• 2020 Golden Globes resemble the BAFTA’s as Brits invade Hollywood once again

    2020 Golden Globes resemble the BAFTA’s as Brits invade Hollywood once again

    Following up on their dominance of last year’s Academy Awards, British film and television stars continued their takeover of American media on Sunday evening by capturing approximately 40% of the overall awards handed out over the course of the evening. Olivia Colman (The Crown), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) and Sam Mendes (1917) were among those honored for their […]

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  • Happy 65th, Rowan Atkinson!

    Happy 65th, Rowan Atkinson!

    Rowan Atkinson, English actor, comedian, and screenwriter turns 65 today. While best known to audiences worldwide for his work on the sitcoms Blackadder and Mr. Bean and, more recently, for his stellar performance in Maigret, I first stumbled upon Atkinson’s brilliant talent in the BBC2 sketch comedy series, Not the Nine O’Clock News.

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  • Neil Innes of Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band/Rutles/Monty Python fame dies at 75

    Neil Innes of Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band/Rutles/Monty Python fame dies at 75

    Best known for his work with the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Rutles and collaborating with the British comedy troupe Monty Python, Neil Innes died unexpectedly on Sunday at the age of 75. Innes, who will forever be known as ‘the 7th Python’, performed piano, guitar and vocals in The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band whose hit in 1968, […]

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  • R.I.P. Nicky Henson; From ‘Fawlty Towers’ to ‘Downton Abbey’ and everything in-between.

    R.I.P. Nicky Henson; From ‘Fawlty Towers’ to ‘Downton Abbey’ and everything in-between.

    Unfortunately, these posts are getting way too frequent and are hitting too close to home as they involve friends that we’ve made over the years. This time, with great sadness, we report that our friend Nicky Henson, passed away Monday at the age of 74. One of the absolute nicest individuals on the planet, Nicky used to tell us that even after all the theater, stage and film work he has been a part of in over 50 years of professional acting, he expected to see on his tombstone “Here lies Nicky Henson – he was in one episode of Fawlty Towers”.

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

    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!

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

    ‘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’

    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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