British Television Newsletter
Welcome to another burst of TV news and gossip.
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One of my favourite actors, Paul McGann, returns in True Dare Kiss, a six parter on BBC One:
Lovejoy was a classic series that began in 1986, and it is finally available on DVD. So is the hip new Robin Hood:
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Canadian viewers finally get to see the acclaimed series The State Within, airing Wednesday nights at 10:00PM EST on BBC Canada. A six part thriller, the programme features Jason Isaacs as the British Ambassador to Washington who becomes ensnared in a potentially world changing conspiracy.
Also on BBC Canada is the North American premiere of the second series of supernatural drama Afterlife. Join psychic Alison as she contacts the spirit world on Thursdays at 8:00PM EST.
As we all know, it has been ten years since the tragic death of Princess Diana in Paris. On Sunday July 1st from 5:30 – 10:30, BBC One will be airing The Concert for Diana, a star studded tribute to the Princess. The event, organised by her sons, will feature some of her favourite artistes including Sir Elton John, Duran Duran and Bryan Ferry.
The BBC's on demand iPlayer will launch next month. The service will be free to UK TV license holders who will be able to download programmes, and then have 30 days to watch them. Iplayer is currently being tested among 15 000 viewers, and will be accessible on July 27th at bbc.co.uk/iplayer.
Classy newsreader Fiona Bruce will become the fifth presenter of The Antiques Roadshow, a programme that has become a British institution, regularly drawing 6 million viewers. Michael Aspel will be stepping down as host next Spring.
The Wire in the Blood returns to ITV1 on Wednesday July 11th at 10:30PM. Robson Green and Simone Lahbib star in the series opener The Colour Of Amber, as the pair race against time to save a young girl snatched by a man in a car.
Amanda Burton will reprise her role as the tough cop Commander Clare Blake in three new films by Prime Suspect creator Lynda La Plante. Beginning on July 8th on ITV1.
The BBC's international profits are soaring, thanks to mega export hits like Dr Who and Sir David Attenborough's Planet Earth. BBC Worldwide has reported record profits of £111.1 million, a 24% rise over last year.
That's all for this week,
See you soon.
Pam Lawrence, British Television Editor