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Fall TV: The British Are Coming!


Recent imports like Downton Abbey, The Hour, and Sherlock were just the beginning. Check out the new wave of appointment viewing for Anglophiles. (Pictured above: BBC America's Copper.)

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Family Tools (ABC)
Adapted from the BBC's White Van Man, this handyman sitcom could deliver Home Improvement-level ratings—and actual laughs— for ABC. Kule Bornheimer (Perfect Couples) plays Jack Shea, a down-on-his-luck army vet who takes over his dad's fix-it business, prompting lots of father-son conflict and jokes about Jack's inability to live up to his old man's exacting standards.

Elementary (CBS)
English TV writer Rob Doherty takes his first shot at American telly with an update of Sherlock Holmes set in modern-day New York. Brit Jonny Lee Miller plays Holmes—brilliant, handsome, self-deprecating, and just out of rehab. Lucy Liu is Dr. Joan Watson, who starts out as the detective's "sober coach" in this fast-paced reboot. (Watson: "How did you know I used to be a surgeon?" Holmes: "Google. Not everything is deducible.")

Copper (BBC America)
The British network enlisted Hollywood heavyweights Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana (Oz, Homicide: Life on the Streets) for its first original scripted series, a police drama set in 1860s New York City. British newcomer Tom Weston-Jones (MI-5) stars as an Irish-American Civil War vet turned police officer determined to find out who kidnapped his wife and killed his daughter.

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—Doree Shafrir

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