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What, there are things on TV this week other than Doctor Who? Indeed, but very few events in the coming days will inspire as much Anglophile fervor than the series’ sixth season premiere on Saturday, April 23. With star Karen Gillan making her late-night TV debut on Friday’s Craig Ferguson, we’re just overflowing with TARDIS love this week. It’s the Tellyvangelist: Whovian Edition! All times in ET and are subject to change.
Monday, April 18
Lifetime’s William & Kate movie has been garnering scathing notices — The San Francisco Chronicle says it “descends into groan-worthy melodrama.” But if you can’t wait to see the real Wills and Kate get hitched on April 29, you can get your royal fill with this scintillating cheese plate of a telefilm, served promptly at 9 pm.
Tuesday, April 19
If anyone can get some tasteless groupie gossip out of Simon LeBon and Nick Rhodes, it’s Chelsea Handler. The Duran Duran duo stops by Chelsea Lately tonight.
And if glossy ’80s pinups with five o’clock shadows aren’t your thing, there’s British rapper/crooner Plan B invading the late-night spotlight on Conan.
Wednesday, April 20
Robert Pattinson is ramping up his press tour for his new film Water for Elephants with appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel and The Ellen Show. Meanwhile, Royally Mad host Cat Deeley gabs it up on both Ellen and Lopez Tonight. And Lena Headey, fresh off Sunday’s premiere of Game of Thrones, is on Ferguson.
Thursday, April 21
Alfred “Accent of Evil” Molina takes a break from his Law & Order: L.A. duties for a sit-down with Craig Ferguson.
Friday, April 22
Following in her co-star Matt Smith‘s footsteps, Karen Gillan chats with major Doctor Who fan Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show this coming Friday, the day before Who‘s BBC America season premiere. This chat promises to be a symphony of dancing, horseplay, and dueling Scottish accents. A can’t miss.
Also, his life is still brilliant, his love is still pure, and he’s still trying to make a U.S. career happen. James Blunt will be a guest on today’s Live with Regis and Kelly.
Saturday, April 23
A day-long Doctor Who marathon culminates in the BBC America premiere of Doctor Who Rewind, a look back at Season Five, at 8 pm, followed by the highly anticipated Season Six premiere at 9 pm. (Several hundred lucky Whovians have already experienced it; now it’s the rest of America’s turn.) The episode, titled “The Impossible Astronaut,” features the long-running series’ first-ever scenes shot here in the U.S.
Sunday, April 24
Royal wedding week kicks off on BBC America with a full nine-hour marathon of royal-related docs, starting with Diana’s Dresses at 11 am.
What are you watching this week?
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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.