Brit Telly Headlines: 31 July 2018.

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A selection of British TV news from the past week:

The Durrells in Corfu, season three, will premiere on PBS this September! (Also on PBS this autumn: The Miniaturist.)

The Brit reality/dating program that’s getting hot in America: Love Island.

Outlander, series 4: Trailer.

Bletchley Circle: San Francisco: Review (and it’s not a positive one, except it kinda is, God I love the Brits–this review is in one of their newspapers).

The Crown casting news: Josh O’Connor will play Prince Charles, Marion Bailey the Queen Mother.

The BBC’s “His Dark Materials” adaptation: more casting news (involving Lin-Manuel Miranda, James McAvoy, and Ruth Wilson). James McAvoy and Ruth Wilson in the same place, they’re two of my absolute faves, I don’t know what to do with my excessive excitement.

Amazon’s version of The Lord of the Rings: has set its writing team.

What were some of the best new TV comedies in the UK this year (so far)?

Christopher Robin: Expanded trailer. I’m still mad at Ewan McGregor, but God, listen to his laugh at the 2:50 mark of that trailer. Nobody laughs like Ewan McGregor but seriously, did he have to leave his wife?

Brit movie news: Peterloo (directed by Mike Leigh).

John Cleese is writing a “light comedy about cannibalism” movie.

Brit actor Bernard Hepton: Obituary.

The person who commissioned Orphan Black (and was involved in several other notable shows): has been named PBS Programming Chief! I’ve got a good feeling about this.

Dad’s Army: on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary.

The Guardian really seems annoyed about the Bletchley Circle spin-0ff (see above); here they go to the trouble of describing other shows that deserve a spin-off (including Poldark and Peaky Blinders).

Have a great week, watching (British) TV!

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