British TV Tour for WPL

Welcome! Pub Quiz Time!

How is British TV different from American TV?

  • Short seasons and show runs: Happy Valley, so far, has twelve total episodes in two series.
  • Series are often written by one or two people. Like Mackenzie Crook’s Detectorists:
  • The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a public corporation, and is funded differently than American TV. In this clip, my co-author, Brit Jackie Bailey, tells you all about the TV licence.
  • Brit actors do it all: Films, TV, stage. Consider the many faces of Ian McKellen (in addition to Gandalf):

The Good Liar:

And also Freddie Thornhill in Vicious:

  • Literary Adaptations

New Hot Brit Shows to Watch:

Derry Girls

Agatha Raisin, series 3, now on Acorn TV.

Julian Fellowes’s Belgravia.

New adaptation of War of the Worlds

Dublin Murders (on Starz; based on the novels of Tana French)

Gavin & Stacey Christmas 2019 Special (Clip is a recap; SPOILERS!)

Last Tango in Halifax, series 5, starting soon.

Dracula, from the team behind Sherlock, starting soon: Trailer.

The His Dark Materials trilogy, which started on Nov. 4: Trailer.

“9 British Shows to Stream This November.”

Back to Life

Islands of America, coming to Acorn, and starring Martin Clunes:

David Jason’s Secret Service (documentary)



The Crown

Doctor Who (of course).

Downton Abbey the movie! (In theaters at the end of September.)

64 New British Dramas for 2019. I want to see EVERYTHING on this list.