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It’s Official: ‘Mr Selfridge’ Renewed for Series 3

While the second season of popular department store drama Mr. Selfridge hasn’t even aired in the US yet – and actually hasn’t finished screening in the UK yet either – fans everywhere can rest easy in the knowledge that Series 2 won’t be our last trip to the store.

Selfridge has officially gotten the green light for a third season, despite the fact that the ITV drama has struggled a bit in the ratings opposite the BBC’s Sunday night adventure drama The Musketeers. It’s still averaging around six million viewers a week, however, which is probably why it scored a renewal.  Well, that and the fact that it’s also been quite successful with international audiences, particularly here in the US on Masterpiece.

 ''We're delighted to commission a third series of 'Mr Selfridge',” said ITV Head of Drama Steve November in a press release. “It's been very pleasing to see how the audience have reacted to 'Mr Selfridge' and the vibrant and inspirational world the production team have created.''

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Missing ‘Call the Midwife’? Here’s What You Should Watch Instead

It won’t be too long now for fans of the heartwarming period drama, Call the Midwife. Episode one of Series 3 is set to air on March 30.  However, if the appetizer that was the Christmas special whet your appetite, I’m sure you’re chomping at the bit for more medical drama and strong female bonding. 

Never fear, we at Telly Visions are here to bridge that gap and find you something to watch while you wait for the return of the midwives and nuns, formerly of Nonnatus House. 

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‘Being Human’s’ Aidan Turner to Star in Remake of BBC Classic ‘Poldark’

The BBC has cast former Being Human star Aidan Turner in their forthcoming remake of the popular British classic Poldark. The new eight-part series is written by Debbie Horfsield and is based on the novels by Winston Graham.

The original 1970s Poldark was one of the BBC’s first and most beloved costume dramas. Set in Cornwall in 1793, it tells the story of a man named Ross Poldark, a brooding British officer returning from the American Revolutionary War who finds his home life much changed. He finds his father dead, the family mine long since closed, his house wrecked and his sweetheart pledged to marry his cousin. 

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Get a Ten Minute Sneak Peek at Series 2 of ‘Mr. Selfridge’

Period drama Mr. Selfridge is returning for a second season on Masterpiece this Spring and the little shopping drama that could promises to feature even more intrigue, poor relationship decisions, patented pep talks, fabulous outfits and catty commentary than last year.

Jeremy Piven is back as the titular Selfridge and it appears most of the series’ main cast members are returning as well, including Katherine Kelly, Aisling Loftus, Amanda Abbington, Ron Cook, Gregory Fitoussi, Amy Beth Hayes and Francis O’Connor. (There are also a handful of new faces, as you'll see below.) The drama’s second season will be set in 1914, during the onset of the First World War. Yes, this does mean that we’re jumping ahead five years from where we left things in the Series 1 finale, so it’s certainly possible that there will be more than a few dropped plot threads and/or characters.

Still, the prospect of having the show back is exciting. It quite grew on me over the course of the first series. Series 2 will premiere on March 30 on PBS stations around the country on Masterpiece Classic. Mark your calendars now.

To help get us through the wait until then, PBS and Masterpiece have released a sneak peek first look at the upcoming return of Mr. Selfridge and it should be plenty to get you excited for the new season. 

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Meet the New Faces Arriving for ‘Downton Abbey’ Series 5

We only finished Downton Abbey Series 4 a couple of days ago here in America, but it seems a pretty safe bet that many people are already experiencing the classic symptoms of withdrawal and sadness that characterizes the deadly dull time that is the hiatus.

Luckily, Downton was renewed for Series 5 well before the season aired here in the US and filming officially got under way this week in England, so we are not completely without diversion at this most crucial of times. The start of production has not brought us much (yet) by way of storyline or character-related details, but Carnival Films, ITV and Masterpiece have announced that the new season will bring with it a handful of new and familiar faces.  

Three fabulous and well-known actors will be joining the cast of the mega-hit costume drama when it returns for its fifth season. 

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‘Call the Midwife’ Series 3 to Bow March 30: Watch the First PBS Trailer

The highly anticipated third series of heartwarming period drama Call the Midwife is officially set to premiere on PBS stations nationwide beginning Sunday, March 30.

Midwife’s third season will be comprised of eight new episodes and will run from March 30 - May 18. Stars Jessica Raine, Helen George, Pam Ferris and Miranda Hart are all back, with plenty of drama left from last season to deal with. 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. 

Get details and watch the first PBS trailer below. 

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'Downton Abbey': Let's Discuss the Series 4 Finale

Previously, on Downton Abbey: Ivy gets a proposal from Alfred, because no one can ever leave this show, but she turns him down. Daisy makes her peace and says goodbye to him. We see Awesome Mr. Mason again for like five minutes. Baxter and Molesley are surprisingly adorable together. Violet figures out Edith’s pregnancy secret and offers to bankroll her trip to Switzerland to “learn French” and/or hide her illegitimate child. Bates takes a mysterious daytrip that is so obviously going to end badly. Anna tells Mary who really attacked her. Rose gets engaged to Jack Ross, but Mary convinces him to call it off, the local church bazaar happens, Robert comes home from America and Mary’s veritable army of boyfriends is still hanging around. Oh, and Green the Horrible Rapist appears to have mysteriously died. Whoops.

How have we already arrived at the Series 4 finale? Sheesh. Lots of ground to cover – and things to discuss – so let’s get on with it. 

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'The Bletchley Circle' Series 2 Comes to PBS Stations Beginning April 13

It’s official: Series 2 of popular female-led mystery series The Bletchley Circle will premiere on PBS stations nationwide beginning Sunday, April 14

The drama follows the story of four women in post-World War II England, who all possess the extraordinary ability to break codes, a skill honed when they worked undercover at the famous Bletchley Park. Now, after the war, they use their unique ability to see patterns to help them solve crimes.

Series 2 will be comprised of four episodes, rather than three, and will tell two self-contained stories, each spread across two of the sixty-minute installments.  Stars Anna Maxwell Martin, Rachel Stirling,Sophie Rundle and Julie Graham are all set to return. 

The new episodes will be set a year after the events of Series 1. 1. Per the official press release, here’s what we can expect:

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'Downton Abbey': Let's Dish the Drama in Series 4, Episode 7

Previously, on Downton AbbeyRobert has to go to America to help Cora’s  Plot Point Brother with some business no one cares about, Mary finds out what happened to Anna, Edith decides to have an abortion, but can’t go through with it at the last minute. Mary and Blake finally start liking each other after they spend a night saving pigs and getting covered with mud, the Dowager gets sick but luckily gets better fast, Tom met a girl at a political meeting. Super Stalker Lord Gillingham and his Horrible Rapist Valet return to Downton for a visit, and Bates looks like he’s totally figured out the Horrible Rapist bit.  Oh, and there’s some more pointless drama with Alfred, Daisy and Ivy, but I’m just going to pretend it’s not happening because we all hate it.

What will happen this week? Who can even say. Onward and let’s find out. 

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New Series of 'Inspector Lewis' Commissioned by ITV

Good news for mystery fans! Despite the fact that many assumed last year’s seventh season of hit series Inspector Lewis would be the show’s swan song – it turns out that’s not actually true.

ITV announced that an eighth series of Lewis has been officially commissioned, and stars Kevin Whatley and Laurence Fox will both be back! Furthermore, the new episodes will flip the dynamic between the famous duo around quite a bit. 

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