The Tellyvangelist: October 4 – 10

 In today’s Tellyvangelist – your weekly guide to what’s British on American TV – we preview the return of Tim Roth‘s Lie To Me, Tony Blair on Letterman, Sir Patrick Stewart on The View, a night of cult UK horror films, and a British housewife from D.C. with a laser-sharp tongue. What will you be watching this week? (Note: all airtimes are in EST and are subject to change.)

Monday, October 4

After the abrupt cancellation of Lone Star, Fox has brought back Lie To Me, the crime drama starring the talented Englishman Tim Roth. Roth stars as criminal psychologist Dr. Cal Lightman, a “human lie detector” who can determine that a suspect is lying only through watching his or her body language. The show, now in its third season, was initially slated to return in November, but Lone Star‘s failure has been its gain.

With Hugh Laurie‘s House as a lead-in, Fox Mondays are an all-British affair. (Although only Roth speaks with his natural accent. Does that mean he’s lazy or just lucky?)

Tuesday, October 5

Brits will be making the rounds of U.S. late night on Tuesday: Tony Blair plops down on David Letterman‘s couch to talk about his memoir, A Journey. Will Dave grill the former British Prime Minister about his cozy relationship with former President George W. Bush? And will Dave mention those pesky claims about Blair allegedly stealing dialogue from the movie The Queen for his memoir?

Meanwhile, KT Tunstall hits The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to promote her third album, Tiger Suit, which is released here on Tuesday. Here’s the latest single from the album, the subtly percussive “(Still A) Weirdo”:

And lastly, Alfred Molina takes a turn on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson to talk about his new series Law & Order: Los Angeles and muse on his all-around bad-assness.

Wednesday, October 6

Sir Patrick Stewart – who’ll be on Broadway in Mamet‘s A Life in the Theatre opposite T.R. Knight starting October 12th – will join the ladies of The View on Wednesday morning. Here’s a bit from an interview with Stewart and Knight talking about pre-show rituals. “If you’re wearing trousers,” Sir Patrick says, “Check your zipper.”

Thursday, October 7

Thursday night is the season finale of The Real Housewives of D.C., Bravo’s umpteenth installment in their popular reality franchise. Micheale Salahi and her husband Tareq have received the majority of the show’s press for their notorious “gatecrashing” of President Obama‘s State dinner, and this week’s finale is centered on the fallout of that very event.

But D.C. also features the “feisty” British expat Catherine “Cat” Ommanney, whose bluntness has made her an equally divisive presence with her fellow castmates and with viewers. In her latest blog over on BravoTV.com, Ommanney says, “‘In Washington D.C. you got to watch what you say, and watch what you do.’ Oh really??? I got that part majorly wrong then!! Whoops.” I’m sure Cat will have tons to say on “Salahigate.” She has already said quite a bit:

Friday, October 8

Every Friday this Halloween month on Turner Classic Movies, there’s a festival of British “Hammer Horror” classics from the ’50s and ’60s. This Friday, TCM’s playing 1966′s The Plague of The Zombies (8 pm), 1988′s The Devil’s Bride (9:45 pm), 1966′s The Reptile (11:30 pm), 1964′s The Gorgon (1:15 am Sat), and 1966′s Let’s Kill Uncle (2:45 am Sat). Stargazers take note: The Devil’s Bride features the great Christopher Lee, The Gorgon boasts both Lee and Star Wars baddie Peter Cushing, and Let’s Kill Uncle stars Mary Badham, six years after her Oscar-nominated role as Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Here’s the trailer for Let’s Kill Uncle, which features the line, “Your uncle’s tryin’ to kill ya, right? Let’s kill uncle first!” Nice campy stuff.

Saturday, October 9

At 2:45 pm, Sundance Channel is airing Shane Meadows‘s harrowing, BAFTA-winning This Is England, which tells the story of a happy-go-lucky boy who is taken in by skinheads during the 1980s. Stephen Graham (Occupation, Boardwalk Empire) stars as a racist ex-con who becomes a father figure to the boy. Just this year, Meadows updated the film’s story with a TV series sequel, This Is England ’86.

Sunday, October 10

Wanna know what Julia Roberts sounds like with an Irish accent? Find out with BBC AMERICA’s 9 pm airing of Mary Reilly, a 1996 adaptation of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story directed by Stephen Frears and co-starring John Malkovich. It’s part of BBCA’s month-long Ghoul Britannia stunt featuring UK fright flicks.

What are you watching this week?

by 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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