I think, in my head, I have wanted (or, threatened) to do this since we began this little British blog experiment on October 1, 2009. There are so many things to be thankful, not only during Thanksgiving, but every day of every year.
First and foremost, we want to thank each and every one of you who have crossed our path during the past decade. Whether it be once, every so often or every day, we truly appreciate you spending your valuable time with us and sharing our continued belief that British television is the best television on television whether it be comedy, drama, mystery or whatever.
For today, however, here are a few additional folks that have not only given me something to write about for the last decade but have given us all endless laughter, tense drama and heart-pounding mysteries for more years than the law should allow. FYI, this might take a bit, trying to do this off the top of my head…and, in alphabetical order!
Thank you for a lifetime of great television…
Amanda Abbington, Joe Absolom, Mark Addy, Jenny Agutter, Dave Allen, Sarah Alexander, Roger Allam, Dean Andrews, Richard Armitage, Alun Armstrong, Eileen Atkins, Rowan Atkinson, Richard Ayoade, Trevor Bannister, Bill Bailey, Ronnie Barker, Chris Barrie, Mathew Baynton, Gina Bellman, Mark Benton, Matt Berry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Brian Blessed, Brenda Blethyn, John Bluthal, James Bolam, Mark Bonnar, Hugh Bonneville, Connie Booth, Peter Bowles, Darren Boyd, Louise Brealey, Philip Bretherton, Richard Briers, Tom Brittney, Moira Brooker, Jessica Brown-Findlay, Rob Brydon, Amelia Bullmore, Peter Capaldi, Craig Cash, Laura Carmichael, Nancy Carroll, Jim Carter, Caroline Catz, Emma Chambers, Anna Chancellor, Graham Chapman, Craig Charles, Roy Clarke, John Cleese, Carol Cleveland, Martin Clunes, Stephanie Cole, Martin Compston, Steve Coogan, Peter Cook, Tommy Cooper, Ronnie Corbett, James Corden, Judy Cornwell, Brendan Coyle, Richard Coyle, Wendy Craig, Michael Crawford, Bernard Cribbens, Mackenzie Crook, David Croft, Graham Crowden, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Curtis, Sorcha Cusack, Jack Davenport, Alan Davies, John Howard Davies, Phil Davis, Peter Davison, Jack Dee, Judi Dench, Hugh Dennis, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Neil Dudgeon, Adrian Dunbar, Paul Eddington, Idris Elba, Robin Ellis, Tom Ellis, Ben Elton, Dick Emery, Harry Enfield, Arthur English, John Esmonde, Shaun Evans, Peter Firth, James Fleet, Derek Fowlds, Emilia Fox, Martin Freeman, Dawn French, Joanne Froggatt, Nick Frost, Joel Fry, Stephen Fry, Jenny Funnell, Tony Gardner, Mark Gatiss, Helen George, Ricky Gervais, Terry Gilliam, Tom Goodman-Hill, Philip Glenister, Richard E. Grant, Rupert Graves, Robson Green, Tamsin Greig, Gromit, Sarah Hadland, David Haig, Tony Hancock, Robert Hardy, Kit Harington, Miranda Hart, Keeley Hawes, Nigel Hawthorne, Lenny Henry, Douglas Henshall, Benny Hill, Patricia Hodge, Jane Horrocks, Geoffrey Hughes, Barry Humphries, Jessica Hynes, Armando Iannucci, Eric Idle, Celia Imrie, John Inman, Neil Innis, Eddie Izzard, Derek Jacobi, Lennie James, Lily James, Rob James-Collier, David Jason, Antony Jay, Danny John-Jules, Caroline Lee-Johnson, Sue Johnston, Suranne Jones, Terry Jones, Toby Jones, Emily Joyce, Jo Joyner, Gorden Kaye, Penelope Keith, Frank Kelly, Felicity Kendal, Sarah Lancashire, Bob Larbey, Hugh Laurie, Denis Lawson, Allen Leech, Robert Lindsay, Graham Linehan, Ralf Little, Robert Llewellyn, Jeremy Lloyd, John Lloyd, Roger Lloyd-Pack Sydney Lotterby, Andrea Lowe, Arthur Lowe, Matt Lucas, Joanna Lumley, Jonathan Lyn, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Matthew MacFadyen, Stephen Mangan, Lesley Manville, Kris Marshall, Anna Maxwell-Martin, Rik Mayall, Daniel Mays, Vicky McClure, Stephen McGann, Elizabeth McGovern, Victor McGuire, Tim McInnerny, Gina McKee, Ian McKellen, Pauline McLynn, Ian McNeice, Geraldine McNulty, Stephen Merchant, Vicki Michelle, Ben Miles, Mary Millar, Ben Miller, Jonathan Miller, David Mitchell, Steven Moffat, Dudley Moore, Dylan Moran, Eric Morecambe, Dermot Morgan, Neil Morrissey, Peter Mullan, Sophia Myles, Doug Naylor, John Nettles, Thandie Newton, Lesley Nichol, Bill Nighy, David Nobbs, Hermione Norris, Graham Norton, James Norton, Brendan O’Carroll, Chris O’Dowd, Ardal O’Hanlon, Tamzin Outhwaite, Bill Owen, David Oyelowo, Geoffrey Palmer, Michael Palin, Craig Parkinson, Katherine Parkinson, Trevor Peacock, Simon Pegg, Steve Pemberton, Rupert Penry-Jones, Sally Phillips, Billie Piper, Sean Power, Alex Price, Lara Pulver, Caroline Quentin, Jessica Raine, Amanda Redman, Anne Reid, Griff Rhys-Jones, Wendy Richard, Miranda Richardson, Tony Robinson, Anton Rodgers, Leonard Rossiter, Patricia Routledge, Andrew Sachs, Peter Sallis, Jennifer Saunders, Alexei Sayles, Prunella Scales, Andrew Scott, Peter Sellers, Lesley Sharp, Carmen Silvera, Jon Simm, Liz Smith, Matt Smith, Mel Smith, Nicholas Smith, Harold Snoad, Bob Spiers, Timothy Spall, Alison Steadman, Pamela Stephenson, Dan Stevens, Mollie Sugden, Clive Swift, Catherine Tate, David Tennant, Josephine Tewson, John Thaw, Emma Thompson, Angela Thorne, Frank Thornton, Peter Tilbury, Christopher Timothy, Stephen Tomkinson, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ricky Tomlinson, Aidan Turner, Sue Vertue, Gary Waldhorn, Nicola Walker, Sally Wainwright, Wallace, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, David Walliams, Zoe Wanamaker, Don Warrington, Dennis Waterman, Jason Watkins, June Whitfield, Jodie Whittaker, Mark Williams, Richard Wilson, Ruth Wilson, Penelope Wilton, Ernie Wise, Victoria Wood, Pauline Yates.
These are as many as I can remember. If I try for any more, Thanksgiving will be over. If you think of anyone that is deserving of thanks and not listed then please, by all means, send it in and we’ll add them to the list for next year! And, if you don’t recognize a name, take a minute to look them up and put their series on a must-watch list for 2020.
Happy Thanksgiving to all from Tellyspotting.