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Rev and Mr. Sloane highlight comedy presentation at BBC Showcase 2014

It’s like being a kid in a candy store attending the BBC Comedy presentation Monday in Liverpool. Showing a number of clips for shows that are coming up in the not-too-distant future, you get the sense that Shane Allen, Controller for Comedy at the BBC, is keen on maintaining the channel’s dominance in the comedy […]

It’s Comedy/Drama time at BBC Showcase 2014

It’s always brilliant to enter into screening overload on the first day of the BBC Showcase in Liverpool. Already in 2014, from a drama standpoint, public television viewers have been treated to new seasons of Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Call the Midwife, Mr. Selfridge, Doc Martin, Father Brown and Death in Paradise. The good news is […]

Tellyspotting heads to Liverpool for 2014 BBC Showcase

How appropriate given that 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the first Beatles appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show that, as you read this, Tellyspotting will be somewhere over New York City headed to Liverpool for the 2014 BBC Showcase. You might remember that this is annual gathering of television programming executives from around the […]

Shirley MacLaine and Paul Giamatti head to Downton for Sunday’s finale

As the sun gets ready to set on series 4 of Downton Abbey, you’re not going to want to miss the final this coming Sunday. Not having seen this week’s episode yet, one can only assume that we’ll dig deeper into the Bates/Anna drama, Edith’s forthcoming motherhood looking more and more like it will be […]

‘Posh Nosh’ provides perfect training for ‘Downton Abbey’

With the recent announcement that Richard E. Grant has been added to the cast of Downton Abbey, you might be wondering just how (and why) it took so long for this bit of brilliance to happen. All one has to do is look at the greatness of Posh Nosh and the creation of extraordinary food […]

RIchard E. Grant to join cast of ‘Downton Abbey’ for series 5

As series 4 of Downton Abbey begins to wind down in the U.S., filming for series 5 is in full-swing in the UK. Targeted for broadcast this Autumn on ITV in the UK and, most likely, January 2015 on PBS in America, the forthcoming series will see several new faces as did series 4. For […]

Touring the set of ‘Mr. Selfridge’

With PBS set to re-open the doors of Mr. Selfridge in a matter of weeks (March 30 at 9pET/8pCT, to be exact), a lot was made leading up to the 2013 premiere with regards to the set that was constructed for the filming of the interior of Selfridges. For obvious reasons, the real Selfridges couldn’t […]

Q&A with Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby from ‘Inspector George Gently’

The excruciatingly lengthy wait since we last saw Inspector George Gently in the Durham Cathedral shootings is over. Inspector George Gently returns tomorrow (Thursday, 6 February) on BBC One. For those viewers is the U.S., you can see the return of Inspector George Gently and Detective Sergeant John Bacchus beginning in April on public television […]

PBS’ Downton Abbey the clear winner against Super Bowl

The Seahawks may have drubbed the Broncos on Sunday and won Super Bowl XLVIII but the clear winner in Sunday’s line-up was Downton Abbey on PBS. For the third straight year, the #DramaBowlPBS entry was the second-highest-rated program on all of television after the Super Bowl. Ok, maybe it did finish second by a margin […]

The ultimate ‘Downton Abbey’ parody song

As we head into the homestretch for the American broadcast of Downton Abbey (you know, that little show that runs before Sherlock) on PBS, here’s something to ease the pain a bit during the moment you stop to realize there are only 4 more episodes in the 4th series. This bit of greatness from Nick […]