Brit Telly Headlines: New Year’s Eve edition, 2019.


A selection of British TV news from the past week:

His Dark Materials series 1 finale: Recap.

And here go the Brits getting great New Year’s Day TV too, when all I’ll be stuck with stateside is football games.

Call the Midwife season 9: Will be on PBS this spring.

New drama The Trial of Christine Keeler: is getting mixed reviews.

James Corden is hinting that there might be more Gavin & Stacey. (The special that aired on Christmas, after all, was the most-watched Christmas TV of the decade.) Although, some fans were not best pleased with one of the episode’s musical moments.

Deadwater Fell, starring David Tennant: Review. (SPOILERS there, of course, beware.) Related Tennant will also star in true crime drama Des.

Grantchester series 5 “should be called ‘Dark-chester’“? I don’t know about you, but I don’t really need Grantchester to be any darker than it already is, thanks.

Even Top Gear had a Christmas special.

Anyone ever heard of the 2012 movie Lawless (starring Tom Hardy)? It’s on Netflix now.

For all you Brit soap opera fans: EastEnders 2020 Preview!

I wish I could see this documentary about INXS. I still miss Michael Hutchence. Ah hell, I miss all of the 1990s, if I’m honest.

The BBC is celebrating the premiere of the new series of Doctor Who with a new line of t-shirts.

BritBox has a big hit in its offering of classic Doctor Who episodes.

How did BBC Parliament become the “toast of TV”?

Barack Obama: Fleabag fan.

Comedian and musician Neil Innes: has died.

England and the Euro Cup.

LADBible names Peaky Blinders the best show of the 2010s.

A RadioTimes list: 20 Best TV Shows of 2019.

Do you agree with this list? TellyVisions suggests their favorite Brit programs on PBS in the 2010s. And thanks to TellyVisions for this list: A look ahead at Brit TV in the 2020s.

In Memoriam, Brit-style, 2019.

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!


  1. I just watched this year’s and last year’s Christmas special episodes of Mrs. Brown’s Boys, perhaps the two funniest and delightful episodes of anything I have seen in years. Each one ended with a brilliant musical number which just kept the good feeling going long after the show was finished. I hadn’t realized that the show is performed in front of a live audience — what a fun experience that must be! How do I get a ticket??

    • Cardo,
      I have never seen the holiday episodes of Mrs. Brown’s Boys (hope to yet this week, on DVD from the library) but I think the regular show is hilarious and I LOVE that it’s live. Evidently the show is considered way lowbrow, but who cares when it’s that funny? When you go, take me with you! 🙂 (And a very happy new year to you!!)

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