Looking back on a special trip to Holmfirth with Frank Thornton as ‘LOTSW’ turns 50!

Last of the Summer Wine, the long-running British situation comedy written by Roy Clarke (Open All Hours, Keeping Up Appearances, Still Open All Hours, Young Hyacinth) lasted for a mere 31 seasons encompassing 295 episodes (1973-2010) and featured the trials and tribulations of three pensioners (Bill Owen as Compo, Peter Sallis as Norman Clegg and Michael Bates […]

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Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like Mrs. Hall’s Shortbread from ‘All Creatures Great and Small’

Aside from the brilliant writing, the picturesque countryside and the quality acting, one additional thing that always registers with viewers when they speak highly of the current adaptation of All Creatures Great and Small is the great lengths the behind the camera crew goes to to insure both historical accuracy and continuity. Food is no exception. 

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Meet Buckingham Palace’s body double in ‘King Charles III’

As King Charles III premiered last night on BBC2 and when it transmits on PBS this coming Sunday evening on Masterpiece, one might immediately question how and/or why a program that imagines a future in which Prince Charles becomes King, causes havoc and won’t sign a crucial bill could actually be filmed in Buckingham Palace. Would the official London residence […]

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‘DCI Banks’ returns “grittier than ever” with new series

DCI Banks starring Stephen Tompkinson (Trollied, Ballykissangel, Wild At Heart), Andrea Lowe (Love Life, Monroe) and Caroline Catz (Doc Martin, Murder in Suburbia) returns Wednesday, 31 August at 9pm on ITV1 with six new episodes, promising to be ‘grittier than ever’. Also returning will be Jack Deam (New Tricks, Casualty) as DC Ken Blackstone and Keith […]

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Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan set to take another ‘Trip’…sometime, someday

While we don’t know where and, unfortunately, we don’t know when but we do know, according to a very cryptic tweet by Rob Brydon, that he a traveling buddy and fellow Michael Caine impressionist, Steve Coogan, will be embarking on another ‘trip’ soon. Following up on their brilliant 2010 efforts traversing the Lakes and Yorkshire regions […]

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From sweet ladies maid to Victorian serial killer just all in a day’s work for Downton’s Joanne Froggatt

Putting the last six years of playing sweet and innocent Anna Bates in her rear view mirror, Downton Abbey‘s Joanne Froggatt has already begun filming on her next project, Dark Angel, for ITV. The ‘did-she-or-didn’t-she-kill-Mr-Green’ downstairs ladies maid has stepped back in time to play real-life Victorian serial murderer, bigamist and adulteress Mary Ann Cotton. […]

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‘Jericho’ with Call the Midwife’s Jessica Raine set to be the next ‘next Downton Abbey’

It seems like ever since that little British period drama we call Downton Abbey decided to call it a day after the upcoming sixth series, every series pitch, every series commission, every subsequent press announcement starts out by billing the proposed series as, “…the next Downton Abbey“. The most recent drama that has been tagged as the […]

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