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These are all articles from my time as the British TV Guide for About.com (1998-2001). I've indexed them as logically as possible, but feel free to scroll down the list and click on titles that sound interesting.

Absolutely Fabulous
Here's all you need to know about AbFab.

Adams, Douglas
My personal recollections of late writer of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

A Primer To British TV
A quick overview on who does it, how's it paid for, and why most shows only do six episodes a year.

At The Movies 2000 - Where The Actors Are
Reviews of recent movies featuring many familiar British TV actors.

The Avengers Review
The movie adaptation of the classic 60s series is now out. Did it succeed?

The Best Science Fiction Shows You Haven't Seen
A list of recent British SF shows that have yet to be widely seen in the US.

BBC America Comes To Cable
The Beeb have their own cable channel now. But is it really worth getting?

Children's Television in Britain
Dramas, adventure, fantasy, and science fiction... it's too good for just kids.

Clarke, Warren
A look at a career that spans from A Clockwork Orange to Dalziel and Pascoe.

Cold Feet
A look at the comedy/drama series.

Comic Strip Presents
A look back at the 1980s comedy anthology series that launched the careers of Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Jennifer Saunders, and Dawn French.

Confessions of an Anglophile
An interview with my friend Howard Carson, an American who just spent three years living in Britain and watching TV.

Doctor Who: 36 Years
A history of the series and a look at the BBC's anniversary Theme Night.

Doctor Who Night
A run down of BBC-2's "Doctor Who Night" on November 13, 1999.

Doctor Who: The Movie: A Review
A look back at the 1996 TV movie starring Paul McGann.

Enfield, Harry
Learn more about this talented comedian.

The Eurovision Song Contest
Why do 100 million viewers across Europe tune each year for a festival of bad music?

Father Ted
The best comedy of the 1990s comes to America.

Complete review, behind the scenes, and the cast of the four-part BBC fantasy drama.

The Grand
Background information and episode guide to the drama series set in a 1920 hotel.

"Great Debate" Transcript
Transcript log of the online chat debate about British versus US television.

Gruffudd, Ioan
A look at the career of the hunky star of Hornblower and Great Expectations.

Invasion: Earth
The BBC's ambitious science fiction mini-series.

Invasion of the Reality Shows
Both sides of the Atlantic are deluged with international reality shows such as Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and Big Brother. What's next?

Jonathan Creek & Father Ted
Have you seen Father Ted or Jonathan Creek? They might be showing near you.

Jonathan Creek Episode Guide
Episodes titles and original BBC-1 airdates for the comedy/mystery starring Alan Davies.

Jonathan Creek Edited For US Broadcast
Unfortunate news about cuts made to first season episodes.

Karaoke & Cold Lazarus
A look at the final two works of writer Dennis Potter, now available on PBS.

Laugh Tracks on British Comedies
Why are modern comedies still burdened with artificial laughtracks, particularly on the BBC?

Laurie, Hugh
The career so far of the talented comedian from Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster.

The League Of Gentlemen
A look at this surreal comedy series.

Lyndhurst, Nicholas
A look at the career of the popular sitcom actor.

Men Behaving Badly
The original British version of the hilarious comedy comes to BBC America.

Paul Mendelson Interview
An in-depth talk with the creator of May To December, So Haunt Me and My Hero.

Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure
Michael Palin speaks about his latest work in a personal appearance.

Monty Python: Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python
A review of Eric Idle's show touring America performing sketches and songs of Monty Python.

Monty Python Night
A look at the special night on October 9, 1999 devoted entirely to the Pythons on BBC-2.

Norton, Graham
The career of popular chat show host Graham Norton.

Notting Hill Cast Members
Where on British TV have you seen the actors of this romantic comedy?

PBS Americanizes Mystery!
Plans are afoot to completely eliminate British dramas from a revamped Mystery! after 2002.

PBS: Does Your Local Station Show...?
Here's a list of excellent British series available to PBS that you - and they - may not know about.

PBS: Is It Letting Anglophiles Down?
Why is PBS suddenly abandoning its traditional British imports?

PBS: Working With Your Local Station
How to talk to your local station about buying British shows.

Radio 4 Export Discussion
BBC Radio invited me to contribute some comments about exporting British TV abroad.

Red Dwarf
The cult science fiction comedy series.

Red Dwarf VIII Review
A review of the entire eighth season - contains spoilers!

Reeves and Mortimer
The popular British comic double act has reinvented the game show and gone on to remake Randall and Hopkirk: Deceased.

Top 10 British Series Not Seen In The U.S.
A list of the 10 best series that have yet to cross the shores to America.

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace: The British Actors
Where have you seen the actors from the new Star Wars movie on British TV before?

Stressed Eric
An imported animated series from England debuts August 12th on NBC.

Sugden, Mollie
A look at the career of the actress most famous as Mrs. Slocombe in Are You Being Served?

The Sweeney
A look back at the 1970s crime drama starring John Thaw.

This Morning With Richard Not Judy: Live From London
A report from the studio of Lee & Herring's This Morning With Richard Not Judy.

Thunderbirds Are Go!
A look at the classic Gerry Anderson puppet series now available on home video.

Top 10 Shows Not Seen In US
These great series are Missing In Action in the U.S.A... for now.

The Channel 4 series about vampires comes to the U.S.A.

U.S. Remakes Of British Series
A comprehensive look at all the American shows that are based on original British series.

Wood, Victoria
From stand-up to dinnerladies, this talented comedienne can do it all.

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