Blimey! Tellyspotting turns 9!

I know there are those of you out there who will say, “Gee, you don’t look a day over eight!” But it’s hard to believe that it’s been nine years already. The first post from October 1, 2009 seems just like yesterday. Now, more than 3,000 posts later (3,332 to be exact), here we are, better than ever because of one thing — YOU! Your love of All Things British, our shared recognition that British comedy and drama is the best telly on telly, and your comments/feedback during the last nine years has made it really easy to look forward to year 10 and beyond!

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Inspector George Gently to make North East England streets safe one final time

After ten years and 23 episodes, filming for the eighth and final series of BBC1’s period police drama, Inspector George Gently, has concluded. Martin Shaw returns as DCI George Gently alongside Lee Ingleby as his sidekick Inspector Bacchus and Lisa McGrillis playing Detective Sergeant Rachel Coles. Unfortunately, for me, this will be like a good friend moving […]

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Inspector George Gently to make North East England streets safe one final time

After ten years and 23 episodes, filming for the eighth and final series of BBC1’s period police drama, Inspector George Gently, begins this week. Martin Shaw returns as DCI George Gently alongside Lee Ingleby as his sidekick Inspector Bacchus and Lisa McGrillis playing Detective Sergeant Rachel Coles. Unfortunately, for me, this will be like a good friend […]

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‘Innocent’ up next for George Gently, MI-5 stars

Christmas in July continues with the news from ITV that Lee Ingleby (George Gently, Our Zoo) and Hermione Norris (MI5, A Mothers Son, Cold Feet) are set to star in Innocent, a 4-part drama series which tells the story of David Collier (Lee Ingleby) who is living a nightmare. Convicted of murdering his wife Tara, David has served […]

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Behind the scenes with ‘Inspector George Gently’

Starring Martin Shaw (Judge John Deed) as Gently and Lee Ingleby (Our Zoo) as DS John Bacchus, Inspector George Gently, the period crime drama, will return in 2015 with four new feature-length films set in 1969. Lisa McGrillis (Hebburn) also returns as WPC Rachel Coles. At this point, word out of the UK is that Inspector George […]

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Drama takes center stage at BBC Showcase 2014

After a healthy dose of comedy the last couple of days with Rev, Wrong Mans, Uncle, Inside No. 9 and Mr. Sloane, the focus was on drama as we are at the halfway point of the BBC Showcase screenings in Liverpool. Already armed with the knowledge that there will be new seasons of Death in […]

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Q&A with Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby from 'Inspector George Gently'

The excruciatingly lengthy wait since we last saw Inspector George Gently in the Durham Cathedral shootings is over. Inspector George Gently returns tomorrow (Thursday, 6 February) on BBC One. For those viewers is the U.S., you can see the return of Inspector George Gently and Detective Sergeant John Bacchus beginning in April on public television […]

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DCI Banks set to return in 2014 with filming to begin next month

When ITV recently announced that DCI Banks, starring Stephen Tomkinson, would return for a third season in 2014 on both ITV in the UK and on public television stations in the States, my first thought was that with the addition of George Gently, Endeavour, Inspector Lewis, Scott & Bailey, New Tricks and Foyle’s War, I’m […]

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Sherlock, George Gently, DCI Banks and, now, Endeavour in 2013

Ever since the final days of 1999, television producers have been searching for a successor to the critically acclaimed, audience hit, Inspector Morse, based on the detective novels by British author Colin Dexter. Combined with the more recent news of the great David Suchet, CBE bringing the television adaptations of the Agatha Christie sleuth, Hercule […]

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