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Watch: Masterpiece Releases New ‘Downton Abbey’ ‘Official’ Series 5 Trailer

We’ve got just over a month to go until Downton Abbey Series 5 premieres in America, and promotion surrounding the new season is starting to kick into high gear.

In addition to a flurry of interesting behind the scenes clips and cast interviews, PBS has released what it’s calling the “official” Series 5 trailer, a new thirty second spot that highlights the many secrets being kept by the various members of the Crawley family and their staff.

Dun dun dun.

This new trailer is an interesting combination of moments we’ve seen previously – in either the first teaser or the early Season 5 trailer – along with a handful of tantalizing new shots. Just enough to help stoke the fires of excitement speculation just a bit higher, yeah?

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Watch: ‘Broadchurch’ Series 2 Teaser Trailers

Good news! For those that have been patiently waiting ever since the news broke that there would, in fact, be a second season of the critically acclaimed series Broadchurch, there finally is in fact some news to share!  Bad news: It’s not entirely what you could call a substantial update, but at least it’s an update that promises there’s more to come! And there are new trailers to get excited over. They're just not very long ones. 

Over the past week or so, ITV has been steadily dropping teaser trailers heralding the highly anticipated return of their most popular murder mystery from last year.  There have been four new clips so far and while none of them show any actual new footage – unless you can count the fact that stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman exist and wear clothes outdoors as footage – they’re still pretty effective at ramping up the tension as we build toward the series’ second season. Which, according to these trailers, will be January 2015 for those lucky enough to live in the UK. (No word on American dates yet, sorry gang.)

And honsetly, when we've all gone this long with virutally no new Broadchurch-releated anything, it doesn't take that much to stoke fans' excitement. 

At any rate, these are well worth a watch, if only because we’ve all been so starved for any scraps of information about the new season of Broadchurch. Filming has been basically kept on lockdown and while Americans have had (the debatable trainwreck of) Gracepoint to keep us occupied, it’s been pretty hard not to notice that we literally have zero idea what Season 2 is going to entail. 

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Recapping ‘The Paradise’: Series 2, Episode 8

Previously, on The Paradise:  Moray and Denise are still having relationship drama ostensibly becaue Moray kissed Katherine, but there’s also the fact that he looks like a homeless person and can’t deal with Denise’s dreams of professional success. Weston’s basically started keeping Katherine a prisoner in her own home and is threatening to send her off to Europe alone and keep her away from Flora forever. Clara gets a new boyfriend when a super talented high-end photographer arrives at the store, and The Paradise sets up another uber-pointless store stunt wherein people have to wander through a haunted house in order to buy a highly anticipated final issue of a magazine serial, though it’s not clear if they can see in the dark enough to buy anything else.

Well, we’ve made it to the Season 2 finale, guys. Thanks for sticking it out with me. What sort of insanity can we expect in this, the last ever episode of The Paradise? I don’t even want to hazard a guess. 

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Five Reasons You Should Watch 'Peaky Blinders'

Netflix – one of my new favorite homes for British television these days – just dropped the second series of buzzy drama Peaky Blinders, a period crime piece which follows the story of a notorious gang whose members were known for sewing razor blades into the brims of their hats. Sound weird? Maybe a little bit. But this show just works, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store in Series 2. 

If you haven’t tried Series 1 yet… well, you definitely need to give it a look. The show is full of interesting characters, fantastic performances, and a well put together story that’s a great ride from start to finish.  

But why watch it, really? Here are five reasons that Peaky Blinders is worth your time.

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Recapping ‘The Paradise’: Series 2, Episode 7

Previously, on The Paradise:  Moray is still moping that he doesn’t have The Paradise back yet, and because Denise is apparently figuring out that she can have her own career without him. Tom Weston is busily employing a variety of tactics to punish his wife for not telling him her father meant his pocket watch to go to her husband in his will by alternately not talking to her, stalking her while she sleeps, buying guns and generally lurking about her in a threatening manner. Denise finds a potential new investor for Moray, but he’s petty about it, and ends up kissing Katherine, because he feels bad for how the “make her husband jealous” plan has basically ruined her life. However, despite the fact that the story leads you to think something exciting will legit happen here, nothing does, as Moray again declares his love for Denise, which he has so admirably demonstrated by talking down to her, being jealous of her success, and lying to her. Ugh. Shut up, Moray. 

Another week, another episode to critique. Will Moray be less annoying? Will Denise find her spine? Will Katherine stop being the universe's punching bag? Let's find out. 

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Johnny Worricker Returns: Is He the Consummate British Spy?

After a considerable break, PBS’ Masterpiece Contemporary is bringing British intelligence officer Johnny Worricker back to finish his story. You may remember the 2011 political thriller Page Eight from a few years back.  If not, let me refresh your memory.

Bill Nighty starred as Johnny Worricker, an MI-5 agent, now retired from the field and working as intelligence analyst. As the story begins, he is given a file by his boss and best friend Benedict Baron (Michael Gambon).  This dossier contains very damning information regarding Prime Minister Beasley (Ralph Fiennes) and his collusion with the American government’s operation of secret torture camps. Dear old Ben dies and Worricker spends the rest of this adventure falling back into spy mode, staying one step ahead of the British intelligence community until he has proof that the source of the aforementioned report can be trusted. In the end his refusal to return the file and keep quiet means Johnny’s career is over and he is forced to flee the country.

And this is where the story picks up this next installment of the Johnny Worricker Trilogy entitled Turks & Caicos (which just so happens to be the group of British islands where our hero has chosen to hide out). 

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Rejoice: ‘Downton Abbey’ Has Been Renewed For Series 6

It’s official: On the eve of its fifth season finale in the UK, ITV has confirmed that Downton Abbey will return for a sixth series.

All together now: Yaaaaaaay!

This news shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone, given the truly global success enjoyed by Downton. Series 5 has averaged over 10 million viewers per episode in the UK this Fall. But, as with any show that is so universally beloved, it’s a relief to know that we aren’t going to have to say goodbye to the Crawley clan anytime soon. 

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Mystery Series ‘Grantchester’ Comes to America This January

Just when you think you’ve seen every kind of British mystery…along comes a period detective series featuring a crime solving vicar to prove you wrong.

New period mystery series Grantchester follows the story of Sidney Chambers – played by James Norton, whom you may have seen recently in dramas like Death Comes to Pemberley and Happy Valley – stars as Sidney Chambers, a young and charismatic vicar who turns amateur investigator when one of his parishioners dies under suspicious circumstances.  Chambers ends up seeking out the help of the gruff, down-to-earth police inspector Geordie Keating (played by Wire in the Blood’s Robson Green) and the two – in the tradition of pretty much crime drama since time immemorial – become crime-solving partners and unlikely friends.

Based on the James Runcie novel Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death, which draws on Runcie’s own experiences as a vicar, the drama also features Twenty Twelve’s Morven Christie, Kacey Ainsworth, Tessa Peake-Jones and more. 

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‘Call the Midwife’ Renewed for a Fifth Series

It’s official: As filming wraps up on the fourth series of award-winning emotional tearfest Call the Midwife, the period drama has been renewed for a fifth season by the BBC.

The ladies of Nonnatus House are already slated to return for a Christmas special at the end of this year, with a full fourth season coming in the early part of 2015 (January for the lucky ducks in the UK, late March for those of us in America). But now, before these new episodes even have screened anywhere, the show’s been given a fresh order for an additional eight-part fifth series, set to screen in 2016. Whew.

This announcement is actually not that surprising, given that Call the Midwife is one of the UK’s most-watched dramas since it launched in 2012, averaging over ten million viewers per episode over all three series, and 11.4 million tuning in to the Series 3 premiere last year. Additionally, the show has proved an admirable performer for PBS here in the States, and has developed quite the enthusiastic fanbase. 

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Enjoy ‘Death Comes to Pemberley’? Five Jane Austen Works You Can Stream Online

The period mystery Death Comes to Pemberley, which recently aired on Masterpiece on PBS stations around the country, imagines what life might have held in store for two of beloved author Jane Austen’s most famous literary creations, Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, after they found their happily ever after together. However you feel about this sequel series – and there are certainly differing opinions about the existence of sequels such as this – the drama has served as a timely reminder of just how incredibly awesome Austen’s work is. If Death Comes to Pemberley has reignited your love for all things Austen, we’re here to help.

Let’s take a quick look at five Austen adaptations that you can watch online – from the classic to the contemporary. 

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