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Happy Third Birthday, Telly Visions!

Today’s the day! Somehow our little British blog Telly Visions officially turns three years old today! It’s amazing to me that we’re already celebrating the third anniversary of this blog – I can’t believe that this much time has gone by since we got started dishing British television and film and all the other the other things that are pretty much essential to life for an Anglophile.

So here we are, 1,095 days and 989 blog posts later – and that’s so close to 1,000 posts I can’t believe it – and still going strong. And that’s all down to you guys for reading and commenting and being here. Thank you being part of our blog family!

A few highlights from our third year: 

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BBC Radio 4 to Adapt Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s ‘Good Omens’

Fresh on the heels of their popular all-star adaptation of Neverwhere last year, BBC Radio 4 is set to bring another popular fantasy novel to life on the radio. They have joined forces with authors Neil Gaiman (who also penned Neverwhere) and Terry Pratchett to create the first ever dramatization of their co-authored 1990 cult-classic novel Good Omens.

Good Omens, subtitled The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, tells the story of the End Times. Sort of. What it’s really about is an angel (Aziraphale) and a demon (Crowley) who quite like living on Earth, actually, and aren’t really that interested in the Rave to team up to stop the foretold Apocalypse from occurring and defeat the Antichrist, whose name is Adam. 

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Telly Visions at San Diego Comic Con 2014

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, the dog days of July are upon us, when entertainment enthusiasts everywhere gather in Southern California for the best weekend of the year, when we all put on costumes and revel in whatever various forms of geekery we most enjoy. Yes, I’m headed back to San Diego Comic Con International this weekend, so bear with us if the blog is a bit quiet this weekend.

While I’m technically going for fun once again this year (and with the hopes that it’ll take my mind off things to be quite honest), there’s no reason that I still can’t report back to everyone about all the relevant and exciting Brit-related news from this year’s convention.

Sadly, there are no Doctor Who or Sherlock panels to be had this year, but rumor has it a host of British celebs will be in San Diego promoting their latest projects, which will include appearances by such famous faces as Colin Firth, Daniel Radcliffe and more – including, yes, even Benedict Cumberbatch.

Expect a full report next week, but in the meantime make sure you're following the blog on Twitter, because if I manage to see or do anything exceptionally awesome, that's likely where you'll see it first. (If you just want to see photos of my TARDIS dress and me sitting in various massive lines for things, you can find my personal account here.)

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Get Excited: 'Danger Mouse' is Coming Back!

The best news you will read all day – possibly even all week unless Benedict Cumberbatch does something exceptionally awesome tomorrow - is here.

Animated children’s series Danger Mouse will return to British TV screens in 2015, more than two decades after its original run of more than 160 episodes ended. Children’s BBC has officially commissioned 52 new episodes of this beloved cartoon series, which will once again follow the adventures of an eyepatch-wearing secret agent white mouse who, along with his loyal hamster sidekick Penfold, battles the evil toad Baron Silas Greenback.

The original series ran from 1981-1992 and was incredibly popular on both sides of the pond. (In fact, this was one of the first British cartoons to break into America.) 

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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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