Friday Night British Programming

Unwind from the week with a long night of British programming on WLIW21. Some sweets, some light romantic comedy and someone else’s work antics.

Friday Night Line-up

The Great British Baking Show

Fridays at 8pm
Follow the trials and tribulations of passionate amateur bakers whose goal is to be named the U.K.’s best. Each week, the bakers on The Great British Baking Show tackle a different skill, the difficulty of which increases as the competition unfolds. Mary Berry, a leading cookbook writer, and Paul Hollywood, a top artisan baker, serve as judges. Together with hosts and comic foils Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, Berry and Hollywood search for the country’s best amateur baker by testing the competitors’ skills on cakes, breads, pastries and desserts, crowning a winner after 10 weeks of competition. WLIW21 members can stream all seasons of The Great British Baking Show any time with the member benefit WLIW21 Passport.

Keeping Up Appearances

Fridays at 9pm

Keeping Up Appearances returns to the schedule from the very beginning! When it comes to snobbery, Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced “bouquet,” thank you very much!) is in a class by herself among her frightfully common relatives. She’s so obsessed with etiquette and breeding that she makes her husband’s life a perfect misery. Award-winning actress Patricia Routledge stars in this popular British comedy.

Are You Being Served?

Fridays at 9:30pm

A large, old-fashioned department store in London, Grace Bros is still run on strictly hierarchical lines. Each member of staff knows their place – in theory. In practice, they are all engaged in their own private wars, with management and with each other.

Are you being served? cast

Original cast of 1972–75. (From left): Mollie Sugden, Wendy Richard, Trevor Bannister, Nicholas Smith, Larry Martyn, Arthur Brough, John Inman, and Frank Thornton.


Fridays at 10pm
Starring Olivier Award winner and BAFTA nominee Lesley Manville, Mum is a family comedy seen through the eyes of Cathy, a mother in her late fifties who finds herself at a milestone in life after the death of her husband. Over the course of one year, from the funeral in January to New Year’s Eve, Cathy must navigate the everyday realities of this new era of her life alongside the good intentions of her lovably baffling family. Offering a refreshingly funny and modern perspective on an often overlooked stage in our lives, Mum is the story of a woman discovering who she is again and maybe, if she could only see him, finding love second time around.

Upstart Crow

Fridays at 10:30pm

Marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare, Upstart Crow follows the Bard’s fictional early life, before his literary successes. This fitting comic tribute to the greatest writer in the history of the English language reveals some rather surprising stories about where his best ideas came from, from the underminings of snooty rival Robert Greene to his badly behaved parents living in his house.

See our British programs on Monday night, Tuesday night, and Saturday night, too.