‘Around the World in 80 Days’ with David Tennant = another PBS Masterpiece!

David Tennant stars as English gentleman turned adventurer and literature’s greatest explorer Phileas Fogg in a thrilling new adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel, Around the World in 80 Days, coming to Masterpiece on PBS. Joining Tennant for this 8-part adventure will be French actor Ibrahim Koma (OSS 177) as Fogg’s irrepressible valet, Passepartout, Leonie Benesch […]

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R.I.P. Una Stubbs, a.k.a. Mrs. Hudson in ‘Sherlock’

Known worldwide for her role as Sherlock Holmes’ landlady, Mrs. Hudson, Una Stubbs has passed away following a brief illness in Edinburgh surrounded by family at the age of 84. With a career that spanned over 60+ years in show business, her first major screen role was in Cliff Richard’s 1963 film, Summer Holiday. Stubbs became a fixture […]

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Bear with…Germany begins filming on ‘Miranda’ remake, ‘Ruby’

In an attempt to shed their title of being voted ‘the least funniest country in the world‘ following a 2011 international survey conducted by Badoo.com, Germany has begun filming on a German language version of the British sitcom, Miranda. Currently with the working title of Ruby, the series will star German actress Anna Böger in the […]

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At the end of their ‘three series and out’ pact, Jodie Whitaker and Chris Chibnall set to turn over the keys to the TARDIS after S13!

What had been rumored for some time, is now official. Jodie Whittaker is leaving Doctor Who, with showrunner Chris Chibnall also set to depart the series in 2022. Doctor #13 and series showrunner will both bow out following a six-part series (set to air later in 2021), two specials (already planned for 2022), plus one final feature-length adventure for […]

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Armed with a mission to find the missing, ‘Baptiste’ returns this Fall to PBS Masterpiece

Tchéky Karyo returns as retired detective Julien Baptiste when series 2 of Baptiste premieres this Fall on PBS Masterpiece. The long-awaited psychological crime drama was slowed by COVID restrictions earlier this year but returns to BBC One this Sunday. Swapping Amsterdam’s red light district from series 1 for the woody mountains of Hungary for his next case, Baptiste has an uncanny knack for finding the missing.

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Remembering ‘Test Card F’ and Carole Hersee, the ‘test card girl’.

Known within the BBC as Test Card F, the iconic image was used on television in the United Kingdom and in countries elsewhere in the world for more than four decades. Like other test cards, it was usually shown while no programs were being broadcast. While I never experienced ‘Test Card F’ in real-time, I first became aware of the ‘test card girl’ during the British police procedural, Life on Mars, as the card was in use during the time in 1973 that Sam Tyler ‘woke up’ following a near-fatal car accident.

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First Look: ‘Ridley Road’ on PBS Masterpiece

Ridley Road tells the story of Vivien Epstein (Aggi O’Casey), a young Jewish woman who after falling in love with a member of the ‘62 Group’, rejects her comfortable middle-class life in Manchester and joins the fight against fascism in London, risking everything for her beliefs and for the man she loves. As Vivien descends further into the fascist organization her courage and loyalties are challenged.

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Surprise! There’s more death in paradise on the horizon as ‘Death in Paradise’ begins filming S11

Series 11 of Death in Paradise has begun filming on on the beautiful island of Guadeloupe. While little is known, at this point, other than there will be more death in paradise, what is known is who’s back and who’s not for the newest set of whodunit’s on the fictional island of Saint Marie. For starters, DI Neville Parker (Ralf Little) and DS Florence Cassell (Josephine Jobert) are back to solve more crimes reporting to Commissioner Patterson, played brilliantly by Don Warrington, the only cast member to have established a permanent residence on Saint Marie from series 1, episode 1.

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