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The Challenges of British Telly Love

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching so of course that signals the obligatory loving couples of television; Musing over my own marriage of two and half decades, I decided I wanted to highlight British telly relationships that had some barriers to their success.

Staying in love long term is hard work after all and overcoming hardship can bring a couple closer.  And after reading this list you may thank your lucky stars living with a slob or a neat freak is your biggest complaint.

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‘Sherlock’ the App: Coming Soon to a Device Near You

In case you’re already fretting about what to do once Sherlock Series 3 is over, worry not. You’ll still be able to get your consulting detective fix as we start on the (hopefully not as) long road to Series 4.

You’ll be able to spend part of the next hiatus solving cases with Sherlock and John yourself.

An official Sherlock app, called Sherlock: The Network offers fans the chance to join the great detective’s homeless network. As part of the game you get to assist Holmes and Watson on ten new cases, virtually navigating your way around London on foot, via taxi or by tube, talking to witnesses and gathering evidence. You can also play mini-games that encompass hacking, code breaking, observation and more.

Specially shot footage of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will appear in the game, as well as co-star Mark Gatiss.

Get some details and watch official trailer for the game below – spoiler: it looks quite fun! 

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Escape the Cold with Some Sunny Telly Holidays

Does the current deep freeze have you wishing for warmer climes?  Have you and yours succumbed to cabin fever yet?  If so, I have some suggestions for British television series that will transport you with their sunny seascapes and tropical breezes. 

Yes, you read that correctly.  I am talking about Britain, that rainy island just across the Atlantic. The following shows are British through and through even when the setting is not.  So slather on your sun cream and set up your deck chair because this list has been compiled to help you thaw your poor frozen mind and body.

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Must-See in the New Year: Things We're Looking Forward to in 2014

Happy New Year, Telly Visions readers! From our family here to yours – we hope you all have a wonderful 2014: a year full of love and laughter and, of course, as much great British television as you can possibly cram in to 365 days. 

Luckily, there’s apparently going to be quite a bit in the way of quality options to pick from in the next twelve months. We take a look at a few of the most exciting options below.

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In Memoriam 2013

It’s a sad occasion whenever we are faced with bidding farewell to actors and other creative types who have enriched our lives with their outstanding talents.  What follows is a list of some of the British actors/personalities who passed in 2013.  Fortunately for us, they left behind a generous body of work for us to enjoy for years to come.

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The Most Interesting British Telly Families We Met in 2013

Few people would refute that the holidays are a time for family.  Whether it fills you with anticipation or dread, reuniting with loved ones is a big expectation of the season.  I personally enjoy getting together with my relatives to reminisce and catch up with one another.  A nice meal, a heartfelt exchange of presents and a hug on the way out the door? What’s not to like?

However, when I think about some of the clans I’ve met while watching telly this year, I have to concede that family matters can be complicated.  By now you must know that I have compiled a list of some recent shows that have featured family scenarios, both loving and dysfunctional. 

You just might rethink how mad, or just dramatic, your relatives really are…

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Happy Christmas to the Best Readers on the Planet

Happy Christmas, Telly Visions readers! (Or Happy Wednesday and generally Winter-ish season if this holiday isn’t your cup of tea.) Either way, the point is, is that today is a day about where it’s appropriate to celebrate people we care about – and also hopefully to get a ton of great British telly on DVD – and you all are basically the best readers ever.

Thanks for being a part of our blog community for the past two years and change – for reading, and commenting, and tweeting, and sharing and just generally being fantastic. It’s the best present a girl could ask for. Well, other than an advance copy of Sherlock Series 3. Just in case Santa is listening. (Sorry, I had to try.)

Here’s hoping that you find a pile of great Anglophile-appropriate presents under the tree – we’re looking forward to a great 2014 with all of you!

Did you get any particularly great Brit-themed gifts today? Do tell in the comments!

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Naughty and Nice British Television Shows of 2013

Father Christmas sure must have his work cut out for him.  With all that business of trying to determine who’s been naughty and who’s been nice, it surely must do his head in a bit.  How do I know?  Because I’ve been attempting to do the same with the British TV shows of the past year and have found it to be more difficult that I originally thought.

First of all, there is no way I could watch every series broadcast in the past twelve months, even if I lived in the UK and did nothing but sit on the couch with my eyes glued to the tube 24 hours a day.  Therefore, I reviewed the list of programs I had watched, sorted them into quick first-impression categories, ruminated on the line-up I had assembled and then narrowed down both lists to the naughtiest and the nicest British shows of 2013. 

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'Downton Abbey' Series 4 NYC Screening & Cast Q&A Report: Plus, Watch for Yourselves!

Hi guys – miss me? I was out of the office on vacation, which was lovely, but wow, it’s nice to be back! Tweet me with anything good I’ve missed!

Last week, I was privileged enough to attend a Downton Abbey fan and social media screening with the cast and producers in New York. Talk about an amazing opportunity! Not only did we get to see the first hour of Downton Series 4, we also got to watch a question and answer session featuring creator Julian Fellowes, producer Gareth Naeme, and several members of the series’ cast, including Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Phyllis Logan, Allen Leech, Lesley Nichols, and  Robert James-Collier . The conversation was wide-ranging and super interesting – the Downton crew talked about everything from the new season, to how the show’s success has impacted their lives offscreen, to what things they miss the most abou the series’ 1920s setting when they have to return to real life.

Here are some highlights from my perspective, the best photos my iPhone camera could manage to capture (of course this is when my real camera battery decided to conk out!), and a link to watch the full Q&A panel yourself. Enjoy! 

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Beyond Television: A Look at 'Making Masterpiece'

As the blog’s name suggests, we normally talk telly here at Telly Visions, but today I’d like to share with you a book I’ve been reading that I believe is an appropriate subject for this forum.  It chronicles a television program near and dear to my heart and yours, I’m sure.

In Making Masterpiece: My 25 Years behind the Scenes at Masterpiece and Mystery! on PBS Rebecca Eaton, the executive producer of Masterpiece, tells two stories you’ll want to read if you’ve been a fan of the Masterpiece brand in recent years. The history of Masterpiece and Eaton’s personal memoir intertwine to create a compelling narrative about the ups and downs of a cultural institution and the woman who has been at its helm for the past quarter century.

Read on for more details.

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