165 Eaton Place lease renewed for a second year

It’s only February, but it’s time to circle Fall 2011/Winter 2012 on your calendar for round two of the bout between Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs. We all know the story of the mega-hit from ITV, Downton Abbey. Broadcast last Fall in the UK to record viewer numbers and followed by a US premiere on […]

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Monday Scattershooting – Lark Rise, David Tennant and more…

Lark Rise to Candleford axed After four seasons, the BBC’s popular period drama adaptation of Flora Thompson’s memoirs of her Oxfordshire childhood has come to an end. Set in both the small hamlet of Lark Rise and the neighboring, wealthier town of Candleford, the series starred Julia Sawalha (Absolutely Fabulous), Olivia Hallinan and Linda Bassett. BBC […]

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Sherlock teasers for series two on BBC and PBS

Hard to think of the word “teaser” when it refers to something that’s still almost four months away from filming and, roughly, nine months away from broadcast, but little mind-teasers are starting to leak out about the next set of the Sherlock series from the genius minds of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. With the worlds […]

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Frankenstein descends on London's West End

For those in and around the UK in the not-too-distant future whether by residence or on holiday, here’s a definitive ‘must-see’ moment to quickly consider….and, to report back to us on. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in Frankenstein Look up ‘must-see’ in any dictionary and you’ll read a description of the upcoming production of […]

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Is Episodes a comedy or a documentary?

A British couple comes to the U.S. to oversee their successful British comedy being remade by an “American network” — and ruined. Sounds more like a documentary than a comedy to me. Can you blame me? I can name all the British comedies that have had American re-makes on one hand, and have two fingers […]

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Behind the Britcom at BBC Television Centre

In London Sunday, taping the host portions of the upcoming PBS special, Behind the Britcom: From Script to Screen at BBC Television Centre. The cool thing is that we are taping in Studio TC8 which was home to the likes of Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, The Good Life, Keeping Up Appearances, Are You Being Served and […]

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Mark Gatiss' The First Men in the Moon

Definitely doesn’t have the name recognition that both War of the Worlds and The Time Machine have, but H.G. Wells’ The First Men in the Moon is still, well, H.G. Wells. With only a single screen adaptation in 1964 to is credit, The First Men in the Moon is getting a great dust off by way of self-proclaimed […]

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Peter Jackson's Hobbit a go! C'mon 2012.

We’re talking 2012 and 2013, so who knows what movie distribution will look like, but this will be a movie-going event not to be missed. 3D in the theatres, Netflix download, Apple TV download, who knows. Whatever the outlet, put it on your calendars as of this moment. Fraught with delays in such minor details […]

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PBS' Sherlock — 'Must see TV' — Sunday

Having just watched a stellar 4-part documentary from the BBC on the history of NASA, it seems appropriate to begin today’s post with a space reference. T-minus 36 hours and counting until the premiere of Sherlock on PBS Critics agree from coast to coast. Perhaps the best example of the phrase “…if you watch one […]

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