Blimey! Tellyspotting turns 9!

I know there are those of you out there who will say, “Gee, you don’t look a day over eight!” But it’s hard to believe that it’s been nine years already. The first post from October 1, 2009 seems just like yesterday. Now, more than 3,000 posts later (3,332 to be exact), here we are, better than ever because of one thing — YOU! Your love of All Things British, our shared recognition that British comedy and drama is the best telly on telly, and your comments/feedback during the last nine years has made it really easy to look forward to year 10 and beyond!

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“Ladies and gentlemen, this is ‘Vanity Fair'”

Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, Vanity Fair follows Becky Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society. Gwyneth Hughes’ adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s epic story of love and intrigue continues to add to an already stellar cast which includes Martin Clunes (Doc […]

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Unearthed ‘Monty Python & the Holy Grail’ sketches reveal a more conventional ending, a wild west saloon and…the Pink Knight?

Recently unearthed material in the private archives of Monty Python member Michael Palin has revealed some oddly interesting sketches that, ultimately, never made it to the final version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Palin gave the British Library his archives last June, a majority of which has been catalogued and is already available in the library’s […]

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Michael Palin adds North Korea stamp to a fully-booked passport for new travel series

Michael Palin has gone Around the World in 80 Days, visited the North and South Poles in Pole to Pole, circumnavigated the lands around the Pacific Ocean in Full Circle with Michael Palin, anti-clockwise of course, retraced the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway in Michael Palin’s Hemingway Adventure, trekked around and through the world’s largest desert in Sahara with Michael Palin, traveled through the Himalaya […]

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Monty Python looks back at Germany’s last devastating football defeat

Moments after South Korea defeated Germany, 2-0, sending the defending World Cup champions packing, thoughts of the brilliant Philosopher Football sketch danced in my head. Why, you may ask? Well, Wednesday’s World Cup abrupt 2018 departure was an immediate reminder of another devastating loss for Germany some years back. Leave it to the genius minds of […]

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ITV’s ‘Vanity Fair’ adds Suranne Jones and Michael Palin to all-star cast

While initial filming has begun in Budapest on Vanity Fair, Gwyneth Hughes’ adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s epic story of love and intrigue during the Napoleonic Wars, producers continue to add to an already stellar cast which includes Martin Clunes (Doc Martin), Tom Bateman (Murder On The Orient Express), Claudia Jessie (Line of Duty) and Frances de La Tour […]

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Michael Palin donates personal archive to British Library retaining title of ‘Britain’s Nicest Man’

For someone that has had an asteroid named after them (Asteroid 9621 Michaelpalin), has not one, but two high-speed Virgin trains named after him in honor of his achievements as a traveler, is past President of the Royal Geographical Society and has been ‘unofficially’ referred to over the years as “Britain’s Nicest Man”, Michael Palin […]

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