• ‘Celebrity Gogglebox’ is priceless telly about…absolutely nothing!

    ‘Celebrity Gogglebox’ is priceless telly about…absolutely nothing!

    Five years ago, I was introduced to a phenomenon known as Gogglebox. The world has not been the same since. Every so often, along comes a television series that simply defies logic. Realizing that at even 5 years ago I was a day late and a dollar short when it came to hearing about this series, I am […]

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  • Fancy yourself a die-hard ‘Masterpiece’ or ‘Mystery’ fan? Check out the 50th anniversary character crossword…

    Fancy yourself a die-hard ‘Masterpiece’ or ‘Mystery’ fan? Check out the 50th anniversary character crossword…

    Whether you’ve been watching PBS since the early days when Masterpiece aired on Sundays and Mystery! was on Thursdays or maybe you jumped on the British drama/mystery freight train in recent years with the broadcasts of Downton Abbey, Grantchester, Endeavour, Sherlock, Victoria or Poldark, chances are you are a die-hard Masterpiece/Mystery fan on PBS via your local public television station. Well, now is your […]

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  • Making Nigel Tufnel proud, Tellyspotting turns 11!

    Making Nigel Tufnel proud, Tellyspotting turns 11!

    It was 11 years ago on October 1, 2009 that I had this crazy idea to create a blog that would be devoted to British television, UK pop culture and, essentially, anything and everything British. Having had the great good fortune and amazing opportunity over my career in television to be associated with some of the most talented people on both sides of the camera that create some of your favorite British comedies, mysteries and dramas, it seemed like a logical next step to be able to share with everyone what I’m privileged to be a part of every day. SO, on Thursday, October 1, 2009, Tellyspotting was born.  Eleven years and 3,727 posts later, here we are, still having as much fun talking about British television as we did that fateful day 11 years ago.

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  • Social distancing — The Torbay way! 2 metres = 1 Basil Fawlty!

    Social distancing — The Torbay way! 2 metres = 1 Basil Fawlty!

    If our new normal of social distancing still has you confused as to what actually constitutes a ‘safe social distance’, consider this from one, John Cleese, with the ultimate in visual explanations for those thick of mind, courtesy of the Torbay Council. Going forward if I see you too close to one another I shall […]

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  • There may be no garden gnome or herds of wildebeests, but at least Fawlty Towers Lego set has a rat, a moosehead and a tree branch!

    There may be no garden gnome or herds of wildebeests, but at least Fawlty Towers Lego set has a rat, a moosehead and a tree branch!

    While it’s not near a good as the possibility of discovering a missing 13th episode of the greatest comedy of all time, Fawlty Towers, Lego Ideas member Lachie has designed a new set of bricks that British comedy fans will definitely recognize. Lachie recently explained his simple reasoning for creating the set to the British Comedy Guide: “I […]

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