Brit Telly Headlines: 19 November 2019


A selection of British TV news from the past week:

The big recap of the week: Poldark, series finale.

Also: His Dark Materials episode 3 (this one is more of a review than a recap). And Starz’s Dublin Murders: A review.

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.

Jed Mercurio offers teasers about Line of Duty series 6 (and who might appear in it).

Some Brit-esque (either with Brit actors or producers) programs coming to Netflix in December: The Witcher, Lost in Space series two.

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.

BBC game show The Wall will get a second series.

Still hoping they’ll do more series of Sherlock? You might be waiting a while.

ITV has cancelled its series Wild Bill (starring Rob Lowe) after one series.

Soap fans in the UK may soon get more episodes of Coronation Street.

The Brit Christmas ads are coming! Here’s the 2019 John Lewis ad.(Related: BBC One is already placing its orders for 2020 Christmas specials…as in this Zog and the Flying Doctors adaptation.)

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.)

6 ways the BBC’s War of the Worlds is different from the book.

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.

Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen on making The Good Liartheir first movie together. (Related: it’s getting good reviews.)

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!


  1. Having just watched the episode (and feeling just a little confused) I was looking forward to reading your Poldark series finale recap but the link sent me to The Crown instead. Can you post the correct link please?

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