From ‘Happy Valley’ and ‘Halifax’, Sarah Lancashire heads to the kitchen in ‘Julia’

Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax) is headed to the kitchen making her U.S. television portraying the legendary television chef and cookery writer, Julia Child. “Julia” will tell the story of Julia Child, who is credited with introducing French cooking to the greater portion of the American public and to most every at-home chef around the world.

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Could that be ‘Sanditon 2’ we see on the horizon? Maybe so….

Without trying to get anyone’s hopes up to much, there just might be joy in Mudville around the corner as there have been rumblings about the possibility of a second series of Sanditon in our collective future. For much of Planet Earth, dreams of a second series had pretty much gone up in flames much like Tom […]

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Happy 66th, Rowan Atkinson!

Rowan Atkinson turns 66 today. Thankfully, for us, the comedic genius chose to put neither his degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Newcastle University nor his degree of MSc in Electrical Engineering from The Queen’s College, Oxford to use. His true calling became more clear after gaining national attention as member of The Oxford Revue at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1976.

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‘The First Churchills’ started it all as PBS’s ‘Masterpiece’ celebrates 50 years

On January 10, 2021, PBS’s Masterpiece series, the long-time anchor of the Sunday night line-up, turns 50. It was Sunday, January 10, 1971 that The First Churchills, about the life of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough and his wife, Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, starring John Neville and Sarah Hampshire was first broadcast. Another notable event occurred on that same day in 1971 as it marked the start of a 22-year stint for Alistair Cooke, the British-born American writer, journalist, television personality and radio broadcaster, as as the host of PBS Masterpiece Theatre from 1971 to 1992.

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New adaptation of ‘Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris’ stars a few familiar faces — Lesley Manville, Jason Isaacs and Rose Williams.

A new adaptation of Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, Paul Gallico’s much-loved novel (Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris) about a cleaning lady in 1950s London who falls in love with an haute couture dress by Christian Dior and decides to gamble everything for the sake of having one of her own, has been filming this past […]

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First look at ‘Call the Midwife Christmas Special’ as Trixie gears up for the holidays!

Just a quick follow-up update regarding the forthcoming Call the Midwife Christmas Special that airs Christmas Day on BBC One and PBS. This first, first look clip was released Wednesday morning on ITV’s This Morning program. Thanks to the official CTM Twitter feed for recognizing there is a whole world of fans around the globe that are outside ITV’s transmission […]

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‘All Creatures Great and Small’ set to return for a second series

When I wrote recently that the new reboot of  All Creatures Great and Small had all the potential to become the next Downton Abbey, that may have been a little presumptuous on my part but not by much based on viewer reaction, critical acclaim and, now, the official word from Channel 5 and PBS that the series has been commissioned for a second series!

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EYNTK about ‘Roadkill’ before tonight’s 2nd installment on PBS!

The 2nd installment of Roadkill airs tonight at 9pET/8pCT on PBS as part of Masterpiece. As is usually the case with British dramas, there are a significant number of ensemble cast members in Roadkill surrounding Hugh Laurie that might have you scratching your head saying ‘where do I know that person’ including Ophelia Lovibond (W1A, Elementary, Rocketman) as Susan Laurence, Patricia Lodge (Rumpole of the Bailey, Miranda) as Lady Roche, Caroline Lee-Johnson (Chef!) as Bella Gayle, Pip Torrens (Poldark) as Joe Lapidus and Kate Lamb (Call the Midwife) as Lindsay Storm.

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