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!