Rev and Mr. Sloane highlight comedy presentation at BBC Showcase 2014

It’s like being a kid in a candy store attending the BBC Comedy presentation Monday in Liverpool. Showing a number of clips for shows that are coming up in the not-too-distant future, you get the sense that Shane Allen, Controller for Comedy at the BBC, is keen on maintaining the channel’s dominance in the comedy […]

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It's Comedy/Drama time at BBC Showcase 2014

It’s always brilliant to enter into screening overload on the first day of the BBC Showcase in Liverpool. Already in 2014, from a drama standpoint, public television viewers have been treated to new seasons of Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Call the Midwife, Mr. Selfridge, Doc Martin, Father Brown and Death in Paradise. The good news is […]

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Tellyspotting heads to Liverpool for 2014 BBC Showcase

How appropriate given that 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the first Beatles appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show that, as you read this, Tellyspotting will be somewhere over New York City headed to Liverpool for the 2014 BBC Showcase. You might remember that this is annual gathering of television programming executives from around the […]

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Everton FC signs Dame Judi Dench

Is there no end to the greatness of Dame Judi Dench? She’s continues as James Bond’s boss, M, in the upcoming Bond film, Skyfall, has won 10 BAFTA’s, 7 Laurence Olivier Awards, 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards, 2 Golden Globes, an Oscar and a Tony Award. At 77, the year 2011-2012 has been a rather […]

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Speedy's adds Sherlock Wrap to menu today

Sherlock Wrap hits Speedy’s menu today It was with extreme sadness that I exited the Euston Square tube station last Thursday around 4:00pm, made the short walk to 187 North Gower Street only to find out that the now infamous Speedy’s Sandwich Bar & Cafe closes at 3:30p daily. After a quick expletive deleted directed […]

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Downton Abbey 3 – a first look

As we close down another BBC Showcase, time to take a quick look back at our time in Liverpool. With over 2500 hours of comedy, drama, natural history and documentary from the BBC catalogue available to view, just over 40 hours of screening were logged over the past 4 days looking for that hidden gem […]

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BBC Showcase – comedy, comedy, comedy in 2012

One thing was quite clear after day two in Liverpool at the 2012 BBC Showcase. While it’s been an exceedingly good year for the BBC with regards to drama with the premiere of Call the Midwife, the return of Whitechapel, the continuation of Upstairs Downstairs and the brilliant end to Spooks (MI5), it’s clear that […]

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Beatles, comedy, drama and more – BBC Showcase – day one

Any pre-conceived impressions of Liverpool that I had prior to arriving yesterday at Liverpool Lime Street train station were completely blown away today by spending a bit of time talking to residents of all ages about their city. I have never met a collective group of people that are more proud of their city than […]

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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

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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