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Chris O'Dowd and David Rawle in 'Moone Boy' (Photo: Sky)
Chris O’Dowd and David Rawle in ‘Moone Boy’ (Photo: Sky)

We braved the freezing Northern England wind (and thousands of screaming Justin Bieber fans in town for his concert) to travel to Liverpool for Day One of BBC Worldwide Showcase, the annual event in which the Beeb and British indie houses show off their new titles to buyers from all over the globe. As it’s a trade event, Showcase is not frequented by journalists, but it is a rare chance to peek at the upcoming programming slate for the British broadcasters and chat with some talent. Although the Oscars competed for attention 6000 miles away, Showcase managed to bring out quite a bit of sparkle.

Speaking of bonafide film icons, the tall and quick-witted Irishman Chris O’Dowd was on the red carpet for Night One.

Chris O’Dowd. Photo via BBC Worldwide Press.

The Bridesmaids and Girls star is a busy lad these days: not only is he starring in Christopher Guest‘s upcoming BBC/HBO co-production Family Tree, but he’s promoting his innovative comedy Moone Boy, in which he plays the adult conscience/imaginary friend of an Irish pre-teen. The sitcom, which has received high marks from folks I’ve been chatting with, has already been commissioned for a second season. Where does this guy find the time?

Meanwhile, Mark Williams, known to Doctor Who fans as Rory’s father in Season 7, is promoting his drama Father Brown, in which he plays the titular Catholic priest who moonlights as a detective. (If the Showcase lineup tells you anything, unlikely sleuths are in. Call it the Sherlock effect.) He is also set to take part in a special Showcase event on Tuesday night (February 26) honoring Doctor Who‘s upcoming 50th anniversary.

And attendees have the opportunity to screen and catch previews of the upcoming shows, including Luther‘s third miniseries. (I caught an early exclusive trailer for it. Let’s just say that we are likely in store for a “darker, more menacing” installment.)

More to come..

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.