Behind the scenes at 'Downton Abbey' west, a.k.a. Ealing Studios

As members of Downton Abbey-Nation begin to make preparations for the start of series five (September in the UK, January 2015 in the States), there are those few that may not be aware that not all of what you see on the telly is actually filmed at Highclere Castle. For those that don’t necessarily want […]

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Ever wondered what the Oxford Circus tube station tastes like?

The latest and, perhaps, greatest  Tube map spin-off is a particularly tasty little number. James Wannerton, a 54-year-old systems analyst from Blackpool with synaesthesia (a neurological condition in which your senses get mixed up) has recreated the iconic map with how he thinks each of the Tube stops taste.

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'Downton Abbey' heads to Hogwarts for S5

Platform 9 & 3/4, magically concealed behind the barrier between Muggle Platform Nine and Platform Ten, at King’s Cross Station in London will be a bit crowded this week as cast and crew of Downton Abbey headed to Alnwick Castle in Northumberland. Filming at Alnwick Castle, which doubled as Hogwarts School of Witchery and Wizardry […]

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Trooping the Colour for The Queen's Birthday – 14 June

As everyone east of the Atlantic is acutely aware, London celebrates The Queen’s official birthday in June each year with Trooping the Colour, a brilliant military parade that has taken place in London since 1820 when the Colours of a regiment where used as a rallying point in battle. The annual event takes place on Horse […]

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Monty Python Live (Mostly): Let the mind games begin

Even though original Python member, Terry Gilliam, calls the troupe’s forthcoming get-together “depressing”, most of the planet is looking forward to their reunion gigs beginning 1 July at London’s O2 arena. Monty Python Live (Mostly) launches on the 1st July, with 10 dates scheduled. The comedians have ruled out getting the band back together for […]

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Bill Nighy returning in the Worricker trilogy on PBS this Fall

While there will be the inevitable comparison to the Cornetto Trilogy, the Worricker Trilogy may just have a minor leg up given the greatness of Bill Nighy and Christopher Walken. As we reported earlier this month, The Worricker Trilogy, which began with Page Eight, is set to continue with Bill Nighy reprising his role as […]

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Post 'Death in Paradise', Ben Miller becomes The Doctor's newest villain

Prior to the third series premiere, Ben Miller decided to vote himself off the Death in Paradise) island. As DI Richard Poole, Miller used his skills as a London Metropolitan Police detective to overcome his obvious distaste for deplorable tropical weather to make the Caribbean island of Saint Marie a safer place. Miller decided it […]

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It's MUST SEE TV tonight on PBS! 'National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage'

What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than to celebrate the incredible talent that has graced the stage of London’s National Theatre for the last 50 years. The National Theatre opened its doors in 1963 with Laurence Olivier as its first director. Eight hundred productions later, the venerable institution celebrates its 50th anniversary with a […]

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Touring the set of 'Mr. Selfridge'

With PBS set to re-open the doors of Mr. Selfridge in a matter of weeks (March 30 at 9pET/8pCT, to be exact), a lot was made leading up to the 2013 premiere with regards to the set that was constructed for the filming of the interior of Selfridges. For obvious reasons, the real Selfridges couldn’t […]

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Chat live with Downton Abbey's Gary Carr Monday at 11a CT/12n ET

Downton Abbey introduced its first black character in series 4 with the addition of American jazz singer Jack Ross, played by Gary Carr. The character of Jack Ross is based on real-life cabaret star Leslie Hutchinson, whose scandalous affairs with white British socialites also form the basis for Jack’s liaison with Downton’s rebellious flapper Lady […]

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