Dame Judi Dench as Queen Victoria in ‘Victoria & Abdul’

With BBC and PBS audiences currently in the middle of some serious separation anxiety waiting (im)patiently for the return of Victoria, along comes the greatness of Dame Judi Dench to bridge the gap and, hopefully, pass the time a bit more quickly. Victoria & Abdul, which opens in theaters on September 22, tells the extraordinary true story […]

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‘Strictly Come Dancing’ definitely not is Ross Poldark’s future

Unimpressed by the quality of dancing on Strictly Come Dancing, don’t expect to see Aidan Turner anytime soon tripping the light fantastic on the popular television dance competition. The long-running BBC1 series, which features contestants, celebrities and individuals from all walks of life, paired with professional dance partners competing in a Survivor-like, weekly voting contestants off […]

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‘Poldark’ S3 – the Warleggan feud intensifies….

With feuds, a marriage, intimations of mortality and the arrival of some fresh new characters, Poldark will hit the ground running when series 3 premieres on PBS beginning Sunday, October 1. UK audiences will get a jump on the Warleggan feud when Poldark returns in June to BBC1. As you can see from the series 3 first pic, […]

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‘Victoria’ – Series 2 First look!

While it’s a bit of a belated celebration of Victoria Day (Monday, 22 May), the anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birthday, the producers of the critically-acclaimed British drama from ITV have released the long-awaited first video trailer showing what audiences can expect when Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes return to ITV later this year for series […]

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Joanne Froggatt is PBS’ Dark Angel this Sunday!

On Sunday, Joanne Froggatt begins her long journey from the sweet Anna Bates that we will all never forget to her next role as Sunday-school teacher/nurse/Victorian wife and mother, Mary Ann Cotton. Oh and, yes, she was also a murderer. Cotton’s infamous spree of arsenic poisonings, with which she claimed up to 21 lives is enough to give […]

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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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Meet Buckingham Palace’s body double in ‘King Charles III’

As King Charles III premiered last night on BBC2 and when it transmits on PBS this coming Sunday evening on Masterpiece, one might immediately question how and/or why a program that imagines a future in which Prince Charles becomes King, causes havoc and won’t sign a crucial bill could actually be filmed in Buckingham Palace. Would the official London residence […]

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First look at ‘Tennison’, a.k.a. ‘Prime Suspect 1973’

Based on writer Lynda La Plante’s book, “Tennison”, the long-awaited prequel to the brilliant, early 90s series, Prime Suspect, that starred Dame Helen Mirren as DCI Jane Tennison, is just around the corner! Premiering on PBS on Sunday, June 25 as part of the Masterpiece series, Prime Suspect 1973 (or, Tennison as it will be known on PBS), stars Stefanie Martini as a young Jane […]

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PBS to mark 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper in June

In 1967, with the creation of “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, the Beatles took music to a whole new level from a stylistic standpoint. The result of their over 5 months in Abbey Road studios is considered to have significantly altered the way albums would forever be produced. It may have been ’20 years ago today that Sgt Pepper […]

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