Post-‘Sanditon’, Andrew Davies sets sights on ‘A Suitable Boy’

If you’re Andrew Davies and your career portfolio includes the likes of Sanditon, Les Misérables, Pride and Prejudice, War & Peace, Vanity Fair, Bleak House, Middlemarch, A Very Peculiar Practice and, let’s not forget, the brilliant House of Cards, you could easily hang it up and retire to the Cotswolds or you could ramp it up a notch and create […]

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MODUS comes to PBS as first offering from Channel 4’s Walter Presents

PBS’ PBS Distribution unit recently struck a deal with British streaming service Walter Presents, which last year launched in the U.S. as an SVOD product, to add more than 300 hours of international drama series to its PBS Masterpiece channel on Amazon’s Prime Video Channels. Started in January 2016 as a co-venture between Britain’s Channel 4, […]

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Les Misérables — the latest ‘Masterpiece’ epic headed to PBS and BBC

When it rains drama, it pours these days as PBS and BBC have announced an epic new adaptation of the 19th Century Victor Hugo classic, Les Miserables with an all-star cast headed by Dominic West (The Affair, The Hour) and David Oyelowo (Spooks, Selma, A United Kingdom) in the iconic roles of Jean Valjean and Javert, the police inspector […]

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Creator/writer Andrew Davies sets sights on ‘Les Miserables,’ sans music

Creator/writer Andrew Davies will bring Les Miserables, Victor Hugo’s 19th-century novel, to the small screen in 2017. Set against the epic backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest, the 6-part drama will bring together Davies’ War and Peace team including the Weinstein Company for the forthcoming BBC production. “Les Misérables is a huge, iconic title. Most […]

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Post Downton Abbey, Sesame Street spoofs ‘House of Cards’

For a bit of a different take on the classic Three Little Pigs story, Sesame Street had to look no further than the  House of Cards for their next parody target. The American version with Kevin Spacey, not the brilliant BBC series with Ian Richardson. Given the British focus of Tellyspotting, I find myself a bit […]

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It's a 'Sherlock' sweep at the 2014 Emmys…almost.

The 2014 Emmy Awards have come and gone with British entries more than holding their own for nominations and winners. Most of the categories from a British standpoint were dominated with twelve nominations apiece by the usual suspects involved both in front of and behind the camera with Downton Abbey and Sherlock. Especially in the […]

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Downton's Lily James to star in 'War and Peace'?

Looks like Downton Abbey‘s Lily James is getting dangerously close to Benedict Cumberbatch waters these days when it comes to her name being rumored for parts in virtually everything that is slated for production. Having just finished her lead role in Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella, the actress who plays Lady Rose in Downton Abbey is, according […]

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