A selection of British TV news from the past week:
Recap: Jamestown, season 3, episode 8.
If you’re in the UK, you’re getting to see Peaky Blinders (lucky!). Here’s the recap for season 5, episode 1 (and here’s the recap for episode 2). (Related: Evidently the UK is in the grips of “Peaky Blinders fever.“)
What’s streaming this month on True Royalty TV.
Another one that you have to be lucky enough to live in the UK to have seen: Sanditon review. (Here’s another one, calling it “Sauce and sensuality.“) AND: American viewers will get our chance to see it in January 2020, on Masterpiece.
The BBC has commissioned a new crime thriller from Steven Moffat (most recently of Sherlock and Doctor Who, but I’ll always love him for Coupling). They’ve also ordered a comedy pilot titled Bumps (to star Amanda Redman). Also ordered: an adaptation of Jo Bloom’s novel Ridley Road.
There’s going to be a fifth season of Grantchester (the 4th just finished up on Masterpiece Theatre), and here’s what we know about it so far.
New drama on BBC One about abortion laws in Northern Ireland.
BBC Three has commissioned a new horror series called Red Rose. It has also commissioned a documentary titled Killed By My Fame–about “the dark side of reality television.” (Wow, BBC Three has been busy–they’ve also commissioned a coming of age comedy titled My Left Nut.)
Ghost story Martin’s Close (starring Peter Capaldi) will most likely air in the UK on Christmas Eve.
Brenda Blethyn will star in a new comedy for ITV.
Jeremy Kyle “set for TV return, says ITV boss.”
Yes, it’s official: Ewan McGregor will return for a Disney+ TV series as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
New Sky drama, I Hate Suzie, will star Billie Piper. (Another new Sky drama, Temple, starring Mark Strong, will debut in September. There’s a trailer at the link, and it looks creepy, but my, I could listen to Mark Strong talk for the rest of my life. Love that voice. And thanks to YouTube I probably COULD listen to Mark Strong all day!)
There’s a new cast member on the drama Casualty.
Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2019 winner: Jordan Brookes.
Now that Bond 25 has a title (No Time to Die) the plot/character rumors have started.
What do you think is the “actual greatest BBC children’s show of all time”?
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!