Coronation Street’s Jean Alexander dies aged 90

Jean Alexander, who played Coronation Street‘s Hilda Ogden and shop-owner Auntie Wainwright in Last of the Summer Wine, has died aged 90. Alexander portrayed Hilda Ogden, a sharp-tongued, put-upon housewife who was one of Coronation Street‘s best known characters, from 1964 to 1987. She also appeared as shopkeeper Auntie Wainwright which, according to Alexander, was […]

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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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Dreams do come true as ‘Robot Wars’ set for BBC2 return!

Finally, at long last, all of our collective robot dreams have come true. There is joy across the television landscape today with the news that Robot Wars is returning to the BBC for the first time since 2004. Full disclosure…I loved this show when it was originally broadcast with Craig Charles (Red Dwarf, Coronation Street) Phillipa Forrester! Thankfully, I […]

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The doors of ‘Mr. Selfridge’ to remain open for a 4th series!

With American audiences ever so close to the return of Mr. Selfridge for the third series as part of PBS’ Masterpiece series, ITV has announced that the series will return for a fourth season in 2016! Ten new episodes have been commissioned with Jeremy Piven returning as the colorful but deeply troubled Harry Gordon Selfridge […]

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Happy 86th, Patricia Routledge!

Armed with her early theatre training background from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Patricia Routledge launched her career at the Liverpool Playhouse. She spent years, professionally, on stage and in theatre (which included a 1968 ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ Tony Award for her performance in Darling of the Day) in addition to several big screen appearances including To Sir, With […]

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Start the New Year off right with Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot on BBC One

The UK Christmas Day to New Year’s Day tradition of great telly just gets better and better with every passing year. Besides the usual obligatory specials from Eastenders, Coronation Street and Doctor Who to look forward to, in recent years those lucky ones to receive the BBC and ITV signal have been treated to specials from Call the Midwife, […]

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'Mr. Selfridge' adds (and subtracts) cast for series 3

As Planet Earth awaits the excruciatingly long-overdue return of Downton Abbey, lets not forget what’s on the horizon in early 2015 with the return of Mr. Selfridge, starring Jeremy Piven as Harry Gordon Selfridge, the man who changed the face retail by laying the groundwork for what we know today.

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Sue Johnston to trade the Royle's for the Crawley's in Downton Abbey 5

In a bit of a different role than viewers are used to seeing her in, Sue Johnston trades in her matriarch status in The Royle Family and Coronation Street for the role of Denker, lady’s maid to Dame Maggie Smith’s Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, in the just-around-the-corner series 5 premiere of Downton Abbey. […]

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'Death in Paradise' lines up all-star guest list for S4

Seems as though we are in the middle of everyone’s favorite British drama production season. As many know, Tellyspotting is currently on the production set for Father Brown in the Costwolds as they continue filming series 3, Doctor Who S8 is still filming with Kumars at No 42 star, Sanjeev Bhaskar, added to the series […]

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Buzzfeed talks 'Downton Abbey' with Joanne Froggatt

Time to appease members of The Downton Abbey Separation Anxiety Society once more… As part of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Buzzfeed’s Jarett Wieselman talks with Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates) about her early days of acting beginning with ‘stage school’ at the age of 13. At 15, her first acting job was a guest shot […]

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