Rupert Graves joins cast for 'Last Tango in Halifax 3'

In years past, fans of a British comedy or drama series would traditionally be left hanging for months not knowing whether or not their favorite series would be commissioned for another season or be unceremoniously axed for no apparent reason. With few exceptions, the fate of most series are not known when the final episode […]

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Mr. Bates leaves prison for organized crime in 'Spotless'

One of the greatest things about British television AND one of the most maddening for viewers is the fact that the number of episodes in a series is limited. Unlike their American television counterparts, most British drama and/or comedy series are anywhere between 6-10 episodes max. In some cases like Sherlock or DCI Banks there are only three episodes each season. Three brilliant films but still only three. On the upside, this allows viewers to see their favorite actors in other roles, many times crossing over from drama to comedy or vice versa.

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PM David Cameron plays the 'Downton Abbey' card with Chinese Premier

What do you get that hard-to-buy-for individual on your shopping list? If you are Prime Minister David Cameron and you find yourself on the way to meet up with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during his first official visit to the UK, there’s only one option…you play the Downton Abbey card. Seems as though the PM […]

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'Downton Abbey' cast guess what's in Julian Fellowes' mind palace

Less than a month removed from the final episode of series 4 of Downton Abbey, separation anxiety has set for most of the U.S. With filming for series 5 of the all-time British period drama favorite in full swing and everyone trying to figure out just what is in Julian Fellowes’ mind palace, it’s kinda […]

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Heading to The Big Easy and 270 London Tube stations in 3:15…or 17 hours

As many of you know if you’ve been either a regular or even a casual follower of Tellyspotting over the past 4+ years, October is the annual BBC Syndication Showcase. Each year, public television programming representatives descend upon New Orleans to sit in a hotel conference room for two days screening non-stop the best of […]

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Marks & Spencer to bring a bit of Crawley class to UK loos this Fall

As if your favorite British period drama wasn’t already taking over every waking moment in your life wondering what creator Julian Fellowes has in store for us in series 4, it’s time to maximize the retail and merchandising potential, which is somewhat uncommon for a British drama series. Recently, Wines That Rock, announced distribution of […]

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'Downton Abbey's' Michelle Dockery to cameo on Fox's 'Family Guy'

Normally, if I heard that an actor or actress was attempting to follow in the footsteps of Benedict Cumberbatch, I would say just move on and get in another profession. In this case, however, I think Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery will be ok, even though when the star of the BBC’s Sherlock (and just about […]

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Happy Christmas from Tellyspotting!

A Very Carson Christmas It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the latenight commercials for the Ronco Inside the Shell Electric Egg Scrambler, Ron Popeil’s Pocket Fisherman or the Ginsu knives that could cut a metal can in half and still be sharp enough to slice a tomato to perfection. We’ve all seen the […]

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On the set with Downton Abbey II

For those still suffering from post-Downton Abbey separation anxiety, you can rest easier tonight knowing that production filming has begun on the second set of the ITV mega-hit series, which is, again, scripted by series creator, Julian Fellowes. Don’t just take my word for it. This comes from the Earl of Grantham, himself, portrayed brilliantly […]

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