Downton Abbey…Ghosts in Highclere Castle?

With a mere 91 days and a few hours to go before the PBS Masterpiece premiere of Downton Abbey 2, the UK reached the mid-point of the critically-acclaimed second series last night. Joanne Froggatt, who plays the clever and resourceful Anna, the highest ranking of the lower female servants, might have had a few additional inhabitants […]

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Downton Abbey: Are you more upstairs or downstairs?

Ever since Downton Abbey premiered on ITV1 in the UK and PBS in the States, some of the most interesting pub talk centered on the question of ‘what character do you identify with more’, those who occupy the upstairs or the downstairs of Downton Abbey? While many fashioned themselves as a closet Dowager Countess or […]

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Christmas cliffhanger = Downton Abbey 3?

As the UK inches towards the conclusion of the highly-anticipated and delivering on every moment second series of Downton Abbey, the States are still in the highly-anticipating mode as the second set is not scheduled to premiere until Sunday, January 8, 2012 as part of PBS’ Masterpiece series. Whether you are in the ever-patiently waiting […]

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It's a Dickens 2012 telly celebration

With the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth nearly upon us (February 2012), there are numerous festivals, exhibitions and educational activities planned for 2012. Two of the most eagerly awaited events from my perspective, however, will be those that find their way to the telly in December leading up to the year-long celebration. Bleak Expectations […]

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Ashes to Ashes, Spooks, Downton Abbey and more….

Need an Audi Quattro? Going once, going twice…. Ok, maybe not THE Audi Quattro, but some of the set pieces from the brilliant BBC series, Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes starring Philip Glenister will go on the auction block this coming Friday, 23 September at the Merlin Theatre in Somerset. DCI Hunt, himself, […]

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And the winner is….Downton Abbey x 4!

Ok, I know the traditional comment is to say that it’s just an honor to be nominated, it’s got to feel really amazing to win. That said, Downton Abbey must be on top of the world at the moment. If you went to bed early on Sunday evening, you’re probably asking why at this point. […]

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Spooks: What we've learned in 10 years

To the lucky ones on the planet in the UK sitting down in front of the telly tonight at 9:00pm with the enviable viewing choice of either the new seaon of ITV’s Downton Abbey or the final season of Spooks on BBC One. The Guardian put it best by saying that, “…in Downton Abbey, you […]

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TV aerials in Downton Abbey spotted on eve of DA2 premiere

We’ve all secretly done it…meticulously watched films or television shows searching for that elusive shot where sunglasses are worn in one scene, but disappear from the same scene when the camera cuts to a different angle. There have long been rumors that in one of the battle sequences in the John Wayne film, The Alamo, […]

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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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