Timothy Spall joins Lesley Manville for Anthony Horowitz’s ‘Magpie Murders’ on PBS

While it was recently announced that Foyle’s War creator, Anthony Horowitz, would adapt his best-selling novel, Magpie Murders, as part of PBS’ Masterpiece series, at the time there was really no movement other than that given the on-again, off-again UK production coronavirus lockdown. Things have begun to look up, however, as Magpie Murders goes into production next week in Suffolk […]

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Remembering the Cream Reunion Concert as The Royal Albert Hall celebrates 150 years!

The one and only Royal Albert Hall has been home to more legendary moments in music history then the law allows. While the past year has been more than challenging for this iconic venue, the concert hall that borders London’s Hyde Park in South Kensington is nothing short of a national treasure….and, has been for 150 years! My first memory of attending a concert at Royal Albert Hall occurred some 15+ years ago in 2005 to see the Cream Reunion Concert as part of the filming for the PBS series Great Performances, 

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Radio 4’s ‘Annika’ makes the leap to the small screen with Nicola Walker as DI Annika Strandhed

From the time I was first introduced to the acting talents of Walker in her role as DI Susan Taylor in Touching Evil (co-starring with Grantchester‘s Robson Green), followed by her time as Ruth Evershed in Spooks (MI5), guest roles in Luther, Being Human and Inside Men, then her more recent efforts in Scott & Bailey and Last Tango in Halifax, once again I’m convinced she could […]

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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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