A selection of British TV news from the past week:
Recap: The Great British Baking Show, series 7 episode 2.
Peaky Blinders recap: series five episode four (only for you lucky viewers in the UK, already getting your Peaky fix).
Catherine the Great (starring Helen Mirren): Trailer.
Father Brown and Shakespeare & Hathaway have each been renewed for two seasons.
Shetland mystery author Ann Cleeves has ended that series (it’s “too painful” to continue it after her husband’s death).
Creator Ben Elton: Blackadder “will never return.”
Doctor Who The Collection series 26: available on Blu-ray this December.
Casting news doesn’t usually get me this excited, but OMG: Gillian Anderson is going to play Margaret Thatcher in The Crown. (Speaking of The Crown: even though new star Olivia Colman’s eyes are brown–not like the blue eyes of Queen Elizabeth, who she plays–the decision has been made not to make her wear blue contact lenses or to CGI them blue.)
BBC One crime thriller The Serpent: Jenna Coleman has joined the cast.
Dial M for Middlesbrough: Casting news.
Shakespeare & Hathaway casting news: Yasmin Kaur Barn will join the cast as a series regular.
First of all, I have always loved that the Brits have gin and tonics in cans. Secondly, I love that Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Andrew Scott handed some out to theater-goers in line.
The BBC will make thousands of classic TV clips available on its new archives website.
BBC One also plans a documentary about David Cameron (titled, not very creatively, The Cameron Years).
Cymru Awards (the Welsh BAFTAs): Nominations.
A surprise ratings hit: the BBC Parliament channel (thanks to Boris Johnson suffering his first defeat as Prime Minister).
The Radio Times: the new Downton Abbey movie is a “disappointing nostalgia trip” (spoiler-free review). (Related: Wanna see Downton Abbey movie sequels? Then make sure to go see this first one.) The movie opens here on September 20; NBC will air a Downton special on September 19.
It’s not about British TV (or movies, really) but it IS about Ewan McGregor, and I will always post about Ewan McGregor: here’s the new trailer for Doctor Sleep (the sequel to The Shining, in which McGregor stars).
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