• Bit and Bobs from BBC Showcase – Liverpool

    Bit and Bobs from BBC Showcase – Liverpool

    As you slept away the night last night, Tellyspotting landed in Liverpool content to begin working very hard on your behalf, finding the best of British telly for broadcast on public television in the States for the coming year. After a quick 9-hour flight to London followed by a 2.5 hour train journey to Liverpool, […]

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  • Rod Stewart's 1971 tribute to the Dowager Countess

    Rod Stewart's 1971 tribute to the Dowager Countess

    It’s that time again for the annual BBC Showcase where myself and about 600 of my closest friends around the globe get the opportunity to screen what that Beeb has in store for the worldwide television landscape in the next couple of years. After 20 years, we leave the lovely (at this time of the […]

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  • You too can be the Dowager Countess….for $12K a day (lunch included!)

    You too can be the Dowager Countess….for $12K a day (lunch included!)

    Yes, I know, the ‘another network’ has something on called the Super Bowl up against tonights new installment of Downton Abbey. Hopefully, they’ll learn not to counter program when series three comes around in 2013. If you can’t make it to the big game, we have a once-in-a-lifetime travel deal to satisfy your inner-Dowager Countess. […]

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  • Creating Sherlock's 221b Baker Street "home"

    Creating Sherlock's 221b Baker Street "home"

    In previous weeks, we’ve noted the painstaking efforts that writers Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and Steve Thompson went through to bring us television brilliance. Also, to no one’s surprise, the endless hours of prep the actors put in outside of just “learning their lines” to get it just right are well-documented. Benedict Cumberbatch not only […]

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  • Was that the TARDIS in Sherlock 2?

    Was that the TARDIS in Sherlock 2?

    Given that UK telly watchers have had the great good fortune to see the entire second series of, what I will always and forever refer to as, the brilliance of Sherlock, it’s up to the American television audience to verify the following when the series premieres Sunday, May 6 on PBS as part of the […]

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  • Hey, Shepperton, Red Dwarf X is in the building!

    Hey, Shepperton, Red Dwarf X is in the building!

    Shepperton Studios is THE place to be tonight as it’s zero hour for the lucky few that scored tickets to the first taping date for Red Dwarf X. All the familiar faces will be present. Lister, Rimmer, Kryten and Cat. But, according to producer, Charles Armitage, there will be a ‘fifth star’ present over the […]

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  • Python's Black Knight – Dear Diary

    Python's Black Knight – Dear Diary

    Ever since I attended the world premiere of Monty Python and the Holy Grail back in 1974 at the Esquire Theatre in Dallas, I knew that there was so much more to The Black Knight. While the 900+ in attendance starred blankly at the coconut they were given earlier in line, I immediately turned my […]

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  • Sunday scattershooting with Doctor Who, Being Human & Frankenstein

    Sunday scattershooting with Doctor Who, Being Human & Frankenstein

    As the saying goes, so much to do, so little time. With lots going on in the world of British television these days that I thought it best to just do a bit of ‘bits and bobs’ scattershooting today to catch everyone up in all the latest news in the world of British comedy and […]

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  • New Orleans becomes BBC West this week

    New Orleans becomes BBC West this week

    It’s that time of year again, where Tellyspotting, along with 100+ colleagues from PBS stations around the country, descend upon New Orleans to work very, very hard on your behalf. Ordinarily, as television programmer’s, we like to say that our main function in life is to watch bad television so you don’t have to. However, […]

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