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It’s a very special week in this week’s Tellyvangelist – your weekly guide to all that’s British on U.S. TV. Not only will you have multiple chances to hear from the stars of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but Craig Ferguson will have a chance to live out every fanboy’s dream with a visit from Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith! It’s the interview you won’t want to miss!
All times are in EST and are subject to change.
Monday, November 15
Let the Potter-Mania begin! Catch all three of the stars of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 on TV today. First, Rupert Grint kicked off the Potter frenzy this morning on Regis and Kelly. Tonight, see the charming Emma Watson on The Late Show with Dave Letterman, and finally Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno will be ringing in the holidays with Annie Lennox as she promotes her brand new Christmas album, A Christmas Cornucopia.
Tuesday, November 16
Every Who-fan is in for a treat tonight, and none more than Craig Ferguson as he welcomes the Doctor himself, Matt Smith, onto his show tonight. Afterwards, look for Ferguson on Lopez Tonight to talk all about the life-changing experience.
Emma Watson will be making her second talk show appearance this week on Regis and Kelly. Her Harry Potter co-star, Tom Felton, will sit for a spell on Lopez Tonight.
Jamie Oliver will be giving Dave Letterman some diet tips tonight as he discusses his campaign for schools to serve healthier food.
NCIS will welcome back TJ Ramini this week, who will reprise his role as Mossad Officer Malachi Ben-Gidon. See a clip of Ramini’s previous appearance in last season’s “Good Cop, Bad Cop”.
Wednesday, November 17
Regis and Kelly have saved the best for last, finishing out their Harry Potter week with star Daniel Radcliffe.
If you need an excuse to watch the brand new Conan show, tonight is the night! Conan will welcome Russell Brand as the show’s first British guest. With these two together, hilarity is sure to ensue!
British actress Janet Montgomery will start a recurring role on Fox’s Human Target, which premieres tonight at 8PM. Montgomery will be portraying a thief with the ability to blend into any situation.
Thursday, November 18
Irish band The Frames will be playing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight. The band just re-released their first album, Another Love Song, so look for them to play some of their original hits! (Frontman Glen Hansard starred in the 2007 film Once, and he won an Oscar for co-writing the song “Falling Slowly,” which was featured on the soundtrack.)
American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance producer Nigel Lythgoe will be showing off for The View today. Maybe the ladies can convince him to do a number of his own?
Friday, November 19
Irish actor Brian F. O’Byrne will be appearing on tonight’s episode of Medium. Many will recognize O’Byrne as Aaron Stark from FlashForward.
What better way to start the weekend than with a classic Hugh Grant movie? STARZ will be playing About a Boy, which also stars Skins‘ Nicholas Hoult (recently cast as Beast in next summer’s X-Men: First Class) today at 5:30.
Saturday, November 20
USA is playing two adventure and Brit-filled movies today! First, take to the high seas with Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, and Keith Richards in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End at 4:25. Then at 8, return to the magical world of Narnia with The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, featuring Ben Barnes, Liam Neeson, and Eddie Izzard.
HUB will be playing the 2004 adaptation of the classic E. Nesbit story Five Children and It at 9. The film stars Freddie Highmore, Kenneth Branagh, and Eddie Izzard as the voice of the eponymous “It,” Psammead the sand fairy.
Sunday, November 21
It’s all come down to this! Don’t miss the thrilling season finale of Luther tonight on BBC America at 10!
What are you watching this week?
by David Molofsky
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.