Brit Telly Headlines: 15 October 2019.


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.

UK viewers were not best pleased with the finale of Sanditon. (That article is nothing but spoilers, so don’t click on it if you don’t want to ruin the ending for yourself.)

Ardal O’Hanlon is leaving the series Death in Paradise.

Britannia series 2: Images.

Cold Feet series nine has started production!

The BBC has confirmed: there will be more seasons of Father Brown!

Marc Warren will star in new police procedural Van Der Valk–by Midsomer Murders writer Chris Murray, but with a “European approach.”

BBC has acquired the drama The Investigation.

Have you seen Succession? Sure, it’s an HBO show, but anything with Matthew Macfadyen in it counts as British by association.

“Bleak British sitcom” Back (starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb) is back.

Have you heard of these “Agatha and the…” movies (based on Agatha Christie’s life)? I want to see them!

BBC Two is producing a new international crime drama: Giri/Haji. (Related: Kelly Macdonald plays a main role in this, and she was awesome in State of Play.)

The absolutely wonderful Russell Tovey has been cast as the lead in ITV’s supernatural thriller Because the Night.

David Oyelowo to star in The President is Missing.

Meet the cast of Dublin Murders.

Benedict Cumberbatch joins the Extinction Rebellion protestors.

Sharon Horgan on Motherland.

Brit actor Jason Flemyng has started his own indie production firm, The Kernel Factory.

Cathy Shipton will leave Casualty in 2020.

Clive Owen on Gemini Man and Children of Men. (Related: he’s also been cast in Lisey’s Story.)

Actor Stephen Moore: has died.

Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall are now officially doctors.

True Royalty TV is seeking to expand its viewership.

This year’s BAFTA Awards will have different eligibility rules. (Related.)

Sky Studios want to be the biggest producer of European TV content.

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!

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