New shows from the UK/Downton movie?

Tea Time Tidbit for the week of February 12, 2018

There are a couple of new drama series that recently started in the UK that I thought you’d be interested in hearing about.

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Zoe Wanamaker, Miranda Richardson
and Phyllis Logan in Girlfriends

Girlfriends stars three actresses I’m sure you’ll recognize; Miranda Richardson, who played Queen Elizabeth I in Blackadder, Zoe Wanamaker who was My Family’s Susan Harper and Downton Abbey’s Mrs Hughes, Phyllis Logan. They play friends who are struggling with all manner of issues that can hit woman as they get older from looking after grandkids and ageing parents, to age discrimination in the workforce.

Logan looks very different in Girlfriends to how we’re used to seeing her in Downton. Her character is a bit of a hippie and she has long flowing hair to prove it! The 64-year-old actress might soon, however, be having to get out the bobby pins and put her hair up, if the rumors about a Downton Abbey film being in the works prove true.

Only Downton Abbey creator and writer Julian Fellowes knows for sure if and when a film version of the hit series will be made, but the main actors have all been asked to clear their calendars for the rest of this year. Also, a British tabloid recently reported that Highclere Castle, where Downton was filmed, and which is usually open to visitors, is going to be closed from May 30th to July 7th. Reportedly the reason for the closure is to accommodate filming for interior and exterior scenes. I’ll be sure to keep you updated!

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James Norton

Another new series that aired recently in the UK is the BBC/AMC joint production, McMafia, starring Grantchester vicar James Norton, as the hedge fund manager son of Russian exiles with mob connections. The series, which the BBC describes as a fast-paced thriller, will air over here on AMC and Amazon Prime. There’s still no word by the way as to whether there’ll be a Season 4 of Grantchester. According to the author of the original novels on which the series is based, the producing station, ITV, is all set to go ahead with another season, but it might have to be without Norton, because of his schedule. Grantchester without the heavenly Norton would not be the same! I can’t imagine who’d replace him, can you?

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