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Bill Young

Bill Young has written 1991 posts for Tellyspotting

A bit of ‘Doctor Who Christmas Special 2014′ casting news for you

Nick Frost (Mr. Sloane, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, World’s End and Cuban Fury) and Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street) will star in this years Doctor Who Christmas Special it was announced by the BBC on Friday. Michael Troughton (Breathless, The New Statesman), who has recently returned to acting, will also appear in the special […]

Groundskeeper Willie speaks out on Scottish independence vote

When a program or series across the pond gets the parody treatment, it usually means you’ve arrived. With countless spoofs and parodies behind them, the leader in the clubhouse for the past several years has been Downton Abbey. From Jimmy Fallon to Saturday Night Live to Funny or Die, the British period drama has been the target of some top-notch brilliance in recent years. Prior to last weeks referendum vote on Scottish independence, there were countless celebrities putting in their two cents for both sides trying to swing the vote for either ‘Yes Scotland’ or ‘Better Together’.

What’s the ultimate wedding venue for the ultimate ‘Downton Abbey’ fan?

As the UK readies itself for tonight’s return of Downton Abbey, we have one question. Are you a Downton Abbey fan of the highest quality and find yourself in need to a wedding venue in the not-too-distant future? At Tellyspotting, we have the answer…and, it’s not Highclere Castle.

Last original ‘old dog’ to leave ‘New Tricks’ in 2015

Dennis Waterman, a.k.a. Gerry Standing, will leave the British comedy/drama New Tricks part way through the long-running series’ 12th season, which will begin filming in November. As the last original member of the fictional Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS) of the Metropolitan Police Service, Waterman has appeared in every episode of the series’ first 11 seasons and will bow out after appearing in two episodes of the upcoming series which will transmit in 2015.

‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ with Downton’s Lily James up next for a post-Doctor Who, Matt Smith

What’s next after you just spent three seasons as the Eleventh Traveling Time Lord? A bit of Jane Austen and Zombies, obviously. The adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel of the same name has been in the works since 2009, long before Matt Smith became a household face and name as The Doctor, and was originally rumored to be a 6-part television series. Smith has joined the cast as a ‘Mr. Collins’, alongside girlfriend Lily James (Downton Abbey) who is playing the lead.

Scotland – Should I stay or should I go now?

In the beginning, England and Scotland were not only separate, they were frequently at war. Ever since that fateful day in 1707 when the two countries got together and formed a single country, Scotland has been part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain. Today’s referendum vote, which has been in the works for almost two and one-half years, offers Scotland the chance to break free from Great Britain and gain its independence.

Your ‘Downton Abbey’ S4 re-cap just in time for Sunday!

As the UK braces itself for Hurricane Downton that should hit landfall this Sunday, say around 9:00pm, we thought it best that since it has been approximately nine months since most everyone last visited the Crawleys we should do a bit of a recap of where we stand both upstairs and downstairs at Downton Abbey.

‘W1A’ to return to the halls of BBC’s New Broadcasting House in 2015

While the world carefully watches the historic “Yes Scotland” vs. “Better Together” vote this coming Thursday that will determine if Scotland is to remain part of the United Kingdom or become an independent country, there is another extraordinarily critical issue on the table that is just around the corner and, most likely, going virtually unnoticed. The 2016 BBC Charter Renewal is inching ever so close with the ultimate outcome quite possibly in the hands of Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville), the BBC’s Head of Values.

Miss Marple: Two Mysteries, One Night, One Place – PBS

By the end of this week, I’m guessing that most of America will be Roosevelt-ed out having just been riveted to the small screen for 14 hours of brilliant telly from the mind palace of filmmaker, Ken Burns. Not to worry, PBS stations around the U.S. will have three new Miss Marple mysteries headed their way beginning Sunday, September 21.

Downton Abbey 5 – Drama, drama and more drama headed our way

Lots of questions to be answered one week from tonight in the UK when Planet Earth’s favorite British period drama, Downton Abbey returns to the small screen with the premiere of series 5. Filming has concluded, it’s now Downton Time in the UK. Now that we are inside one week, Chloe Fox from the Telegraph […]

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