Doc Martin resumes Portwenn house calls Sept 12 on ITV1

With the new series of the hit comedy drama, Doc Martin, set to return tomorrow (Monday, 12 September) on ITV1 in the UK, it’s time to set up yet another support group in the U.S. Unfortunately, as we have recently reported, series 5 will not premiere in the States until April 2012 on public television […]

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Downton Abbey 2 vs. Spooks 10 – Doh!

Critically acclaimed, audience favorite, new kid on the block versus the best show on television for 9 years running. Thank goodness for the invention of the DVR. As most are aware, the long-awaited second series premiere of Downton Abbey is set for a Sunday, 18 September, transmission in the UK on ITV. When we last […]

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TV's Downton Abbey would be so proud

If you’re ITV, you just can’t pay for this kind of press leading up to the premiere of the new season of your most highly successful series in some time. Scandal = audience in the 21st century. It’s definitely a case of art imitating life rather than the reverse when it comes to the mega-hit, Downton […]

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Dame Eileen Atkins moves out of 165 Eaton Place

According to the BBC, Dame Eileen Atkins will not return when filming commences on Upstairs Downstairs 2 in Cardiff in October. Atkins, who created the series with fellow actress, Jean Marsh, did not appear in the original 1970’s ITV series, but was cast in last years revival of the series as the free-thinking mother-in-law Maud, Lady […]

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In the trenches with Downton Abbey 2

It’s been a long road for young Matthew Crawley who started out as a middle-class Manchester solicitor and heir apparent of Downton Abbey. For the upcoming second series of the critically acclaimed, audience mega-hit, he now finds himself deep in the trenches of the First World War. “It was miserably cold and wet and muddy,” […]

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Uptown Downstairs Abbey – a house divided…by stairs

Unfortunately, the whole of the UK seems to be reeling this week with the news that the second series of Sherlock will now not broadcast until early 2012. Well, as a card-carrying member of the U.S. Sherlock support group, welcome. As most of you now know, Sherlock 2 will not air in the U.S. until […]

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From the TV Critics Tour – A PBS Masterpiece and more…

Lots of news coming out of Los Angeles this past week as the Television Critic’s Association’s Summer Press Tour 2011 is in full swing. For about two solid weeks, broadcast, cable and pubic television trot out the best and the brightest from in front of and behind the camera for programs/series that their respective networks […]

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Sunday bits and bobs with the Doctor, Downton Abbey and more….

Torchwood —> Doctor Who = Yes Doctor Who —> Torchwood = No We’ve seen and heard a lot in recent weeks from various particulars involved in both series that there’s a good possibility of seeing Torchwood’s Captain Jack Harkness in an upcoming Doctor Who episode. Now, in a recent interview, Doctor Who series exec, Steven […]

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What was supposed to be a sneak peak at Downton Abbey 2, well….

As with any “teaser” clip, no matter the length, it’s always been a fine line between maddening and anticipation. An all-too-short clip that I screened early Thursday, was to give millions of extraordinarily patient fans a first glimpse at what’s next for both the residents and servants of Downton Abbey. At only :12 seconds, it […]

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