British Television Newsletter
Welcome to another burst of TV news and gossip.
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In the early nineties, the BBC produced the House of Eliott. Find out all about the frocks and feuds that made this fashion house saga so addictive:
The Cranford Chronicles, based on the novels of Elizabeth Gaskell, is a major new costume drama from the Beeb, starring Dame Judi Dench:
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Richard Madeley will have to go it alone without his missus, as Judy Finnegan announces she is going to quit the box to write books. Sources say she's just fed up with being on telly.
Another new face will join Corrie in June. Stand-up comedian Sean Hughes, who we haven't heard much from since Never Mind The Buzzcocks, will play Eileen's new love interest, Pat.
Sigh of relief time. Apparently, the planned US version of Footballers' Wives is not going to happen. Apparently, ABC didn't want any smutty storylines to blow their contract with the NFL. Too bad really- now that could have been one over- the-top show....
Don't forget the Secret Life of Mrs Beeton airs on Sunday May 20th on most PBS stations. You can read more about it here.
The ubiquitous screen writer Andrew Davies has penned an adaptation of E.M Forster's Room With A View (how the movie could be surpassed I don't know) Ghostsquad's Elaine Cassiday is in talks to play the key role of Lucy Honeychurch, whose life is transformed after a trip to Tuscany. On ITV later this year.
Look out celebs, politicians and sporting personalities, Spitting Image is set to return, and nobody is safe. ITV is reviving the classic show that ran from 1984-1996, but instead of squashy latex heads, the stars will be 3D cartoons.
Check out the BAFTAs on Sunday, May 20th on BBC1. Coverage of the winners onsite next week.
Daniel Radcliffe, fresh from his strip in the West End, will star in a one off drama My Boy Jack on ITV later this year. The drama will begin shooting in Ireland in July, and focuses on Rudyard Kipling, purveyor of patriotic poetry, and his search for his 17 year old son, missing among the trenches of WW1.
Of great interest to pop culture fans is the Seven Ages of Rock, a landmark series of seven films charting the rise of rock music. Begins on Saturday 19 May on BBC Two at 9pm, with The Birth of Rock: Blues Based Rock- 1963-1970. Highly cool.
Doctor Who episode 7, originally scheduled for May 12, will air on May 19 at 7:10pm on BBC One.
Oh, and don't forget the F.A. Cup Final on Saturday...Should be a classic showdown between the Reds and Chelsea. Match of the Day Live, BBC One, 1:00-5:30pm.
That's all for this week.
See you soon.
Pam Lawrence, British Television Editor