Happy 45th, ‘Poldark’!

Looking at the calendar, it’s hard to believe it is already October. Can someone tell me what happened to March through September?? It’s also hard to believe that yesterday, Monday, October 5th, marked the 45th anniversary of the UK premiere of Poldark. It was such a treat to open an email yesterday morning and spend time reading how Robin Ellis, the original Captain Ross Poldark, marked the anniversary.

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Keeley Hawes feels a ‘huge responsibility’ in newest effort, ‘Honour’

In my book, Keeley Hawes is quickly entering the Nicola Walker/Suranne Jones/Bill Nighy arena. I could watch and listen to each of them simply read the phone book and it would be stellar telly. In addition to her efforts in Spooks, Ashes to Ashes, Bodyguard, The Durrells in Corfu and Summer of Rockets, her intense portrayal of DI Lindsay Denton in Jed Mercurio’s Line of Duty could be considered a masterclass performance.

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With the most beautiful cities in the world as a backdrop, David Nicholls’ ‘Us’ with Tom Hollander and Saskia Reeves heads our way

Quality drama continues to come our way via BBC One and PBS as David Nicholls’ Us skirted the coronavirus pandemic lockdown and is set to transmit in 2020-21. Based on the best-selling, critically acclaimed novel of the same name by David Nicholls, Us stars Tom Hollander (Rev, Night Manager, Baptiste, Bohemian Rhapsody), Saskia Reeves (Luther, Wolf Hall, Silent Witness, […]

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Settle in for Drama Sundays this Fall on PBS as ‘Masterpiece’ gets ready to turn 50!

Starting out as Masterpiece Theatre on PBS in 1971, the series celebrates its 50th year in January 2021 by continuing the early days tradition of presenting quality dramas such as Upstairs Downstairs, I Claudius, Duchess of Duke Street, Danger UXB, and House of Cards, to name just a few. A tradition that has continued for 50 years with brilliant series such as Prime […]

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‘Call the Midwife’ returns to filming for S10 + Christmas special

The word out of Neal Street Productions is that cast and crew of Call the Midwife have returned to Nonnatus House (i.e. Longcross Studios) to begin filming of the traditional Christmas special and series 10! Filming was halted in March due to safety concerns for the CTM family. While postponing filming was viewed by producers as a sad but […]

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First look at ‘All Creatures Great and Small’, headed to PBS Masterpiece in January 2021

All Creatures Great and Small is set for a January 2021 return on PBS as part of Masterpiece‘s 50th anniversary celebration! Starring Nicholas Ralph along with Samuel West, Callum Woodhouse, Anna Madeley and Rachel Shenton, the series is based on the books of Alf Wight (writing under the pseudonym, James Herriot). The original series, broadcast in both the U.K. […]

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Lesley Manville cast as Princess Margaret in fifth and final series of ‘The Crown’

Lesley Manville becomes the latest addition to the cast of The Crown as the Oscar-nominated actress is set to take over from Helena Bonham Carter in playing Princess Margaret when the fifth and final series begins filming next year. Many public television viewers will recognize Manville for her brilliant portrayal as Cathy Bradshaw in “Mum” and also in PBS Masterpiece’s “World on Fire”.

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