A selection of British TV news from the past week:
ITV confirms: Cold Feet will not return (after its current, ninth, season).
BBC One Noughts & Crosses: Trailer.
Big new trailers from Sky, including Save Me Too, Breeders (starring Daisy Haggard and Martin Freeman; it looks awesome), and I Hate Susie (starring Billie Piper). Also forthcoming from Sky: “paramedic comedy” Bloods (starring Jane Horrocks); season 2 of Cobra, and season 3 of Brassic. And this headline makes total sense, in light of all those announcements: “UK Pay-TV Company Sky to Offer 80 Original Series in 2020, up 25% on 2019.”
The Red Dwarf special is coming in April!
New drama from ITV, starring the divine Russell Tovey: Flesh and Blood.
Avenue 5 (starring Hugh Laurie) will get a second series. I’ve got to see this one!
Year of the Rabbit: series two has been confirmed!
Line of Duty series 6: new cast and plot details.
New comedy on Sky, from Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s production company: Run.
New documentary from BBC One: Amazon: What They Know about Us.
The Trip (its various seasons, starring Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan) is tops on my TBW list, and this review makes me want to see it more than ever.
Watch it if you haven’t yet: Happy Valley is scheduled to leave Netflix in March 2020. (On the other hand: Netflix has just added Last Tango in Halifax, also starring Sarah Lancashire.)
Also coming to Netflix in March, for the juvenile set: Thomas and Friends.
Brenda Blethyn is starring in a new comedy for ITV: Kate & Koji.
Last Tango in Halifax creator Sally Wainwright is hoping for a sixth series.
Dawn French will star in Sky One’s Christmas special The Tail of the Curious Mouse.
Brits still love their BBC, just the way it is. One Brit says: “CBeebies is what makes parenting possible–I’d pay triple the licence fee to save it.” I feel much the same way about PBS Kids, so I totally get it.
Billie Eilish is doing the theme song for the next Bond movie, No Time to Die.
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