Remembering Midsomer Murders’ Sykes and other 4-legged screen pets on National Love Your Pet Day 2021!

No self-respecting animal lover will ever forget Isis and Pharoah, the two 4-legged companions that were forever by Lord Grantham’s side in Downton Abbey or the majestic visual of Seamus riding up and down the Cornish coast in Poldark with Captain Ross Poldark at the helm or Queen Victoria’s beloved Dash, always at the young Queen’s side in Victoria. To celebrate National Love Your Pet Day, my thoughts immediately turned to the fictional English county of Midsomer and one of its most recognized residents, Sykes. It was a sad day back in September 2016 when one of the most beloved TV dogs since Lassie announced his retirement from Midsomer Murders. Sykes, John Barnaby’s beloved pet dog, hung up his lead following series 15 and retired after five years with the show.

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Remembering Michael Gwynn, a.k.a. Lord Melbury in ‘Fawlty Towers’

With a TOH to John Cleese, we remember Michael Gwynn who momentarily fulfilled Basil’s wishes of improving the class of guest that stayed at Fawlty Towers. Gwynn was one of a long line of talented actors who paid a visit to Fawlty Towers over the course of the 12 episodes (yes, there were only 12). Gwynn passed away on 29 January 1976 at the age of 59.

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Happy 45th, ‘Poldark’!

Looking at the calendar, it’s hard to believe it is already October. Can someone tell me what happened to March through September?? It’s also hard to believe that yesterday, Monday, October 5th, marked the 45th anniversary of the UK premiere of Poldark. It was such a treat to open an email yesterday morning and spend time reading how Robin Ellis, the original Captain Ross Poldark, marked the anniversary.

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Behind the scenes with Tori, aka Dash the dog from ‘Victoria’

One of the more lovable and memorable characters in ‘Victoria’ was Queen Victoria’s King Charles Spaniel, Dash, played by Tori. In an earlier role that probably was instrumental in securing her face time in ‘Victoria,’ Tori also played Dash back in the 2009 film ‘The Young Victoria’ starring Emily Blunt.

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The Poldark’s return to Nampara as filming begins on 5th and final series

As American audiences settled in on Sunday night for the return of Poldark on PBS’ Masterpiece series, word out of the official Poldark twitter account, @PoldarkTV, has the Poldark’s returning to Nampara to begin filming on the 5th and final series based on the books of Winston Graham. While series four follows the events of book seven, “The Angry Tide”, Poldark creator/writer Debbie […]

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‘The Tunnel: Vengeance’ – Q&A with showrunner and lead writer, Emilia di Girolamo

Fasten your seat belts and grab a box of tissues as the third and final series of The Tunnel: Vengeance begins Sunday evening on PBS at 10:30pET / 9:30pCT. Tellspotting had the great good fortune to sit down recently with the wonderfully brilliant Emilia di Girolamo, showrunner and lead writer for the gripping finale of The Tunnel trilogy to discuss her […]

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