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Get Your First Look at Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Hollow Crown’ Sequel ‘War of the Roses’

The Wars of the Roses, the highly anticipated follow up to Shakespeare mini-series The Hollow Crown started filming in late September and, happily, the kick off to official production has resulted in some more exciting casting announcements as the massive cast of Yorks and Lancasters gets fleshed out more fully.

Plus, we got our first official look at Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch in his lead role as hunchbacked King Richard III. Huzzah, indeed. 

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Get Ready: 'Inspector Lewis' Returns!

Who remembers this scene back in the summer of 2013?

DS James Hathaway (Laurence Fox) and DI Robbie Lewis (Kevin Whately) with pints in hand and a picturesque view of the water ahead reveal their plans for the future; Lewis is retiring and Hathaway is leaving the police force. That was supposed to be it, ces’t fini. Inspector Lewis was drawing to a close so its actors could move on to other projects – Fox and his bride Billie Piper were going to try their luck in Hollywood and Whately was on the record saying he was getting too old to play a police inspector anymore.

Fast forward a little more than a year - Lewis and Hathaway are reunited and trying their best to keep Oxford’s streets safe, mostly from their own eccentric and educated residents. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining since Lewis is one of my very favorite detective dramas. It was just the speed of the about face that’s left me a bit confused.

That being said, let’s get on to the details of the new series of Inspector Lewis which will be premiering on Sunday, October 5th at 9 pm ET. It features three new murder mysteries entitled “Entry Wounds”, “The Lions of Nemea” and “Beyond Good and Evil".

Watch a trailer for the new season below:

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Recapping 'The Paradise': Series 2, Episode 1

Last season, on The Paradise: Country girl Denise arrives in an unnamed, purportedly cosmopolitan town that somehow only seems to have one street where stores are located. She starts working in a posh department store called The Paradise and falls in love with its charismatic, exceptionally close-talking owner John Moray, who is of course, involved with the posh and snotty Katherine, for reasons that are never made clear except that she has a lot of money and keeps harassing him about getting married.

There a several other colorful secondary characters, including Moray’s enthusiastic BFF Dudley, Miss Audrey who runs ladies’ wear, and Denise’s roommates: ditzy Pauline and jealous Clara. Anyway, Denise proves herself an exceptional and creative businesswoman, Moray is into that, they fall in love. Unfortunately, Moray is engaged to Katherine by the time he realizes his feelings, which leads to him leaving his betrothed at the altar, even though her father has bought out all the leases to the town’s one street of shops, including The Paradise, and can now take the store away from him. Dun dun dun…

What will happen in Season 2? Time to find out. 

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‘Morse’ Prequel ‘Endeavour’ Officially Renewed for a Third Season

Fans of Inspector Morse prequel series Endeavour, you can all rest easy - ITV has officially renewed the detective drama for a third series!

The detective series will return with four new episodes, and will pick up following the shocking events at the end of Series 2, which concluded with Morse in police custody, framed for a crime he didn’t commit, while his partner DCI Thursday seemed close to death after being shot in the chest.

The third series will once again by written by Lewis creator and Morse scribe Russell Lewis, and will apparently be set in 1967. 

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Revisiting ‘The Paradise’: Series 1, Episode 8

Welcome to the next installment in our recap series that takes us back through the first season of The Paradise before Series 2 begins this Fall!

Previously, on The Paradise: Katherine heads The Paradise to go wedding shopping, dragging along a bunch of her friends so she can help make the store some more money using her social influence. She causes a run on a gastly shade of fabric by tricking the intellectually challenged townsfolk into thinking a person like Katherine would ever get married in “midnight ink”. Meanwhile, across the road in our Singular Shopping Area, Denise brokers a short-lived agreement between the five other shop keeper’s to sell their wares as package deals. Katherine dislikes Moray’s obsession with his dead wife, but runs afoul of creepy Jonas when she attempts to remove the giant Mrs. Moray portrait from his office and the two are now mortal enemies. Denise and Moray take a walk and have a long heart to heart together, though unbeknownst to them, they’re spotted by Lord Glendening.

We’ve finally made it to the Series 1 finale! (Just in time to start Series 2 this weekend but whatever, that’s next week.) What does the Nameless City’s One Shopping Area have in store for us this week? Onward, and let’s find out.

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Benedict Cumberbatch: The Next Season of ‘Sherlock’ Will Be ‘Phenomenal’

What’s next for Sherlock? Fans the world over have been asking this question virtually since the credits rolled on Series 3 finale His Last Vow. Thankfully, the crime drama is set to return for a one-off special next year and a three-episode fourth season at some as yet to be determined time in 2016, but since production on the special isn’t getting under way until January of 2015, we know very little so far about what to expect when the story of the Baker Street boys resumes.

The series’ cast does seem to know a bit more than we do, but they’re keeping pretty mum at present, although star Benedict Cumberbatch did share a few observations during one of his (many) interviews in the midst of film festival press for his upcoming turn as British codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game

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Watch the New US Trailer for ‘Downton Abbey’ Series 5

It’s that time of year again where we American Downton Abbey fans seethe with unspoken jealousy toward our friends in the United Kingdom who officially started the new season of everyone’s favorite costume drama

While we’re obviously not quite as lucky as our friends across the pond (though, really, when are we ever when it comes to entertainment), we aren’t completely without Downton-related goodness . Masterpiece has released a brand-new US trailer promoting the Series 5 premiere.

Happily, this new clip features footage that we didn’t see in the original UK trailer released earlier this Fall, so even though they’re interspersed with snippets from its British counterpart, there’s plenty of new stuff for us to dissect.

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Revisiting ‘The Paradise’: Series 1, Episode 7

Welcome to the next installment in our recap series that takes us back through the first season of The Paradise before Series 2 begins this Fall!

Previously, on The Paradise: The Paradise adds a counter selling birds (yes, really) and of course Pauline loses one and of course that’s an actual storyline. Moray and Katherine get engaged because of course the secret to a happy relationship is a couple wherein one is disinterested and one is a masochist. Denise confesses to Miss Audrey that she’s in love with Moray because I guess she must really like close talking. She eventually confesses the same to Moray and they kiss and the music swells triumphantly only five minutes later she finds out about his engagement and that’s awkward. Creepy Mr. Jonas tricks Denise’s Uncle Edmund into punching him in the face, we hear way too much (again) about how perfect Moray’s dead wife was, and Denise quits The Paradise because she can’t face being around Moray now. But that’s okay, in a way, because now she’s going to get to try all her wackiest entrepreneurial schemes over at her uncle’s failing dress shop and surely that’s going to go well.

Let’s see what happens next, shall we? 

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A Five Item Wishlist for ‘Downton Abbey’ Series 5

The highly anticipated fifth season of global period drama phenomenon Downton Abbey premieres in  the UK this weekend, and everyone who is not in Britain has yet another reason to add to their presumably already long list about why they are sad about their current location.

While we Yanks will again be waiting until January to see the latest adventures of the Crawley clan for ourselves - the drama premieres on Masterpiece Classic on January 4 – I wanted to take the chance to get my hopes and dreams for the new series before someone manages to inadvertently spoil me on Twitter. (Trust me, I thought about waiting until December to write this post, and making myself look like a genius. But where’s the fun in that.)

And don’t get me wrong – I’m over the moon that Downton’s returning and I can’t wait to watch the new episodes. So, here are the five things that I’d most like to see in Series 5. 

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Ben Whishaw to Star in BBC Two Espionage Thriller ‘London Spy’

Award-winner actor Ben Whishaw is set to return to television in a new five-part drama for BBC Two called London Spy, a contemporary thriller set in the world of British espionage.

Commission of the series was originally announced back in February, and the drama is described as gripping and emotional, featuring a chance romance between two people from the opposite sides of a street in the centre of London, which happens to have the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service on one side, and the headquarters of gay clubbing on the other.

Whishaw, who picked up a Best Actor BAFTA for his performance as Richard II in Shakespeare series The Hollow Crown and charmed audiences everywhere as James Bond’s Quartermaster in Skyfall, will play a man named Danny – gregarious, hedonistic, romantic and adrift – who falls for the anti-social, enigmatic and brilliant Alex. Per the official press release, just as the two realize they’re perfect for one another, Alex disappears, leaving Danny ill equipped to take on the complex world he inhabited. Will he be able to fight for the truth – and find Alex?

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