‘Strictly Come Dancing’ definitely not is Ross Poldark’s future

Unimpressed by the quality of dancing on Strictly Come Dancing, don’t expect to see Aidan Turner anytime soon tripping the light fantastic on the popular television dance competition. The long-running BBC1 series, which features contestants, celebrities and individuals from all walks of life, paired with professional dance partners competing in a Survivor-like, weekly voting contestants off […]

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Happy St Patrick’s Day, Frank McCourt

Regular readers of Tellyspotting may recognize this post from several years ago. It’s worth repeating so bear with me today as St. Patrick’s Day just isn’t the same without Frank. Several years ago, we had an incredible opportunity to spend several of weeks ‘working’ in Dublin with Frank McCourt, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Angela’s […]

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No imagination necessary as ‘Moone Boy’ returns March 2!

It worked for Jimmy Stewart in Harvey so why shouldn’t 12-year old Martin Moone (David Rawle) create his own imaginary wingman to help him negotiate life. In Moone Boy, Seán Murphy is the imaginary friend of Martin Moone, the youngest (and only male) child in perhaps the most chaotic clan in all of Ireland. Aided […]

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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Moones

What better way to dive head first into St. Patrick’s Day than to take a quick look at some brilliant Irish sitcoms. Following in the footsteps of Graham Linehan’s Father Ted in the mid-90’s and the more recent Mrs. Brown’s Boys from Brendan O’Carroll, comes the drop-dead funny, Moone Boy from Chris O’Dowd and Nick […]

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Interview with Dylan Moran as he rides into Texas

The London Evening News called Irish comedian/actor/writer, Dylan Moran, ‘The Oscar Wilde of comedy‘. Just minutes into the interview I understood why. His swing through Texas on the final leg of his current North American tour (tonight at the Paramount Theater in Austin and Thursday at the Lakewood Theater in Dallas), is the comic’s first […]

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'Philomena' with Judi Dench & Steve Coogan: A first glimpse

It’s Oscar time…. Judi Dench and Steve Coogan play ‘unlikely friends’ in Philomena, the moving, funny and at times shocking true story of one woman’s search for a lost son. Coogan, in a complete 180 degree departure from his recent alter ego film release of Alpha Papa: Alan Partridge, also produced and co-wrote the film […]

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More PG Wodehouse as BBC's 'Blandings' to get second series in 2014

On the heels of last week’s announcement that a bit of PG Wodehouse would be hitting the London West End stage with Perfect Nonsense starring Matthew Macfadyen and Stephen Mangan comes the announcement by the BBC that Blandings, the period comedy series based on the Blandings Castle novels by the acclaimed English humorist, has been […]

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A St Patrick's Day salute to Dave Allen

While Dave Allen was, at the height of his career, one of Britain’s most controversial comedians, he also still remains one of the funniest in my book. The Dublin born comedian regularly provoked the conservative wrath for his frequent pointing out of political hypocrisy and his disregard for religious authority. For the majority of his […]

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Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon by Trinity Orchestra

With the thought that imitation is truly the sincerest form of flattery, the second-to-none English rock bank, Pink Floyd, must be one of a handful of bands that have felt the most flattered over the years. We all know of the internationally successful Aussie Pink Floyd, followed by Brit Pink Floyd which, in reality, wouldn’t […]

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Brit TV bits and bobs to begin the weekend

Doctor Who 7 transmission date news — finally! News of the BBC broadcast premiere of Doctor Who finally came on Wednesday with the date of 1 September etched in everyone’s appointment television brain. This season has it all with more Daleks, more dinosaurs, more Weeping Angels and a River Song return. The newly released trailer […]

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