Brit Telly Headlines: 11 February 2020


A selection of British TV news from the past week:

Doctor Who episode seven: Recap. (Doctor Who’s Captain Jack Harkness and River Song will finally meet…on the radio.)

Vienna Blood series 1, episode 4: Recap; Sanditon episode 6: Recap; Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series 1, episode 6: Recap.

“8 British Shows to Stream in February.”

Coming to Netflix this week: A new Shaun the Sheep movie! Farmageddon–Shaun the Sheep is the absolute best, it’s not just for kids, go watch it right now!! (Related: The BBC has also commissioned a new winter special for Shaun!)

Now streaming on BritBox: classic episodes of Coronation Street. (Related: The show just celebrated its 10,000th episode!)

The new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse: quite gritty, apparently.

Viewers “love how Doctor Who tackled mental health.” (Related: Did you know that the RadioTimes has an entire podcast devoted to Doctor Who?)

Grantchester series 5 will air on PBS this June.

BBC One’s lottery drama The Syndicate will get a fourth season. The Beebs has also renewed Silent Witness for 24th and 25th seasons. New drama from BBC One: Life (“set in the same universe” as the network’s Doctor Foster.)

BBC Two has picked up a full series of Mandy (which was only a “comedy short” last year).

Comedy series King Gary to get a second series.

BBC Three’s Ladhood will get a second series.

Top Gear is moving to BBC One due to its revived popularity.

ITV will adapt Val McDermid’s novel The Distant Echo.

OOOOHHHH! Tom Hardy has been cast as explorer Ernest Shackleton in a forthcoming biopic. I LOVE Tom Hardy.

More casting news: Tom Hiddleston will headline the Netflix British political thriller White Stork.

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon say the fourth series of The Trip (which is tops on my TBR list–how I love Rob Brydon) will be the last.

Radio is still big in Britain: new BBC Radio 3 programs will star David Suchet, Christopher Eccleston, and Toby Jones.

This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield came out as gay in an emotional Instagram post last week.

Greta Thunberg to make a new documentary series for the BBC.

John Mulaney and Daniel Craig are scheduled to host upcoming episodes of Saturday Night Live.

Comedian Michael McIntyre will record his first Netflix special.

Broadcast Award winner: Fleabag.

The BBC TV licence fee is set to rise in April.

Christian Bale “rumoured to be Marvel’s next major villain.

There is going to be a sequel to Knives Out, says the director.

An anglophile’s review of the movie 1917.

Radioactive (starring Rosamund Pike): Trailer.

Olivia Colman was only presenting at the Academy Awards, but as far as Mashable and I are concerned, she won the Oscars with her speech.

Oscars 2020 had some great moments from James Corden and Rebel Wilson, as well as Olivia Colman. Here’s the full list of Oscar winners.

And last but not least, please consider supporting the great site Anglotopia (one of my top Internet reads) by subscribing to their beautiful magazine.

Just for fun: ever wondered what profanity is considered “medium acceptable in Great Britain, both before and after the watershed? Now you know!

Have a great week watching British TV! Also available now: Bingeworthy British Television: The Best Brit TV You Can’t Stop Watching, by Sarah Cords and Jackie Bailey. Order your copy today!

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