‘Ordinary Lies’ heads to public television this Spring

There are several new British comedies headed to a number of public television stations over the course of the next few months. Having touched briefly on both Still Open All Hours and W1A, we turn our attention to Ordinary Lies, a series that starts a bit slow, can be a bit gripping at times but is, ultimately, brilliant […]

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The ‘lost years’ of Shakespeare found in BBC Films’ “Bill”

What really happened during Shakespeare’s ‘Lost Years’? In ‘real-life’, these lost years are widely acknowledged as being a crucial period in Shakespeare’s life, long having been a mystery to scholars, and cover his rise from virtual obscurity in Stratford-upon-Avon to fame as a playwright in London. Preferring to grab hold of the potential of great idiocy […]

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The British Invasion of the 67th Emmy Awards continues in 2015!

It’s that time of year again. No, it’s not time for the return of Downton Abbey, Sherlock or Doctor Who. Not just yet, anyway. It’s American Emmy Awards time. The time to recognize excellence in American television for 2015. As usual, there are a healthy number of Brits that share their time and talents with […]

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Wolf Hall, PBS’ next ‘masterpiece’ set for Sunday premiere…

Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, are headed to American telly this Sunday (as in, tomorrow) on PBS. This nothing short of brilliant small screen adaptation of Mantel’s Tudor novels will chronicle the meteoric rise to power of Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance) from a blacksmith’s son to Henry VIII’s […]

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Dawn French to vie for Bishop of Dibley in new Comic Relief sketch

It’s been said that ‘good things come to those that wait’. In the case of fans of Vicar of Dibley, it’s taken a little over 8 years for good things to finally get here. It was 2007 when we last visited Dibley as millions of viewers watched as Geraldine Granger married Harry, played by Richard Armitage. The Dibley […]

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First glimpse at Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall coming to BBC2 and PBS

Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies are headed to telly in the not-too-distant future. Scheduled to transmit in the UK on 21 January beginning at 9pm on BBC2 and tentatively set for its American premiere on PBS beginning March 29, 2015, the small screen adaptation of Mantel’s Tudor novels […]

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It's a 'Sherlock' sweep at the 2014 Emmys…almost.

The 2014 Emmy Awards have come and gone with British entries more than holding their own for nominations and winners. Most of the categories from a British standpoint were dominated with twelve nominations apiece by the usual suspects involved both in front of and behind the camera with Downton Abbey and Sherlock. Especially in the […]

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Former Doctor Who companion to head ABC comedy this Fall

If anyone still questions whether or not British situation comedy is better than its’ American counterpart, one only has to look to the list of pilot comedies coming from American broadcast networks this Fall for verification. In a pitch that must have sounded like it came directly from the lips of Buck Henry in The […]

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'Wolf Hall' headed to PBS/BBC 2 with all-star cast in tow

As we reported last Fall, Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, are headed to BBC Two and PBS in 2015. Filming has begun on Wolf Hall, the small screen adaptation of Mantel’s historical Tudor novels which follow the atmospheric rise to power of Cromwell, the powerful minister, within Henry […]

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Sesame Street's Homeland parody: 'Homelamb'

Yes, I know, Homeland is an American television series, so you may be asking why write about this on Tellyspotting? It’s simple, really. The series stars British actor, Damian Lewis. The St. Johns Wood born actor has won numerous awards for his portrayal of former U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Nicholas Brody including the 2012 Primetime […]

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