British bits and bobs from Downton Abbey 2

Downton Abbey a ‘downstairs’ hit Seems as though Dan Stevens, who played Matthew Crawley, the heir to the opulent estate, in ITV’s Downton Abbey has discovered there are downstairs DA fans everywhere. Stevens recently commented that he met a butler at a dinner at a house in Belgravia and revealed,  “He took me aside on […]

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Voice of the Daleks, Zippy and George dies at 79

This is definitely a case of you probably are not familiar with either the name or the face, but you are keenly aware of the voice. For 21 years (1967-1988), Roy Skelton brought the Doctor’s scariest villains to life with one simple word….Exterminate! In addition to being THE voice of the Daleks, Skelton also lent […]

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A real-life Doc Martin, w/out the curmudgeon part

Despite the fact that Dr. Lawrence Barnes is not afraid of blood, he doesn’t kick stray dogs and is not even close to being as curmudgeonly as Dr. Martin Ellingham, a.k.a. Doc Martin, “Doc Barnes” is leading a seemingly familiar mid-20th century doctor’s life to his fictional counterpart. Working surgeries between the two fishing villages […]

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Julian Fellowes' Titanic. Downton Abbey at sea?

You’ve just written one of the most successful drama series in the history of ITV in the critically-acclaimed, award-winning, Downton Abbey. You’ve had a second season commissioned almost instantly with shooting completed and a Fall 2011 target date sent for UK transmission (January 8, 2012 premiere set in the U.S. on PBS stations nationwide in […]

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NBC at it again with Prime Suspect re-make

You’d think they’d learn, post-Coupling. Ok, I know, they do have The Office that they can point to, but for every American Office, I can find ten American Coupling’s or Life on Mars, for that matter, just to throw gas on the fire. Further proof that there are now no new ideas and with history not […]

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A little British Friday the 13th scattershooting

The Doctor is In for a 5th series Martin Clunes will return as the curmudgeonly GP, Dr. Martin Ellingham, terrorizing the residents of the picturesque Cornish fishing village of Portwenn (or vice versa) for a 5th series of the hit ITV comedy/drama, Doc Martin. Also returning will be the great Caroline Catz (Louisa Glasson) and Ian […]

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British comedy in the pipeline

No one can quite understand the process of commissioning a comedy at the BBC, ITV or Sky. For that matter, no one can understand the de-commissioning of a series either. Can I just selfishly insert here a mention of Whites that starred Alan Davies as an example of a series that should have been renewed […]

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Hugh Laurie has the Blues "Down by the River"

Ok, fine, we all know he’s the highest paid actor on U.S. television, but it’s still going to be a busy week for the brilliance that is Hugh Laurie. Not only will his debut CD, “Let Them Talk”, be released today in the UK, but this coming Sunday, 15 May, ITV in the UK will […]

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Feeling a bit down? You might have Downton Abbey Effect.

Not to worry. You’re not alone after all. And, there’s actually a medical term for what you thought was just a simple case of separation anxiety or withdrawal. You, along with countless others, suffer from Downton Abbey Effect. Symptoms seem to center around a sense of loss or, in some cases, distress that is  comparable to […]

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Begin the weekend scattershooting

Julian Fellowes….Titanic….can’t wait What’s next from the mind of Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park, Downton Abbey) you might ask? Titanic, what else. Thankfully, not quite a spin-off in the American sense of the word (i.e. The Cleveland Show from The Simpsons or Joey from Friends or The Jeffersons from All in the Family) but there is […]

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