Watch: The Trailer for the 'Sherlock' Special is Here!

Finally, the moment has arrived – the full trailer for the upcoming Sherlock special is here!

And, for those of us who’ve been waiting almost two years for anything featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, this is basically water in the desert. This could be the worst trailer in the world, and it probably wouldn’t matter, because we’re all so desperate for new material.  

So it’s probably a good thing that the new trailer is fantastic then.


First Look at ‘Inspector Lewis’ Season 9

Despite a bit of back and forth that occasionally seemed to leave the future of the popular mystery series in doubt, Inspector Lewis is returning for a ninth season. Stars Kevin Whatley and Laurence Fox are back as Robbie Lewis and James Hathaway, alongside Angela Griffith as DS Lizzie Maddox.

The slate of six new episodes – which will be retaining the one-hour format, two-part mystery first used in Season 7 – marks yet another chapter in the occasionally confusing history of Lewis, itself a spinoff of popular drama Inspector Morse. Lewis seemingly wrapped up its run back in 2013, when star Whatley wanted to pursue other projects or possibly just take a break from a character he portrayed for something like 20 years. (They even gave Lewis a happy, looking off into the sunset with a beer ending. Things seemed pretty done.)

But, happily, the show returned for something of a surprise eighth season in 2014 and was renewed for Season 9 back in April. Huzzah! 


‘The Great British Baking Show’ Recap: Biscuits and Traybakes

As you may recall, last week’s installment of The Great British Baking Show ended with Ali departing the competition defeated by a round that was not as easy as pie. Kimberley came out on top as the queen of tarts though she remarked that winning Star Baker didn’t get her an upgrade on her train journey home. All the crusty details from the previous episode can be found here.

However, a new trio of challenges awaits which means no one is safe from elimination or exempt from rising to the heights of Star Baker.


Watch Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Hamlet’ as Part of National Theatre Live

Hi guys! I’m back from a two-week trip to the UK, which was wonderful, though now I feel a bit out of the loop as far as entertainment news goes…bear with me while I catch myself and the blog up!

Good news for everyone who isn’t planning a trip to London this Fall – you don’t have to miss out on seeing the biggest theatre ticket of the moment! Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is currently treading the boards in the West End, playing William Shakespeare’s most famous role in Hamlet.

The production is already something of a phenomenon in England – it pretty much instantly became the fastest selling ticket in London theater history and many fans have camped out for hours for the chance to secure one of a handful of coveted reduced-price day tickets. Cumberbatch’s performance has been met with largely positive reviews, and he leads a strong ensemble cast that includes Cirian Hinds as Claudius, Anastasia Hille as Gertrude, Sian Brooke as Ophelia, Jim Norton as Polonius and more.


‘The Great British Baking Show’ Recap: Pies and Tarts

The Great British Baking Show Recap: Pies and TartsAfter last week’s double elimination of Mark and Deborah, our bakers steeled themselves for the trials to come. Would Christine, the reigning Star Baker retain her title or would a new contestant emerge victorious in the impending fourth round? For more details about last week’s competition, you can check out the recap here. Otherwise let’s crack on, shall we?

From Mel’s none-too-subtle pun regarding the Life of Pi(e), we soon learned that this week was all about the pies and tarts. As a novice baker myself and having attempted to make a fruit pie from scratch once, I can attest to the many pitfalls of making a pastry crust. I believe Kimberley summed up all her colleagues’ fears when she commented that her “terror of the soggy bottom had been keeping her up all night.”

British Actresses You Should Know: Julie Walters

British Actresses You Should Know: Julie WaltersWe’re bringing back our continuing series which features British performers with whom we feel you should be acquainted. This time round I’ve chosen to highlight the legendary English actress and comedienne, Julie Walters.

“Whoa there,” you might be saying. “Of course, I know who Julie Walters is.” She’s been nominated for Oscars and she’s won Baftas and a Golden Globe. If you don’t know her, perhaps you should have your Anglophile card revoked!

But what I want to share are some of Julie’s lesser known roles that you may not have seen before (or perhaps had forgotten about).


‘The Great British Baking Show’ Recap: Desserts

The Great British Baking Show Recap: DessertsThis week eleven bakers returned ready to take on whatever baking challenges Paul and Mary set before them. Or were they? Before we tackle all that, let me refresh your memory about last week’s results.

Ruby made an amazing comeback from week one and was chosen Star Baker for her consistently good bread making skills. Lucy, on the other hand, kept things too simple and came in last in the English muffin technical challenge. Unfortunately, she was ejected (albeit gently) from the tent.

Now in week three of the competition, a wide ranging category of bakes simply called desserts was featured. Isn’t cake a dessert after all? Perhaps it’s just a catch-all phrase for any sweet treat that doesn’t fall under a more specific bake like tarts or biscuits. No matter, our contestants had some difficult assignments to tackle if they wished to stay in the running.


‘The Great British Baking Show’ Recap: Bread

Welcome back to our second recap of the most British of baking competitions… at least of the ones that are currently being shown on PBS that is.  Before we head into the tent, let’s review last week’s results.

To recap, Robert was named Star Baker for his strong showing in both the signature and showstopper bakes as well as taking first for his heavenly angel food cake in the technical challenge. Toby, on the other hand, had a less than stellar debut. After coming in last with his salty angel food pottery blob and, being hobbled with injuries and incompetence, he produced a dry, disappointing chocolate cake. Toby, therefore, was sent packing without delay.

This time around there was less crying, fewer totally botched bakes (except perhaps when Sue put her elbow down on one of Howard’s waiting muffins) and a negligible amount bleeding. Overall the first week’s jitters had noticeably dissipated and our competitors seemed ready to show off their baking expertise.


Filming Begins on ‘Poldark’ Season 2

Everyone who is missing the always dishy Aidan Turner on their TV screens on Sunday nights can breathe a sight of relief – we’re one step closer to Poldark Season 2!

Filming on the period drama’s highly anticipated second outing is officially under way in Cornwall, which means that the odds are high that someone is probably riding a horse across a beautiful countryside backdrop or staring dramatically at the ocean right now


Get Your First Look at ‘Doc Martin’ Season 7

Fans of curmudgeonly doctors everywhere, rejoice – the trailer for Doc Martin Series 7 has arrived! (Yes, really!)

This news is exciting on several levels, not the least of which being that there’s just been so little news released about Season 7 generally up until this point. (I’m not even sure that ITV even announced the show had been renewed prior to the news that filming was under way.)

The new season will be comprised of eight episodes. Star Martin Clunes will reprise his role as Britain’s grumpiest medical professional, and all regular members of the cast will also be returning, including Caroline CatzDame Eileen Atkins, Ian McNeice, Joe Absolom, John Marquez and Jessica Ransom.


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