Starring Not That Louis

Starring Not That Louis

Caught up in writing and other life matters, I had somehow totally missed promos for this new BBC series. I learned of its existence only last night just after the opening episode was underway on BBC 2. So I didn't see it: I had just gotten back from Luton Airport with the Mrs when I [...]

“Somebody throws a Brick against the Door of my Carriage”

“Somebody throws a Brick against the Door of my Carriage”

Last night, the BBC's "Grand Tours of Scotland" series focused on women travelers. It included a look at walking in the countryside and even took us to Gretna Green - where couples still "run off" to for marriage. It also briefly reviewed the time when women did not normally travel alone because they usually weren't [...]

“America? Nope, never heard of it.”

“America? Nope, never heard of it.”

Recently, the BBC was out and about, questioning people in London, India, and Singapore: A practical point: the BBC's social media linkage there is useless. I can't see how to link directly to that update (for your ease in accessing it). The "Share" facility for some dopey reason takes one only to the entire page, [...]

Talking With The Cast

Talking With The Cast

The other night Sir Bruce Forsyth was a guest on the BBC's One Show. He has been best known most recently as host of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. The U.S. version is Dancing With The Stars. Within moments, it became clear why he was on the program. He has a book out about his [...]

A Message To Our British Friends

When she became a U.S. citizen, I warned my wife that becoming an American is a lot like joining the mafia - anyone's free to, but once you do, you don't easily leave. On a nation-state level, we also established that fact pretty definitively between 1861-1865. So matters are now crystal clear for everyone concerned: [...]

What Happened To Bobby?

Yesterday afternoon, an episode of Escape to the Country came on the BBC. In the background, we heard one of the househunting couple's children's names: "Hatcher." With that, the fun began: • Me: "There must be an American in this couple. Boys names in the U.S. have become ridiculous in recent years. Only an American [...]

Mumbling Inn

Our friends at the BBC told us yesterday: Monday's launch episode of new BBC period drama Jamaica Inn sparked more than 100 complaints, after sound issues left viewers struggling to understand what was being said on screen. The three-part adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel stars former Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay. Some viewers [...]