Brit Night is Thursday Night
(Rochester, New York) – WXXI presents a new line up Thursday evenings beginning January 17, 2013 on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). The evening kicks off with Britain’s version of Antiques Roadshow at 8 p.m. Always filmed on location, local residents numbering in the thousands pour in clutching personal treasures for the chance to discover their true value. They may have been handed down through generations, discovered in dusty attics or picked up in junk shops, but all items are examined, commented on and valued by the Roadshow experts. No buying or selling takes place, it is the fascinating tales and air of anticipation that makes Antiques Roadshow unique.
Immediately following at 8:30 p.m. is the comedy series The Café. Three generations of a family play host to customers at a seafront cafe in this warm and funny observational comedy series. Set in a small seaside town, The Cafe is homely, comfortable and welcoming. Middle-aged divorcee Carol owns the place. Mary, in her seventies is Carol's mum. She is very broad minded and a real character.
Completing the trio is daughter Sarah. Having lost her job and been dumped by her boyfriend, she's had to move back home from London, where a host of old school friends await. Until she gets her life back on track she's helping out in the welcoming café that's a bit like Friends' Central Perk – but not quite as trendy! Each heart-warming episode sees all sorts of colourful characters pop in and out of the cafe, including old school friends like Richard, who secretly fancies Sarah, and best friends Chloe and Keiran. John, another former school-friend and former 'fat kid', is also back in town but is now a successful businessman, driving a Porsche and looking good. There is a definite spark between John and Sarah, making Richard wildly jealous of the obvious attraction.
Death in Paradiseairs at 9 p.m. Sent to the tiny island of Saint-Marie to solve a mysterious murder, Detective Inspector Richard Poole is a total fish out of water. A quintessentially British cop, he would much prefer the London drizzle and a freshly pressed shirt to blue seas, sparkling sands and gorgeous tropical weather. This warm, light-hearted detective series takes place against a stunning Caribbean island backdrop – as far away from the grey skies of London as you could possibly get.
What Richard finds is a ramshackle station and a very different type of policing. The fact that there's a goat in one of the cells says it all. He can't get out of there fast enough, but there's a job to do and he does it brilliantly. His reward – a permanent posting to the island, his own personal hell on Earth. He may be stuck there, but he's not going to let his standards slip. He'll bring British rigour to this relaxed Caribbean workplace. Always in a suit and tie, eschewing sandals for a stout brogue, he's the very embodiment of the Englishman abroad. He can get through his ordeal, if only he could find a decent cup of tea.
The night concludes with Doc Martin at its usual time slot of 10 p.m., a catchy comedy drama starring Martin Clunes as Martin Ellingham, whose truculence and tactless manner causes mayhem in a small Cornish community.
Pictured: Host of Antiques Roadshow, Fiona Bruce
Credit: BBC Programs
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