Brit Telly Headlines: 30 June 2020.


Look away from the news. Here’s my two-part pandemic plan: 1. Stay home as much as possible, and 2. Watch lots of British TV. Join me, won’t you?

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series 2 finale: Recap; Beecham House episode 3: Recap; Grantchester series 5, episode 3: Recap.

Have you seen this show Escape to the Chateau? It originally ran on Channel 4, but my PBS station is showing it, and I’m completely addicted.

The Salisbury Poisonings is the biggest drama hit since Bodyguard.

Gangs of London will get a second series. (Related: Gangs of London will air on AMC in America.)

New drama on Sky Atlantic, Little Birds: Trailer. (Ahem. Probably NSFW.)

Lucifer is set to resume filming its fifth season in October 2020.

Strictly Come Dancing 2020 will go ahead, with a shorter season.

There’s a Fleabag and Normal People crossover video (done for charity)!

Is Jed Mercurio considering making an American version of Line of Duty?

Michael Winterbottom is going to make a program about how Boris Johnson is handling (or not) the coronavirus.

BBC Two’s Hospital will get a sixth series.

What did the kids learn on the Channel 4 program The School that Tried to End Racism?

ITV’s Catchphrase to become the first game show to resume filming.

Dan Stevens on leaving Downton Abbey. (Speaking of Downton Abbey, you can now watch it on NOW TV.)

Like Sam Heughan? Then you’re probably going to love new period rom-com Mr. Malcolm’s List.

Is Gillian Anderson nervous about playing Margaret Thatcher on The Crown?

Ian McKellen is going to play Hamlet in an “age-blind” production of the play.

Stephen Merchant is developing a new “deepfake comedy.”

What advice will Jodie Whittaker give her Doctor Who replacement?

Joanna Lumley on the impact of COVID-19 on theatres.

I’ll admit this is the first time I’ve ever been interested in a Doctor Who spinoff…because Richard Armitage is going to star in it.

Brits are “loving the return of football.”

The BBC is trying to make up for the lack of Wimbledon matches by airing classic Wimbledon matches.

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