April 2014

Category:Drama

‘Miranda’s’ Tom Ellis to Star in ‘Rush’ For USA Network This Summer

A familiar British face will be the leading man in an upcoming American drama this summer. Miranda star Tom Ellis is taking on the lead role in USA Network’s new series Rush, playing a once-successful ER doctor whose addiction to pills and other drugs leads him to set up his own shingle as a professional “fixer” who handles awkward cases and procures off-the-record medial goods for L.A’s elite.

Ellis is probably best known to British television fans for his role as Miranda Hart’s dishy love interest on her sitcom Miranda, but he’s also had roles on EastEnders and appeared for a short time on US series Once Upon a Time as the drama’s original Robin Hood. He’ll be playing main character William Rush who, on the surface, sounds more than a bit like a male (and medically focused) version of Scandal’s Olivia Pope.

Category:Online

Watch: Arthur Darvill Sings 'Frozen’s’ ‘Let It Go’ with a 'Doctor Who' Twist

Doctor Who star Arthur Darvill may have physically departed the TARDIS more than a year ago, but, much like they say in Hotel California, it seems evident that even though you can check out any time you like, you can never leave.

Darvill, who is currently on-stage in the West End musical Once, appeared on BBC Radio 1 last week to promote his new show. The actor starred in the show on Broadway for about six months last year, and is now reprising his role across the pond.

As part of his recent media tour, Darvill appeared on The Matt Edmondson Show, where he did the standard sort of interview chatter, and even performed some music from Once, before the best bit of the whole thing got underway, which is where the inevitable Who related portion of the day came up. By way of a Frozen parody. 

Category:Drama

Recapping ‘Mr Selfridge’: Series 2, Episode 5

Previously on Mr. Selfridge: Women come to work physical labor jobs at Selfridges and everyone (read: Grove) freaks out about it. Rose, who is fast becoming the most awesome person on this show, steps in to handle everyone’s wardrobe difficulties as the men seem to become vaguely faint at the mention of corsets. Oh, and also she’s apparently a crack shot, who knew. Miss Mardle’s plan to take in Belgian refuges in her massive new house seems to mean take in one random Belgian refugee who accidentally turns out to be a young attractive man. Thackeray gets suspicious about Henri’s national pride because he hates him and subsequently stalks him all over the place. Victor decides to take over his recently deceased uncle’s restaurant and finally gets the nerve to ask Agnes out. Oh, and Harry gets invited to a posh card game staffed by government employees and has an awkward public spat with Vile Loxley.  But that doesn’t matter because he’s gotten the attention of a mysterious government minister we’ve never seen before.

Fingers crossed something interesting actually happens in this episode, huh? Onward. 

Category:Drama

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Series 3, Episode 5

Previously, on Call the Midwife: Last week's episode featured a five-Kleenex warning for angst, and ushered in some big changes for all the characters. Catch up on everything that happened in the Episode 4 recap post.

This week we find that Nonnatus House is severely understaffed. Besides Jenny taking her compassionate leave at the mother house, an exhausted Sister Julienne has a fainting spell which results in Dr. Turner sending her away to rest for a fortnight! 

Reinforcements come in the form of Shelagh Turner who fills in for Sister Julienne as midwife administrator. This is actually perfect timing for the former nun who, at a loss for what to do with her time and talents, finds herself overprotectively smothering her polio-stricken step-son. 

Category:Theater

Richard Armitage to Star in ‘The Crucible’ in the West End This Summer

Just in case you weren’t jealous enough of the incredible London theatre scene – where Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are both set to hit the West End playing Shakespeare over the next year – well, here’s another reason.

The Hobbit star Richard Armitage is set to star in director Yaёl Farber’s revival of Arthur Miller’s very American masterpiece The Crucible at the Old Vic Theatre this summer.

Armitage, best known these days among mainstream audiences for playing walking glamour shot Thorn Oakenshield in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, should be very familiar to fans of British television, having had (rather dishy) starring roles in MI-5, North and South and Robin Hood.  On stage, Armitage has previously performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company in The Duchess of Malfi and Macbeth.

Category:Drama

Martin Freeman Teases 'Sherlock' One-Off Special, Implies We Might Wait a While for Series 4

It’s a good thing that Sherlock fans have already proven themselves singularly adept at waiting (apologies to Doctor Who’s Amy Pond, who really has nothing on these folks), because it’s sounding more and more like we’re settling in for another long test of our patience as we wait for Series 4. Or whatever might come next.

Star Martin Freeman, who’s been doing the media rounds of late in support of his new FX series Fargo, has been, predictably, getting asked quite a bit about when we might expect to see the next season of everyone’s favorite (consulting) detective drama. His answers have shed some light on the current situation, offering equally intriguing and depressing tidbits about what the next season of the show might look like. (And when we might see it.)

Category:Drama

Get Your First Look at 'Vera' Series 4

Attention British mystery fans! ITV has released the official trailer for the critically acclaimed four season of Vera, which is set to premiere later this month in the UK and (hopefully) very soon thereafter in the US!

Based on author Ann Cleeves’ series of popular novels, the drama follows the obsessive and driven Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope as she tries to crack some of the toughest cases in Northumberland alongside her trusted right-hand man and surrogate son Joe Ashworth. Stars Brenda Blethyn and David Leon are both back as the series’ leads.

Series 4 will be comprised of four stand-alone episodes, though titles for the full set have not yet been announced. In the opening episode, called On Harbour Street, Vera investigates the mysterious death of pensioner Margaret Kraszewski, who is found stabbed on a busy Newcastle train at the height of rush hour.

Watch: Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart Play ‘The Newlywed Game'

Rule one of the internet: You will never find anything that’s more fun to watch than Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen bickering, laughing, or basically doing anything at all together for any reason whatsoever.

That is the case times about a thousand in this latest clip, which features these two acting greats just proving for the millionth time that you will never have a friendship that is as awesome as theirs. And also they play The Newlywed Game. No, really. 

Category:Drama

Recapping ‘Mr. Selfridge’: Series 2, Episode 4

Previously on Mr. Selfridge: A massacre in Belgium has all the Selfridge’s boys itching to enlist, and Harry promises that their jobs will be there for them when they com home. Rose, Delphine and Mae join forces to co-chair a successful chocolate sale for the benefit of Belgian refugees and we learn that Miss Mardle apparently needs a twelve-step group for her chocolate-related feelings.  Henri agrees to come back to work for Harry for six months, but definitely has something weird going on on the side.  George Towler excitedly enlists in a burst of national pride; Victor tries to do the same, only to have his plans derail when his Uncle Joe dies. Lord Loxley is a vile criminal, to the surprise of no one. Harry and Rose work on fixing their marriage, and are oddly adorable together, possibly for the first time in the show’s history. 

Another week, another episode. Let's get to it! 

Category:Drama

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Series 3 Episode 4

Previously on Call the Midwife: Read last week’s recap here.

This week’s installment was rather eventful. Several residents of Poplar found new meaning in their work. One regained her freedom and another shockingly lost his life far too young. These stories intertwine to form a fabric of triumph and tragedy. I propose we begin our recap on a more inspiring note; the bad news can be put on hold for a little while.

 

British Actresses You Should Know: Miranda Hart

Though actress Miranda Hart is not yet a household name in the United States, for those of us who faithfully watch Call the Midwife, we’ll never forget when we met Camilla Fortescue-Cholmeley-Browne for the first time.

It’s interesting to note that although Hart has become known to American audiences for her dramatic work, in the UK she is recognized first and foremost as a beloved and accomplished British comedic actress and writer. Seeing as Hart is so much more than Chummy (and someone I not-so-secretly would like to be my BFF) I wanted to let you in how you can witness the chaotic, awkward and fun-loving nature that, for me, is the essence of Miranda Hart.

Category:Online

This Norwegian 'Sherlock' Parody is Wacky, Amazing and Totally NSFW Awesomeness

We’ve certainly seen many creative Sherlock parodies over the years – from musical adaptations, to snarky cartoons, to detailed and realistic mash-ups with fellow Steven Moffat production Doctor Who.

This latest parody – which comes to us from Norway and has become something of an instant classic among members of the Sherlock fandom online – is a bit simpler, in terms of concept, but in no way less memorable. (Or creative.)

Norwegian actors Vidar Magnussen and Bjarte Tjostheim – who star on the show Underholdningsavdelinge - came up with the idea to do the spoof once they realized they looked a bit like British stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.  But they definitely take things to a whole ‘nother level of silliness. 

Category:Drama

‘Merlin’s’ Colin Morgan Joins Series 2 of ‘The Fall’

Colin Morgan, star of popular BBC fantasy-adventure series Merlin, is finally heading back to our televisions. Morgan has been tapped for a lead role in the second season of dark and gritty serial killer drama The Fall, opposite Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan.

The Fall stars Anderson as DSI Stella Gibson, a hard, but talented detective who is on the trail of a serial murderer who’s been targeting young professional women. However, thanks to the twist that makes this show interesting, we already know that the killer is Paul Spector (Dornan), an unassuming everyman with a charming wife and family at home. Dornan received a BAFTA nomination for his work in The Fall, largely because of his uncanny ability to make such a disturbing and unlikeable figure strangely sympathetic at times.

Morgan will be featured the final three episodes of The Fall’s six-episode Season 2, and will play DS Tom Anderson, an officer who will work closely with DSI Gibson on the hunt for Spector, who ended last season fleeing with his damaged family as clues surrounding his crimes began to emerge. 

Category:Drama

Series 2 of Morse Prequel ‘Endeavour’ Premieres on Masterpiece on June 29

The highly anticipated second season of Endeavour has an official US air date at last! The Inspector Morse prequel is currently wrapping up its Season 2 run in the UK, and will then make its way fairly quickly to American shores, beginning on Masterpiece Mystery Sunday, June 29.

Shaun Evans returns as a young Endeavour Morse, along with co-star Roger Allam as Morse’s partner, DI Fred Thursday, as the two investigate various crimes in the 1960s. The series is written by acclaimed screenwriter Russell Lewis, who also wrote for the original Morse mysteries.

Endeavour follows the story of a young Morse the early days of his career, after leaving his Oxford college without taking a degree and joining the police force. Series 1 aired last summer as part ofMasterpiece Mystery to a very warm reception from fans who have embraced this additional chapter in the world of Inspector Morse.

The second season will also be comprised of four feature-length episodes: Trove, Nocturne, Sway and Neverland

Category:Drama

Recapping ‘Mr. Selfridge’: Series 2, Episode 3

Previously, on Mr. Selfridge: Harry continues his campaign to convince Rose he’s a changed man. Mr. Grove finally gets into a spot of trouble for being late all the time.  Loxley uses Selfridge to find out information he can use to help his political aspirations; Mae gets the lock on her bedroom changed. Edwards and Kitty go on a date, because this show hates me. Selfridge and Henri get their bromance back on track, and Henri comes back to the store to help Agnes stage the big display of national pride that is the Empire Exhibition. However, the store celebrations are called off when news arrives that Germany has declared war on France, and England finds itself at war soon after. 

Time for another week of drama! Let's get right into it. 

Category:Drama

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Series 3, Episode 3

Previously on Call the Midwife: Catch up on all the events of last week's episode in the Series 3, Episode 3 recap, which is right this way

Three very different stories of motherhood are woven into this week’s episode of Call the Midwife. There’s a lot to cover so let’s get right to it, shall we?

Category:Drama

Watch: ‘Downton Abbey’s’ Jessica Brown Findlay in Trailer for ‘Jamaica Inn’

Former Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay, while very much missed by all who love the Crawley clan, has really been doing rather well for herself since she took her leave from the gang at Highclere Castle.

After all, she’s starred in a movie with Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe, made a time-twisting medieval period piece based on a popular novel, and just recently finished filming with Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe.  And now she’s got a brand new BBC drama headed our way.

Category:Drama

David Tennant’s ‘The Escape Artist’ Heads to PBS Stations This Summer

Good news for fans of former Doctor Who star David Tennant! The Tenth Doctor’s recent BBC mini-series The Escape Artist is finally coming to America and will premiere on PBS stations nationwide beginning Sunday, June 15 as part of the new season of Masterpiece Mystery.

Created and written by David Wolstencroft, the three-part drama originally aired in the UK last Fall. It stars Tennant alongside a great cast that includes Sophie Okonedo, Tony Kebbell  and Ashley Jensen. It follows the story of talented barrister (that’s British for lawyer) Will Burton, who is known for never losing a case and for his ability to get obvious criminals out of tight legal corners. (That’s why he’s called “The Escape Artist”, after all!)

But when Burton agrees to defend a notorious murder suspect and manages to get him off on a technicality, the decision comes back to haunt him. Dun dun dunnnn! 

Category:Drama

Watch: Co-Creator Mark Gatiss Talks ‘Sherlock’ in Brazil

Just because we’re in the middle of The Great Hiatus Part Deux (Part Trois? I’m losing count) doesn’t mean that there won’t be still new Sherlock goodies to help us pass the time as we start off on the long trek to Series 4. Like this, for example.

Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss (who also plays Mycroft and regularly writes for Steven Moffat’s other baby, Doctor Who) went to Brazil recently on a press junket to promote British drama in South America for BBC Worldwide.

Whilst there, Gatiss attended a screening of The Empty Hearse with fans  and participated in a Q&A session in which he answered burning questions from those in the audience. 

Category:Drama

Recapping ‘Mr. Selfridge’: Series 2, Episode 2

Previously, on Mr. Selfridge: Time has passed, and Selfridges is celebrating its 5th anniversary. Harry’s had great personal success with the store but his personal life’s a mess. Rose has (thankfully) found a backbone and made a new best friend in Delphine, who owns a scandalous nightclub. Lady Mae’s husband arrives in town, and he’s walking cliché of snotty attitude and spousal abuse.  And staff changes abound at the store: Agnes has returned from school in Paris, Victor manages the Palm Court, there’s a bitchy new Head of Fashion, and Dreamy Henri’s back in London, sporting a very Derelicte new fashion sense.

Lots to digest in this week’s episode –for both good (Henri!) and ill (any scene involving Mae’s husband). Also it appears I must apologize for spending the entirety of last week spelling the Loxleys’ name wrong. Apparently my teenage obsession with Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves has determined that I must always spell it Locksley, at least until someone points out my error.  But, enough of that: on with the show! 

Category:Drama

Shakespeare Miniseries ‘The Hollow Crown’ is Getting a Sequel; Benedict Cumberbatch Confirmed to Take Part

Excellent news for Shakespeare fans! Popular series The Hollow Crown is getting a sequel, of sorts! The original four-part miniseries adapted four of Shakespeare’s history plays – Richard II, Henry IV, Part One, Henry IV, Part Two and Henry V – into a single chronological narrative. This second set of history plays – which doesn’t actually have a name yet – will feature adaptations of Richard III and Henry VI (filmed in two parts, instead of three).

These productions will reunite the creative team from Neal Street Productions, including director Sam Mendes, who were behind the original BAFTA-winning Hollow Crown films.  Dominic Cooke, former Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre, will direct all three new installments.

“The critical and audience reaction to The Hollow Crown series set the bar high for Shakespeare on screen,” said executive producer Pippa Harris. “Neal Street is delighted to be making the concluding part of this great History cycle.” 

Category:Theater

Martin Freeman to Play Shakespeare’s Richard III in London This Summer

Well, it looks like Benedict Cumberbatch won’t be the only member of the Sherlock cast who will be treading the boards of the West End during the show’s hiatus.

It was recently confirmed that Cumberbatch will be performing Shakespeare’s Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre beginning in August of 2015. And now, hot on the heels of that particular bombshell of awesomeness comes the news that his co-star Martin Freeman has signed up to play the Bard’s doomed king Richard III.

He will join a long list of distinguished actors who have tackled Shakespeare’s villainous hunchback in recent memory, including Mark Rylance, Kevin Spacey and Sir Ian McKellen, among many others.

Category:Online

Fan Made ‘Doctor Who’ Short Film Reminds Everyone: Don’t Blink

It’s no secret that iconic sci-fi series Doctor Who has some of the most creative and inventive fans around, as is evidenced by the positive avalanche of fan-made creations – including musical videos, mash-ups, puppets, fan trailers, movie parodies, you name it, there’s bound to be a Whovian version of it somewhere. (And that’s not even touching the more arts and crafts-related projects like phone cases and replica scarves.)

But, every so often, you run into something that’s above and beyond the usual grade of “excellent” that Whovian fan creations generally receive. Such is the case with Stone, a short film that puts you in a first person encounter with iconic Who villain The Weeping Angels. 

Category:Drama

Watch the First Seven Minutes of FX's 'Fargo' Starring 'Sherlock's' Martin Freeman

Sure, we’re back in our general status quo state of waiting that is the (seemingly perpetual) Sherlock hiatus, but that doesn’t mean our lives are completely devoid of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

Cumberbatch, as well all well know, is basically everywhere these days: making a few movies, photobombing superstar rockbands, planning a return to the theater, recording radio plays, you name it. Freeman, on the other hand, has been a bit harder to find, what with his multiyear commitment to pretty much live in New Zealand and wear hobbit feet for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy

Thankfully, Freeman’s about to finally get his own turn in the media spotlight with the upcoming premiere of his new drama series Fargo. Loosely based on the Academy Award-winning Coen Brothers 1990s film of the same name, the drama features the same setting, the same types of people, and, yes, the same recognizable accents, but expands the world of the film with a whole new set of characters. (Translation:  Don’t wait around for Frances McDormand’s Marge Gunderson to show up.) Freeman stars alongside such familliar faces as Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks, Kate Walsh, Allison Tolman, Bob Odenkirk and more. From all indications, it looks to be a fascinating series!

And now, thanks to the lovely folks at Yahoo TV, you can now watch the first seven minutes of the Fargo pilot, which debuts on cable network FX on April 15. You should definitely click play just for Freeman’s accent, which is about as far from Sherlock’s John Watson as you could ever imagine. 

The Internet Really Does Have Everything: There’s a Benedict Cumberbatch Coloring Book

The internet has now given us everything.

No, seriously, just hang it up kids, we can all go home, because a coloring book featuring Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch exists.

Yes, really.

Called Colour Me Good Benedict Cumberbatch this unofficial bit of perfection is packed with 17 different drawings featuring everyone’s favorite British It-actor of the moment in various settings, all just waiting for you to break out your Crayolas and colored pencils. 

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