Brit Telly Headlines: 18 February 2020.


A selection of British TV news from the past week:

Doctor Who episode 8: Recap. (Filming on Doctor Who series 13 will begin in September 2020.)

Vienna Blood series 1, episode 5: Recap; Sanditon episode 7: Recap; Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series 1, epsiode 7: Recap; Outlander series 5, episode 1: Recap.

ITV confirms: Cold Feet will not return (after its current, ninth, season).

BBC One Noughts & Crosses: Trailer.

BBC Earth: Seven Worlds, One Planet, Trailer. BBC One also plans another David Attenborough documentary.

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.”

Killing Eve series 3: First images. (It will premiere on BBC America and AMC on April 26.)

The Red Dwarf special is coming in April!

New drama from ITV, starring the divine Russell Tovey: Flesh and Blood.

“BBC One orders Australian thriller The Tourist.”

The Goes Wrong Show has been renewed for a second season. There will also be a second series of This Time with Alan Partridge.

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!

Outlander: Will there be a spinoff? And: The BBC’s Draculacould resurrect for a second season.”

Ruth Jones: doesn’t seem to think there will be a series 4 for Gavin & Stacey.

Line of Duty series 6: new cast and plot details.

This just out: where the Call the Midwife 2020 Christmas special will be set.

New comedy on Sky, from Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s production company: Run.

New documentary from BBC One: Amazon: What They Know about Us.

The reviews are in: some found the ending of the new The Pale Horse (by Agatha Christie) adaptation confusing.

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.

Video obituary for Caroline Flack, the former host of Love Island, who committed suicide on February 15.

Steven Moffat: is planning a new time travel show. (Also: Moffat would be “astonished” if Sherlock didn’t come back at some point.)

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.

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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