How appropriate given that 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the first Beatles appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show that, as you read this, Tellyspotting will be somewhere over New York City headed to Liverpool for the 2014 BBC Showcase. You might remember that this is annual gathering of television programming executives from around the world who, armed with their best earbuds, screen the entire past, present and future catalog offerings from the BBC. I know, I’m not getting much sympathy at this point am I….
Without question, this is the best meeting of the year. For those longtime readers, recent meetings have brought back the likes of MI5, Hustle, Scott & Bailey, New Tricks, Call the Midwife and Death in Paradise to name a few. From a comedy standpoint, it ranges from long-ago discoveries of Keeping Up Appearances and Vicar of Dibley to more recent bits of brilliance and Twenty Twelve and Moone Boy.
As always, we will be sending back clips and comments on everything that we screen on a daily basis so check back here throughout the week to see what might be coming to American public television stations in the not-too-distant future. Don’t hesitate to comment and ask questions too if there is something that you’d like to see, either new or returning.