Happy B-Day, Rupert Penry-Jones

The happiest of birthdays today to Rupert Penry-Jones, a name to this day that may not roll off your tongue but telly watchers on both sides of the pond are more than well aware of his stellar work in series such as Spooks, Silk and Whitechapel in addition to specials such as 39 Steps and […]

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BBC adds classic Hitchcock to the mix with re-do of The Lady Vanishes

Following up on the successful 2008 re-do of Hitchcock’s 1935 film, The 39 Steps, which starred Rupert Penry-Jones, Lydia Leonard and David Haig, the BBC has announced plans to tackle Hitchcock’s 1939 classic, The Lady Vanishes. Targeted for Christmas release on BBC One, the film is set to begin filming in Budapest at the end […]

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A post Olympics first look at BBC's Ripper Street

As the sun sets on the Olympics, darkness rises on Ripper Street, so says the BBC trailer that ran during the closing days of the London 2012 Games. The newest installment to an amazing upcoming line-up of BBC drama, stars Matthew Macfadyen (Spooks, Pride and Prejudice) and Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones). With filming having […]

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Brit TV rumours that are too good to be true

If no one has denied them…are they still rumours? Thankfully, neither of these bits of information came to me on April Fools Day. If they do come to pass, the fact that both came across my desk on Friday the 13th should so change the way we all look at this fateful day from this […]

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The good; The bad; The 2012 BAFTA's

The 2012 BAFTA Television Awards have come and gone with the usual ‘some surprises, some expected’ best of the best in British television awards handed out on Sunday evening. A couple of quick personal observations…accent on personal observations. Full disclosure – I haven’t seen either Appropriate Adult or The Fades so they could be quite deserving […]

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Spooks 10 – This is the End

As Jim Morrison and The Doors sang….This is the End. With all the recent Sherlock and Downton Abbey talk the last few months, lets not forget the final series premiere of, perhaps, the best television show on television, MI5 (Spooks in the UK), as the series takes a final bow on public television this month […]

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Birdsong – another Masterpiece, 4/22 on PBS

The upcoming April 22 premiere of Birdsong will, undoubtedly, bring endless comparisons to Downton Abbey. Airing as part of PBS’ Masterpiece series on April 22 and 29, the BBC adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’ modern classic set during the First World War has, literally, been 20 years in the making. When this appeared in the UK […]

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The Last Weekend w/ Rupert Penry-Jones & Shaun Evans

Not that I’m being greedy or anything, but with all the particulars that are involved in ITV1’s announcement Monday both in front of and behind the camera, I need to see this now…and it needs to be a part of PBS’ Masterpiece series. The upcoming ITV1 commissioning of Blake Morrison’s best-selling suspense thriller, The Last […]

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BBC Showcase – comedy, comedy, comedy in 2012

One thing was quite clear after day two in Liverpool at the 2012 BBC Showcase. While it’s been an exceedingly good year for the BBC with regards to drama with the premiere of Call the Midwife, the return of Whitechapel, the continuation of Upstairs Downstairs and the brilliant end to Spooks (MI5), it’s clear that […]

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