Take a tour of the British Isles in accents

From a drama standpoint, have you ever wondered as you were watching the likes of MI-5, Doc Martin, Scott & Bailey, New Tricks, Case Histories, Call the Midwife, Father Brown or Eastenders how where the show is set will dictate the accents used in the show? How about from a comedy standpoint with Last of […]

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Drama takes center stage at BBC Showcase 2014

After a healthy dose of comedy the last couple of days with Rev, Wrong Mans, Uncle, Inside No. 9 and Mr. Sloane, the focus was on drama as we are at the halfway point of the BBC Showcase screenings in Liverpool. Already armed with the knowledge that there will be new seasons of Death in […]

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Tellyspotting heads to Liverpool for 2014 BBC Showcase

How appropriate given that 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the first Beatles appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show that, as you read this, Tellyspotting will be somewhere over New York City headed to Liverpool for the 2014 BBC Showcase. You might remember that this is annual gathering of television programming executives from around the […]

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Drama – 2014 is looking up for British telly in the U.S.

Just in case you thought that, even for a fleeting moment, telly couldn’t get any better after a fairly stellar 2013, the BeeB and ITV bring the following to public television in 2014… Downton Abbey 4     Sherlock 3     Doc Martin 6     New Tricks 10     Call the Midwife […]

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Foyle's War to return in 2015

As if the 2014 telly drama cabinet wasn’t full enough with new series of the likes of Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Call the Midwife, Mr. Selfridge, Endeavour, Last Tango in Halifax, DCI Banks, Scott & Bailey, New Tricks and Poirot along with new series premieres of Death Comes to Pemberley and Breathless, comes the absolutely brilliant […]

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Heading to The Big Easy and 270 London Tube stations in 3:15…or 17 hours

As many of you know if you’ve been either a regular or even a casual follower of Tellyspotting over the past 4+ years, October is the annual BBC Syndication Showcase. Each year, public television programming representatives descend upon New Orleans to sit in a hotel conference room for two days screening non-stop the best of […]

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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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BBC's New Tricks returns this summer with a new 'old dog'

The Metropolitan Police Service’s Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS) is made up of retired police officers who have been recruited to reinvestigate unsolved crimes – or ‘Cold Case’. While the upcoming series of New Tricks will, sadly, be the last for long time regular ‘old dogs’, Amanda Redman and Alun Armstrong, there’s a […]

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New Tricks adds 'youngster' Nicholas Lyndhurst to cast for series 10

Great news on the New Tricks front. After 9 seasons of greatness from the likes of Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman, Alun Armstrong and James Bolam, the old dogs at the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad will be adding a ‘new’ old dog come series 10. Nicholas Lyndhurst (Butterflies, Only Fools and Horses, Goodnight Sweetheart, […]

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New Orleans becomes BBC West this week

It’s that time of year again, where Tellyspotting, along with 100+ colleagues from PBS stations around the country, descend upon New Orleans to work very, very hard on your behalf. Ordinarily, as television programmer’s, we like to say that our main function in life is to watch bad television so you don’t have to. However, […]

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