Paddington Bear author/creator, Michael Bond, dies at 91

Michael Bond CBE, the author and creator of Paddington Bear, the marmalade-loving bear from ‘deepest, darkest Peru’ who comes heads to London (by Aunt Lucy) in his iconic old hat, ruffled coat, wellingtons and a battered suitcase to live, has died at the age of 91. Bond published his first book, “A Bear Called Paddington”, in 1958. […]

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Poldark’s Heida Reed is packing her bags and heading to LA (no, she’s not leaving the series)

Heida Reed, Capt Ross Poldark’s on-again, off-again, on-again love interest in the hit BBC1/PBS series, Poldark, has begun packing her bags preparing for a move to Los Angeles in the not-too-distant future, trading in the Cornish coast for the California coast. One thing is definitely clear, she is not leaving the series but, according to Reed, […]

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Go behind-the-scenes with ‘Grantchester’ prior to June 18 return on PBS

Set in the 1950s Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester and based on The Grantchester Mysteries, collections of short stories written by James Runcie, Grantchester makes its long-awaited return to PBS beginning Sunday, June 18 as part of the Masterpiece series. Starring James Norton (Happy Valley, War & Peace) and Robson Green (Touching Evil, Being Human), the series tells the story of Anglican vicar Sidney Chambers (Norton), who develops […]

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Who created that ‘Victoria’ theme you can’t get out of your head?

Thankfully, there’s a tune that has come along that will supplant “The Girl from Ipanema” as the one that is constantly in your head no matter the time or circumstance. The haunting and uplifting title theme to Victoria, the hit ITV/PBS drama starring Jenna Coleman, that is used again during her wedding to Albert in episode five is […]

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A Dame and a Sir unveil tribute to Sir John Gielgud

Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen have unveiled a blue plaque commemorating the London home of stage and screen star Sir John Gielgud. The English Heritage plaque at number 16 Cowley Street in Westminster marks the brown brick Georgian townhouse where Sir John lived for 31 years, from May 1945 to February 1976. Started in […]

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Young girl offers services to provide temporary new bong for Big Ben

As we reported recently, Big Ben, the iconic London landmark, will fall silent after it closes its doors to visitors for a major three-year £29 million refurbishment project. Housed in what was originally known as the “Clock Tower” and now officially known as Elizabeth Tower (it was renamed to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II in […]

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Johnny Depp and Dame Judi Dench to board Kenneth Branagh’s Orient Express

As most P1’s of Tellyspotting are well aware, I’m not a huge fan of remakes. I’m good with prequels, remakes, not so much. That said, the forthcoming Kenneth Branagh ‘remake’ of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express may go a long way to alter my future close-mindedness. Sir Kenneth will not only co-produce and direct the newest adaptation […]

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