage play, you’re right there with the original writers, Anthony […]

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Dame Judi in Midsummer Night's Dream

I’m not sure “down time” is a phrase that is in Judi Dench’s vocabulary. Appearing in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Rose Theatre in Kingston, Ms. Dench is fresh off of her recent roles in both Cranford and Return to Cranford, seen on PBS stations nationwide and the film, Nine,  not to mention […]

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Secret messages infiltrated Doctor Who scripts. Seriously??

Some 20+ years after the fact, Sylvester McCoy (the Seventh Doctor) has claimed that anti-Thatcher plot lines were woven into the series just after Thatcher’s re-election in 1987. As mentioned in this article in the Telegraph, and now made public for the first time by McCoy, this “news” seems to be news to everyone at […]

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Vote for your favorite British comedy couple of all-time. Polls open!

Could it be Audrey & Richard, a couple that an entire nation wanted to see together? Could it be Richard & Hyacinth or Basil & Sybil, couples that you can’t imagine how they ever got together let alone stayed together? Maybe Blackadder & Baldrick? After all, they’ve been together for 432 years! Maybe it should […]

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A favorite Coupling couple, in spite of Mariella Frostrup

Couple #12 – Steve and Susan, Coupling How can Steve Taylor and Susan Walker not be considered for all-time favorite couple when you think of what they endured to get together and then the ultimate sacrifices they were willing to make to remain a couple. So what if Steve wanted to date Susan while he […]

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Daisy & Onslow – longshot for favorite British comedy couple?

Couple #11 – Daisy and Onslow He’s “bone-idle”, reads the Financial Times, and is a regular viewer of Open University. She’s responsible for Daddy and keeping tabs on the daily escapades of her sister, Rose. Forced to lose herself in romantic novels while Onslow drinks beer and watches racing on “the telly”, Daisy almost lost Onslow […]

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