January 2012

Category:Drama

Whitechapel Returns for a Third Series in the UK - Watch the Trailer for Yourselves!

Crime drama Whitechapel returned to ITV for a third series in the UK last night, though this time it’s put together a bit differently than previous outings.  Unlike the first two seasons, which were both based on a single event/case played out over three episodes, the new season is being split into three two-part stories, for a total of six episodes. Stars Rupert Perry-Jones, Phil Davis and Steve Pemberton are all back as DI Joseph Chandler, DS Ray Miles, and historian (of a sort) Edward Buchan.

Click through for a look at the ITV trailer for Series 3 for yourselves. No word on when we might see this series of Whitechapel in the States just yet. But, since BBC America aired the first two seasons so recently, there’s every reason to hope we won’t have to wait too long to see the third. Keep your fingers crossed!

Category:Drama

Downton Discussion: What You Need to Know About Episode 4

The second series of Downton Abbey continues, as we rolled through the fourth episode this week. While I didn’t completely love this episode quite as much as last week’s, it was still full of loads of drama and a great many twists and turns that will doubtless have long-lasting repercussions for everyone at Downton, both upstairs and down. And I’m just guessing that it probably made you cry.

Click through for a look at some of the big moments from this episode, a few nitpicks and some speculation about the back half of the season. Feel free to chime in with any thoughts, observations, and things I might have left out in the comments!

Category:Drama

Preview a Scene from Tonight's New Downton Abbey!

A brand new episode of Downton Abbey airs tonight at 9pm on Masterpiece Classic! Is everyone suitably excited? Given how fantastic last Sunday’s episode was, I am expecting great things as several storylines kick into high gear.

Click through for a look at a scene from tonight’s installment. If you’ve missed anything, you’ve still got a few hours to catch up on the full episodes available online.  Or hit our archives for a look through the big things you’ll need to know.

Category:Comedy

The Great Doc Martin (Re) Watch Starts Series 2 – Episodes 1 and 2

The great Doc Martin viewing marathon continues this week here at Telly Visions as we dig right into Series 2. (I’m so proud of this so far – I feel like I’ve really committed to it now as we get into the second season. Hurrah.)  I feel like the show is now basically established – for a lack of a better term – we know who the characters are and what they like and how they interact with one another. And now, with all the set up of our players and main storylines complete, I feel like we will get into some big things.

So, click through and come chat with me! Leave your thoughts, favorite moments, funny lines, etc. in the comments.

Category:General

The Friday News Roundup: Adventures in Eclectic Links Edition

It’s Friday (hurrah!) so that means it’s time for our weekly edition of interesting tidbits from the world of British entertainment news.

We’ve got a wide variety of news stories (and a few non-entertainment ones!)  covered this week, so click through for goodies from Downton Abbey, Sherlock, The Only Way is Essex, Luther, Birdsong, Da Vinci’s Demons, Being Human and more, including news from National Television Awards.  Enjoy!

Category:Reality

Top Gear Season 18 Debuts on BBC America in April

BBC America has announced that Season 18 of Top Gear, everyone’s favorite series that is ostensibly about motor vehicles but really is so much more awesome than that, will debut here in the US on Monday, April 16. Yes, Top Gear really has run for that many seasons already, believe it or not. I had no idea. But, at any rate, going by the footage in this way-too-brief clip, it still looks as incredibly entertaining and fun ever. Despite the fact that it's a bit older than I thought!

Let’s be honest: I don’t even like cars and I love Top Gear. I have a feeling that I’m not the only person who feels this way either, given how popular the show’s become worldwide over the past few years.  (And just for the record: one of the things I’m going to make sure I do if I ever get crazy famous is try to take the reasonably priced car for a spin. Just so that’s now written down somewhere for the sake of posterity.)

Click through for a look at the brand new BBC Two promo for Season 18, featuring an appearance from Ray Winstone, Richard Hammond at NASCAR, Jeremy Clarkson in a rather dreadful wig, and what appears to be the Stig’s “Italian cousin”.

Category:Drama

Sherlock Plus Doctor Who Equals Possibly the Greatest (Unintentional?) TV Crossover Ever

Those of us who are fans of both of Steven Moffat’s current productions – Doctor Who and Sherlock – all basically harbor a secret dream that one day someone on one of those series is going to make some sort of wink-wink-nudge-nudge reference to the other and then we’ll all basically pass out from an overload of geek joy.  (There’s even an entire sort of interesting fandom subset called “Wholock” which basically exists to further crossover ideas and things. Internet, you really never fail to impress me.)

Except it appears that that sort of actually happened? Maybe? Well, we’re not sure. But it might have.

Click through for the full story – and don’t worry, those that are concerned about spoilers, even though I’m about to talk about something that takes place in a Series 2 episode, it reveals nothing of the plot unless you were unaware that The Hound of the Baskervilles involves some creepy outdoor settings.

Category:Drama

Downton Discussion: What You Need to Know About Episode 3

The second series of Downton Abbey rolls on, as we’ve just finished the third episode this week. After a somewhat slower episode last week, things are cracking right along once again on both the war and the home fronts. Full disclosure: I will definitely may have some nits to pick once we get into the specifics of this installment, but I feel I should say that as a whole I loved this episode to pieces. It's probably my favorite of the second series thus far.

We continue to see how the war abroad is bringing about significant changes in the day-to-day life of Downton, there’s some drama, emotional upheaval, character development and more. Click through for a look at some of the big moments from this week’s episode, and share your thoughts in the comments!

Category:Drama

A Look at the BBC’s New World War I Drama “Birdsong"

The BBC’s long-awaited television adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' best-selling novel Birdsong premiered in the UK last night, taking over the Sunday night drama spot from Sherlock. (And given that Sherlock got nearly 10 million viewers an episode – huge numbers for the Beeb – Birdsong has some rather big shoes to fill!) 

Reviews from the UK are rather glowing thus far and people are throwing around phrases like “achingly bleak and romantic,” “a triumph,” and “a glorious tale of love and war.” Okay, okay, you got my attention TV reviewers.  I'm intrigued.

The World War I drama stars Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn, The Pillars of the Earth) and Clémence Poésy (In Bruges) as Stephen and Isabelle, two young lovers who have a fairly all-consuming – and, yes, tragic – affair.  Longing looks and angst abound. And then, of course, there’s the whole problem of the war.

Birdsong is written by Abi Morgan, who also penned recent films The Iron Lady and Shame. According to the BBC press release, the series “moves between 1910 and 1916, telling the story of Stephen Wraysford's passionate and erotic, but ultimately doomed, affair with Isabelle Azaire before the war, and the enduring effect it has on him as he fights amidst the blood and gore of the trenches.”

Click through for a look at a BBC preview for yourselves. Birdsong is slated to debut in America this Spring on Masterpiece.

Category:Drama

Get a Sneak Peek at Downton Abbey’s Third Episode!

A brand new episode of Downton Abbey airs tonight at 9pm on Masterpiece Classic! Hope everyone is suitably excited!  (You should be. I watched a screener of this episode. It’s really good.)

Click through to whet your appetite for tonight with a sneak peek at a scene from the newest installment. If you’ve missed anything – you can catch the first two episodes online or read up on what happened.

Category:Comedy

The Great Doc Martin (Re) Watch Continues – the Conclusion of Series 1!

The Doc Martin viewing party rolls on here at Telly Visions this week as we polish off Series 1. (I feel so accomplished typing that!) I am quite looking forward to seeing how this series wraps up and where we leave everyone heading into Series 2. I feel like these episodes have done a good job of setting up our characters and introducing us to Portwenn and the folks who live there. It’s slowly growing on me, so let’s continue on with the ride!

Click through and come chat with me! Leave your thoughts, favorite moments, funny lines, etc. in the comments.

Category:General

The Friday News Roundup: Uncreative Title Edition

Happy Friday, everyone! Welcome to this week’s edition of the News Roundup, as well as to my apparent lack of imagination as far as a title for this week’s goes. (Probably because it’s so cold here today!)

Click through for lots of goodies on Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Upstairs Downstairs, Being Human, Inspector Lewis, Britain’s Got Talent and more!

Category:Sci-Fi

Preview Being Human Series 4 – And Get Ready for Some Big Changes!

Supernatural drama Being Human returns to BBC Three in the very near future with a fourth series that features a shocking amount of changes, both on and offscreen. (Not to fret, American audiences, we can also freak out about these shifts ourselves very shortly, as Being Human will premiere on BBC America on February 25th).  As a public service, all discussion about these changes will stay below the fold to protect those that might not want to know anything at all about the new series. (Though I doubt even the most stringent spoilerphobe has managed to avoid some of this news – better safe than sorry!) 

So, click on through to get a first look at the brand new trailer for Series 4 and dish on some of the big changes headed our way.

Category:Drama

It's Elementary: Sherlock Set to Return for Series 3

Series 2 of Sherlock concluded this past weekend in the UK to excellent ratings, loads of critical acclaim and a generally rapturous fan reaction all over the internet.  While Americans have to wait until May 6 (109 days!) to see the drama’s second season for themselves, a happy piece of news has surfaced that might make everyone feel a little (a lot) better while they’re counting down the days.

Immediately after the conclusion of the second series finale, titled The Reichenbach Fall, Sherlock co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss both tweeted some fantastic news - Series 3 of the popular detective drama is confirmed.

This news comes despite some…how shall we put this…delicately phrased statements to the press from both cast and crew in the days leading up to the finale which implied that the second series might be Sherlock’s last.  But, apparently, Series 3 has always been planned. Both showrunners confirmed that a third outing was commissioned by the BBC at the same time as Series 2. Basically, this means everyone involved did a fairly masterful job of keeping this news under wraps all year, so, well played gentlemen!

No word yet on when we can expect the third series of Sherlock on either side of the pond, though it’s looking like early in 2013 as the soonest possibility, though it’s likely that it could get pushed back a bit further than that, due to the schedules of all involved.

Moffat will have to juggle some heavy Doctor Who production (rumor has it that they’re shooting the entire next 13 episode season in one go), and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are both busy doing some major Hollywood filming (Star Trek and The Hobbit) for the next few months. Neither actor has commented on Series 3 as yet, though  they’ve both said they’d like to do it in recent interviews, and, well, it’s doubtful that we’d be making a third season without Sherlock or John.  Thus, the (waiting) game is on!

Category:Drama

Downton Discussion: What You Need to Know About Episode 2

The second series of Downton Abbey continues! In the season’s second episode, the main plots revolving around the war didn’t advance very far, but we got lots of smaller character moments to make up for it.

We continue to see how the war is affecting everyday life at Downton, as well as impacting those who live there. Click through for a look at some of the big moments from this week’s episode, and share your thoughts in the comments!

Category:Drama

Preview the Sherlock Series 2 Finale, “The Reichenbach Fall”

Viewers in the UK are watching the Series 2 finale of Sherlock tonight, and while we have to wait a bit longer (112 days! Not that I am counting or anything!) for the new episodes to air here in America, that doesn’t mean that we can’t have a little taste of what’s coming for ourselves.

The Reichenbach Fall  is written by Steve Thompson, who wrote Series 1 episode The Blind Banker. Based on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story The Final Problem, this episode features the return of Sherlock’s nemesis Moriarty.  Click through for a look at BBC’s trailer for the finale, set to haunting song “Sinnerman” by Nina Simone, as well as a new scene from the episode, courtesy of a recent talk show appearance by star Martin Freeman.

Category:Comedy

The Great Doc Martin (Re)Watch Continues – Series 1, Episodes 3 and 4

The Doc Martin viewing party continues this week at Telly Visions with episodes three and four from Series 1. We’ve now had two episodes to establish the basic set up of the show, so I’m curious to see what things look like now that we’ve some idea of who the people are and how the village of Portwenn operates.

So, click through and come chat with me! Leave your thoughts, favorite moments, funny lines, etc. in the comments.

Category:Drama

Take a Sneak Peek at a Scene From Tomorrow’s New Downton Abbey!

A brand new episode of Downton Abbey airs tomorrow on Masterpiece Classic and, obviously, everyone’s excited to see what happens in the next chapter of this addictive period drama.

Click through to whet your appetite for Sunday night with a sneak peek at a scene from the newest installment. And if you missed the premiere last weekend, you can watch the full episode online or get caught up on the important things you need to know from the first episode.

Category:General

The Friday News Roundup: Friday the 13th Edition

Happy Friday! Welcome to this week’s edition of the News Roundup, actually coming to you at a reasonable hour this time, unlike last week’s debacle.

Click through for lots of interesting goodies – including quite a bit of Downton Abbey coverage, along with Sherlock, Doctor Who, The Hour, The Inbetweeners, Ripper Street, The Only Way is Essex, Antony and Cleopatra, and more! 

Category:Drama

Britwatch: You're Probably Going to Like the Guest Star in Tonight's Miss Marple Mystery

One of the best things about British actors is their tendency to just pop up everywhere: in any sort of role, seemingly at random, as part of a show you never would have expected.

So, with that in mind, let me encourage you to tune-in tonight for the WETA Mystery at 10pm. We're airing Miss Marple's "Murder is Easy" and I think a lot of you - especially if you're Sherlock  fans - are probably going to get a kick out of the guest star. (I didn't even know he was in a Miss Marple mystery? I am such a bad fan!)

Category:Drama

Trailer and a New Cast Photo for Skins Series 6

Skins, E4’s sometimes risqué, often hilarious, and generally compelling drama focused on the lives of a group of teenagers in Bristol, will return for a sixth series in the UK starting January 23.

Created by the father-and-son writing team of Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain, Skins’ first season aired in 2007 and the show received both critical acclaim and complaints for its dedication to realistically depicting the issues facing modern teens, including family problems, sexuality, drugs, eating disorders, mental illness, death and, of course, loads of relationship drama. If you’ve only heard of this show via the dreadful American adaptation that appeared on MTV – well, suffice it to say that the original is extra superior in this particular case.

Click through for some goodies from the new series, including the first trailer and a new cast photo, which features stars Dakota Blue Richards, Will Merrick, Alexander Arnold, Freya Mavor, Sean Teale, Laya Lewis, Sebastian De Souza and Jessica Sula, as well as newcomer Sam Jackson (who will play a new character named Alex.)

Category:Drama

Downton Discussion: What You Need to Know About the Downton Abbey Series 2 Premiere

The highly anticipated second series of Downton Abbey returned to America this past Sunday with strong ratings, plenty of drama, and lots of twists to get fans talking. So…let’s do that, shall we?

The two-hour first episode introduced war to Downton, offered lots of changes to relationships both new and old, and brought some new characters into the fold. Click through for a recap of the big plot takeaways and share your thoughts on the episode in the comments!

Category:Drama

William and Mary: Watch the Full Series in Order Starting Sunday, January 15

Time for a quick programming update that's sure to make a lot of you smile!

Charming romantic drama William and Mary, starring Doc Martin’s Martin Clunes and Survivors' Julie Graham, is moving to Sundays at 4pm on WETA starting this weekend on January 15th. The series will be part of a new block of British programming on Sunday afternoons, which will also feature Sherlock Holmes and Prime Suspect.

WETA will be starting William & Mary over from the very first episode this Sunday, so now’s the perfect time to jump in if you’ve been thinking about trying it out. In additional great news, the entirety of the series will now air in order during this Sunday timeslot! We’ve got all three seasons - 18 episodes - so you won’t have to worry about missing out on anything!

 

Category:Drama

First Look at Doctor Who’s Alex Kingston in Upstairs Downstairs Series 2

The BBC has released its first image from the upcoming series of Upstairs Downstairs.  The new photo features our first look at Doctor Who star Alex Kingston, who is joining the cast for Series 2, alongside Keeley Hawes.

Kingston will play Blanche Mottershead, the younger sister of Dame Eileen Atkins’ Lady Maud Holland. Atkins decided not to take part in the second season of Upstairs Downstairs last year.

Click through for a look for yourself!

Category:Drama

12 Days of Downton Plus One: Five Reasons You Should Give Downton Abbey a Try

The wonderful Downton Abbey returns tonight at 9pm on Masterpiece Classic. To say that a lot of us are over the moon excited about this is a bit of an understatement.

The first series aired last winter, won four Emmys, and has become a pop culture obsession on both sides of the pond. If you’ve yet to experience the brilliance that is this wonderful period drama, WETA is marathoning the entire first series this afternoon, starting in just about half an hour, all leading up to the Series 2 premiere at 9pm.

If you’ve somehow managed to miss out on the excellence that is this show, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. Well, right now is a perfect time to catch up and jump right in, and it’s highly likely you’ll end up just as swept away as the rest of us? Why? Click through and see for yourself.

Category:Drama

Preview Sherlock’s "The Hounds of Baskerville" with Being Human’s Russell Tovey

The second episode of Sherlock Series 2 is airing in the UK this evening (lucky!), but we can still get a small Holmes fix in America to help tide us over until May.

“The Hounds of Baskerville” is written by Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss and features a guest appearance from popular Being Human star Russell Tovey.  Based on what is arguably Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most well-recognized story, “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” this  episode is sure to dial the creepy, psychological horror factor up to eleven.

Click through for a look at the BBC’s promotional trailer, as well as a sneak peek scene from the episode. It’s not spoilery at all – though it does confirm that Sherlock is capable of sitting and having a pint like a normal person – so it’s safe for those of you who don’t want to know any significant plot details before you see it for yourselves.  Sherlock will return to America as part of the new season of Masterpiece Mystery starting May 6.

Category:Comedy

The Great Doc Martin (Re)watch Begins: Series 1, Episodes 1 and 2

Starting tonight on WETA, we’re broadcasting Doc Martin from the very beginning, and going straight through all four series every Saturday for the next few months.  It’s all leading up to something a lot of people have been looking forward to, namely, the long-awaited premiere of Series 5. (It's coming in April, so start getting excited.)

However, this title might be a bit misleading – while it’s certainly a rewatch for a lot (most?) of you, this will be my first proper trip to Portwenn.  This should be a fairly interesting ride, as I know a fair amount of the basic big Doc Martin plot details as a result of just spending a lot of time around anglophiles, but I don’t know the characters or how they relate to each other at all. I’m intrigued!

So, I hope some of you – especially the big fans out there – will click through and come chat with me! List your favorite moments from these episodes in the comments, characters you like, funny lines, whatever strikes your fancy!

Category:Drama

12 Days of Downton: Watch a Sneak Peek of the Downton Abbey Series 2 Premiere!

Series 2 of Downton Abbey starts tomorrow night at 9pm! (And how much fun is it to say that, finally?)

Click through and whet your appetite for tomorrow night with this sneak peek at a scene from the first episode, featuring a brand new character, an awkward Downton dinner party and the Dowager Countess being…well, pretty much exactly how you’d expect. It looks brilliant!

Category:General

The Friday News Roundup: Late Night Edition

Blame the short week for the lateness of today’s roundup post – it’s possible that yours truly forgot that it was actually Friday today. Please keep laughing on that score to a minimum, if at all possible.

But, it is Friday, so that means it’s News Roundup time! Click through for updates on Upstairs Downstairs, Copper, Downton Abbey, Eternal Law, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Mistresses and more!

Category:Drama

12 Days of Downton: Your Guide to the Downton Abbey Experience on Twitter

Two days until Downton Abbey is back! If you’re looking for a more interactive viewing experience during the premiere broadcast on Sunday night, you might want to check out the special events happening that night on Twitter.

The official Masterpiece account will be hosting a live Twitter event from 9-11pm Eastern time, featuring comedian and huge Downton fan Patton Oswalt, as well as contributors from Vanity Fair Magazine, Tom and Lorenzo (I love that site!), Austenprose.  If you’re on Twitter and want to participate, just use and track the hashtag #DowntonPBS.

But, if any of you happen to be big Twitter enthusiasts – not that I would know anything about wasting hours of one’s life on Twitter, no... – then there are a few other accounts you might want to follow that will prove very relevant to your interests. Click through for a guide to the world of Downton on Twitter, including official accounts, cast members, fan sites, and a bit of fun.

Britwatch: Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch and Doctor Who’s Noel Clarke Join Cast of Star Trek 2

J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Trek sequel just got a lot more interesting for Anglophiles.  According to industry mag Variety, Benedict Cumberbatch and Noel Clarke have been cast in two significant roles, joining fellow Brits Simon Pegg and Alice Eve.

Fresh off his recent film appearances in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and War Horse, Cumberbatch is apparently trading in his Sherlock coat for a black hat, as he will be playing the sequel’s main villain. Nothing further on who or what that villain may be (and how entertaniing is it that we actually have to add in the “what” here, as he could be playing any variety of alien, I suppose?), though if you’re interested in a good bit of incredibly detailed speculation, the internet is more than happy to provide that sort of thing for you.

Clarke is probably best known for his role as Mickey Smith, the boyfriend to Billie Piper's Rose Tyler on Doctor Who, though he has written, directed and starteseveral films (Kidulthood and Adulthood) since his time in the TARDIS. No word yet on what character he will be playing for Abrams’ film, though Variety reports the role is a “family man.” (I don’t know enough about the Star Trek world to hazard a guess, unfortunately!)

The Trek sequel is slated for release on May 17, 2013. And writing it out like that makes it seem very far away indeed, doesn’t it?

Category:Drama

12 Days of Downton: What To Do At Your Downton Abbey Viewing Party This Weekend

With excitement high virtually everywhere for the Series 2 premiere of Downton Abbey  this weekend (three days, hurray!), everyone is clearly thinking about how to appropriately mark such a momentous occasion. And, really, what better way to do so than by having your nearest and dearest period drama-loving friends over to watch along with you? (It’s what I’m planning to do, after all, so I’d like to hope I won’t be the odd woman out with this particular scenario…) So, if you think you might like to throw yourself a Downton viewing party this Sunday andcelebrate the return of the Crawleys to America, click through for a few suggestions about invitations, food, beverages and party activities that will make your get together the very envy of society. Or at least, get some tasty snacks out of the deal.

Category:Comedy

Heads Up for Doc Martin Fans: Rewatch From The Beginning This Weekend And Get Ready for Series 5!

Good news for our Doc Martin fans – this Saturday on WETA we’re starting the entire series of Doc Martin over with the very first episode, “Going Bodmin.”  (The second episode, “Gentlemen Prefer,” will air immediately following.) Then we’ll run through all four series, finally leading up to the moment everyone’s been waiting for….the premiere of Series 5. Yes, you read that right. New episodes of Doc Martin, coming to WETA this April.  Commence the celebration.

And remember when I said that I was going to marathon my way through all of Doc Martin and write about it? Well, now I have absolutely no excuse – and even a handy pre-determined viewing schedule - so stick around for a weekly walk down memory lane with me and all the folks in Portwenn, starting this weekend.

Category:Drama

12 Days of Downton: The Best Downton Abbey Parody On the Internet and Other Fun Things

The lovely thing about Downton Abbey’s meteoric rise to popularity over the past year is that not only do we get an incredible actual product (as I can only assume that Series 2 will continue right on being brilliant), we also get to enjoy the fun little extra bits and bobs which pop up here and there (thanks, internet!) poking fun at the successful period drama.

So, while we’re whiling away the hours until Sunday night, why not click through have a few laughs with some of the entertaining Downton-inspired items from around the web.

 

Category:Drama

A New Year’s Treat: Watch A Scene From the Sherlock Series 2 Premiere

For those of us in America who are counting down the days till the Stateside premiere of the BBC’s wonderful Sherlock adaptation in May, the lovely folks over at fan site Sherlockology are nothing short of an amazing resource during our time of waiting.  (123 days to go! Not that I have a countdown clock or anything. Because that would be weird.)

Their site is dedicated to remaining spoiler-free until after the US broadcast, but they have still been regularly providing us with photos, reviews and other goodies that fans can indulge in without worrying about whether they’ll ruin the experience of watching for themselves when the time comes. (I’m a big fan of theirs – can you tell?)

Like this clip from Series 2’s first episode – A Scandal in Belgravia - which aired in the UK this past Sunday. All viewers can feel perfectly safe watching it, as it reveals nothing about the overall plot of the episode, and is basically just two minutes of Sherlock and John being awesome, as well as a bit unorthodox in their investigating methods.  It’s definitely worth a look, so click through and have at it!

Category:Drama

12 Days of Downton: Take the MASTEPIECE Downton Abbey Personality Quiz!

C’mon, admit it, you’ve thought about whether you’re most like the Dowager Countess, Anna Smith or Matthew Crawley, right? Or at least you have definite opinions about whether you’d belong upstairs or downstairs.

Well, wonder no more. You can find out for yourself, courtesy of our brand new Masterpiece Classic Downton Abbey Personality Quiz, now available on the WETA website.

Which Downton Abbey Character Are You?

So go ahead – take the quiz and let us know what who you got! (Personally, I am the Dowager Countess. No comment on whether I may have taken it a couple of times to get that result, just because it’s a childhood dream of mine to grow up to be Maggie Smith.)

 

Category:Drama

12 Days of Downton: A Downton Abbey Series 2 Wishlist

With Series 2 of Downton Abbey just days away (finally – our countdown is in single digits!), it seemed worthwhile to think about what the ideal new season would look like. There are so many plot points from Series 1 to deal with – not to mention that pesky World War – that anything can happen.

So, click through for my personal wish list of what I’d like to see the most in Downton Series 2. This list is completely spoiler-free (I stayed away from the one topic that I’ve seen spoilers for, as I figured it wasn’t fair to come up with predictions influenced by things that I knew would actually happen!), so feel free to take a read through and tell us what you’d most like to see in Downton’s new episodes in the comments. 

Category:Drama

Watch the Trailer for Julian Fellowes’ Upcoming Titantic Drama

Following the UK broadcast of the Downton Abbey Christmas special, ITV ran a new trailer for Downton creator Julian Fellowes’ latest historical drama – the four-part miniseries Titanic.

Titanic will re-tell the story of the sinking of the famous ship and is set to screen during the Spring of 2012 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the disaster. The cast includes Linus Roache, Toby Jones, Geraldine Somerville, Timothy West, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Sophie Winkleman, Celia Imrie and many more.

ITV’s press release says that the drama will focus on a variety of different characters, from upper-class guests to steerage passengers and that their stories will all draw together by the series’ conclusion.  It sounds a bit like Downton Abbey On A Boat, but if the trailer’s anything to go by, it looks well worth it. (And if it were Downton Abbey on a boat, would that be so bad?)

Check it out for yourself after the jump!

Category:Drama

12 Days of Downton: One Week Until Downton Abbey Series 2!

It’s officially the New Year, and while that means fresh starts and new beginnings and all that manner of thing, it also means we’re officially one week way from the US premiere of Downton Abbey Series 2!

We’ve still got a whole week of Downton celebrations coming up for you here at Telly Visions this week, but do drop us a comment if you’ve something specific you’d like to see or talk about!

A couple quick Downton-related tune-in tidbits for you:

  • If you missed our re-broadcast of Series 1 and still need to catch up in time for the new episodes – or if you just want to see what all the fuss is about  for yourself at last – we’ll be re-airing the entire first season one more time before new episodes start. Tune in at 3pm on Sunday, January 8, for another chance to see the whole thing. We’ll be showing all four episodes back-to-back-to-back-to-back, leading in to the Series 2 premiere at 9pm.
  • In case you weren’t aware, the Downton Christmas special that just aired in the UK last weekend, will be broadcast in the US, and you won’t even have to wait any extra time. It’ll air as the final episode in this Series 2 run, so we will be all caught up with the folks across the pond once we're through.
Category:Other

Happy New Year to All!

Happy New Year, Telly Visions readers! Wishing all of you all the best in 2012 – hoping you have a wonderful year, full of lots of love, laughter, and, of course, some really great British television.

Things I’m particularly looking forward to in the new year? New Sherlock obviously, as well as Downton Abbey’s return, new Absolutely Fabulous after a multiyear absence, and finally getting my teeth into Doc Martin to catch up and get myself ready for new episodes this Spring. 

Other things I’m excited to try? The Fades, Merlin Series 4, finally having the time to get into Misfits Series 3, the BBC’s new Great Expectations, a new series of Doctor Who in the Fall, Julian Fellowes’ Titanic miniseries, a new series of Skins, Stella, more Poirot, another series of Upstairs Downstairs, Call the Midwife, Birdsong, and I imagine a bunch of other things I’ve managed to leave off this list or that I didn’t even know existed.  If 2011 was anything to go by, the new year will doubtless bring us some fantastic programs, both new and familiar.

What are you most looking forward to in British TV in 2012?

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