Dueling Christmas adverts jumpstart the 2016 UK holiday buying season

Some of our most nostalgic holiday memories are triggered by classic American commercials such as the unforgettable “Peter Comes Home” mid-80’s commercial for Folgers Coffee, the late 70’s Santa coming down a ski slope on a Norelco shaver and the 1970’s snowman warming up in front of a bowl of chicken noodle soup from Campbell’s Soup. […]

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Post-Dowager Countess, Dame Maggie Smith is ‘The Lady in the Van’

Now that Downton Abbey has come to an end (from a filming standpoint, anyway), Dame Maggie Smith will be swapping her trademark Dowager Countess attire for a knit cap and dirty raincoat for her forthcoming role in playwright Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van. In the film adaptation of his hit West End play, The Lady in the […]

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Dame Maggie Smith swaps Downton Abbey for Alan Bennett’s driveway

Instead of having to forever wonder just “What is a weekend?” or endlessly question the need for electricity, Dame Maggie Smith has opted to swap her trademark Dowager Countess hat and dress for a knit cap and dirty raincoat (just for a bit, Downton Abbey fans) for her forthcoming role in playwright Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the […]

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‘The Wrong Mans’ – Q & A with Mathew Baynton

With the long-awaited series 2 of The Wrong Mans returning last night and concluding tonight on BBC Two in the UK and then tomorrow night (Christmas Eve) on Hulu in America, Tellyspotting recently sat down with series co-creator/writer/star, Mathew Baynton, to talk about what’s in store for Sam and Phil in S2 and, basically, all-things comedy. Before we find […]

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Is James Corden the new Craig Ferguson?

First it was Pink is the new Black. Then, everyone said that Orange is the New Black and Kale is the new Spinach. Now, it’s quite possible that James Corden is the new Craig Ferguson! With Ferguson leaving The Late Late Show at years end, I think that Benedict Cumberbatch’s name is the only one […]

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'The Wrong Mans' Rule #1: Next time, don't answer the phone…

The Wrong Mans Rule #1 – After witnessing a horrific car crash on a desolate country road, never ever answer the dead driver’s ringing mobile. If only Sam Pinkett had read rule #1. Blessed with both laziness and lack of ambition, Sam (Mathew Baynton) spends his days as a lowly Town Planning and Noise Guidance […]

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James Corden's 'The Wrong Mans'…a first look

Newly married and now headed to the outback to judge Australia’s Got Talent, everyone’s favorite vicar, Dawn French, is set to co-star in James Corden’s The Wrong Mans, airing later this year on BBC Two in the UK and Hulu in the States. In addition to Corden (Gavin & Stacey) and Mathew Baynton (Horrible Histories, […]

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British comedy stars invade the London stage

As we (im)-patiently await the next Facebook status update from the inhabitants of Downton Abbey, chronicling the devastating events of series 3, episode 4, it time to, yet again, turn our attention to what really sets British actors apart from their American counterparts. As we experienced, first hand, back in 2009 at the Theatre Royal […]

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