‘The Prisoner’ turns 50!

Perhaps the greatest television series of all-time (sorry, it’s not Downton Abbey) turned 50! late last month. The Prisoner is made up of 17 hours of  pure television greatness running on ITV in the UK from 29 September 1967 through 1 February 1968. Patrick McGoohan, who co-created, co-wrote, co-directed, co-executive produced and starred in the series as Number […]

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Could there be big news on the Downton Abbey horizon?

Social media has a way of setting the Internets on fire with a cryptic message under 140 characters. That was the case on Monday when the ITV show’s social media sent Downton Abbey-Nation into a frenzy after posting an uber-cryptic social media post teasing an announcement was coming very soon. “Something Big is Happening at Downton!” is playing […]

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Pre-Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle provided setting for Jeeves and Wooster “Totleigh Towers”

Years before Sir Julian Fellowes ever put pen to paper creating Downton Abbey, Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry brilliantly brought Bertram Wilberforce (a.k.a. Bertie) Wooster and his impeccably witty valet, Jeeves, to life in P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster. Airing  from 1990-1993, the series brought Wodehouse’s popular short stories to life for 4 seasons. Totleigh Towers, the recurring fictional […]

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‘The Collection’ is PBS’ newest visual masterpiece this October

As if the return of both Poldark (October 1) and The Durrells in Corfu (October 15) aren’t enough to solidify this October as a must-see-tv month on PBS, the newest addition to ‘Drama Sunday’ of The Collection (October 8) will bring a bit of contemporary haute couture along with just enough conspiracy and sleaze to keep you coming back […]

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Paddington Bear author/creator, Michael Bond, dies at 91

Michael Bond CBE, the author and creator of Paddington Bear, the marmalade-loving bear from ‘deepest, darkest Peru’ who comes heads to London (by Aunt Lucy) in his iconic old hat, ruffled coat, wellingtons and a battered suitcase to live, has died at the age of 91. Bond published his first book, “A Bear Called Paddington”, in 1958. […]

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Joanne Froggatt is PBS’ Dark Angel this Sunday!

On Sunday, Joanne Froggatt begins her long journey from the sweet Anna Bates that we will all never forget to her next role as Sunday-school teacher/nurse/Victorian wife and mother, Mary Ann Cotton. Oh and, yes, she was also a murderer. Cotton’s infamous spree of arsenic poisonings, with which she claimed up to 21 lives is enough to give […]

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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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R.I.P. Jewel in the Crown’s Tim Pigott-Smith

Tim Pigott-Smith, the acclaimed British character actor, who catapulted to fame in the 1980s as the villainous police superintendent, Ronald Merrick, in the television series, The Jewel in the Crown, died on Friday in Northampton, England at the age of 70. Pigott-Smith won the BAFTA Award of Best Actor in 1985 for his work in The Jewel […]

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