A selection of British TV news from the past week:
Grantchester series 4, episode 4: Recap. Jamestown, series 3, episode 5: Recap. (And, for you lucky Brits who are getting to see Poldark already, here’s the series 5, episode 4 recap.)
Thanks to Anglotopia, here’s a handy list of what’s coming to Acorn TV in August. And here’s the guide to what’s new on BritBox for August.
New series on Netflix: Australian prison drama Wentworth; Canadian drama Heartland; sitcom Derry Girls.
Speaking of Derry Girls, it’s been renewed for a third season.
Peaky Blinders series 5: Trailer.
Big news: Doctor Who will now stream on HBO Max.
New sitcom Back to Life will premiere on Showtime on Oct. 6.
The Great British Bake-Off is back on Channel 4.
New drama coming from ITV: Deep Water.
Amazon will produce a new show from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost: Truth Seekers.
BBC One is adapting the novel Elizabeth is Missing.
Very sad news: Barrington Pheloung, who composed the music for Morse and many other programs, has died at the age of 65.
Oh, Paul Hollywood, I do love you, but you’re 53 and your girlfriend was 24? I know why you’re breaking up, and it doesn’t have anything to do with a non-disclosure agreement. You’re just too old for her, mate.
Okay, I’ve never heard of the show Flack (starring Anna Paquin), but if awesome New Zealand-born actor Sam Neill (Peaky Blinders) is involved, I might have to get interested.
New sitcom from comic Aisling Bea: This Way Up.
“Everything we know about Endeavour series seven.”
I just got even more interested in the upcoming adaptation of Agatha Christie’s A Pale Horse: Rufus Sewell has just been cast in it.
I do so love Christopher Eccleston, and he’s written a new memoir titled I Love the Bones of You.
Television Critics Awards: Fleabag wins big.
Film News: Trailer for new historical drama 1917; new Guy Ritchie movie to be released in early 2020: The Gentlemen (starring Hugh Grant, Matthew McConaughey, and Colin Farrell).
Downton Abbey the movie: UK trailer.
This is a fascinating article about the difficulties of filming nonfiction and reality television.
Get your mind out of the gutter: Million Pound Handjobs is, in fact, about the world of hand modelling.
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!