• Have a spare 57+ hours? Upstairs Downstairs DVD giveaway

    Have a spare 57+ hours? Upstairs Downstairs DVD giveaway

    Considered by many as the most successful and influential British drama series ever to have graced the small screen, one thing was always clear over the five seasons of the original Upstairs Downstairs, the inhabitants above and below the stairs at 165 Eaton Place are quite the resilient bunch. They’ve survived social change, political upheaval, […]

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  • Upstairs Downstairs – the beginning

    Upstairs Downstairs – the beginning

    Belgravia, 10 April: Thankfully, 165 Eaton Place recently took down the “To Let” signage and opened it’s doors once again after some 40 years of being on the market. The BBC signed a long-term lease on the newest incarnation of a television classic with the commissioning of a second series for a late Fall 2011 […]

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  • On the set with Downton Abbey II

    On the set with Downton Abbey II

    For those still suffering from post-Downton Abbey separation anxiety, you can rest easier tonight knowing that production filming has begun on the second set of the ITV mega-hit series, which is, again, scripted by series creator, Julian Fellowes. Don’t just take my word for it. This comes from the Earl of Grantham, himself, portrayed brilliantly […]

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  • Happy British Pie Week 2011!

    Happy British Pie Week 2011!

    Whether you celebrate with a large gathering of friends at a local pub or in the quiet of your own home with a few close friends, take a moment this week to pay homage to the great British Pie during British Pie Week 2011, March 7-11, 2011. Makes no difference if you go with the classic […]

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  • Tellyspotting interview – 10 MINUTES WITH JOHN OLIVER

    Tellyspotting interview – 10 MINUTES WITH JOHN OLIVER

    Some of you may know him from his position as Senior British Correspondent on The Daily Show. You may know him from his role as psychology professor, Dr. Ian Duncan, on Community. Others may know him only from the world of stand-up. Regardless of how, and whether you do or not, the important thing is that […]

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  • BBC Showcase 2011 – Day one

    BBC Showcase 2011 – Day one

    Seemed appropriate on ‘Oscar Sunday’, that we begin with greetings from the land of The King’s Speech and Colin Firth. It’s day one at BBC Showcase 2011 in Brighton where we are able to screen literally 1000’s of hours of BBC past, present and future for possible acquisition. It was here, over the years, that […]

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  • Brighton…Craggy Island.  Tedfest V…Brighton. What to do?

    Brighton…Craggy Island. Tedfest V…Brighton. What to do?

    Let’s see. It’s February with a forecast of cold, wind and rain. It’s not Boston. Took too long to get there. Must be Brighton. Must be time again for BBC Showcase, the annual gathering in Brighton, UK where we get a chance to screen the entire BBC catalog both past and present to make potential […]

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  • Scattershooting – Doctor Who, Frankenstein and more….

    Scattershooting – Doctor Who, Frankenstein and more….

    Ok, in another tellyspotting tribute to the Thursday night edition of Monday Night Football, we bring you the Tuesday edition of our Monday scattershooting. Personally, I’m blaming the President’s Day holiday for our being a day late in catching you up on the latest and greatest from the UK. Lots going on not only this […]

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  • Doctor Who Experience invades London in 2011

    Doctor Who Experience invades London in 2011

    Fancy yourself as the Twelfth Doctor? Ever had that fleeting moment where you wondered just what you’d do if you crossed paths with a Dalek or a Cybermen? Now’s your chance when the Doctor Who Experience descends on London’s O2 beginning Sunday, 20 February. Billed as the ultimate Doctor Who adventure, the exhibition is part […]

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  • 165 Eaton Place lease renewed for a second year

    165 Eaton Place lease renewed for a second year

    It’s only February, but it’s time to circle Fall 2011/Winter 2012 on your calendar for round two of the bout between Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs. We all know the story of the mega-hit from ITV, Downton Abbey. Broadcast last Fall in the UK to record viewer numbers and followed by a US premiere on […]

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