Brit Telly Headlines: 28 April 2020.


So it’s what, year 12 of this routine? Seemingly. Still staying in, and taking care of yourselves? Good. Now, let’s look away from the news headlines and watch some Brit telly instead.

Call the Midwife series 9, episode 5: Recap; Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series 2, episode 4: Recap; Belgravia episode 3: Recap; Killing Eve series 3, episode 3: Recap; World on Fire episode 4: Recap; Deadwater Fell, episode 3: Recap.

What is this new Doctor Who teaser for something called “Time Lord Victorious” actually teasing? A new Who spin-off?

His Dark Materials series 2 is being promised “before the end of the year.”

BBC One drama I May Destroy You: Trailer.

I wish I lived in the UK so I could see Ricky Gervais’s second series of After Life this week. And also Gangs of London, which looks violent, but also like it would be capable of distracting one from life’s other little issues right now.

Netflix has cancelled Idris Elba’s show Turn Up Charlie after one season.

Heist drama Quiz has been all the rage in the UK during this lockdown spring, and it will air in the U.S. on AMC starting on May 31.

BritBox is adding classic Brit kids’ TV shows to its lineup.

BBC Two is adding “isolation comedies” to its programming. (The Beebs 2 has also ordered more episodes of comedy Alma’s Not Normal.)

If you’re looking to watch The Wire, The Sopranos, or Veep for free on HBO Now, this is your last week to do so. (If you’ve only got time for one…pick The Wire.)

Jeremy Clarkson promises a new episode of The Grand Tour is on its way.

(SPOILERS AHEAD.) Blood series two: Review. Penny Dreadful: City of AngelsReview. Normal People: Review.

The Great British Sewing Bee: Review.

And now: The Vicar of Dibley on the BBC’s Big Night In. (Plus: Catherine Tate and David Tennant, not to mention Prince William.)

HBO Max Drama will produce a series about iconic TV chef Julia Child…which will star Sarah Lancashire as Child.

Stephen Fry and Rufus Wainwright (among others) warn that the creative industries need support now too.

What is Martin Freeman doing during the coronavirus lockdown?

Peaky Blinders series 6 casting news: Stephen Graham will join the show.

Nessa from Gavin & Stacey is here to give you a special lockdown message.

The RadioTimes is making lockdown binge-watching suggestions. #3 is The Vicar of Dibley.

What will American TV look like this fall?

I can’t find the new CBeebies episodes where Tom Hardy is reading kids’ books, so here’s the books he read in 2017. You’re welcome.

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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