Brit Telly Headlines: 14 July 2020.

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Look away from the news. Here’s my two-part pandemic plan: 1. Stay home as much as possible, and 2. Watch lots of British TV. Join me, won’t you?

Beecham House episode 5: Recap; Grantchester series 5, episode 5: Recap; Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series 2, episode 3: Recap.

BIG news: The Crown is going to get a sixth series after all.

New drama from BBC One, A Suitable Boy: Trailer. (It’s an adaptation of the Vikram Seth novel, done by Andrew Davies.)

In the Long Run series 3: Trailer. (By the way, Idris Elba is busy. They’re close to making a film adaptation of Luther and Elba also just signed a first-look deal with Apple.)

Lucifer series 5: Trailer.

Frankie Drake Mystery Series season 3 will be on PBS Passport this summer.

New thriller, The Diplomat, from the team behind Line of Duty.

ITV announces a sequel to its classic 1999 factual drama movie The Murder of Stephen Lawrence. (It will be produced by Line of Duty creator, Jed Mercurio.)

The BBC has acquired Riverdale spin-off Katy Keene.

The BBC will also produce a Britain vs. Coronavirus documentary.

Miss The Inbetweeners? Have you tried The Young Offenders?

Who is the best James Bond?

Radioactive, about Marie Curie (and starring Rosamund Pike): Trailer (it will be on Amazon Prime later this summer).

New Doctor Who radio program will feature the voice talents of Peter Davison.

Jodie Whittaker will appear on children’s program Blue Peter.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s series for American TV, Run, has not been renewed for a second season.

Julia Sawalha, who voiced a character in Chicken Run, will not be hired for the sequel, because she sounds “too old.

Alison Steadman: Interview. (She’s one of my favorite actors; pure genius as the whiny mother in 1995’s Pride and Prejudice, and also hilarious as Pam in Gavin & Stacey.)

Jude Law might play Captain Hook in a new live-action Peter Pan.

Michael McIntyre will host a new gameshow for BBC One: The Wheel. (Another new game show, called I Can See Your Voice, is planned from the BBC.)

Phillip Pullman is releasing a new “His Dark Materials” novella this October: Serpentine.

Comedian Bill Bailey is also publishing a book this fall: The Remarkable Guide to Happiness.

BBC and ITV are working on new guidelines to allow shows to film without socially distancing their actors.

6 of the finest moments in British TV comedy history.

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