For those of you who think the British Invasion of American TV started with Hugh Laurie and House, we were reminded this week, sadly, that Laurie is just part of a long and glorious tradition. This Monday, Edward Woodward passed away. Woodward became an American TV icon in the 80s when he starred the CBS series The Equalizer, which ran four seasons. But Woodward had already had a long and illustrious career in British TV. One of our great treats this past year has been watching his first television series, Callan, which only became available on DVD this July. This series about a British Intelligence assassin living on the edge of society and sanity may be the most uncompromising television we’ve ever seen, and Woodward’s work in the premiere season earned him a Best Actor BAFTA Award. And for his post-Equalizer career, check out Hot Fuzz. Actor/writer Simon Pegg, who cast Woodward in the film, recently released a statement saying that Hot Fuzz rehearsals “were often gleefully tossed aside just to hear [Woodward] recount stories from his life and career. Edgar Wright and myself sought him out because we were fans of his work, by the time the cameras stopped rolling, we were devoted fans of the man.”
UPDATE: Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars
This summer we brought you a short teaser for the next Doctor Who special, but now that “The Waters of Mars” has aired in the UK, there’s much more to see.
Watch the new “Doctor Who: Waters of Mars” Trailer here
“Waters of Mars” premieres December 19th, 2009 at 9/8c on BBC America