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: Season 2

Fridays at 8pm, Starting February 16
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 beginning March 2

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.

Vicar of Dibley

Fridays at 10pm

A young, enthusiastic vicar – who also happens to be a woman – is appointed to the sleepy country parish of Dibley. The congregation, all six faithful souls, reacts to her arrival with a mixture of wonder and horror. “You were expecting a bloke with a beard, a Bible and bad breath. Instead, you got a babe with a bob cut and a magnificent bosom,” Geraldine explains to her new flock.

I Want My Wife Back

Fridays at 10pm beginning March 9.

This modern romantic comedy follows nice guy Murray, whose world is turned upside-down when his wife Bex announces she’s leaving him…at her 40th surprise party, which he planned. Murray’s quest to win Bex back is going to be quite a struggle. Whether accidentally assaulting a romantic rival, or failing to impress Bex with a tenuous celebrity connection, he invariably manages to make the situation worse. Will his mission to resurrect his marriage end in triumph, or disaster?


Upstart Crow

Fridays at 10:30pm beginning March 16

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.