A selection of British TV news from the past week:
This week’s recaps: The Great British Baking Show season 7, episode 7; Press episode 1 and episode 2; The Durrells in Corfu series 4, episode 3; Poldark, series 5, episode 3. (Related: Is anyone else not enjoying George’s descent into madness? Are you completely bored by Ned Despard and his storyline? Does Demelza’s feisty new household help who tells it like it is annoy the crap out of you? Or am I the only one feeling these things about this last season of Poldark?)
Added to Netflix this week: Schitt’s Creek (which originated on the Canadian network CBC). Also coming to Netflix in November: The Great British Baking Show Holidays, season 2. And coming to Netflix soon: The Stranger, starring Richard Armitage.
Call the Midwife: Everything you need to know about the 2019 Christmas special.
Ardal O’Hanlon is leaving the series Death in Paradise.
Britannia series 2: Images.
Marc Warren will star in new police procedural Van Der Valk–by Midsomer Murders writer Chris Murray, but with a “European approach.”
Have you heard of these “Agatha and the…” movies (based on Agatha Christie’s life)? I want to see them!
Meet the cast of Dublin Murders.
Benedict Cumberbatch joins the Extinction Rebellion protestors.
Brit actor Jason Flemyng has started his own indie production firm, The Kernel Factory.
Actor Stephen Moore: has died.
Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall are now officially doctors.
True Royalty TV is seeking to expand its viewership.
How do the new streaming platforms stack up?
The movie version of Downton Abbey has made a lot of money, and there’s talk of a sequel!
Not TV-related, but just in case you’re interested (and I know you are, you Anglophile, you): “11 questions about Brexit you were too embarrassed to ask.”
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!