British Comedy update

Thank you to the viewers who have contacted KLRU-TV about the absence of “As Time Goes By” and “Keeping up Appearances.” Our current contracts for these two series have expired.  So our station is taking a break from these series for the time being.

Of course, we understand that many of our viewers of KLRU-TV want to continue to watch our classic British comedies, while we also have viewers that want some new comedies to watch as well.  So for now, our station will take a short break from these classics.  But, they will surely return to the KLRU-TV schedule in the future.

In the coming weeks, our station will present some additional new British programming for you to look watch.

One new series is REGGIE PERRIN.  This British comedy chronicles the life of a man feeling rather marooned in the modern world.  In this new update of the classic 1970’s Britcom, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) stars as the middle-aged business man who has become disaffected with the tedium and dishonesty of everyday life. The daily commute, with its battle for a seat surrounded by others ear-plugged into all manner of electronics, and especially his days at Groomtech, where he has worked for 10 years in the position of Head of Disposable Razors, are beginning to get to him. At the office he must deal with the absurd jargon and PowerPoint presentations that comprise his day, and at home Reggie is becoming increasingly out of sync with family life – in fact, he’s starting to have fantasies.  Martin Clunes should be a perfect fit for this Reggie Perrin part.

In addition, our station will be acquiring new episodes of “Larkrise to Candleford.”  Those eight new episodes will be coming our way in the spring of 2011.  The residents of Lark Rise and Candleford return to this award-winning adaption of Flora Thompson’s novels. A newcomer Gabriel Cochrane will arrive in Candleford with a vendetta against banker Steerforth, who he feels has tricked him into losing his business. Elsewhere, Dorcas makes an ill-judged intervention, Minnie becomes worried that Alfie might fall out of love with her and Emma is left in a precarious situation.

Our station is also looking into acquiring another British comedy titled, “Outnumbered.”  This British comedy follows the battle of wills between two parents and their three young children, who are seemingly locked into a never-ending contest to see just whose patience will run out first.  KLRU-TV is currently negotiating for the rights to this series for presentation in early 2011.

Again thank you for your feedback on our programming and for your support of KLRU-TV, Austin PBS.

Maria Rodriguez
Sr. V. P. of Programming