From my Foreign Familiar Correspondent. Thank you Kate!
Dear Friends & Family,
For all and sundry interested in British television, this article from today’s sunday paper, The Observer, might be of interest.
The US version of Skins is supposed to take place in Baltimore! In spite of the way it is advertised, the UK one was very well done, character driven and thoughtful in the portrayal of the kids.
In Episodes the two English writers are played by Stephen Mangan (who was in Green Wing – one of the funniest UK shows ever written, a little like Scrubs but with no moralising at all! Look it up) and the other is Tamsin Grieg who’s been in a lot of stuff and on stage but also has played Debbie Aldridge in the long running radio soap The Archers (now there’s a treat to google for those who don’t know it……..!)
Downton Abbey is fairly good quality costume soap, but addictive as usual. The mother in it is played by an American Elizabeth Mcgovern – check out the number of sly references to her character being American and therefore somehow ignorant of how things should be properly.
Piers Morgan and Simon Cowell – well you can have them, in fact please keep them!
Piers Morgan and Downton Abbey lead a British TV assault on America.