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New Agatha Christie mysteries headed to BBC One

Following up Fridays announcement from Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, that Call the Midwife had been commissioned for a 4th series, comes some equally as brilliant news regarding new Agatha Christie adaptations. Historically, Christie’s two greatest creations, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, have transmitted on ITV in the UK. In announcing the details […]

BBC commissions new series of ‘Call the Midwife’ as PBS set to begin series 3 on March 30

The BBC confirmed Friday that the nuns of Nonnatus House will return for another series in 2015. This is brilliant news as the sun sets on Poplar with the final episode of series 3 airing Sunday, 9 March on BBC One. The hit period drama series which is set in London’s East End will dive […]

BBC1 to adapt ‘Poldark’ for 2015

Longtime BBC and PBS viewers will no doubt remember Robin Ellis in the title role as British officer Captain Ross Poldark, who returns to his native Cornwall after the American Revolutionary War in the late 18th century. Based on the novels written by Winston Graham, Poldark aired on BBC1 and PBS in the mid-70′s. Considered […]

Drama takes center stage at BBC Showcase 2014

After a healthy dose of comedy the last couple of days with Rev, Wrong Mans, Uncle, Inside No. 9 and Mr. Sloane, the focus was on drama as we are at the halfway point of the BBC Showcase screenings in Liverpool. Already armed with the knowledge that there will be new seasons of Death in […]

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 […]