7 pm Saturday, March 1, on WILL-TV
Five British comedies compete to join our Saturday night TV line-up in The Great Britcom Vote, airing Saturday, March 1, on WILL-TV. This year we’ll be collaborating on the production with public TV station WTVP in Peoria. But votes called in by WILL-TV viewers and WTVP viewers will be counted separately.
The programs begin at 7 pm with the classic Fawlty Towers, starring John Cleese as manic and arrogant hotel owner Basil Fawlty, whose incompetence and short fuse ensure that accidents and trouble are never far away.
Then at 7:40 pm, we’ll share the first of three consecutive programs new to WILL-TV viewers. Hebburn is an affectionate series about the Pearson family and their impetuous and ambitious son, Jack. He has left home for the bright lights of Manchester. While drunk in Las Vegas, he has secretly married a middle class Jewish girl, Sarah, and realizes that it is about time he introduced her to his family.
Next up at 8:20 pm is Moone Boy, a family comedy series about a young boy growing up in a chaotic and creative household in late 1980s Ireland. This semiautobiographical series is written by and stars Chris O’Dowd as the imaginary friend of 11-year-old Martin, the youngest child in the family.
Spy, which follows at 9 pm, is the story of Tim, a single dad of a precocious 9-year-old son, Marcus. In the hope of proving to his son that he is not a complete loser, Tim quits his dead-end job, but his life changes forever when he is accidentally recruited as a trainee spy for MI5.
Last up at 9:45 pm is another program previously in the schedule, The Vicar of Dibley, starring Dawn French as a female minister assigned to a conservative small town church.