We’ve seen Martin Clunes do comedy. We’ve seen him do drama. We’ve seen him do a combination of both. Now, it’s time to see Martin Clunes in a proper modern British Crime Drama (he's done period crime in the past in Arthur & George). Clunes recently starred in Manhunt, an ITV production in the UK - and it was their biggest drama hit since 2013. It was a smash hit in … [Read more...] about Brit TV: Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) Does a Crime Drama – Manhunt Arrives on Acorn TV – Review
Brit TV Reviews
By far the most popular genre of British drama is the British crime drama. Midsomer Murders. Morse. Grantchester. Father Brown. Foyle’s War. Acorn TV, one of the most popular British TV streaming services (and the first), has commissioned their own British Crume Drama series, this one set in London. London Kills is the heir to all the great British crime dramas that have come … [Read more...] about Brit Telly: London Kills – New London Set British Crime Drama Set in London – Full Series Review – Spoiler Free!
This week's column is a little packed with stuff as I wasn't able to write this column last week. So, while I do watch a lot of British TV and movies, I don't normally watch this much in one week - this is spread out over two weeks! Book Progress I’m nearing the end of writing my book. It’s provisionally titled Adventures in Anglotopia. I only have a few chapters left to … [Read more...] about Anglophile Life: Book Progress, Bohemian Rhapsody, Peppa Pig, Interesting Articles, Films Watched and More!
This is the week where Season 11 turns and heads into the home stretch. It's just my opinion, but from here I think things are going to get darker and more sinister, leading into a series finale. Although there are no two-parters scheduled or major arcs announced I would not be surprised to see elements and plot points from some of these stories leading into the remaining … [Read more...] about Doctor Whooligan: Demons of the Punjab, Big Finish News, Matt Smith In Star Wars!
By Janna Wong Healy I was not alive in 1945, when Evelyn Waugh’s highly revered and most famous novel, Brideshead Revisited, The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder, was published. As an English major in college, I had heard about this thoughtful, beautifully written story of friendship, love, and religion…yet didn’t read it. In 1982, the talk around town … [Read more...] about Guest Article: Visiting Brideshead Revisited for the First Time – Comparing the Book, TV Show and Film
Brideshead Revisited is my favorite work of British literature and concurrently my favorite British TV drama of all time. So, when I heard last year that the BBC were producing a new version of Decline and Fall, my interest was immediately piqued. I’d never read the book, so I bought it and added it to my reading pile. And there is stayed for almost a year. I finally … [Read more...] about Brit Telly: Decline and Fall Review – Classic Evelyn Waugh Novel Comes to AcornTV From Today
We are two weeks away from the new series, and there's a pretty big going on. There's a lot of news and speculation aunt what may happen, but one thing is certain, after a long wait it's great to have The Doctor back! There is a lot of con news right now as well as some new release info from Big Finish and a bevy of Series 10 related happenings! SEASON 10 NEWS The … [Read more...] about Doctor Whooligan: Season 10 News, Matt Smith At Dragon Con, Nicola Bryant At WhoLanta, Chicago TARDIS, Big Finish Update
For those not familiar with UK TV Everywhere, it’s a service that has been around for a few years now that offers Anglophiles their dream: live British TV feeds from the UK (you can use this service anywhere, US, Canada, Europe, etc). There’s much more to it than that, but that’s is its major selling point. We’ve been using the service now for almost three years and love it. … [Read more...] about Brit Telly: Reviewing the New UK TV Everywhere STB-4x Telly Streaming Box
Since 2008, BBC Audio has been doing their own audio dramas to cover new series of Doctor Who stories while Big Finish covers the classic era. BBC has even done some original audiobooks of the classic Doctors read by their companions and others for the fiftieth anniversary. "The Tales of Winter" represent the first four audio stories featuring the Twelfth Doctor and Clara … [Read more...] about Exploring the BBC Radio Archive: Doctor Who Audios – The Tales of Winter
When US-based streaming service Netflix announced last year that they would be making a drama based on the life of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, I immediately became excited. Mostly because of the people involved - most notably Peter Morgan - who wrote fantastic film The Queen and the hit play The Audience (both which starred Helen Mirren). Morgan’s involvement meant that we … [Read more...] about Brit Telly: The Crown – Season 1 – Full Review – The Best New British Drama This Year
Doc Martin is back! A new series has just begun appearing on Acorn TV and will feature the latest adventures of surly Doc Martin and the colorful characters of Portwenn, Cornwall. We’ve seen the first two episodes so here’s a rundown of what to expect - with no SPOILERS of course! Doc Martin has somewhat suffered from ‘how long can they keep it going’ syndrome and last … [Read more...] about Brit Telly: Doc Martin Returns With a New Season to Acorn TV
Prolific author P.G. Wodehouse penned nearly 70 novels and 300 short stories in his career which spanned more than 70 years. With sizzling wit and a mastery of the English language, Sir Pelham Grenville (P.G.) Wodehouse delighted fans with his vast array of stories filled with humor and memorable characters who deal with life’s challenges in a lighthearted way. This 6-DVD … [Read more...] about Brit DVD Review: Wodehouse Playhouse – The Complete Collection
In case you haven't heard, Foyle's War is returning for its seventh series this Sunday on PBS (it's technically the eighth series, but in the US two series were combined at one point so for us it's seven). We got an advance copy of the DVD set to review. I'm going to review the entire new series and then at the bottom, you can enter to win one of 2 copies of the Foyle's War … [Read more...] about Foyle’s War: Foyle’s War Returns This Sunday – Full Series and DVD Review (NO SPOILERS!) – Win a Copy Inside!
Over the course of several years, the art world hosted a series of Study Days. Top scholars in art history, specialists in restoration, scientists and museum curators were all invited to France in order to attend these very special occasions. For two days, a large collection of one featured artist was put on display as never seen before. Paintings were removed from their … [Read more...] about Understanding Art: Hidden Lives of Masterpieces – DVD Review
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie deftly explores the effect a charismatic educator can have on impressionable young minds. For the young ladies at the Marcia Blaine School for Girls in Edinburgh in the 1930s, Miss Jean Brodie is the teacher who commands all of the attention. Miss Jean Brodie wants nothing more than to fill her students with a love of culture, politics, books … [Read more...] about Brit DVD Reviews: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1978 television miniseries) now on DVD
Well, I have to hand it to Stephen Moffat. While I've generally been dissatisfied with his run on Doctor Who, he's really pulled off something quite amazing. All I can say is that it's going to be a very long wait until the 50th Anniversary Special on November 23rd. Read our full review on Tardistopia here. … [Read more...] about Doctor Who: Series 7 Episode 13 Review – The Name of the Doctor – NO SPOILERS!!!
This week, The Doctor returns to the Victorian Era. I always love the adventures set in the Victorian Era so I was really looking forward to this episode. Read the rest of our review over at Tardistopia.net. … [Read more...] about Doctor Who – Series 7 – Episode 12 – The Crimson Horror – Review – Light Spoilers!!!
Released on DVD by Acorn Media in a two-disc set, The Syndicate is kind of television that earns British television its well-deserved reputation as a provider of quality, intelligent fare for discriminating viewers. This five-episode drama written by Kay Mellor and shown on BBC One in 2012, follows the fates of five supermarket employees who enter a syndicate and win the … [Read more...] about Brit DVD Reviews: The Syndicate, Series 1 from Acorn Media
Fans of Upstairs, Downstairs might be surprised to learn about a related television series, Thomas & Sarah. When production of Upstairs, Downstairs ended in 1975, fans still wanted more. Thomas & Sarah was television’s response, picking up with two characters who departed from Upstairs, Downstairs during season two. Thomas & Sarah follows the lives of clever … [Read more...] about Brit DVD’s: Thomas & Sarah from Acorn Media – Upstairs Downstairs Spin-off
A police show filled with sarcastic humor, Vexed is a unique television show that doesn’t fit into one television genre at all. Crimes are being investigated, however it is the humorous personalities and private dramas of the investigators that take center stage in this BBC comedy/drama. Season One of Vexed stars DI Kate Bishop (Lucy Punch of Doc Martin) and DI Jack … [Read more...] about Brit DVD Reviews: Vexed – Series One from Acorn Media
The initial premise of Ballykissangel was a ‘fish out of water’ story about Father Peter (Stephen Tompkinson), a young English priest sent to a small Irish village where he runs into the expected resistance - the Irish aren’t too crazy about the English, as you probably know! The first person he meets – and finds himself terribly attracted to – is Assumpta Fitzgerald (Dervla … [Read more...] about The Telly Archive: Ballykissangel
William Travers is an honest London lawyer who always believes 100% in his client’s innocence. When Travers learns that he successfully defended a man who was actually guilty of a horrible crime, Travers suffers a mental breakdown and leaves London to settle in quiet Suffolk. After an old college pal is accused of murdering his beautiful secretary, Travers is pulled back into … [Read more...] about Brit DVD Reviews: Injustice DVD – A Review – Acorn Media
I don’t know how it works in your house, but in our house, the clicker is in the exclusive custody of my husband. Fortunately, he has great taste in TV, and our preferences are pretty similar. For instance, we prefer scripted television to reality shows. That said, Season 2 on DVD of Who Do You Think You Are, a show that follows celebrities around as they research their family … [Read more...] about Brit DVD’s: Who Do You Think You Are, Season 2
Well, here we are at the end of this eight week long journey. We've been through war and peace and now we're left with some rather interesting turns in Downton Abbey. As usual we used our favorite service, TheTelly.net to watch Downton Abbey live as it aired in the UK. We've been treated to a full 90 minutes of the Crawley family dramas - all of which are either resolved … [Read more...] about Downton Abbey – Series 2 – Episode 8 Series Finale Review – LIGHT SPOILERS!!!
It's now 1919 and our characters are trying to get back to normal after the turmoil of The Great War. As normal as normal can be. But everyone has been changed by the war, including the dowdy Dowager Countess. I don't want to give away what happened to Mrs. Bates for the sake of American fans who won't see it until January - so I'll leave that topic well alone but we haven't … [Read more...] about Downton Abbey – Series 2 Episode 7 Review – Light SPOILERS!!!