ROBIN OF SHERWOOD Retrospective: Actors Michael Praed and Jason Connery on the classic U.K. series – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

Jason Connery in ROBIN OF SHERWOOD | photo courtesy of Spirit of Sherwood

ROBIN OF SHERWOOD is a singular version of the Robin Hood legend, made for British television, that ran originally ran in the U.K. on ITV and in the U.S. on Showtime from 1984 through 1986. The legend of Robin Hood, the outlaw leader who robs from the rich and gives to the poor, possibly dates back to thirteenth-century mummers plays. Fandom for ROBIN OF SHERWOOD isn’t quite that old, but it’s still alive and well, with multiple online groups for the series itself, the actors and the characters. The longest-lasting club, Spirit of Sherwood, authorized by series creator Richard Carpenter, […]Read On »

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QUIZ: Creator James Graham and actress Sian Clifford on new fact-based mini-series – Exclusive Interview

QUIZ - Season 1 - Key Art | ©2020 AMC

QUIZ, the three-part miniseries debuting on American TV on AMC Sunday, May 31, is based on a real incident. In 2001 England, Charles Ingram won the million-pound jackpot on the ITV quiz show WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE. There was an ensuing scandal that resulted in Ingram, his wife Diana and her brother Adrian Pollock, all being brought up on criminal charges for “procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception,” i.e., winning by cheating. James Graham, who had previously done a play on the subject, wrote and is an executive producer on QUIZ. The miniseries explores not […]Read On »

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VERA: Executive producers Kate Bartlett and Phil Hunter give the scoop on Season 10 – Exclusive Interview

VERA - Season 10 Key Art | ©2020 Britbox

The tenth season of British detective series VERA (along with the previous nine seasons) is now available to U.S. audiences via the Britbox streaming service. Brenda Blethyn, a two-time Oscar nominee for her work in SECRETS AND LIES and LITTLE VOICE) stars as Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope, a character taken from a series of mystery novels by Ann Cleeves. Vera’s team is headquartered in Northumberland, but their cases take them to various parts of England, and even Scotland. Vera is somewhat unusual amongst female TV detectives in that she’s not only mature in age – sure, we’ve had Miss Marple […]Read On »

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BRITBOX: Network President Soumya Sriraman on the U.S. streaming service and more – Exclusive Interview

BRITBOX Network President Soumya Sriraman | courtesy of Britbox

Launched in 2017, Britbox is a streaming service dedicated to bringing the best of BBC and ITV fare to the United States. Soumya Sriraman (first name rhymes with “home ya” and surname is pronounced Sree-rah-man), President of Britbox North America, sits down for an extensive discussion of the company that brings an enormous amount of British television to U.S. viewers. ASSIGNMENT X: What made U.K. TV networks BBC and ITV decide to join hands and create Britbox? SOUMYA SRIRAMAN: It kind of had to be done. The thing that both BBC and ITV have done for a long time is […]Read On »

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TCA News: PBS says expect ENDEAVOUR, the INSPECTOR MORSE movie prequel, to become a regular series

Shaun Evans in ENDEAVOUR | ©2012 PBS/ITV

The popular British detective series INSPECTOR MORSE has been transformed into a one-off TV movie prequel called ENDEAVOUR and is based on Colin Dexter’s novels. The movie has already made its debut in the U.K. on ITV and has proven quite successful. This co-production with the PBS (which will air it this summer on MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!) has already provided talk that a TV series might follow. Shaun Evans who plays a younger Morse (the movie is set in the 1960s) says he would love to come back for a full series. “It was a great opportunity for me,” says Evans. […]Read On »

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