Check in to ‘Hotel Portofino’ tonight on PBS then stick around for the return of ‘Endeavour’!

Set in the breathtakingly beautiful resort town of Portofino, Hotel Portofino is about personal awakening at a time of global upheaval in the traumatic aftermath of World War I and of the liberating influence of Italy’s enchanting culture, climate and cuisine on elite British travelers.

Premiering tonight at 8pET/7pCT on PBS, Hotel Portofino tells the story of the Ainsworth family that has relocated from Britain to open an upscale hotel on the Italian coastline. Once you meet the cast of characters, both Upstairs Downstairs and Downton Abbey come to mind….if they happened to be set in 1920 Italy.

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The Crawleys are returning home this Christmas on PBS!

Armed with 15 Primetime Emmys® and 69 Emmy® nominations, the PBS drama series that set viewing records for a PBS drama is returning to its’ rightful home this Christmas  — to PBS. Debuting on Masterpiece in January 2011, Downton Abbey ran for six series before Mr. Carson shuttered the doors on Downton in 2016, Downton Abbey: The Movie will broadcast Saturday, […]

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You are cordially invited to ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ — March 18, 2022

Finally, two years after the original movie and five years after the television drama ended its six-season run on PBS, charter members of the Downton Abbey Separation Anxiety can rest easy knowing that Downton Abbey: A New Era will hit theatres on March 18, 2022. While the first film centered around a Royal Visit to the Crawley family and Downton […]

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A pre-Oompa-Loompas Willie Wonka heads to the big screen with an amazing cast in tow!

Full disclosure. Re-makes tend to scare me, whether it’s big or small screen. Pre-Endeavour, prequels used to scare me too. Neither really ever came close to meeting expectations based on the original until Shaun Evans brought a young Detective Constable Endeavour Morse to life during his early career with the Oxford City Police CID.

While I’m reserving judgement on an announced 2023 release of Wonka, given it will be really hard to touch Gene Wilder’s definitive 1971 portrayal of the iconic children’s literary character, recent announcements as to casting may just have me looking forward to this one.

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‘Tom Jones’, the mother of all Rom-coms, headed to PBS

Long considered to be one of the earliest novels in the English language, Henry Fielding’s The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling will be adapted and reimagined for television by PBS Masterpiece. The story follows the growth and misadventures of the title character, played in this new adaptation by the young actor Solly McLeod (The Rising), who stars opposite Sophie Wilde (You Don’t Know Me) as the heroine, Sophia Western.

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‘Bob’ immortalized with statue in Islington Green

With his trademark scarf in tow, Bob now permanently presides over Islington Green providing, perhaps, the best photo op this side of the statue of Mr. Bean in Leicester Square. The stray ginger tomcat, who sadly crossed the Rainbow Bridge in June 2020, became a global celebrity after the emergence of his heartwarming friendship with busker […]

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‘Downton Abbey 2’ tops everyone’s Christmas Gift Guide for 2021

I’m betting you’ll get no argument from anyone, anywhere, that 2020 hasn’t been the most challenging year in our collective lifetimes. Much like the recent broadcast of All Creatures Great and Small or the timeless annual telecasts of A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life, the world is definitely in need of a another ‘no place like home for the holidays’ this holiday season. What better way to usher in the holiday season that with a trip to Downton Abbey and another visit with the Crawley family this Christmas!

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