It’s an early St. Patrick’s Day #TBT with ‘Dave Allen at Large’

Not long after Monty Python’s Flying Circus premiered on KERA-TV in Dallas, one of my earliest memories of watching British comedy on public television was to ‘religiously’ watch Dave Allen at Large. A somewhat non-descript sketch comedy series featuring an intellectually brilliant Irish comedian that sat in a high bar stool with a seemingly bottomless glass of […]

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After having ‘The Worst Week of My Life’ and experiencing ‘Death in Paradise’, Ben Miller says, ‘I Want My Wife Back’

Figuratively, not literally, it’s been a rough decade for the characters that Ben Miller has played so brilliantly. In Worst Week of My Life, Ben’s character, Howard Steel, made it standard practice to put himself in absolutely dreadful situations and proceed to make things worse by trying to either put things right or explain what […]

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#TBT – How to Irritate People “The Car Salesman”

As everyone seems to be jumping on the ‘Throw-Back Thursday‘ (a.k.a. #TBT) bandwagon these days, I figured why not Tellyspotting! Every week (on Thursdays, of course), I will try to come up with something that will either be a fun reminder of British television of the past or introduce you to something new that you […]

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Post Downton Abbey, Sesame Street spoofs ‘House of Cards’

For a bit of a different take on the classic Three Little Pigs story, Sesame Street had to look no further than the  House of Cards for their next parody target. The American version with Kevin Spacey, not the brilliant BBC series with Ian Richardson. Given the British focus of Tellyspotting, I find myself a bit […]

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‘Hoff the Record’ at BBC Showcase in Liverpool

For those of you that may not be familiar with the annual BBC Showcase in Liverpool, this is the annual event put on by BBC Worldwide which showcases what’s coming up on the BBC in the forthcoming year. Approximately 750 TV programmers from around the world are in attendance for 5 days of non-stop, intense […]

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Rowan Atkinson returns as French detective, Jules Maigret

As Tellyspotting landed in the UK Friday morning, there was a bit of ‘Joy in Mudville’ news already waiting for us to report on as ITV announced that Rowan Atkinson, the former star of Blackadder and Mr Bean, is making a return to television to play Belgian author Georges Simenon’s pipe-smoking policeman, Jules Maigret, in […]

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Finally, America gets it’s own ‘Red Nose Day’

Ironically, as we (as in, Tellyspotting) head to Liverpool today for the 2015 BBC Showcase, news came down that the mind palace creation of Richard Curtis and Lenny Henry back in 1985, Red Nose Day, is coming to America. The U.K.’s #1 fundraiser event which takes over the BBC every two years for a night of […]

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