• Happy 66th, Rowan Atkinson!

    Happy 66th, Rowan Atkinson!

    Rowan Atkinson turns 66 today. Thankfully, for us, the comedic genius chose to put neither his degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Newcastle University nor his degree of MSc in Electrical Engineering from The Queen’s College, Oxford to use. His true calling became more clear after gaining national attention as member of The Oxford Revue at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1976.

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  • Happy belated 86th, Dame Judi Dench!

    Happy belated 86th, Dame Judi Dench!

    If it wasn’t the case before, I’m now fully convinced that if you looked up the definition of brilliant in the dictionary, there would simply be a photo of Dame Judi Dench. The Oscar/Tony/BAFTA/Laurence Olivier/Golden Globe/Screen Actors Guild award winner turned 86 years young on Wednesday and shows no signs of slowing down any time […]

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  • Producers promise massive surprises for ‘Death in Paradise’ S10

    Producers promise massive surprises for ‘Death in Paradise’ S10

    Not that anyone needs yet another reason to bid a well-deserved goodbye to 2020 with an eye towards 2021, but, just in case, producers of Death in Paradise are teasing ‘massive surprises’ as it was revealed recently that in addition to Joséphine Jobert returning to reprise her role as DS Florence Cassell for series 10, fan-favorite Sara Martins, who played DS Camille Bordey, would feature in two episodes during the forthcoming series.

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  • ‘My Grandparents’ War’ heads to PBS this Spring

    ‘My Grandparents’ War’ heads to PBS this Spring

    Produced in 2019 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II, four celebrated actors undertake a fascinating journey into their family’s past by re-tracing the footsteps of their grandparents during World War II in My Grandparents’ War. Headed to PBS in the Spring of 2021, the series follows Kristin Scott Thomas (The Darkest Hour, […]

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  • British acting legend, Geoffrey Palmer, passes away at 93. RIP, Geoffrey.

    British acting legend, Geoffrey Palmer, passes away at 93. RIP, Geoffrey.

    From Jimmy Anderson in The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin to Ben Parkinson in Butterflies to Lionel Hardcastle in As Time Goes By, Geoffrey Palmer has been a constant fixture in our collective British comedy lives for the better part of four decades with these three series alone. Palmer, who had numerous guest roles in series such as Doctor Who, Inspector Morse, Blackadder Goes Forth, Poirot, Ashes to Ashes and Rev, had perhaps his most well-known guest starring role as Dr Price in “The Kipper and the Corpse” episode of Fawlty Towers in 1979. With a celebrated career that spanned seven decades, Palmer, who turned 93 years young in June of this year, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, 5 November.

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  • Sir Lenny Henry, a.k.a. ‘Chef’, to enter the world of children’s book writing!

    Sir Lenny Henry, a.k.a. ‘Chef’, to enter the world of children’s book writing!

    You could easily argue that the character of Gareth Blackstock, the chef/owner of the two Michelin star, Le Château Anglais in the British situation comedy, Chef, was defined as much by a simple but brilliantly written three-minute tirade against an individual dining at the restaurant for his indiscriminate use of salt before tasting his dinner as he […]

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  • R.I.P. — Acting legend, Dame Diana Rigg, passes away at 82.

    R.I.P. — Acting legend, Dame Diana Rigg, passes away at 82.

    Sadly, Dame Diana Rigg has passed away at the age of 82. While an entire generation may only know her from HBO’s Game of Thrones and, possibly, PBS’ Victoria, much of the world will no doubt remember the acting legend from her time on The Avengers alongside Patrick McNee as secret agent Emma Peel or in the James Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, where she holds the distinction of being only woman to have ever married James Bond, or from her time serving as the host of the PBS series, Mystery, from 1989 to 2003.

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  • Meera Syal to reprise Kumars’ ‘Ummi’ for new Radio 4 chat show

    Meera Syal to reprise Kumars’ ‘Ummi’ for new Radio 4 chat show

    I’ve lost count of the reasons that, no matter where you are on Planet Earth, you should tune in to Radio 4 on a regular basis. With a schedule that boasts a wide variety of spoken-word programs including news, drama, comedy, science and history, Radio 4 is set to tap into the talents of Meera Syal, who will reprise her Granny Kumar character, Sushila, from The Kumars at No. 42 for a new chat show.

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