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In this week’s Tellyvangelist – your weekly guide to all that’s British on U.S. TV – we’ll get a little bit of Hugh Laurie, see Timothy Dalton play yet another British spy, enjoy Daniel Radcliffe taking a bite out of Twilight, and watch Alex Kingston trade Doctors for lawyers.
All times are in EST and are subject to change.
Monday, November 1
It’s spy vs. spy on Chuck this week as Chuck faces off with the former James Bond himself, Timothy Dalton! Dalton will play an old MI-6 agent who may hold the key to Chuck proving his mother’s innocence. Watch the promo here.
Elvis Costello will be appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight to promote his new album, National Ransom, which will be released in the U.S. on November 2nd!
Tuesday, November 2
Thandie Newton will continue promoting her new film For Colored Girls, out this Friday, with an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Catch a glimpse of Newton’s performance in the trailer.
The so-called “queen of food porn” Nigella Lawson will be cooking up a storm with Regis and Kelly.
Wednesday, November 3
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon welcomes Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle tonight, who will be discussing his new film 127 Hours, out on Friday. The film has been garnering a lot of positive attention already, and Entertainment Weekly has already put it on their Oscar-watch list. See the stunning trailer here.
Law & Order is importing talent from across the pond this week! First, Alex Kingston, better known as River Song from Doctor Who, will be reprising her role as defense attorney Miranda Pond on Law & Order: SVU. Then, Lost veteran Rebecca Mader will be playing a pregnant hit-and-run victim on Law & Order: Los Angeles.
The British dramedy Mutual Friends will premiere tonight at 10 pm on DirecTV’s The 101 Network. In the first episode, Martin (Marc Warren) learns that his wife Jen (Keeley Hawes) has been having an affair with a mutual friend who has just committed suicide. Mutual Friends, which was axed after one six-episode season, also stars Anglophile faves Alexander Armstrong, Sarah Alexander, Naomi Bentley, and Claire Rushbrook.
Thursday, November 4
Never fear, British superheroes are here! ITV’s No Heroics premieres tonight at 9 on DirecTV’s The 101 Network. The show features a group of B-list superheroes that hang out at a bar where the only rules are “No Masks, No Powers, and No Heroics.” British Comedy Award-nominated series How Not to Live Your Life and Mutual Friends will also premiere tonight at 9:30 on The 101 Network.
Brit rocker Paul Weller will be playing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight. Stay up to watch him perform songs off his latest album Wake Up the Nation, which was nominated for the 2010 Mercury Music Prize.
Friday, November 5
Jo Frost will take a time-out from Supernanny to appear on Live with Regis and Kelly to discuss the latest season of the hit show. And if you missed Elvis Costello on Letterman, check him out on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Saturday, November 6
Former Monty Python member and original Anglophile Terry Gilliam creates yet another stunning world in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, which airs on STARZ tonight at 9. The film, which is set in both London and the fantasy world of the Imaginarium, features Andrew Garfield, Colin Farrell, Jude Law, and Lily Cole.
Missing your Bond fix for the week? Catch a Quantum of Solace with Daniel Craig filling out the tux tonight at 10 on SHOWX.
Sunday, November 7
The Simpsons have scared up some British voice talents for their latest Treehouse of Horror special. In “Tweenlight”, Daniel Radcliffe will play Lisa’s vampire love interest, Edmund, in this spoof of Twilight. Then in “Master and Cadaver,” Homer and Marge try to escape from a murderous Hugh Laurie.
What are you watching this week?
by David Molofsky
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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.