The Tellyvangelist: Oct. 18-24

In this week's Tellyvangelist – your weekly guide to all that's British on U.S. TV – we look forward to Susan Boyle's positively momentous appearance on Oprah, and we get ready to be Sherlock-ed with the U.S. premiere of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss's much-acclaimed three-part adaptation on PBS Masterpiece. What will you be watching this week? All times are in EST and are subject to change.

Monday, October 18th

IFC will be airing Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl tonight at 8:35 pm. Python fans can see many of the troupe's most famous sketches, including "The Ministry of Silly Walks," "Nudge Nudge," and "The Lumberjack Song."

Tuesday, October 19th

Susan Boyle will be joining Oprah for what the talk-show icon calls "the biggest performance in her show's history." Also appearing on Tuesday's episode is Debby "You Light Up My Life" Boone, thereby making certain that Boyle will be the coolest person onstage, a rare occurrence indeed.

British actor Andrew Ableson will be guest-starring on NCIS: Los Angeles in this week's episode, which will feature a tense hostage situation. The actor previously appeared on The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and here's a clip.

Wednesday, October 20th

Rod Stewart is going to charm the ladies of The View and tell them all about the release of his latest album, Fly Me to the Moon: The Great American Songbook Volume V on Tuesday. This edition of the songbook will feature Stewart covering even more pop standards.

Thursday, October 21st

Poirot fans will be happy to have a second chance to see the Series Eleven premiere, "Mrs. McGinty's Dead" on Masterpiece Mystery! at 9:30 on PBS. In this episode, Poirot (David Suchet) investigates the case of a lodger (Joe Absolom) accused of murdering his landlady.

Speaking of Masterpiece Mystery!, before you watch Steven Moffat's Sherlock on Sunday, see Guy Ritchie's adaptation of the Arthur Conan Doyle stories, Sherlock Holmes, on CineMAX at 7:45. The blockbuster film stars Robert Downey, Jr. as Holmes, Jude Law as Watson, and Mark Strong as the evil Lord Blackwood.

Friday, October 22nd

British indie band One eskimO will be taking a short break from their latest tour of the U.S. to return to The Ellen DeGeneres Show. This is their second appearance on the show this year. Find a clip of the band performing their hit single "Kandi" from their previous visit to Ellen.

Saturday, October 23rd

The Disney Channel will be airing a Harry Potter double-feature as the release of the penultimate installment in the series fast approaches. See how the adventure began with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone at 4 pm and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets immediately after at 7 pm.

Sunday, October 24th

The hit series Sherlock (from Doctor Who show-runner Steven Moffat and fellow Who scribe Mark Gatiss) will have its American premiere this week on PBS Masterpiece. The series, which is an updated reimagining of the Sherlock Holmes stories, stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the brilliant detective, Martin Freeman as his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, and Rupert Graves as Detective Inspector Lestrade. See the trailer.

What are you watching this week?

by David Molofsky and Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

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.

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