A selection of British TV news from the past week:
The big recap of the week: Poldark, series finale.
The Crown season 3 just started…and already people are talking about what to look forward to in season 4! (Related: RadioTimes does a spectacular article here, talking about the real history of Prince Charles’s investiture in Wales.)
The Darling Buds of May may be getting a new adaptation.
ITV to do a new travelogue about the Caribbean islands…starring Joanna Lumley.
Are the monsters on Doctor Who series 12 going to be “absolutely terrifying“?
New show, Vienna Blood: A review.
This new ITV series Quiz, about the British 2001 cheating scandal on Who Wants to be a Millionaire has a great cast: Michael Sheen, Matthew Macfadyen, Mark Bonnar, and Helen McCrory.
Still hoping they’ll do more series of Sherlock? You might be waiting a while.
Who are the hardest-working actors in Great Britain? (Hint: You saw them both in Broadchurch.)
James Corden on US gun control (or lack thereof).
Jay-Z is making a movie for Netflix (The Harder They Fall), and it will star Idris Elba.
Ricky Gervais will host the Golden Globes on January 5.
Interesting casting: Clive Owen will play Bill Clinton on the American program American Crime Story.
Jean Fergusson (from Last of the Summer Wine): has died.
The BBC just aired an interview with Prince Andrew on his friendship with the late Jeffrey Epstein. Ugh. I confess I didn’t even read this news because I don’t want to think about it. (Although other people must have been interested: the news program that aired it garnered 1.7 million viewers, the most they’ve had in some time.)
What’s the most expensive TV show ever? (Wow. Companies are now spending up to $20 million per episode on some shows.)
You can now actually visit a Guinea Pig Cafe…based on the one in Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s series Fleabag.
This new movie starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale (doing one helluva good British accent), Le Mans 66, is getting good reviews (here in America it’s called Ford v. Ferrari).
More than 6,000 UK households still using black-and-white TV.
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!