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TV tonight: Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse return to the riverbank

The comedians serve up another gentle treat. Plus: a superstar cast including John Cleese reunites for Hold the Sunset. Here’s what to watch this evening

Happy to be back in their waders, Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer return for a second series of their mix of angling and homespun philosophy. They begin with a trout-fishing trip to the River Usk, where Whitehouse’s father handed him his first rod. “You’re fishing with a buffoon, aren’t you?” asks Mortimer after getting entangled in tackle for the umpteenth time, prompting a retreat to the riverbank for a lamb lunch seasoned with reminiscences of first snogs. A gentle treat. Mike Bradley
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ITV releases trailer for Jane Austen adaptation Sanditon

ITV has released a trailer for the eight-part period drama Sanditon. Based on Jane Austen’s final unfinished novel of the same name, the series stars Rose Williams (Curfew), Theo James (Downton Abbey), Anne Reid (Hold the Sunset) and Kris Marshall (Death in Paradise); watch it here…

Written only months before Austen’s death in 1817, Sanditon tells the story of the joyously impulsive, spirited and unconventional Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams) and her spiky relationship with the humorous, charming (and slightly wild!) Sidney Parker (Theo James). When a chance accident transports her from her rural hometown of Willingden to the would-be coastal resort of the eponymous title, it exposes Charlotte to the intrigues and dalliances of a seaside town on the make, and the characters whose fortunes depend on its commercial success. The twists and turns of the plot, which takes viewers from the West Indies to the rotting alleys of London,
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BritBox Subscribers Hit Half a Million

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The number of subscribers to BritBox has hit 500,000, the streaming service said Thursday. The platform, launched as a collaboration between BBC Studios and ITV, is designed to offer U.S. and Canadian viewers the best of recent and classic British television content.

The streaming service launched in the U.S. in March 2017 with a host of the latest British dramas and soaps, as well as classic comedy titles such as “Fawlty Towers,” “The Office,” “Gavin & Stacey” and “Absolutely Fabulous.” The service’s Canadian launch followed in February 2018.

Content and subscribers have grown rapidly, with BritBox leveraging programming including simulcast events, such as the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry last May, and new star-led programming like “Hold the Sunset,” which marked “Fawlty Towers” and Monty Python star John Cleese’s first leading role in a British sitcom in nearly 40 years. BritBox is now home to the largest collection
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4 Things We Learned From TCA: Day 2

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Day two of the 2018 Television Critics Association summer press tour was anything but dull.

A+E Networks left the room stunned with the panel for “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes with Tom Arnold,” while also demonstrating the creepiness of social media for the new drama series “You.” Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav also hinted at the company’s potential future in streaming, and John Cleese was delightful while promoting his BritBoxHold the Sunset.”

Here are four things we learned from Thursday’s sessions:

1. Tom Arnold is mad as hell and he isn’t going to take it anymore. The actor and comedian made a fiery appearance in support of his upcoming Viceland series “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes with Tom Arnold” in which he pledged to continue hunting for damning audio evidence of Trump’s misdeeds until he gets him to resign the presidency. Arnold also
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John Cleese’s “Greatest Accomplishment” Is Upcoming Cannibal Comedy ‘Yummy’ – TCA

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John Cleese’s “Greatest Accomplishment” Is Upcoming Cannibal Comedy ‘Yummy’ – TCA
“For the first time in my life I’m playing myself,” John Cleese said, via satellite, of his starring role in BritBox’s new comedy series Hold the Sunset.

Cleese plays the love interest of widow Edith (Alison Steadman), whose retirement plans derail when her son leaves his wife and job and moves back in with Mom.

Cleese’s character is a sort of no-filters guy, as is Cleese. “The closer you get to death the more you don’t give a f*ck,” Cleese advised TV critics at TCA on Thursday during the show’s panel.

Speaking of not giving a f*ck, Cleese’s answers to the beauty-pageant questions he got asked during the Hold the Sunset Q&A:

His greatest personal and professional accomplishments?

“My greatest professional accomplishment s will be a movie I’m writing now, a light comedy about cannibalism. It’s called Yummy.”

“My
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BritBox Brings Piers Morgan Back To The U.S. Alongside Dramas Including ‘Dark Heart’ & ‘Three Girls’ – TCA

Piers Morgan, one of Donald Trump’s most trusted cheerleaders, is heading back to the U.S. after Svod service BritBox picked up daily British breakfast news program Good Morning Britain.

The digital platform is also set to debut a raft of British dramas including Tom Riley’s Dark Heart and BAFTA Award-winning drama Three Girls as part of its latest slate of acquisitions, announced as part of its TCA presentation.

Morgan, who previously hosted a talkshow on CNN, fronts Good Morning Britain, which runs on ITV, alongside Susanna Reid. Morgan has courted controversy on the light entertainment format recently with his interview with Trump aboard Air Force One as well as recent run ins with communists. The show will form part of BritBox’s ‘Now’ offering, alongside This Morning, which is hosted by Phillip Schofield & Holly Willoughby.

Elsewhere, Dark Heart, which stars Da Vinci’s Demons’ Riley as Detective
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TVLine Items: Moonlighting Reunion at Roast, Disenchantment Video and More

TVLine Items: Moonlighting Reunion at Roast, Disenchantment Video and More
Unexpected Moonlighting reunion alert: Cybill Shepherd will take part in The Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis, airing Sunday, July 29 at 10/9c.

Shepherd and Willis, of course, starred as love-hate private detectives Maddie and David in the aforementioned ABC dramedy, which ran for five seasons from 1985 to 1989.

Additional roasters include Nikki Glaser, Lil Rel Howery, Dom Irrera, Edward Norton, Kevin Pollak and Jeff Ross.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Netflix has released a teaser for its adult animated comedy fantasy series Disenchantment, from creator Matt Groening (The Simpsons) and premiering Friday, Aug. 17:

* The Young and the Restless
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BritBox Buys John Cleese & Heather Graham Comedies, Dates ‘The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco’

BritBox, the U.S. Svod service operated by BBC Studios and ITV, has picked up comedies starring Monty Python’s John Cleese and Heather Graham as part of its summer slate. The digital platform has also dated its first original, The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco.

The company has bought Bliss, created by Arrested Development star David Cross, and BBC sitcom Hold The Sunset. Bliss, which was originally commissioned by Sky, follows the complicated double-life of a successful travel writer who, through extenuating circumstances, finds himself living between two families. It also stars EpisodesStephen Mangan.

Meanwhile, Hold The Sunset, which stars Cleese and Alison Steadman, follows a widow who gives into the advances of an old flame at the same time as her adult son moves back in with her.

BritBox will also launch its first original series The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco on July 26. The drama, which is the
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BritBox Adding John Cleese, David Cross Comedies

BritBox, the subscription video streaming service from BBC Studios and ITV, in which AMC Networks also has a stake, has picked up two U.K. comedies to exclusively stream in the U.S.

Bliss, from David Cross (Arrested Development) and starring Stephen Mangan (Episodes) and Heather Graham (Austin Powers), will be added to the platform in August, with the John Cleese- and Alison Steadman-led ensemble Hold the Sunset following in September.

The pair of rom-coms join BritBox’s first original series The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco, which is set to debut July 26. Picking up in 1956, the follow-up to The Bletchley Circle focuses ...
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‘Gentleman Jack’: Sophie Rundle, Gemma Whelan, Timothy West & Gemma Jones To Co-Star In HBO Series; Full Cast Set

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‘Gentleman Jack’: Sophie Rundle, Gemma Whelan, Timothy West & Gemma Jones To Co-Star In HBO Series; Full Cast Set
Sophie Rundle, Gemma Whelan, Timothy West and Gemma Jones have been tapped to co-star opposite Suranne Jones in Gentleman Jack (fka Shibden Hall), HBO and BBC One’s eight-episode drama series from BAFTA-winning writer Sally Wainwright. Filming will begin next month in and around West Yorkshire and on location in Copenhagen. The series will premiere on BBC One in the UK.

Set in 1832 Halifax, West Yorkshire, Gentleman Jack focuses on landowner Anne Lister (Jones) and her determination to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, by reopening the coal mines and marrying well. The story examines Anne’s relationships at home with her family, servants, tenants and industrial rivals and, most importantly, would-be wife. Based in historical fact, the real-life
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Mosaic review – Sharon Stone brings icy charisma to Steven Soderbergh’s murder-mystery

It is not clear what went on in this mountain retreat for the rich, but Stone’s performance keeps you watching. Plus: John Cleese returns to the BBC in Hold the Sunset

Brrr, it looks cold in Summit, Utah. It is a mountain resort for rich people, so there is snow, obviously, and the icy heart of capitalism, but Steven Soderbergh turns down the thermostat even further with a flinty blue and grey palette for Mosaic (17 February, Sky Atlantic). It is enough to make you reach for a cardigan. A woman called Olivia has been murdered and it is not looking good for Joel, a young man soon revealed as her handyman/lodger(/lover?). Mosaic opens with a police officer running through the mounting evidence against him in a creepy Shining-style hotel corridor. It does not look very official.

We jump back four years. Olivia Lake (Sharon Stone), a successful and wealthy children’s author,
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Trailer for New John Cleese Sitcom ‘Hold the Sunset’

The pilot sitcom starring Alison Steadman, John Cleese, and Jason Watkins is a British effort of Director Sandy Johnson and writer Charles McKeown that ventures into the unfortunate but all too-familiar world of an adult child returning home to his parents and deciding to stay for a while. A long while. Producers Moira Williams, Humphrey Barclay, and Chris Sussman try to find success exploring the sunset of the Baby Boomer generation and the “rising” of the Millennials. Airing Sundays on BBC One, the storyline is that Edith (Steadman), a widow who has managed to find life and happiness in her

Trailer for New John Cleese Sitcom ‘Hold the Sunset
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