April 21st, 2011

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Anglophenia: Jamie Bamber on the New British Invasion

BBC America's Anglophenia site has posted an absolutely wonderful new interview with Jamie. It's one of the best I've read in a very long time. For the first time, he talks a bit about 17th Precinct (and particularly the accent we will be hearing :):

After a stint in Britain as DS Matt Devlin on Law & Order: UK, Bamber may return to American TV this fall. He has re-teamed with Battlestar exec producer Ron Moore for the NBC pilot 17th Precinct, an innovative cop drama with supernatural elements. Bamber plays a Yankee police officer on the series, trading in Apollo's patrician tones for a working-class Irish accent. "My preparation was pretty minimal," he says, "although I did re-watch The Fighter and The Town to absorb a hint of Bostonian Irish."

Jamie also talks about being an American, the career choices he's made because of his family (even debating signing on to 17th Precinct), and talks at length about the differences between working in UK and US television:

British actors used to be scared of the multi-year options that U.S. TV shows demand. That has changed because the same is now happening in the UK. New series in Britain now insist on getting talent for three years typically. And yet they can't really compensate you for that commitment. At least in the U.S. you can trust that if the show takes six years of your working life, it will have been financially worth it.

As always, I love Jamie's honesty. Go. Read. NOW.
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BBC America Aquires 'Battlestar Galactica'

The news is all over Twitter, but The Hollywood Reporter finally provided something to link to. :)

BBC America Acquires 'Battlestar Galactica': The cable network will air all 80 hours of the Ron Moore drama.

Battlestar will be part of BBCA's Supernatural Saturday lineup and will debut June 18 at 7pm est. Outcasts will premiere later that night at 9pm. A night devoted to Jamie Bamber? Seems like a good idea to me!

ETA: TV by the Numbers has posted the press release.

Anglophenia: ‘Battlestar Galactica’ is BBC America-Bound. (They're all about The Bamber today. :)