A German New Year’s Eve tradition involves viewing classic Britcom sketch, ‘Dinner for One’

While I’m not really sure who “they” are, they say that comedy makes for strange bedfellows. Never has this been more evident than with the long-standing habit/tradition in Germany on New Year’s Eve involving an 11-minute British comedy sketch, Dinner for One, which is also known in Germany as Der 90 Geburtstag (The 90th birthday). It seems that watching […]

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‘Shetland’ commissioned for two more series in 2020 and 2021!

Once again, there is joy in Mudville as Shetland, the murder mystery drama starring Douglas Henshall (Primeval), will return for two more series. Henshall will return as DI Jimmy Perez who will continue to investigate what seems to be an endless string of murders for the Shetland police force. As series 5 is set to premiere on public […]

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Goodness Gracious Me, ‘Fawlty Turrets’ is spot on.

Goodness Gracious Me, the British sitcom with a central theme focusing on British Asian culture, ran for 3 series and 23 episodes from 1998-2001. Starring the foursome of Sanjeev Bhaskar (Kumars at No. 42, Unforgotten), Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Syal (Kumars at No. 42) and Nina Wadia (Eastenders, Still Open All Hours), Goodness Gracious Me sketches poked fun at the British by reversing […]

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Happy Thanksgiving from Tellyspotting!

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. 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.

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‘Shakespeare & Hathaway’ renewed for two more series!

Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators is the newest daytime detective effort from Will Trotter, creator of Father Brown. Created by Father Brown alumni Paul Matthew Thompson and Jude Tindall, Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators has been commissioned for two additional series beginning in 2020.

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Ben Stiller to bring Channel 4’s ‘Home’ to the U.S.

Ben Stiller has signed up to direct and executive produce an American re-make of Channel 4 comedy Home, with Black-ish executive producer Stacy Traub overseeing the script re-write. Home follows the plight of a Syrian refugee who enters Britain illegally to claim asylum, in the car boot of a family coming home from holiday. Written by and starring W1A star […]

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‘Doctor Who’ adds a couple of British legends to guest cast for S12

When series 12 of the rebooted Doctor Who returns to BBC1 in early 2020, The Doctor will cross paths with two pretty iconic individuals as the TARDIS travels through space with Jodie Whittaker at the helm with companions Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill and Bradley Walsh in tow. Making their Doctor Who debut will be Stephen Fry (A Bit […]

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R.I.P. Jean Fergusson, a.k.a. Marina, ‘Last of the Summer Wine’

Last of the Summer Wine, the long-running British situation comedy written by Roy Clarke (Open All Hours, Keeping Up Appearances, Still Open All Hours, Young Hyacinth) that lasted for 31 years (1973-2010) has lost one of its most lovable characters. Jean Fergusson, the mini-skirt wearing, peroxide blonde Marina, died late last week at the age of 74. […]

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Strawberry Field gates re-open to the delight of Beatles fans worldwide

Strawberry Field, the Salvation Army children’s home in Liverpool that inspired John Lennon to write the Beatles classic “Strawberry Fields Forever,” has reopened its doors to tourists for the first time in decades. In addition to it being a worldwide tourist destination, the Salvation Army has turned the location into a hub to help young adults with learning disabilities, the Steps To Work program.

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