The greatness of ‘The Prisoner’ turns 54 this month!

While Fawlty Towers will forever remain the great British comedy of all-time, perhaps the greatest television series of all-time (sorry, folks, it’s not Downton Abbey) turns 54 later this month. The Prisoner is made up of 17 hours of  pure telly greatness running on ITV in the UK from 29 September 1967 through 1 February 1968. It […]

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‘Around the World in 80 Days’ with David Tennant = another PBS Masterpiece!

David Tennant stars as English gentleman turned adventurer and literature’s greatest explorer Phileas Fogg in a thrilling new adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel, Around the World in 80 Days, coming to Masterpiece on PBS. Joining Tennant for this 8-part adventure will be French actor Ibrahim Koma (OSS 177) as Fogg’s irrepressible valet, Passepartout, Leonie Benesch […]

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R.I.P. ‘Mulberry’s’ Tony Selby

Sadly, these R.I.P. posts are coming way too frequent and way too fast for my liking these days. This one is another name you may not be familiar with but will definitely know his work. Tony Selby, perhaps best remembered for his starring role as Corporal Percy Marsh in Esmonde & Larbey’s national service comedy Get […]

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‘Tom Jones’, the mother of all Rom-coms, headed to PBS

Long considered to be one of the earliest novels in the English language, Henry Fielding’s The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling will be adapted and reimagined for television by PBS Masterpiece. The story follows the growth and misadventures of the title character, played in this new adaptation by the young actor Solly McLeod (The Rising), who stars opposite Sophie Wilde (You Don’t Know Me) as the heroine, Sophia Western.

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As ‘Vera’ S11 returns, Brenda Blethyn teases upcoming episodes for 2022

It was almost a year ago that word leaked from ITV that the greatness of Vera had been commissioned for an 11th series. Welcome news given, at the time, many of our favorite series were in limbo do to COVID-19 production shutdowns. Adapted from crime author Ann Cleeves’ novels, the Northumberland-based detective series would indeed be […]

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A deadly accident + dreadfully bad decisions = superb noir thriller, ‘Guilt’, on PBS Masterpiece

Set in the Leith district of Edinburgh, Guilt stars Mark Bonnar (Unforgotten, Shetland) and Jamie Sives (Game of Thrones) as a pair of bickering brothers, Max and Jake, in a mischievous yet darkly absorbing tale of deceit. Max is the elder brother—affluent, short-tempered and ruthlessly take-charge while younger brother Jake is the likeable, rumpled ex-musician and record shop […]

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Remembering Midsomer Murders’ Sykes and other 4-legged screen pets on International Dog Day 2021!

Aside from the obvious of taking a moment during International Dog Day 2021 to give an extra long hug to Tellyspotting’s own feline friend, MiniBoots, my thoughts drifted back to all the great pets that we have had to pleasure to cross paths with over the years on various British dramas and mysteries. From Downton Abbey to Poldark to Victoria, these […]

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83p pints at the ‘OFAH’ Nags Head pop-up in September

On the outside chance that acquiring The Blackadder Pub for a cool £450,000 is a bit out of your price range, how about a pub with prices straight out of the eighties. Fortunately, one is about to land in London — but there’s a catch as, according to the Londonist, The Nags Head is only going to […]

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