What to Watch! A Whirlwind Tour of British TV (McFarland Public Library, August 27, 6:30 p.m.)

Thanks to everyone who came out for a great talk on Tuesday night! One of the books I recommended was This New Noise: The Extraordinary Birth and Troubled Life of the BBC by Charlotte Higgins.

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

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.