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Brand New British TV Shows in June + Cumberbatch & Colman Together

Tomorrow (June 17th) will mark 27 years since the premiere of The Broker's Man, a crime drama in which Kevin Whately (Lewis) played an ex-detective turned fraud investigator for an insurance company. Aside from offering a unique twist on the usual crime/investigation genre, it offers an interesting look back at the UK of 25+ years ago. It also includes guest appearances from a number of faces you'll likely recognise - Jamie Glover (Agatha Raisin), Max Beesley (Hijack), Fay Ripley (Cold Feet),...

5 days ago • 4 min read

BREAKING (& DELIGHTFUL) NEWS: As we were preparing this email, we received an email from Acorn TV's PR department announcing that the Australian mystery-drama Darby & Joan has been commissioned for a second season. Easily one of Acorn's best original series, it stars Bryan Brown and Greta Scacchi as a former cop and English nurse who collide in the Australian outback and become entangled in a string of intriguing mysteries. According to their email, this is what we can expect from the...

15 days ago • 4 min read

Today marks 30 years since the premiere of Cadfael, which is especially neat because it was one of the earliest shows to get me hooked on British TV. As a teenager, I remember watching it on a 4.5-inch black and white TV screen built into a boombox (it was THIS model, if you're curious). What a treat to be able to watch it decades later in full colour on a 50+ inch screen! For those not familiar with Cadfael, the series was broadcast from 1994 through 1998, and it's based on the Cadfael...

23 days ago • 4 min read

There have been a lot of great British TV premieres in the US this month - from the Tattooist of Auschwitz on Peacock to Maryland on PBS to third seasons of both McDonald & Dodds on BritBox and The Outlaws on Amazon Prime. You can view our list of 31 US premieres HERE. But what if those aren't enough for you? We know a lot of our readers are in situations where they have a lot more time for TV than most - retirees, caregivers, people with mobility issues or illnesses, etc. And of course, some...

28 days ago • 2 min read

Today marks 10 years since the premiere of From There to Here, a period drama set against the backdrop of the 1996 IRA bombing of Manchester's city centre. The action follows the intertwined lives of the Cotton family. Philip Glenister (Life on Mars) stars as Daniel Cotton, a seemingly successful businessman who struggles to reconcile his fractured family and his double life. As the city rebuilds in the wake of the attack, Daniel grapples with secrets and lies that threaten to ruin everything...

30 days ago • 4 min read

Today, actor Nathaniel Parker turns 62. Best known amongst British TV fans for his portrayal of Inspector Thomas Lynley in the 2001 TV adaptation of Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley book series, you might be wondering what he's up to these days. He popped up most recently in S24E4 of Midsomer Murders: "A Climate of Death" as Brian Havergal. He hasn't been quite as active in recent years, but he also had a major role in the 2021 production The Vineyard. The Amazon Prime Original is a...

about 1 month ago • 3 min read

This week marks 21 years since the premiere of Blue Murder, a 2003 crime drama that starred Caroline Quentin as DCI Janine Lewis, a single mum who balances the demands of motherhood with the demands of a promising career as a Manchester-based detective. It went on for 5 seasons and 19 episodes, most of them feature-length (season 5 featured hour-long episodes instead). Though you can definitely feel the show's age, it's still well worth watching due to the strong character development. In the...

about 1 month ago • 4 min read

This weekend, The Shadow Line turns 13. The seven-part miniseries features Christopher Eccleston, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rafe Spall, Lesley Sharp, and Stephen Rea (among others), and it follows a murder investigation being actively investigated on "both sides of the line". In other words, the cops are investigating at the same time as the criminals. When drugs baron Harvey Wratten and his nephew are released from prison on a Royal Pardon, it's believed they got out by offering up information....

about 2 months ago • 3 min read

Today marks 10 years since the premiere of Happy Valley, if you can believe it. The series began on BBC One back in 2014, with a second season following in 2016. Though there were a few scattered announcements about a third season back then, most people lost hope after a few years with no further news. It wasn't until 2023 that we finally got that third and final season to give us closure. Promotional interviews ahead of the premiere revealed that writer Sally Wainwright had always planned to...

about 2 months ago • 4 min read

First off, we have good news, bad news, and questions. The good news is that Vera will return for a 14th season consisting of two episodes. The bad news is that afterwards, she'll be hanging up her coat and hat to step away from the role of DCI Vera Stanhope. In a statement, she said: "Working on Vera has been a joy from beginning to end, and I’m sad to be saying cheerio. But I am so proud of our achievements over the last 14 years. I’ll be forever grateful to the wonderful Ann Cleeves, who...

about 2 months ago • 3 min read
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