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NCIS jumps the pond, Russell Brand will attempt to be a gentleman on The View, and Luther makes its American debut on BBC AMERICA. All this and more in the Tellyvangelist, your weekly guide to all that’s British on U.S. TV.
Monday, October 11
Fresh off their win of the coveted Mercury Prize, blossoming Brit band The XX will be performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Will the sexy, minimalist indie outfit perform their most recent single, “Islands,” which made Anglophenia’s Top 50 Songs of 2009 list?
Also in the late-night world, David Letterman will welcome singer/producer Mark Ronson, who just released his new album, Record Collection. Q-Tip and MNDR, who both feature on the album’s hit single, “Bang Bang Bang,” will also be appearing with Ronson.
Tuesday, October 12
CBS’ NCIS already earned some Brit cred when the action drama did a shoutout to Doctor Who last season. This week, the show really goes transatlantic when the murder of an American officer on a British navy ship sparks an international incident. (Shiver.) English actors Ron Bottitta (Leonard Sims from Lost) and Chris Jarvis (Mamma Mia‘s Eddie) guest-star. The episode entitled “Royals & Loyals” will air Tuesday at 8/7c.
Wednesday, October 13
Minnie Driver is doing double talk show duty. The Oscar-nominated actress will be promoting her new film, the crime drama Conviction, on both The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Meanwhile, Russell Brand will be appearing on The View, hopefully telling the girls about all the clowning around he did with Dame Helen Mirren on the sets of Arthur and The Tempest and spilling the beans about his much-talked-about engagement to Katy Perry.
Mark Ronson is continuing his rounds on the talk show circuit with an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Meanwhile MIA will be performing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Thursday, October 14
British author-turned-lyricist Nick Hornby will be showing up on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon along with his Yankee collaborator Ben Folds to discuss the duo’s new album, Lonely Avenue. The songwriting partnership features Hornby’s words set to Folds’ compositions.
Friday, October 15
Actress Juliet Aubry, who played Primeval‘s villainous Helen Cutter, takes a guest-star role on this Friday’s Law & Order: UK. The fabulously fearsome actress plays the co-owner of a “children’s store” who is not who she seems. The episode “Vice” airs 9/8c.
Saturday, October 16
IFC’s showing the IRA thriller/romance The Crying Game, starring Stephen Rea, Miranda Richardson, Forest Whitaker, and Jaye Davidson. Even if you know the plot twist – the chick is really a dude, it’s a twenty year old movie, deal with it – the film holds up spectacularly. And Davidson, who played Rea’s transsexual lover Dil, was absolutely robbed of a Best Supporting Actor Oscar back in 1993. The Crying Game airs 10/9c on IFC.
Sunday, October 17
Luther, the acclaimed crime drama starring The Wire‘s Idris Elba, makes its U.S. premiere on BBC AMERICA at 10/9c. The superb Elba leads a remarkable ensemble cast, including Jane Eyre‘s Ruth Wilson, veteran film actor Steven Mackintosh, Occupation hunk Warren Brown, former Doctor Who star Paul McGann, and Indira Varma (a.k.a. Torchwood‘s Suzie).
What are you watching this week?
by David Molofsky and Kevin Wicks
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Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.