Brit Telly Headlines: 24 December 2019.


A selection of British TV news from the past week:

On a personal note: Happy Christmas! Now go celebrate the holiday the way it was meant to be celebrated and watch British TV all day long!

How did Mrs. Brown’s Boys become a Christmas favorite? And why can’t the entire cast stop laughing?

Call the Midwife Christmas Special: Review (SPOILERS!)

Mark Gatiss brought you the spooky Martin’s Close this Christmas, and wants to bring you more ghost stories in Christmases future.

The Goes Wrong Show–The Christmas Spirit: Review.

Historian Lucy Worsley has a new program about Christmas, Tudor-style.

The new A Christmas Carol with Guy Pearce: what did audiences and critics think?

The stars of Gavin & Staceydrank real booze” during the party scenes in their new Christmas special. (Here’s the trailer for it, if you haven’t seen it yet.)

There’s a list for the Best TV on Christmas Eve. And The Best TV to Watch on Christmas Day. And there’s a full line-up of great TV for Boxing Day (Dec. 26) too. WHY DON’T I LIVE IN THE UK??!?!?


His Dark Materials, episode 8: Review.

More great TV that will premiere in January, IF you life in the UK: Cold Feet series 9; Vera series 10. Good Omens will air on BBC Two on January 12 (although this one already did air on Amazon Prime).

Schitt’s Creek: Series 6 trailer.

SPOILER ALERT (the article is full of ’em): Peaky Blinders series 6: When will it be on Netflix? (The answer, if you don’t want to comb through the spoilers, is probably not until 2021 at the earliest.)

Russell Lewis (creator of Endeavour) is adapting a new crime series from books by Peter James (to star John Simm).

New drama on Sky Atlantic and HBO: Landscapers, which is set to star Olivia Colman!

The Witcher season 2 will start filming in February 2020.

New true crime drama from ITV: White House Farm.

BBC Two is going to help finance and produce the HBO series Industry.

BBC iPlayer’s biggest hit of 2019? Killing Eve.

Ricky Gervais “under fire for transphobic tweets he claims are jokes.”

Jodie Whittaker (I love her so much) wants to do a Doctor Who episode with Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant.

The Affair was not an easy show on which to work…just ask Ruth Wilson.

Torchwood‘s John Barrowman is going to be the new judge on Dancing On Ice!

Actor Tony Britton: has died. Kenny Lynch: Obituary.

There be SPOILERS here, but if you don’t mind that, this is a thoroughly cranky (and enjoyable) review of The Biggest TV Disappointments of 2019 (from Killing Eve to Game of Thrones).

The five best British programs on PBS in 2019.

And, here’s the Guardian’s full list of the 50 Best Shows of 2019.

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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