Around the world with ‘Doc Martin’

Depending on where your travels may take you in the coming year, chances are fairly good that you will be able to keep up with the exploits of the local version of Dr. Martin Ellingham in some form or fashion. Doc Martin has been sold to more than 70 ­countries, with seven of the biggest besides America […]

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Murder strikes the idyllic island of Saint-Marie once again as series 5 of ‘Death in Paradise’ returns

The series, Death in Paradise, is now, officially, the poster child for both how and why British television is superior to American television. In years past, it has been Spooks (MI5) or New Tricks showing the ability to completely overhaul your principle cast and still achieve the level of quality expected week in and week out which is a true testament to […]

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R.I.P. Nicholas Smith, a.k.a. Grace Brothers’ Cuthbert Rumbold

The last surviving member of the original Are You Being Served? cast, Nicholas Smith, has died at the age of 81. Smith starred as Cuthbert Rumbold, the manager of the fictional Grace Brothers Department Store, having appeared in every episode from 1972 to 1985. Created and written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft, the series was […]

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DCI Banks set for 2016 return

Christmas is coming early, once again, as ITV has announced that Stephen Tompkinson will return in his role as DCI Alan Banks along with Andrea Lowe as DS Annie Cabbot and Caroline Catz, of Doc Martin fame, as DI Helen Morton when DCI Banks returns for a fifth series in 2016. Once again inspired by the books from acclaimed novelist […]

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Back from the brink, ‘Luther’ returns!

At long last, John Luther is back. You remember, the John Luther of “I was sick, I got better, I’m back, etc.” fame. Ok, so he’s obsessive, possessed, and sometimes violent. So what if he’s an emotionally impulsive detective tormented by the darker side of humanity who is constantly struggling to cope with his own demons. Ok, there […]

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Downton Abbey’s “historical oracle”, Alastair Bruce, America-bound to talk ‘all-things Downton’

When one thinks of Downton Abbey, the names of Julian Fellowes, Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery immediately come to mind. Right up there are the now household names of Laura Carmichael, Allen Leech, Joanne Froggatt, Brendan Coyle, Lesley Nichol and Jim Carter. Probably the one with the least visibility who should get […]

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The story behind Sigourney Weaver’s ‘Doc Martin’ cameo

When the new series of Doc Martin returns to public television stations in the States this January, viewers will be treated to a very familiar face in episode 7 as none other than Sigourney Weaver turns up in Portwenn. The actress, known for her brilliant roles in Alien and Ghostbusters, left Hollywood for a small part in Doc Martin – […]

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