Behind the scenes with Gordon Selfridge, a.k.a. Greg Austin

As America is now painfully aware, the doors of Mr. Selfridge were opened for the final time last night with the beginning of the fourth and final series as part of PBS’ Masterpiece series. As most of you know, I’m a sucker for DVD extras and behind-the-scenes, making-of videos. Seeing how the sausage is made becomes all the […]

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‘The Durrells’ is full of warmth, humor and just plain fun

One of the brightest spots in the drama category at the recent BBC Showcase in Liverpool was The Durrells. Based on ‘The Corfu Trilogy’, three autobiographical novels (which include ‘My Family and Other Animals​’​) by environmentalist Gerald Durrell​,​ ​The Durrells is set on the Greek Island of Corfu in 1935, ​and ​follows the adventures of Gerald and his […]

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‘Call the Midwife’ promises to both uplift and upset as series 5 cycles its way to PBS

UK viewers closed the book on another gut-wrenching series of Call the Midwife last night. Without exception, the Heidi Thomas creation has to be considered the most fearless series on television. Having dealt with domestic abuse, prostitution, infant mortality, homosexuality, racism, poverty and alcohol addiction, the series tackles its most difficult and/or boldest subject to date when Call the Midwife returns […]

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The day ‘Downton Abbey-Nation’ hoped would never come

Oddly, in this instance, the seventh and final game of baseball’s World Series is a bit like tonight’s broadcast of Downton Abbey. Stay with me here. Just like the seventh and final game of the World Series, you know that no matter who wins, the next day there is no baseball. After tonight’s broadcast of the ninth […]

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Churchill’s Secret highlights UK drama wars

Chalk this up as yet another reason why UK telly is more than a cut above the rest of Planet Earth. Take for example, Sunday night. While a majority of the U.S. was trying to think of anything possible to watch other than the mindless red-carpet preview of the 88th Academy Awards, the BBC and […]

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