Rejoice, David Tennantfans! Though you may have wept at the cancellation of the American Broadchurchremake series Gracepoint - if only because it meant a lack of the former Tenth Doctor on your TV every week (I mean, honestly, otherwise, why would you?) – you can rest easy, because the former Time Lord has just landed another big role. Yes, indeed, Tennant has officially joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and will be playing the villain in Marvel’s upcoming 13-episode Netflix series A.K.A. Jessica Jones.
The official description for the Jessica Jones series as follows: “After a tragic ending to her short-lived super hero stint, Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter, ABC’s Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23) is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City. An enigmatic figure from Jessica’s past, Kilgrave’s reappearance will send shockwaves through the former super hero’s world.”
So dramatic, right? These superheroes and their issues.
Previously, on Downton Abbey: Mary’s “romantic getaway” is an epic failure, because all of a sudden she’s not nearly as into Lord Gillingham as she used to be. Baxter gets to keep her job, Thomas is scheming about something (we don’t know what, but do we really care?), the cops ask more questions about Bates and Mr. Green, several more people find out that Mary’s “sketching trip” was really not about drawing at all, and it turns out that the Dowager Countess had a sort of secret flirtation or something with one of Rose’s Russian Refugees back in the day when she visited Russia. Oh, and that guy is an actual prince. Because the Dowager’s life motto is basically go big or go home. There’s a lot more, so hit up last weeks’ recap if you need a refresher.)
This is technically the halfway point of the season, y’all. (Well, if we don’t count the Christmas episode, which will get tacked on to the end of this run here in the US. You get my point though. It’s all going so fast! How??!) Let’s dish this week, shall we?
Masterpiece has released the first US trailer for the upcoming lavish-looking remake of classic period drama Poldark. And – spoiler alert – it looks pretty fantastic. So much dramatic dialogue! Such gorgeous scenery! Plus, the cast doesn’t exactly strain one’s eyes, either, if you know what I mean.
The original Poldark screened on Masterpiece Theater in 1977 and starred Robin Ellis in the title role. It was one of the BBC’s very first costume dramas and was a smash success on both sides of the pond.
This updated version will star The Hobbit trilogyAidan Turner as Ross Poldark, a brooding British officer returning to Cornwall from the American Revolutionary War in 1793, who finds his home life much changed. He discovers that his father is dead, the family mine is long since closed, his sweetheart is pledged to marry his cousin. So, you know, there’s some drama.
Rejoice, Doc Martin fans! We may not have a new season of the uber popular Britcom to look forward to just yet, but you’ll still be able to get your Martin Clunes fix on public television this year. And, if you’re a fan of Sherlock Holmes as well, then this is probably your version of Christmas.
During its bi-annual spin through upcoming programmng known as the Television Critics Association Press Tour, PBS and Masterpiece announced a few new titles coming our way later this year, one of which happens to be the intriguing period mystery series called Arthur and George. Clunes, as it happens, plays the titular Arthur, otherwise known to the masses as Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
This year five talented Brits have been nominated for an Academy Award. Most of these names are quite familiar to UK film fans; however, before they were delivering inspiring performances and their names appeared on movie theater marquees, they had to pay their dues with small guest appearances in television series and made-for-TV movies.
Let’s take a brief look at their careers before they were Oscar hopefuls…
Channel 4 has revealed the first trailer for its upcoming lavish ten-part period drama Indian Summers, which aims to tell the story of the final years of British colonial rule in India.
Following an assassination attempt at the Royal Club in Simla stories of promises, secrets, politics, power, sex and love play out as the British Raj begins to falter and a nation opens its eyes to the possibilities of freedom.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Julie Walters leads a massive all-star star cast that includes Harry Potter’sHenry-Lloyd Hughes, The Borgias Jemima West, Bedlam’s Nikesh Patel, Lilette Dubey, Mr. Selfridge’s Alexander Cobb, Craig Parkinson, Fiona Glascott and many more.
Previously, on Downton Abbey: Anna has to go shopping for Mary’s secret weekend getaway with Tony Gillingham. Related: Mary is the worst employer ever. Carson and Robert argue over the best spot for the village war memorial; Baxter tells Molesley the truth; Rose becomes obsessed with getting a wireless; Tom struggles with his internal identity for the 50th time and guest star Richard E. Grant arrives. For more, see last week’s recap.)
The British royal family continued its love affair with social media this week, announcing the creation of new Twitter, Instagram and Storify accounts dedicated to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
The Royal Family has already proven to be quite organized about their official social media activity – there’s an official @BritishMonarchy account, as well as @ClarenceHouse, which publicizes the activities of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall and had, up until this point also been covering the young royals as well. The Queen herself even managed to write a tweet on the occasion of the opening of a new gallery dedicated to the Information Age at London’s Science Museum last year.
The new @KensingtonRoyal accounts will be dedicated to updating the world on the engagements, charitable endeavors and other news about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Harry.
It’s official: It’s almost time for a new season of Call the Midwife! Everyone’s favorite tear-jerking period drama is headed back to our screens for a fourth season (it’s already been renewed for a fifth, by the way) and the BBC has finally released the first trailer the show’s return. It is, as you might expect, a rather potent mixture of tears, laughter, drama and a proposal for one of our favorite characters.
This season will mark the first without original Call the Midwife star Jessica Raines, but as we saw in the recent holiday special, while Nurse Jenny Lee is certainly missed, the show is more than capable of carrying on merrily (or sniffle-y or whatever you want to call it) along without her. In her absence, a few new faces will be joining the crew at Nonnatus House – Fresh Meat’s Charlotte Ritchie and Lark Rise to Candleford’s Linda Bassett, who will play nurses Barbara Gilbert and Phyllis Crane, respectively.
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