Before we begin, let us just say that we hope you and yours are keeping well and healthy. As my favorite people in the world would say: Keep calm and carry on…and self-isolate with some of the best television on earth.
Now, a selection of British TV news from the past week:
BIG NEWS: AcornTV has extended its usual 7-day free trial membership to a 30-day free offer, to help us all get through self-isolation.
Here’s some new trailers: World on Fire, coming to PBS: Trailer. ITV “factual drama” Quiz: Trailer. Red Dwarf 2020 special: Teaser trailer. Friday Night Dinner series 6: Trailer. Last but not least, the Adult Material (new series on Channel 4) trailer does, of course, include adult material.
Gah! Line of Duty and Peaky Blinders filming has been postponed due to the coronavirus. (Also: The Witcher.) Here’s a list of all the movies and shows delayed by the virus. And that list grows by the day.
How did Europe deal with their first live-sports-free weekend?
BBC One drama The Nest will debut in the UK at the end of March.
New crime drama Professor T from ITV will star Ben Miller and Frances De La Tour.
A Very English Scandal: Sarah Phelps will write series 2.
There will be two more seasons of UKTV’s Inside the Ambulance.
ITV2 will be doing a sixth series of Plebs.
Here are your dancers for the 2020 season of Strictly Come Dancing.
BritBox has added trigger warnings to some of its 1970s Doctor Who episodes, for racism and other issues.
BBC Two’s Child of Our Time caught up with the babies it first saw in 1999.
REVIEW RUNDOWN. Please be aware these are reviews, and as such, include spoilers: Geektown review of the BBC’s Dracula: it “didn’t quite stick the landing. Julian Fellowes’s Belgravia: Review (Related: Where is Belgravia filmed?). Breeders: Review. BBC Two’s Trigonometry: Review. The Pale Horse (latest adaptation): Review. (It just premiered on Amazon on March 13.)
UK Broadcasting Press Guild’s Awards: Winners.
The BBC has also postponed plans to delay license fee increases for the over-75 age cohort.
New co-host for The Great British Baking Show: Matt Lucas.
Judi Dench is delighted with her Razzie nomination for the movie Cats.
Suranne Jones will narrate a new BBC One series called Life and Birth.
Casting news for new movie about the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook kerfuffle: Will star Paul Bettany.
Idris Elba: has coronavirus. Get well soon, Mr. Elba, and I will re-watch The Wire to try to distract me from worrying about you.
Actor and comedian Roy Hudd: has died.
The Occupation (movie): UK Trailer.
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!