Poldark’s Phil Davis to front new comedy pilot, ‘Static’

Full disclosure. I’m a big Phil Davis fan. Over his career, viewers have been treated to Davis as the mean money lender in the BBC adaptation of Bleak House, the human incarnation of the devil on Being Human, a murderous cab driver in the first episode of Sherlock, a crime family solicitor in Silk and, more recently, his portrayal as […]

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Go behind-the-scenes with ‘Grantchester’ prior to June 18 return on PBS

Set in the 1950s Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester and based on The Grantchester Mysteries, collections of short stories written by James Runcie, Grantchester makes its long-awaited return to PBS beginning Sunday, June 18 as part of the Masterpiece series. Starring James Norton (Happy Valley, War & Peace) and Robson Green (Touching Evil, Being Human), the series tells the story of Anglican vicar Sidney Chambers (Norton), who develops […]

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John Cleese heads all-star dream cast in new BBC1 sitcom, “Edith”

John Cleese is back and the British sitcom world is all the better for it. Almost four decades removed from the world of sitcom, the former founding member of Monty Python will appear in his first BBC sitcom since Fawlty Towers ended in 1979. Edith will see Cleese head an all-star cast including Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey, […]

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Could ‘Being Human’ rise up again for one-off special?

Aidan Turner (Mitchell, the vampire), Russell Tovey (George, the werewolf) and Lenora Crichlow (Annie, the insecure Ghost), the original cast of the BBC3 supernatural series Being Human, recently revealed at the MCM comic-con in London that they’d be open to a return despite all having left before the show ended. After all, in a show filled with ghosts, […]

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‘Are You Being Served’ headed kicking and screaming into 1988!

Comedy and drama dominated day 2 at the BBC Showcase in Liverpool. At this point, most everyone on Planet Earth is keenly aware of the BBC’s desire to produce a reboot of the early 70s comedy classic, Are You Being Served?. What has not been known until now is the details with respect to casting and story […]

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Alistair Cooke introduces a 1977 America to Captain Ross Poldark

In just two short weeks, it’s safe to say that life hasn’t been very kind to Captain Ross Poldark. As he returns to Cornwall from the battlefield, he not only finds his father dead, but is also confronted with an estate in ruins and sweetheart Elizabeth engaged to another. And that’s just the beginning of […]

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How the ‘Orphan Black’ sausage is made

There are times you have to go public with your telly ‘guilty pleasures’. Being Human, one of my early earliest, had a fairly improbable story line about a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost who rent a flat in Bristol and attempt to live ‘normal’ lives. More recently, it was the brilliant psychological thriller Mad Dogs, starring Phillip Glenister, […]

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