Poldark vs Victoria — Let’s get ready to rumble!

With Friday’s announcement that Victoria, the heir apparent to capture a Downton Abbey audience that has been walking around aimlessly since early 2016, will go head to head with Poldark, the other ‘next, next Downton Abbey’, might just bring the likes of Michael Buffer out of retirement for a little ringside action. Going head to head in the main event ratings battle will […]

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U.S. vs. UK – A promotional Tale of Two ‘Poldarks’

Over the past several years, there seems to be a growing difference between the way series that air in both the UK and the U.S. are promoted to potential audiences. While series such as Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey, Lewis, Endeavour and, now Poldark have enjoyed both critical acclaim and audience success on the BBC, ITV and PBS, […]

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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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ITV releases details on ‘Endeavour’ S4 as PBS prepares to premiere S3 this month

It just keeps getting better and better if you are an Endeavour fan. Unlike Downton Abbey, Crimson Field, Home Fires, Lewis, Wallander, Mr Selfridge and Indian Summers where there will be no more episodes produced, Endeavour just keeps chugging along like ‘the little engine that could’ with the recent announcement that the series has been commissioned for a fourth series. The Oxford-set Inspector Morse prequel series […]

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‘That is a wrap’ declares Jenna Coleman as filming ends on ‘Victoria’

Filming has ended on Victoria. The 8-part series, which stars the former Doctor Who companion and is being hailed as the heir apparent to Downton Abbey, will premiere ITV later this year and on PBS in January 2017. Series 1 will follow a young Victoria from the time she becomes queen in 1837 at the age of 18, through her courtship and marriage to […]

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‘Home Fires’ extinguished by ITV after two series

There are times, more often than not these days, that you sit back and wonder why decisions are made and who on Earth is making them. Never have I wondered this more than I did today after hearing the dreadful news that the brilliant ITV series, Home Fires, has been cancelled after two series despite having just […]

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Could scheduling restrictions possibly be headed BBC’s way?

Time for one of my Howard Beale moments while pondering where the heck is Lewis Black when you need him. Reading the stories in a number of Sunday papers in the UK suggesting the government is about to impose much greater restrictions on when the BBC can schedule its favorite shows, one has to wonder about its priorities […]

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