‘Ordinary Lies’ heads to public television this Spring

There are several new British comedies headed to a number of public television stations over the course of the next few months. Having touched briefly on both Still Open All Hours and W1A, we turn our attention to Ordinary Lies, a series that starts a bit slow, can be a bit gripping at times but is, ultimately, brilliant […]

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Inspector George Gently to make North East England streets safe one final time

After ten years and 23 episodes, filming for the eighth and final series of BBC1’s period police drama, Inspector George Gently, begins this week. Martin Shaw returns as DCI George Gently alongside Lee Ingleby as his sidekick Inspector Bacchus and Lisa McGrillis playing Detective Sergeant Rachel Coles. Unfortunately, for me, this will be like a good friend […]

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‘Doc Martin’ producers confirm plans for two new series

Earlier this year, we had the great good fortune to speak with the absolutely delightful Ian McNeice (a.k.a. Bert Large) at WhoFestDFW3. You may recall that McNeice has portrayed Winston Churchill in several episodes of Doctor Who over the years. For obvious reasons, the discussion drifted briefly to another very popular series that Ian is currently associated with, […]

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From the vault: ‘Open All Hours’ – the 1973 pilot

I may be in the minority here, but one of my most favorite British situation comedies of all-time is Open All Hours. Written by Roy Clarke (Last of the Summer Wine, Keeping Up Appearances) and starring comedy legends Ronnie Barker and David Jason, Open All Hours ‘premiered’ in 1973 as a last-minute addition to Barker’s comedy anthology series, Seven […]

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Hugh Bonneville’s spot-on imitation of….the Countess of Grantham?

There is definitely something in the water when it comes to British actors that places them a cut above their American counterparts as it relates to stage and screen. Some point to the ‘formal’ theater training that makes them more than capable to handle both the most serious role one week and a drop-dead comedic […]

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Filming ‘Death in Paradise’ not all paradise for Tony Gardner

British actor Tony Gardner (Lead Balloon, Last Tango in Halifax, The Thick of It, Young Hyacinth) revealed recently that he had caught the Zika virus while filming Death in Paradise, the popular BBC crime series on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. The actor revealed the news on comedian Sean Hughes’ podcast Under the Radar where he said he […]

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Q & A with The Coroner’s Claire Goose and Matt Bardock

Recently, Tellyspotting had the great good fortune to sit down with The Coroner Executive Producer Will Trotter and the two main stars of the series, Claire Goose (solicitor/coroner, Jane Kennedy) and Matt Bardock (DS Davey Higgins). Yesterday, we chatted with Trotter and today we sit down with Claire and Matt less than a day before the series 2 premiere Monday at 1415 […]

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