Brit Telly Headlines: 27 February 2018.


A selection of British TV news from the past week:

First, the heartbreaking news: Emma Chambers, the actress best known for her role as Alice the verger on the comedy series The Vicar of Dibley, has died, at the age of 53. They’ve posted a nice tribute over at Tellyvisions, among other places.

Doctor Who series 11 will start later than thought.

I had no idea that Martin Freeman was in the new movie Black Panther. Did you know that?

Iain M. Banks’s Culture novels will be adapted for the screen.

Idris Elba is starring in a new comedy series…set in 1980s London.

The BBC’s next Agatha Christie adaptation…Revealed!

Three British actors are heading to Netflix’s Sabrina.

New on Netflix: Sean Bean’s new series The Frankenstein Chronicles.

Netflix has also picked up the BBC’s series Collateral.

The team behind Fleabag is set to work on another rom-com sitcom.

The medical drama Trust Me is getting a second series, but will have to go on without its star, Jodie Whittaker (a.k.a. Doctor Who).

Porridge, on the other hand, has been canceled.

Ioan Gruffudd says he is finally getting the parts he wants…now that he’s in his forties. Huh. As a woman, I say, what must it be like to actually get better roles in your 40s? (Better anything, really. Bitter much?)

Stephen Fry: Is battling prostate cancer.

List of Tom Hardy movies currently available on Netflix.

The BBC miniseries The Politician’s Husband (which starred Emily Watson and David Tennant) will be getting an American remake.

Brit movie news: On Chesil Beach (based on the Ian McEwan novel)…Trailer.

Are Danny Boyle and John Hodge (the team behind the movie Trainspotting, one of my favey faves) going to work on the next Bond movie?

God love ’em: The BBC would like to become “the best place for women to work.”

Have a great week watching (British) TV!


  1. Please don’t tell me David Tennant will be playing the lead in the American version of The Politician’s Husband as he tried to do in the American remake of Broadchurch!

  2. I’m still not sure why they did that. David Tennant without an accent is just wrong. Don’t know what they’ll do for casting but I would imagine there’ll be enough American actors around clamoring for parts!

  3. Yes I knew that Martin Freeman was in the new BP movie. And as an old comic-book junkie (did you know that about me?) I can say that he’s perfect for the role of Everett Ross – even better than Michael J Fox, on whom the character design was originally based.

  4. Hapax!!
    I did NOT know you were a comic-book junkie. QUICK. I have never read any comics. I have zero interest in comics as “comics.” But is there one series I should read? Something less huge than Superman? Or if I wanted to start with X-Men or something, how do I even know where to start?
    Actually, I used to (still do) love Michael J. Fox, although not as much as I love Martin Freeman. I’m pretty sure I’d love any character based on them.
    Or maybe I should just start with Black Panther? How do I even look that up in a library catalog?

  5. Hmm. Super-hero comics are a fraught genre these days; both Marvel and DC are repeatedly “re-booting” their entire universes, wiping out the years of past continuity that are one of the chief joys (imagine if, say, the producers of “The Archers” or “Dr Who” suddenly said “None of the stuff that you remember from the last twenty years or so actually happened [unless we decide that it did] and nothing you know about the characters is true [unless we decide that it is]” I personally gave up on mainstream superhero comics around the time of “New 52” and “Civil War” (don’t ask, you don’t want to know)

    So if you want to get into the big mainstream superheroes right now, I honestly think you’re better off watching the movies and television shows (especially for Marvel) or the cartoons (especially DC). If you really loved, say, the WONDER WOMAN movie and wanted “more like that!” then I could suggest particular comics. There are some fabulous BLACK PANTHER tie ins right now (WORLD OF WAKANDA!), but you kind of need to know the basic set-up to really enjoy them.

    If you’re interested in comics as a format/genre, I can recommend some great NON-superhero ones. An older but great one I think you’d like is TALE OF ONE BAD RAT by Bryan Talbot – it’s a sort of mash-up of a heartbreaking story of child abuse and Beatrix Potter and it completely works. It’s also very short and self-contained.

    I suspect your boys would love TOMMYSAURUS REX by Doug TenNapel, and you would get a kick out if it too. I love all his books; but if you want something more girl-power. Raina Telgemeier does some great memoir-ish titles for the same age group that adults also enjoy.

    I think the best ongoing title for adults right now is probably SAGA, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples; it’s really out there (I mean OUT THERE) with space opera-ish wars! and aliens with wings! and mad robots! and planets of the sex slaves! and ghost babysitters! but it’s really about love and family and f*ck racism, because who has time for that. But I’m not sure if you’d have the patience for all the mad genre mashups going on there. Oh, I know – if you think you can get the hang of reading right to left (it isn’t really that hard), you should definitely see if your library can get you EMMA by Kaoru Mori. It’s a sweet and delicate Victorian upstairs-downstairs romance, and relatively short for a manga series. The art is *stunning*, and the writing well researched and understated.

    As far as NF – it really depends on what interests you. There are tons of great graphic novel memoirs, but that’s really not my thing, so I’m not the best to recommend them (for example, I really enjoyed MY LESBIAN EXPERIENCE OF LONELINESS (although I’m neither) but I’m not sure if you would.} I like history, I like religion/philosophy, I like science, and there are great gns for all those topics; but the pleasure I take in them is really more the subject matter than the format.

    I’m sorry, that’s an embarrassingly long comment, and I don’t even think it was particularly helpful!

  6. Oh wait. I just thought of one superhero comic you could probably read right now to see if you are interested in trying more. If your library buys comics at all, they surely get MS MARVEL by G Willow Wilson. It’s a fairly new title, and mostly self=contained; although it has all sorts of tie ins to the larger Marvel continuity (so you can get a feeling for how it works) they are pretty much explained in context.

    Also, the main character is fantastic. She is a teenaged Muslim girl living in New Jersey, kind of geeky, and realistic and likable. The supporting cast is diverse, the writing clever, and the art very friendly and approachable.

    If you don’t like MS MARVEL, you pretty much won’t like superhero comics. Which is totally fine (who likes everything?) and you can honestly say you gave them a fair shot.

  7. Hapax,
    Both comments were SUPER helpful. I am completely at sea with comics (never read them, never wanted to) but lately I find myself kind of curious. I’ve also actually read a bit of manga, just whatever I grabbed off the shelf, so I’m totally going to get Emma right off.

    Thank you so much for the comprehensive (and fascinating) comments!!

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