'Death in Paradise' lines up all-star guest list for S4

Seems as though we are in the middle of everyone’s favorite British drama production season. As many know, Tellyspotting is currently on the production set for Father Brown in the Costwolds as they continue filming series 3, Doctor Who S8 is still filming with Kumars at No 42 star, Sanjeev Bhaskar, added to the series […]

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World Cup 2014: OK, England, it's time to 'Bring It Home'

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil just around the corner, beginning next week on 12 June. Every participating country is still in the running and, just like Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber, they all still have a chance. For England, however, 2014 couldn’t have come soon enough in order to quickly erase the disaster […]

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New Tricks adds a new 'old dog' for series 10

The Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS) are back as New Tricks series 10 returned Tuesday night with a two-part special that took them abroad for the first time. The investigation leads the team, headed by DS Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman), to the port of Gibraltar where they have to work hand in hand […]

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DCI Banks set to return in 2014 with filming to begin next month

When ITV recently announced that DCI Banks, starring Stephen Tomkinson, would return for a third season in 2014 on both ITV in the UK and on public television stations in the States, my first thought was that with the addition of George Gently, Endeavour, Inspector Lewis, Scott & Bailey, New Tricks and Foyle’s War, I’m […]

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It's December. Must be Christmas telly time in the UK – 2012

Contrary to their North American neighbors to the west, both Christmas Day and Boxing Day might just possibly be the most important days in the UK for telly watching. Each and every year, both the BBC and ITV1 do not disappoint. As we wrote last year…and the year before…and the year before that, Christmas and […]

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Post Hobbit, it's now official! Sherlock 3 confirmed for January 2013 filming

Anytime Mark Gatiss talks Sherlock, I consider it official. While it has been the subject of intense speculation ever since Sherlock lept from atop St Barts Hospital, it has now been confirmed by stv Entertainment that the third series of Sherlock will begin filming in January 2013. Co-creator/co-writer (and Sherlock’s elder brother, Mycroft), Mark Gatiss, […]

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Dawn French added to cast of Sue Perkins' Heading Out

The cast list for a recently announced British comedy series is starting to read like a who’s who list of British comedy. Heading Out is star and be written by Sue Perkins, who just finished hosting duties for The Great British Bake Off . The six-part series will also star Steve Pemberton (League of Gentlemen, Whitechapel, […]

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Christmas Day numbers show Eastenders ⇑ and Downton Abbey ⇓

Downton Abbey may very well be the darling of the 2011 television season on both sides of the pond, but the critically-acclaimed, viewer mega-hit from ITV couldn’t quite muster the audience on Christmas Day, finishing in fourth place against the perennial Christmas ratings winners, Eastenders (BBC), Coronation Street (ITV) and Doctor Who (BBC). Some immediately […]

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A few Boxing Day bits and bobs

Doing a bit of Sherlock work on and around the Internets, post-Downton Abbey Christmas special, post-Doctor Who Christmas genius and post-Eastenders Christmas, one realizes that time does not stop for Boxing Day. Telly fans in the UK have now set their sights on the 1 January premiere of the Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss brilliant second […]

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BBC1 vs. ITV1 in Christmas Smackdown 2011

Will 2011 be the year that ITV unseats the 600 pound giant in the room, BBC One, for Christmas Day ratings dominance? Cue Michael Buffer….Let’s get ready to rumble! The infamous long-awaited Christmas Day schedules for both BBC One and ITV1 have been set, sort of, (as of today, anyway) and war has officially been […]

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