Brit Telly Headlines: 17 September 2019.


A selection of British TV news from the past week:

Everyone ready for Downton Abbey the movie? (Here’s a spoiler-free review.) And its possible sequel?

Peaky Blinders series five, episode five (for those of you in the UK): Recap. The Great British Baking Show season 7, episode 3: Recap.

Coming to Netflix this week: Criminal (starring David Tennant).

His Dark Materials: Has a premiere date!

ITV and Acorn TV set September premiere date for Doc Martin season 9.

Dublin Murders starts on Starz on November 10. Here’s the trailer.

Miss Fisher & The Crypt of Tears (expected on Acorn in 2020): Trailer.

The Accident (new drama starring Sarah Lancashire): Trailer.

Britannia season 2: Gets a November premiere date.

The BBC is adapting more of Terry Pratchett’s work (in light of the popularity of Good Omens)? The Watch will be based on his “City Watch” Discworld novels.

The BBC is also planning an adaptation of James Fennimore Cooper’s “Leatherstocking Tales” novels, including The Last of the Mohicans.

The BBC will air rugby player Gareth Thomas’s documentary HIV and Me.

Piers Morgan will interview soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo for an ITV special.

Channel 5 has ordered two new specials based on the life of Agatha Christie.

Creative Arts Emmy Award winner: State of the Union (starring Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd).

Doctor Who series 12, episode 1: Casting news.

Christopher Eccleston has revealed he was “very ill” with anorexia when he played the role of Doctor Who.

James Corden 1, Bill Maher 0.

BBC One’s drama Black Narcissus: will star Gemma Arterton.

Drama The Serpent: Jenna Coleman has joined the cast.

Survey says: the majority of respondents to a Radio Times poll don’t want a female James Bond.

Ten interesting facts about Helen Mirren.”

The BBC will not rely upon a public vote to choose the UK entry into the Eurovision contest this year.

The Guardian lists “The 100 best TV Shows of the 21st Century.” It’s an okay list, but I would have put Detectorists above most of their top ten.

“British Pub Related Slang Words and Phrases.”

Best British TV Period Mystery Adaptations: A list (written by yours truly!)

Not Brit TV related, but Paul Rudd’s parents were born in England, so I’m calling it close enough (plus I LOVE PAUL RUDD): Here’s a trailer for his new Netflix series Living with Yourself.

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  1. My favorite thing about the list of the Top 100 Shows is that they put The Bridge and The Crown next to each other — definitely an homage to dentists everywhere.

    • Cardo!
      I was going to be a little bit snippy about that list–I’m tired of The Sopranos being at the top of every list–but I was charmed that they put Gavin and Stacey on it (#81) as well as Happy Valley (#11).
      The Crown, The Bridge, now we just need a show titled Root Canal (a soap opera, maybe, about all the residents who live on a canal called Root?), we’ll be all set. 🙂

  2. And the next show on the list was Dr. Who, so if that happens to be your dentist’s name, so much the better.

    I would definitely watch a soap opera called Root Canal — the map of the Thames in the opening titles from EastEnders could easily be adapted to a canal.

    And I’d like to propose a military comedy called Drills and a private detective show named Gums. And a British show called The (Dentist’s) Office would undoubtedly be adapted into a terrible American version (which would still somehow make the Top 100 list).

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