A personal note: Thanks to everyone who came out to McFarland Public Library last week to see our presentation, “A Whirlwind Tour of British TV.” I had so much fun and hope you did too!
A selection of British TV news from the past week:
Recap (if you’re in the UK) of Peaky Blinders, series 5, episode 3. (Related: Is the sudden popularity of the names “Arthur” and “Ada” attributable to Peaky Blinders–which features characters of the same names?) Also in the UK: the final ever episode of Poldark has aired (spoilers there; watch out). Or has it?
Top Boy: What’s in store for season 3?
The New Pope (a co-production of Sky Atlantic, HBO, and Canal+), will air later this year (hopefully). Even the trailer (available at that link), is described as “brilliantly camp,” and yes, features star Jude Law striding along in white speedos.
New “short-form series” from BBC Studios (each episode lasts about ten minutes): Cheaters.
The latest series of The Great British Bake Off: Review.
BBC conspiracy thriller The Capture: Meet the cast.
Biopic Louis Wain (starring Benedict Cumberbatch): First look.
Bafta’s British Artist of the Year Award goes to: Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Terrance Dicks, “veteran Doctor Who writer,” has died.
This list of the “40 best TV shows coming this autumn” refers to programs airing in the UK, but eventually they’ll come here, right? (At least I hope they do. I cannot WAIT to see the new His Dark Materials starring James McAvoy.)
How I love you, the BBC: they’re launching an alternative to Amazon’s Alexa that can actually understand regional UK accents.
What’s your take on male nudity on TV? This writer says let it all hang out.
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!