Akin to TV Guide in America, the Radio Times provides a weekly listing of television and radio programs for the United Kingdom. This important publication was actually the first of its kind in the world, first published in 1923. The Radio Times is 96 years old now and has as much cultural relevance today as it ever did, even in the face of an increasingly digital world. In … [Read more...] about Britain’s TV Guide: The History of the Radio Times
Alan Siler likes Doctor Who. A lot. A regular on the convention and podcast circuit, the congenial Atlanta based author is much more than a fan. Bursting with energy and motivated to share his passion for all things Gallifreyan, Siler went out on his own, writing, editing and publishing several books, including Children of Time: The Companion of Doctor Who, Facing The Raven … [Read more...] about Doctor Whooligan: New Book – Doctor Who’s Greatest Hits – Remastered
Special episodes for Christmas have been part of British television for decades. Arguably the first Christmas special came in 1966 from the sitcom Til Death Do Us Part. The episode in question, “Peace and Goodwill” featured the Garnett family arguing about all manner of things around Christmastime and premiered on December 26, 1966. With an episode here or there, Christmas … [Read more...] about Doctor Who at Christmas: A History of Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Regarded as a holiday classic, The Snowman started as a children’s book by Raymond Briggs before getting adapted into an Oscar-nominated short film. The short also produced a major Christmas single with “Walking in the Air”, a video game, and finally a sequel in 2012, The Snowman and the Snowdog. Such a beloved work, of course, has a more interesting history and a deeper … [Read more...] about British Christmas: A History of The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
The BBC has released details of the upcoming Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special. They've released a plot synopsis. BBC One will be airing the one-off special on Christmas Day in the UK. As for airing in the USA, BritBox has announced that they will be releasing the special on their service on Christmas day along with adding the entire run of the original series. Here's the … [Read more...] about Brit TV: Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special News – Trailer Released Along With UK and USA Broadcast Details
And we're back! After an unexpected hiatus, the Anglotopia podcast has returned. This episode is a catch-up episode where we talk about where we've been, what we've been up to, future plans, what British TV we've been watching and much, much more! Also, the podcast is now on Spotify! Listen to the Podcast in the official Anglotopia Mobile App on iOS or Android. Subscribe to … [Read more...] about Anglotopia Podcast: Episode 10 – We’re Back! Catching Up, New British Products, British TV, and More!
The BBC has released a first look at the next series of Doctor Who, which is scheduled to premiere in 2020. There isn't an official release date yet, but many are speculating that it will start New Year's Day (if there isn't a Christmas Special). It is expected to premiere on the BBC One in the UK and on BBC America here in the USA on the same days. Check it out … [Read more...] about Doctor Who: First Look at Series 12 Premiering in 2020 – Teaser Trailer
At Christmastime, our TV screens fill not only with holiday specials, but tons of commercials. Whether advertising a store or a product, each one tries to put its own spin on Christmas. Some of these commercials are more memorable than others and have left an impression on us that persists even years later. From takes on beloved classics to commercials that leapt across the … [Read more...] about Ten of the Most Well-Known British Christmas Advertisements
Hollywood loves free intellectual property and one of their favorite is by far A Christmas Carol, which seems to be remade every few years. This time the BBC is doing it. It stars Guy Pearce as Ebenezer Scrooge and Andy Serkis as the Ghost of Christmas Past. It's been produced by the same people that make Peaky Blinders. It looks dark and gritty (which seems to be the trend for … [Read more...] about Brit Telly: We’re Getting Another Adaptation of A Christmas Carol – Whether We Want One Or Not – Check Out The Trailer
A trailer has been released for Belgravia, the new adaption of Julian Fellowes' novel of the same name from 2016. It's very clear that they're aiming it at the Downton Abbey crowd, just listen to the music in the trailer, which is very similar to Downton's style of music. Watch it below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uszna0lL8pE About Belgravia The novel, released in … [Read more...] about British Telly: First Trailer Released for Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia – Downton Abbey Successor?
This is a sponsored post by True Royalty TV. Written by Leo Kent. As the second series of The Crown drew to a close, we left Prince Charles amid the gloom of Gordonstoun; bullied by his peers and admonished by Prince Philip for his sensitivity. With the third series rumoured to cover the period between 1964 and 1977, it seems likely that we’re set to be shown Prince Charles … [Read more...] about Guest Post: The Truth Behind Netflix’s The Crown – Prince Charles
In the fourth or fifth century BCE, in Athens, there lived two painters, Zeuxis and Parrhasius. Both men were at the peak of their powers, and wanted to see which one was better, so they made a contest and decided to paint massive murals. Eventually, the two paintings were unveiled. Zeuxis' mural was a large picture of a bowl of fruit. It was realistic enough that several birds … [Read more...] about One Anglophile’s Take on Ghostwatch, the special that terrified a nation.
The Crown is returning to Netflix on November 17th, and Netflix has just released the first full trailer of what we can expect in the upcoming season. The biggest change, obviously, is the entirely new cast. There's also a bit of a time jump. The series focuses on the late 1960s and early 1970s an era of big change for Britain and the Royal Family. We're also going to see … [Read more...] about The Crown: Season 3 Trailer Released by Netflix – First Real Look at New Cast
Twelve years ago, audiences were treated to a romance for the ages. A story of divides both geographical and cultural, Gavin Shipman of Essex and Stacey West of Barry’s Island, Wales, managed to meet and fall in love. Riding the roller coaster that many relationships can be, they made it work for twenty episodes and specials from 2007 to 2010. With Ruth Jones and James … [Read more...] about Tellytopia: A Brief History of Gavin and Stacey
Poldark is a story of love, betrayal, loss, and new romance in the 18th Century. Based on the books by Winston Graham, the series revolves around Ross Poldark, who returns from serving in the British Army during the American Revolution to find that his fiancée thought him dead and plans to marry his cousin. The books have been successfully adapted twice: the first time in … [Read more...] about Ten Interesting Facts About Poldark (Books and TV Shows)
The Downton Abbey film is finally here, well tomorrow at least for US audiences (it opened in the UK last week). I was invited to the press screening in Chicago last night, and I’m here to give you a spoiler-free review (I won’t talk about plot that hasn’t been revealed beyond the press materials already out). So, is it good? Yes, it is good. Will Downton Abbey fans love it? … [Read more...] about Our Official Downton Abbey Film Review – SPOILER FREE!
Great news for Doc Martin Fans! You won't have to wait months or years for the new series which will premiere later this month on British TV network ITV. Acorn TV, like with the last series, will premiere the new episodes hours after they've aired in the UK. Doc Martin Series 9 will premiere exclusively in the U.S. and Canada on Acorn TV starting Thursday, September 26 at 6:00 … [Read more...] about Doc Martin: Doc Martin Series 9 To Premiere Exclusively on Acorn TV on September 26th – Hours After UK Premiere
Editor's Note: The following is a guest article from Jackie Wolfskill, who is running a Downton Abbey themed tour to Britain in summer 2020. See the end of the post for details on her amazing sounding tour! Downton Abbey fans have longed for the return of their favorite characters since the TV series ended over 3.5 years ago. Thankfully, the wait is almost over! The new … [Read more...] about Guest Feature: 10 Things I’m Looking Forward to Most in the Upcoming Downton Abbey Movie – What Are You Looking Forward To?
I wouldn't read or watch ahead if you want to go into the Downton Abbey film with no SPOILERS! Two clips from the film have been released so far. A clip has been released, showcasing the showdown between Carson and Barrow. The former Butler of Downton Abbey is brought back to the house to help with the Royal Visit (the subject of the film). This does not go down well with the … [Read more...] about Downton Abbey: New Clips from the Film Shows The Coming Battle of the Butlers and Violet in Full Form
Looking forward to the Downton Abbey Film? Want to see it early? Are you somewhat near Chicago? We've been given 15 pairs of tickets to giveaway to a special advance screening of the Downton Abbey Film on September 18th, 2019 at 7:00 pm. It will be at the AMC River East 21 in Downton Chicago. We tried to arrange tickets for other cities, but we're out of time and we were only … [Read more...] about Anglophile Alert: Win Tickets to an Advance Screening of the Downton Abbey Film in Chicago
BritBox, the British TV streamings service available in the USA and Canada, has a great line-up of shows coming to the service this month. Highlights include the second series of John Cleese's Hold the Sunset, a new drama starring Kelly MacDonald (Boardwalk Empire), the live premiere of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, as well as tons of other great new shows! Check out the full … [Read more...] about Telly Streaming: What’s New on BritBox for September 2019 – Kelly MacDonald, John Cleese, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Shetland, Ripping Yarns and More!
Known for his booming voice, BRIAN BLESSED has had quite a prolific career from Shakespeare to Doctor Who. He’s even been known to lend his massive vocals to audio plays and animation as well. BLESSED’s reputation isn’t just about his voice or his acting, but he has proven to have a larger-than-life personality that rivals his more well-known talents. He’s also an avid … [Read more...] about Ten Interesting Facts About BRIAN BLESSED!
Editor’s Note: The folks over at True Royalty TV, have asked us to share some highlights of what’s currently streaming on their wonderful service dedicated to all things Royal. If you want to go beyond what the tourist sees when they look round Windsor Castle, then The Queen’s Castle collection is your answer. The filmmakers were granted unprecedented access to both castle … [Read more...] about Telly Streaming: What to Watch This Month on True Royalty TV – The Queen’s Castle Collection
Netflix has announced the premiere date for The Crown Season Three and released a very short first glimpse of Olivia Coleman as HM The Queen. Season three will premiere on Netflix in its entirety for your binge-watching pleasure on November 17th. It will be perfect viewing for a cold winter's evening! Here's the very short preview - we'll post longer ones when they're … [Read more...] about The Crown: Netflix Announces Premiere Date for Season Three – First Starring Olivia Coleman – Short Teaser Released
This month Acorn TV has a fantastic line-up of new shows including a new show starring Lucy Lawless, a great documentary series about Britain's secret services, plus a great show starring Eve Myles (Torchwood) Monday, August 5 MY LIFE IS MURDER, Eps 1 & 2 (Exclusive U.S. and Canadian Premiere) Beloved actress Lucy Lawless from Xena, Parks and Recreation, Spartacus, The … [Read more...] about Telly Streaming: Coming to Acorn TV in August 2019 – Lucy Lawless, Eve Myles, David Jason, Comedy, Drama, and More!