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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‘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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‘The Long Song’ set for January 2021 premiere on PBS’ Masterpiece

Premiering Sunday, January 31 at 10pET/9pCT, The Long Song on Masterpiece brilliantly tells the story of the final years of slavery on the island of Jamaica and the transition to freedom that took place after its abolition in 1833. The story of The Long Song is long overdue given it premiered on BBC One in 2018 and will […]

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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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Anthony Horowitz talks ‘Moonflower Murders’ and much more for DMA Arts & Letters Live

The brilliant mind palace of New York Times best-selling author Anthony Horowitz is hard at work, once again, with the forthcoming release of Moonflower Murders. The masterful sequel to his worldwide bestseller Magpie Murders, once again, features Susan Ryeland, who is retired from her publishing career and running a small hotel on a Greek island. That mind palace will be on full […]

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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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British acting legend, Geoffrey Palmer, passes away at 93. RIP, Geoffrey.

From Jimmy Anderson in The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin to Ben Parkinson in Butterflies to Lionel Hardcastle in As Time Goes By, Geoffrey Palmer has been a constant fixture in our collective British comedy lives for the better part of four decades with these three series alone. Palmer, who had numerous guest roles in series such as Doctor Who, Inspector Morse, Blackadder Goes Forth, Poirot, Ashes to Ashes and Rev, had perhaps his most well-known guest starring role as Dr Price in “The Kipper and the Corpse” episode of Fawlty Towers in 1979. With a celebrated career that spanned seven decades, Palmer, who turned 93 years young in June of this year, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, 5 November.

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