Drama takes center stage at BBC Showcase 2014

After a healthy dose of comedy the last couple of days with Rev, Wrong Mans, Uncle, Inside No. 9 and Mr. Sloane, the focus was on drama as we are at the halfway point of the BBC Showcase screenings in Liverpool. Already armed with the knowledge that there will be new seasons of Death in […]

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Rev and Mr. Sloane highlight comedy presentation at BBC Showcase 2014

It’s like being a kid in a candy store attending the BBC Comedy presentation Monday in Liverpool. Showing a number of clips for shows that are coming up in the not-too-distant future, you get the sense that Shane Allen, Controller for Comedy at the BBC, is keen on maintaining the channel’s dominance in the comedy […]

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Olivia Colman says yes to 'Broadchurch 2'; Uh, not so fast, U.S. version.

There was joy in Mudville recently with the news from the BBC that the brilliant crime series, Broadchurch, had been commissioned for a second series. Following the series’ critical acclaim and audience success, this would seem to have been a no-brainer but with the streets littered with only one season of the likes of The […]

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Twenty Twelve takes home BAFTA for Best Sitcom

Deservedly, the brilliance of Twenty Twelve, the mock documentary comedy series chronicling the organization of the 2012 London Olympics, was rewarded on Sunday with a 2013 BAFTA television award for Best Sitcom. Olivia Colman was also a winner on Sunday taking home the award for Best Female Performance in a Comedy Program up against fellow […]

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BBC's REV to get U.S. re-make set in Chicago

What do you get when you come to the intersection of ‘Are You Kidding Me?’ Avenue, ‘This is Getting Ridiculous’ Boulevard and ‘Are There No New Comedy Ideas in America’ Street? The news that Rev, the award-winning BBC2 comedy starring Tom Hollander and Olivia Coleman, has been targeted for an American re-make, of course. Following […]

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Hugh Bonneville & Elizabeth McGovern – Life B.D.A. (Before Downton Abbey) and Happy 3rd Birthday to us!

Proving once and for all that there was, indeed, life Before Downton Abbey for both Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern, we ran across this 2008 British comedy series, Freezing, thanks to JT, a long-time Tellyspotting reader. Unfortunately, there were only 3 episodes ever produced. Sounding a bit like a 21st century Downton Abbey, Freezing starred […]

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Red Dwarf X sets an October 4 launch

For just a few minutes, forget that Downton Abbey 3 returns in September in the UK (January in the States), Sherlock 3 won’t even begin filming until January 2013, Doctor Who 7.1 is a mere 3 days away and it will be another year, at least, before we’ll see any new Rev programs. While it […]

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Rev returns tonight on BBC 2

At long last, it’s time for everyone in the UK to return to the inner-city world of St Saviour’s in East London beginning tonight, Thursday, 10 November at 2100 on BBC2. Reverend Adam Smallbone (Tom Hollander) is back in Rev, along with Alex, his long-suffering solicitor wife, Colin, Mick and the entire motley congregation en tow for […]

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Vote for comedy on public television in 2012!

BBC Syndication Showcase 2011 postcript As we close the book on the third annual BBC Syndication Showcase, PBS stations across the country leave BBC West (New Orleans) armed with an incredible number of potential choices for programming of all genres to acquire for broadcast in their individual markets. Science, Natural History, Drama, Factual and Comedy. […]

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