1-2-13 New British crime drama and comedy join PBS lineup

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Thursdays beginning at 9 p.m. on West Virginia PBS

Charleston, W.Va. —A no-nonsense detective and a
second-rate comedian join the Thursday night lineup on West Virginia PBS
beginning January 10. DCI Banks and Lead Balloon begin at 9 and 10:30 p.m.
respectively and will air through March.

“The popularity of British dramas and comedies on West Virginia public
television continues to grow,” said Dennis Adkins, executive director of
West Virginia Public Broadcasting. “We are glad that new programs are
being made available to us from the various distributors so that we can
continue to provide fresh programs for our viewers.”

DCI Banks is based on novels by Peter Robinson and has been well-received
by British audiences since 2010. The series stars Stephen Tompkinson as
the stubborn and tenacious Chief Inspector Alan Banks and Andrea Lowe as
the feisty and headstrong Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot. In the first
program, DCI Banks: Aftermath, the beauty and tranquility of the Yorkshire
Dales provides a striking and contrasting backdrop to a dark, gritty and
shocking psychological drama. What begins as a response to a domestic
disturbance turns into the crime scene for a series of rapes and murders.

Lead Balloon is a 30-minute comedy written by and starring Jack Dee, one
of the United Kingdom’s most successful stand-up comedians. In this series
Dee stars as a stand-up comedian whose career hasn’t been what he
expected. In addition to hosting corporate events, appearing on
second-rate daytime chat shows and fronting cheap sell-through DVDs, this
disillusioned comic is stuck with a stage name (Rick Spleen) he chose 20
years ago. Rick has a host of neuroses and petty grievances as well as a
propensity for lying. Along for the ride is his American co-writer Marty,
his partner Mel and his daughter Sam. Additional nuisances in his life
include his housekeeper Magda, Sam’s boyfriend Ben and a local café owner
named Michael.

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