January 2014

Category:Theater

‘Harry Potter’ Star Daniel Radcliffe Returning to Broadway in ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is headed back to the Great White Way this Spring! He’ll be starring in a Broadway version of Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan, reprising his role from last year’s West End production at the Noel Coward Theatre.  The entire London cast from that Michael Grandage-directed revival will also transfer to Broadway along with Radcliffe.

McDonagh’s play is set in the 1930s and the story centers on the inhabitants of a small Irish island stirred up by the news that a Hollywood movie is filming nearby. Radcliffe portrays the titular cripple, who want to be in the film more than anything, if only to escape the tedium of his daily life. This will be, incidentally, the first ever Broadway production of Inishmaan

Read on for more details. 

Category:Drama

'Last Tango in Halifax' Series 2 Comes to PBS Stations in June

It’s official: the highly anticipated second season of popular romantic drama Last Tango in Halifax will screen on PBS stations nationwide beginning June 29.

The news was announced at last week’s winter installment of the Television Critics Association Press Tour, a showcase for networks to highlight upcoming programming over the next few months. The drama will return to its 8pm timeslot on Sunday nights, and Series 2 will be comprised of six new episodes.

The series stars Sir Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid as a couple who find a second chance at love with one another, sixty years after they first met. Nicola Walker and Sarah Lancashire star as the couple’s respective daughters, who must also deal with Series 1 concluded with a cliffhanger on several fronts, as Alan suffered a serious heart attack, leaving the couple’s nuptials in doubt and fans questioning whether Celia might have to go through losing the love of her life – again. 

Series 2 picks up right where we left off - Having come so close to losing each other forever thanks to Alan’s near fatal heart attack, he and Celia decide to have a romantic secret wedding as soon as possible. But how will their respective daughters react? The uptight Caroline and rebellious Gillian are discovering they actually quite like each other, however Gillian’s need to own up to her night with Caroline’s ex-husband John could jeopardize the soon-to-be stepsisters’ fledgling friendship. As secrets from the past come tumbling out and family members adjust to changing relationships, can Alan and Celia find the long-awaited happiness they deserve?

Read on for more details and a look at the Series 2 trailer. 

Category:Sci-Fi

A New 'Doctor Who' Era Has Begun: Your First Official Look at the Twelfth Doctor

A new era of Doctor Who is upon us: The new Doctor has arrived. Filming has officially been under way on Peter Capaldi’s tenure in the TARDIS for a couple of weeks, but initial reports still featured Twelve supporting predecessor Matt Smith’s Eleven get-up.

Fans around the world have been eagerly anticipating the reveal of Capaldi’s official Twelve costume, as the Doctor’s wardrobe tends to say quite about about the state of the character. (For example: Compare Christopher Eccleston’s leather jacket ensemble as Nine with David Tennant’s flashy Ten coat.)

Rejoice - the wait is finally over. The BBC released the first official photo of Twelve’s new look today, and it’s rather fantastic. Though, sadly, it looks like we’ve officially said goodbye to bowties and fezzes for the time being.

Get a look below. 

Category:Drama

'Sherlock' Series 3: Time to Talk 'The Sign of Three'

Previously, on Sherlock: The great detective’s back from the dead, even though we never find out for sure how he faked his death and John never gets told that Sherlock did it to save his life. But, that’s okay, because the boys make up by the end after Sherlock fakes a bomb scare so they can get sentimental and say soppy things for a minute or two, even though that’s an extreme jerk move.  John proposes to his new girlfriend Mary, Lestrade has an awesome new hair cut, we learn more about Mycroft than ever before and also meet the Holmes parents who are really the Cumberbatch parents (INCEPTION!). Oh and also John gets kidnapped and stuffed in a bonfire because of some unknown reason by some unknown creepy man with intense glasses. Oh and there was some plot to blow up Parliament again like Guy Fawkes but it legitimately does not matter at all.

So, Sherlock’s back. We’re talking about it. Here comes The Sign of Three

Category:Drama

'Downton Abbey': Let's Discuss Series 4, Episode 4

Previously, on Downton Abbey:  Anna is still struggling to come to terms with her sexual assault, Bates is still pushing his wife about why she won’t come anywhere near him, Tom makes some terrible life decisions, Edna creates a pregnancy scare, Alfred decides to try out for Edwardian Top Chef, Edith takes the next step with Gregson, Mrs. Hughes manages to get rid of Edna in the most awesome manner possible, Rose meets an African-American jazz musician and Mary gets a marriage proposal from a guy that’s known her for maybe 56 hours.

Man, last week was really busy, huh? Onward!

Category:Other

‘Sherlock’ the App: Coming Soon to a Device Near You

In case you’re already fretting about what to do once Sherlock Series 3 is over, worry not. You’ll still be able to get your consulting detective fix as we start on the (hopefully not as) long road to Series 4.

You’ll be able to spend part of the next hiatus solving cases with Sherlock and John yourself.

An official Sherlock app, called Sherlock: The Network offers fans the chance to join the great detective’s homeless network. As part of the game you get to assist Holmes and Watson on ten new cases, virtually navigating your way around London on foot, via taxi or by tube, talking to witnesses and gathering evidence. You can also play mini-games that encompass hacking, code breaking, observation and more.

Specially shot footage of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will appear in the game, as well as co-star Mark Gatiss.

Get some details and watch official trailer for the game below – spoiler: it looks quite fun! 

Category:Culture

Celebrate Robert Burns Night with Some Scottish Telly

You don’t have to be a poetry fan to be familiar with the work of Scottish national poet, Robert Burns. In fact if you’ve ever sung Auld Lang Syne at a New Year’s Eve party, you have performed a piece of Burns’ work.  

So beloved is Burns to his fellow countrymen that he was named the greatest Scot of all time in a STV poll in 2009. In fact, Burns’ birthday is celebrated as an unofficial Scottish holiday with suppers held in his honor on or around January 25th. These traditional gatherings are organized around the world, in people’s homes and in swanky halls. No matter where it’s held or how fancy the event, however, there are certain elements that are a part of all Burns’ suppers.

Just a quick look around YouTube will demonstrate the range and scope of these celebrations in honor of Scotland’s favorite son. 

 

British Actors You Should Know: Rupert Graves

  Our British Actors You Should Know series rolls on this week by profiling an actor that a lot of you will be at least passingly familiar with – because he’s in Sherlock, and we know how much everyone loves Sherlock. (With good reason!) But, how much do you know about the cast that’s bringing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories into the modern age?

Since we’ve already covered leads Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in this series, it seems only fair to make our way through the rest of the 221b Baker Street gang as we can. Up this week: Rupert Graves, an exceptionally talented actor who’s been working steadily in British film and television for over 25 years, so you’ve probably seen him in a lot of things already. You may just not have known you have.

Read on for some Graves-themed viewing suggestions and let us know what we’ve left off the list in the comments!

Category:Online

Sherlock Ruins All Your Favorite TV Shows in This Awesome Animated Clip

Many US Sherlock fans have had to engage in some serious online acrobatics to avoid finding out anything about the mystery series’ highly anticipated third season in the three-week interim between its UK and US broadcasts.

Avoiding spoilers can sometimes come down to luck, the right choice in friends, and an appropriate amount of material stock piled with which to distract yourself, so you don’t go looking. Consider this some fodder for that last bit. We’ve still got two weeks in Series 3 to go!

This extremely fan clip poses the valuable question - what if the great detective himself attempted to watch TV? YouTube artist Only Leigh (who is also behind the hilarious “Fangirl” videos  that will ring true for anyone who spends any time at all online) has created a hilarious animated short that imagines what it must be like to watch TV with Sherlock. And his many deductions.

Don’t worry – there aren’t any spoilers for Sherlock Series 3 in this clip. Though there are a bunch for several other shows.

(Most notably Breaking Bad, Gossip Girl, Dexter and Mad Men. So proceed with caution.)

Watch Sherlock Spoils Everything (though honestly shouldn’t it be A Study in Spoilers??) after the jump. It’s totally worth it.

Category:Online

This Fan Made 'Downton Abbey' LEGO Set is Out of This World Awesome

Sure, we’ve seen some awesome Downton Abbey-inspired creations from all around the internet over the past few years, but this one might just take the cake.

Twenty-four year old Eric Stevens of Rochester, New York built an amazing replica of the house and characters from everyone’s favorite costume drama as a Christmas present for his girlfriend – and it all looks amazing. 

Stevens not only re-created the gorgeous Downton estate in LEGO form, he also put together tiny versions of the Crawley family – including Robert, Cora, Mary, Edith, Sybil and Dowager Countess Violet – as well as several of the series’ popular servants, such as Carson, Thomas, Bates and Branson (back when he was in chauffeur mode). Sadly missing are Anna and Mrs. Hughes, but I guess we can’t have everything.  Which is actually bearable in this instance, just because the rest of it is so fantastic.

Read on for more details and an interview with the (clearly very talented!) creator.

Category:Drama

'Sherlock' Series 3: Let's Discuss 'The Empty Hearse'

Previously, on Sherlock: It’s been two years, everyone’s become suitably obsessed with the central mystery heading into Series 3- the great Sherlock Holmes was forced to fake his own death in order to protect the lives of  John Watson, Greg Lestrade and Mrs. Hudson after his arch-enemy Moriarty shot himself in the head. We knew he survived. John does not. How’d he do it? Well, hopefully we find out tonight.

Yes, it’s true. After two years of waiting – two years of Benedict Cumberbatch starring in approximately 87 other projects, fandom freak outs and the release of a completely different Holmes show – it’s finally here. Sherlock is back. Really really really. Not a drill. Not a joke. It is time.

So, take a deep breath. It’s time to talk about The Empty Hearse

Category:Drama

'Downton Abbey': Let's Discuss Series 4, Episode 3

Previously, on Downton Abbey: The estate hosts its first big house party since Matthew’s death, complete with a performance by a world-renowned opera singer, a new man for Mary (sort of), a crisis of self-worth for Tom, a super-creepy valet named Green who sexually assaults Anna, and a ridiculously over-the-top focus on card games that utterly no one cares about. Molesley still doesn’t have a job, and has to fill in as a footman at Downton, which he feels is beneath him.  Edna works on flirting with Tom and getting him stupid drunk. Alfred makes sauces like a champ. And Cora is actually the least annoying person on the show for once. 

Time for an all new Downton Abbey! Who's ready to talk about it?

Category:Drama

The Game Is On: Why 'Sherlock' is the Best Bit of TV You Should Be Watching

For Sherlock fans across the country, January 19 is basically a national holiday. Yes, it’s the day we’ve all been waiting for – the premiere of the highly anticipated third season of this beloved mystery series with The Empty Hearse.

So whether you’re a hardcore fan who’s already mainlined the Series 3 episodes through a proxy server sixteen times, a newcomer who stumbled onto a random episode on Netflix, or someone who just has a friend that won’t shut up about that Benedict Cumberbatch guy, Sherlock is what you should be doing on Sunday night.

But why? Sunday nights are already slam packed with great television options – trust me, I know, my DVR exists in a permanent state of tears about this situation – so why should you devote any of your precious viewing time to this random British show starring that guy with the crazy sounding name that takes multi-year hiatuses and emotionally destroys your life?

It’s difficult to attempt to distill my love for this show down in to bite size chunks that don’t make me sound crazy, but, let’s give it a whirl.  

Category:Comedy

Jennifer Saunders Says an ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ Movie is Happening

Joy! Funny lady Jennifer Saunders - better known to many of you as the amazing Edina Monsoon on worldwide comedy hit Absolutely Fabulous – says we may not have seen the last of Eddie and Patsy just yet.

The beloved cult series has had an exceptionally erratic history – it  ran for three seasons on the BBC between 1992 and 1995, had a two-part “finale” television film in 1996, was resurrected for two more seasons from 2001-2003, then had a few one-off specials until it finally (we thought) ended for good in 2005. It returned (again) for a trio of anniversary specials in late 2011, and that’s been the last we’ve heard of it. But not for much longer apparently. 

Category:Drama

The CW Set to Air ‘Labyrinth’ with ‘Downton Abbey’ Star Jessica Brown Findlay

If you’ve been missing Lady Sybil on megahit costume drama Downton Abbey, you’ll be glad to know that you’ll at least be able to see her portrayer on your television screens again very soon.

The period fantasy series Labyrinth, which aired on the UK network Channel 4 last Spring, is finally making its way Stateside. Teen-focused network the CW announced at this week’s Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour that they have picked up the drama as an “event” series for 2014.

Downton’s Jessica Brown Findlay stars, headlining a cast list that’s stuffed full of recognizable British talent, including Great Expectations’ Vanessa Kirby, Merlin’s Katie McGrath, Doctor Who’s John Hurt, Harry Potter’s Tom Felton and Once Upon a Time’s Sebastian Stan

Read on for more details!

Category:Drama

‘DCI Banks’: Mystery Fans, Get Your First Look at Series 3!

Gritty contemporary mystery series DCI Banks was officially renewed for a third season last June, but we haven’t heard much about what Series 3 might look like. Happily, that’s no longer true, as we now officially have our first look at the drama’s next set of episodes.

DCI Banks will return for a new six-part series starring Ballykissangel’s Stephen Tompkinson, Andrea Lowe and Doc Martin’s Caroline Catz. Series 3 will based on three of Peter Robinson’s  novels, and two episodes will be devoted to each of the three stories entitled Wednesday’s Child, Piece of My Heart and Bad Boy

Now ITV has released the first trailer for DCI Banks Series 3 and it has the same dark and gritty feel we’ve come to expect from this show. It’s also surprisingly tense for something that’s only a minute long.

Watch for yourselves below.

Category:Movies

Watch: Alan Rickman and ‘Game of Thrones’’ Richard Madden in ‘A Promise’ Trailer

It seems safe to say that one of the breakout stars of the 2013 television season was Scottish actor Richard Madden or, as you probably know him, that guy who played Robb Stark on HBO series Game of Thrones and was the focal point of that episode that basically broke the internet for a couple of days after it aired.

But, not to worry – you’ll be able to get your King in the North fix at the local multiplex soon enough. Or at least, so we hope.

Madden is starring in new film called The Promise opposite the always awesome Alan Rickman and Parade's End star Rebecca Hall. The period drama follows the story of Karl Hoffmeister (Rickman), a stuffy but respected ailing factory owner in pre-World War I Germany. Hoffmeister comes to rely more and more on the help of an up-and-coming young man named Ludwig (Madden) to handle factory business.  Ludwig finds himself irresistibly drawn to Hoffmeister’s young wife, particularly after he takes on a role as a live-in tutor for her young daughter. 

British Actors You Should Know: Robert Sheehan

Sometimes when you watch a young actor on screen you just know they’re something special.  They have charisma, a presence, something that makes them shine beyond their cast mates. 

Irish actor Robert Sheehan is just shy of his twenty-sixth birthday and he’s already made a pretty big name for himself - and not just because he’s got the loveliest green eyes and tousled dark hair. He’s got acting chops aplenty.  Let’s look at some of Sheehan’s performances over his already decade long career to see why he’s on so many up-and-coming lists.

Category:Drama

No Official Renewal Yet, But ‘Sherlock’ Creators Have Plotted Out Series 4 and 5

Though the BBC Press Office has yet to officially confirm a fourth season of mega-hit mystery series Sherlock despite the fact that Series 3 officially has officially wrapped in the UK, this hasn’t stopped the show’s creators from talking about it as though things are a done deal.

Which, I think we’re all probably fine with, given the circumstances.

And, if you need to feel even more reassurance: co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have confirmed that they’ve already plotted out not just what will happen in Series 4, but Series 5 as well!

Category:Drama

Watch an Extended Trailer for BBC America’s ‘Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond’

Biographical drama Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond will premiere as part of BBC America’s Dramaville block beginning January 29. The story follows the life of Ian Fleming, author of the famous James Bond novels, who was also a World War II spy, and a notorious playboy in his own right. (It's said he used a bit of his personal life as inspiration for Bond.)

Previously we had a brief teaser snippet promoting the series that showed us basically nothing, other than that, hey, Dominic Cooper exists and is in this show. Luckily, we now have an extended look at the four-part co-production between BBC America and Sky Atlantic. 

Category:Drama

'Downton Abbey': Let's Discuss Series 4, Episode 2

Previously, on Downton Abbey: Six months have passed since Matthew’s death. Mary is sad and everyone in the house spends an enormous amount of time arguing about how to make her life better. Isobel is sad, but perks up once given the project of minding Carson’s incredibly boring and uninteresting friend from His Theater Life Long Ago. Poor Molesley is sad because doesn’t have a job now. O’Brien quits, the Team Downstairs Love Quadrangle of Doom is still going on even though none of us care about it, Rose dresses up like the help, Cora manages to re-hire Horrible Edna as her new ladies’ maid, and the Dowager Countess is even more awesome than normal.

This episode is only an hour, but it's also like a punch in the face. Let's talk about it. 

Category:Movies

Meet the 2014 BAFTA Nominees for the British Film of the Year – What Makes These Films Qualify?

Award season 2014 is in full swing and new nominations seem to be announced nearly every day.  So far we’ve heard pronouncements from the Golden Globes, SAG awards, Critics Choice, and Independent Spirit…all leading to the Holy Grail of statuettes, the Oscar.

BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, has also announced its film nominations for the year just gone by and it’s a very international hodgepodge indeed. While Hollywood is still the Mecca of all things show business, the multi-national trend of moviemaking continues to gain momentum. Determining the actual country of origin of any given film is an increasingly complicated task.  BAFTA and the British Film Institute have their own convoluted guidelines, including a culture test, which determine a movie’s Britishness. Let’s take a closer look at the BAFTA category of Outstanding British Film of the Year to discover what it takes to qualify.

Dan Stevens Tells 'The Today Show' He Has to Apologize for 'Downton Abbey' Death a Lot

Oh, Dan Stevens. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super pleased that Downton Abbey is back on my television, and I love all its dramatic moments, great costumes and compelling characters. But I miss Matthew. There, I said it. I’m still not over it, and seeing you out on the promotional circuit for your new film Summer in February’ s US release is a bit rough. I want you to have all the success in the world professionally – of course – but seriously couldn’t you have just done a voiceover with that letter in the first episode of Series 4? Just for a second? Sigh.

Stevens appeared on The Today Show  to talk about life after Downton and to start spreading the word about his latest big-screen role that arrives in US theaters. And since the character he plays in Summer in February seems very close to Matthew Crawley, perhaps it’ll be a balm to all our wounded hearts.

It’s just a good job he’s so darn charming. 

Category:Drama

Get Your First Look at ‘Call the Midwife’ Series 3: BBC Trailer Released

The BBC has released the first trailer for the highly-anticipated third season of heartwarming period drama Call the Midwife.

After the dramatic events of the 2013 Christmas episode, Series 3 finds everyone’s favorite midwives in 1959 on the eve of the Swinging Sixties, and facing big changes on all fronts. 

Sir Ian McKellan and Sir Patrick Stewart Discuss Broadway, 'Gandalf Face' and the Power of Theater

If the internet taught us anything in 2013, it’s that acting legends Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen have the most amazing friendship ever. The duo spend most of the latter half of the year basically splashing their epic friendship all over New York City and taking selfies at every sort of tourist landmark imaginable.  And no one minded because they’re perfect.

The duo is currently starring in both Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land, which are running in repertory at Broadway’s Cort Theater. The run of both shows has just been extended to the end of March, so there’s still time to see these two acting greats on stage, if you happen to be anywhere near New York. (I’ve been lucky enough to see both productions and they are truly fabulous – though I’ll admit Godot was my favorite.)

McKellen and Stewart sat down with Broadway.com recently to participate in their “Ask a Star” feature (rebranded "Ask the Sirs" in this instance), in which they took questions from curious fans. Despite the fact that the pair have done countless interviews recently as a result of their being on the Great White Way together, this is certainly one of the best, doubtless because of its rather far-ranging subject matter. (Well done, fans!) 

Category:Culture

The Holmes Effect: Sherlock is Apparently A Baby Name People Are Doing Now

The global success of the BBC’s Sherlock, combined with Robert Downey Jr.’s blockbuster movie franchise and Jonny Lee Miller’s American adaptation Elementary have done more than make Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s great detective popular again among both literary geeks and British television enthusiasts.

Sherlock Holmes is apparently way cool amongst the British parental set now, too.

Category:Drama

'Death in Paradise': A New Trailer for Series 3 Shows Some Shocking Changes

Brace yourselves, Death in Paradise fans, some big changes are coming to Series 3.

The popular mystery drama – which follows the story of a grumpy Detective Inspector who must investigate murder on a tropical island – will be back for a third season, but maybe not quite the way you think.

The mystery series has proven quite popular with fans on both sides of the pond, so much so that it was renewed for a third season early last year.  However, soon after news broke that the series’ would be returning, it was revealed that Death in Paradise would be undergoing some significant changes in its third year.  Star Ben Miller, who plays DI Richard Poole, a rather grumpy, quintessentially English (read: stuffy) detective who ends up solving cases in a tropical paradise, announced in April that he had decided to leave the show

What does that mean for Series 3? Find out below. 

Category:Sci-Fi

The Clock is Striking Twelve: Peter Capaldi’s First Day on ‘Doctor Who’

Production on Series 8 of Doctor Who officially kicked off in Cardiff, Wales yesterday – with a brand new Doctor. The time of Peter Capaldi is here.

We got our first glimpse of Twelve at the very end of Christmas special The Time of the Doctor, but since he got to utter all of two lines, fans everywhere are very eager to see what the new Doctor is going to be like. And, just as importantly, what he will wear.

(I know there is a not-insignificant internet argument going currently about the proper way to title Capaldi's Doctor, given that apparently John Hurt's War Doctor AND Ten's meta-crisis clone copy are supposed to be counted as "official" regenerations. Or at least so Steven Moffat says. Or something. However, as I refuse to address Christopher Eccleston's Doctor as anything but Nine, we're just going to tough it out with actual actor equals number titling. Just so you guys know.)

The BBC released the first official photo of Capaldi on set with returning companion Jenna Coleman yesterday – but before you get too excited about that, he’s still wearing the purple jacket and waistcoat combination of former Doctor Matt Smith, so clearly his first scenes are also Twelve’s first scenes. We still have no idea what his own iconic outfit’s going to look like and probably won’t for a few weeks at least. Sigh.

But, still, new Doctor Who photo!  A new season is officially under way! Take a look at a larger version of Capaldi’s First Day below, and get a few fun quotes from the lead parties and other new tidbits

Category:Other

Escape the Cold with Some Sunny Telly Holidays

Does the current deep freeze have you wishing for warmer climes?  Have you and yours succumbed to cabin fever yet?  If so, I have some suggestions for British television series that will transport you with their sunny seascapes and tropical breezes. 

Yes, you read that correctly.  I am talking about Britain, that rainy island just across the Atlantic. The following shows are British through and through even when the setting is not.  So slather on your sun cream and set up your deck chair because this list has been compiled to help you thaw your poor frozen mind and body.

Category:Online

'Tough Justice' with Michelle Dockery is the Must-See Video of the Day

Every wonder what Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery might look like in a different sort of show? Perhaps a more modern show, in a role that didn’t require the wearing of a corset? Well, you just might get your wish – sort of – below.

The Downton star features in the latest hilarious effort from website Funny or Die, which imagines what Dockery’s career might look like if she swapped Highclere Castle for the lead role of a fictional crime drama called Tough Justice. (There may actually be a show out there already called Tough Justice because, let’s face it, all those shows have names that sound like that, but this one depicted here is totally fake.) 

It depicts Dockery as no-nonsense lead female detective named Connie Tough, opposite The Shield’s Michael Chiklis as (what else) her gritty, hard-nosed partner. The clip also takes a moment to poke fun at the endlessly cookie-cutter procedurals featured on cable networks like TNT and USA, as well at the idea that all female characters featured in these sorts of shows are the super combative, over the top “strong woman” types. Of course, there’s also a twist, but you’ll really be happier if I don’t tell you what it is.

This whole thing is hard to really explain without ruining the fun, so just take my word that it’s amazing and well worth your time to click through and watch:

Category:Drama

Watch the ITV Trailer for Series 2 of 'The Bletchley Circle', Coming to PBS Stations This Spring

ITV has released a trailer for the highly anticipated second series of female-led mystery series The Bletchley Circle. The period drama follows the story of four women – all former Bletchley Park  codebreakers – who use their skill at deducing patterns and decoding puzzles to solve crimes.

Series 2 will be comprised of four episodes and will tell two self-contained stories, each spread across two of the sixty-minute installments.  This is a bit of a departure from the first series, but not a completely unwelcome one if done well. The new episodes will be set a year after the events of Series 1, and stars Anna Maxwell Martin, Rachael Stirling, Sophie Rundle and Julie Graham are all set to return.Hettie Morahan will join the cast as another former Bletchley girl who is facing some dark problems of her own.

Read on for more details – and to get your first look at the new season. 

Category:Drama

'Downton Abbey' Series 4: Episode 1 Recap and Discussion Right This Way

Downton Abbey is officially back! Series 4 premiered with a monster two-hour episode, full of lots of drama and laughter, as well as a few mind-meltingly boring bits.  But we’re mostly just so happy to have the show back, it’s hard to care about that sort of thing right now. 

There’s way too much backstory to cover in one “previously on” paragraph, so if you missed any episodes last season, check out the Series 3 recap section before proceeding. Everyone else, let’s get this party started shall we? 

Category:Sci-Fi

Saying Goodbye to Eleven: Go Behind the Scenes of Matt Smith’s Emotional Final Moments in ‘Doctor Who’

It’s been a bit over a week since Doctor Who Christmas special The Time of the Doctor aired – the episode in which we bid a fond farewell to Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor, said hello to Peter Capaldi’s Twelve, and were basically left flailing in anticipation for Series 8, which is a tremendously long eight months away, at best. Yikes.

While opinions about Smith’s swan song are decidedly mixed – for me, The Time of the Doctor hit several really nice emotional beats, almost all of which were derailed in various places by a draggy plot that was alternately dull and confusing – most everyone can agree that the actor did some truly wonderful work in the episode. And it’s going to be weird having a new face driving the TARDIS after all this time, no matter how accomplished an actor is picking up the sonic screwdriver. So it’s okay if you’re still in a little bit of mourning at the moment.

Category:Drama

LOOK: Photos from ‘Sherlock’ Series 3’s ‘The Sign of Three’

Fans are waiting with rising levels of anxiety/excitement/mania/joy for popular mystery series Sherlock’s return with premiere episode The Empty Hearse – whether it’s because they want to know the details surrounding how the great detective faked his death, are curious whether John will react to the news of his best friend’s not being quite so dead after all by punching him in the face, or just want to see television’s greatest bromance reunited, we all just want to get to January 19 (and avoid getting spoiled by our friends in the UK who have already seen this awesomeness).

Subsequently, sometimes it’s hard to remember that there are actually two more episodes to come in Series 3, because we’re all so fixed on Hearse and the fact that it’s been two years since we’ve gotten any new Sherlock at all. But, there’s more to come – and now we finally have some details and a look at life after Sherlock’s return.

Series 3’s second episode is titled The Sign of Three, and is ostensibly in some way based on original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story The Sign of Four, the tale in which we meet Mary Morstan, the woman who would later become Mrs. John Watson. Since we already know that Freeman’s real-life partner Amanda Abbington is playing Morstan, the events of described in this episode and shown in some of the photos probably shouldn’t surprise you, but they do contain a vague spoiler if you’re being super cautious. Take a look for yourself below. 

Category:Drama

Popular Drama 'Last Tango in Halifax' Renewed for a Third Season!

  Good news: romantic family drama Last Tango in Halifax has been officially recommissioned for a third series by the BBC!

The drama, which just wrapped its second season in the UK over the Christmas holidays, has grown in popularity over the course of its run, achieving its highest ratings ever at over 7.6 million viewers for one episode. The show won the BAFTA for Best Drama Series following its first season in 2012.

Halifax follows the story of widowed couple Alan and Celia (played by Sir Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid), a pair of high school sweethearts who are reunited after sixty years thanks to the power of Facebook and bring together their respective dysfunctional families. Nicola Walker and Sarah Lancashire play Alan and Celia’s respective adult daughters, who both have their own dramatic and emotional personal; problems to deal with.

"I'm so happy we've got a third series, it's so exciting to be able to take these characters further and to find out loads more stuff about them, “ creator Sally Wainwright, who has also penned such hits as Scott & Bailey and At Home with the Braithwaites. “What's so great about writing for characters like Celia and Alan is that there is a wealth of back story to explore. Series three will be a whole new emotional ball game.”

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Must-See in the New Year: Things We're Looking Forward to in 2014

Happy New Year, Telly Visions readers! From our family here to yours – we hope you all have a wonderful 2014: a year full of love and laughter and, of course, as much great British television as you can possibly cram in to 365 days. 

Luckily, there’s apparently going to be quite a bit in the way of quality options to pick from in the next twelve months. We take a look at a few of the most exciting options below.

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