Rejoice, Doc Martin fans! We may not have a new season of the uber popular Britcom to look forward to just yet, but you’ll still be able to get your Martin Clunes fix on public television this year. And, if you’re a fan of Sherlock Holmes as well, then this is probably your version of Christmas.
During its bi-annual spin through upcoming programmng known as the Television Critics Association Press Tour, PBS and Masterpiece announced a few new titles coming our way later this year, one of which happens to be the intriguing period mystery series called Arthur and George. Clunes, as it happens, plays the titular Arthur, otherwise known to the masses as Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Channel 4 has revealed the first trailer for its upcoming lavish ten-part period drama Indian Summers, which aims to tell the story of the final years of British colonial rule in India.
Following an assassination attempt at the Royal Club in Simla stories of promises, secrets, politics, power, sex and love play out as the British Raj begins to falter and a nation opens its eyes to the possibilities of freedom.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Julie Walters leads a massive all-star star cast that includes Harry Potter’sHenry-Lloyd Hughes, The Borgias Jemima West, Bedlam’s Nikesh Patel, Lilette Dubey, Mr. Selfridge’s Alexander Cobb, Craig Parkinson, Fiona Glascott and many more.
Previously, on Downton Abbey: Anna has to go shopping for Mary’s secret weekend getaway with Tony Gillingham. Related: Mary is the worst employer ever. Carson and Robert argue over the best spot for the village war memorial; Baxter tells Molesley the truth; Rose becomes obsessed with getting a wireless; Tom struggles with his internal identity for the 50th time and guest star Richard E. Grant arrives. For more, see last week’s recap.)
It’s official: It’s almost time for a new season of Call the Midwife! Everyone’s favorite tear-jerking period drama is headed back to our screens for a fourth season (it’s already been renewed for a fifth, by the way) and the BBC has finally released the first trailer the show’s return. It is, as you might expect, a rather potent mixture of tears, laughter, drama and a proposal for one of our favorite characters.
This season will mark the first without original Call the Midwife star Jessica Raines, but as we saw in the recent holiday special, while Nurse Jenny Lee is certainly missed, the show is more than capable of carrying on merrily (or sniffle-y or whatever you want to call it) along without her. In her absence, a few new faces will be joining the crew at Nonnatus House – Fresh Meat’s Charlotte Ritchie and Lark Rise to Candleford’s Linda Bassett, who will play nurses Barbara Gilbert and Phyllis Crane, respectively.
Previously, on Downton Abbey: Kind of a lot happened, actually. It’s 1924 now and the status quo from Season 4 continues. Mary’s still waffling between her equally dull and/or stalkery suitors and has decided that she’s going to sleep with Lord Gillingham to find out if she really likes him. Edith’s still mooning about over her hidden illegitimate child, which is now not so hidden – and also, walking around – down at the neighbor farmer’s house. Thomas is still blackmailing Baxter, who confesses to Cora she once stole a bunch of jewelry from an employer. Jimmy’s creepy ex-employer visits Downton and he gets fired after he hooks up with her. (Yuck.) Carson is chosen by the villagers to spearhead a local war memorial and he basically blackmails them into including Lord Robert too. Oh, and Edith sets the house on fire. (I said there was a lot.) For more, read the Season 5 premiere recap.)
Mystery series Death in Paradisewas faced with an unenviable task at the beginning of its third season – how do you reinvent a show whose premise is based on a rather grumpy detective sent to investigate murder in a tropical paradise when the actor who plays said detective has decided to leave the show?
Well, we might not be sure what to call it, whether it’s a holiday installment or what’s going on with those outfits from the first promo photo – but it’s official: Filming on the highly anticipated one-off episode of Sherlock kicked off today.
Get excited, mystery fans – an all new season of Foyle’s War is headed our way!
Star Michael Kitchen is back as Senior Intelligence Officer Christopher Foyle, along with Honeysuckle Weeks as his loyal assistant Samantha Stewart (now Wainwright), who is still struggling to balance her life working with Foyle and her life at home with her husband Adam.. Other returning cast members include Daniel Weyman as Adam Wainwright, Ellie Haddington as Hilda Pierce, Tim McMullan as Valentine and Rupert Vansittart as Sir Alec Meyerson.
It’s finally here! Downton Abbey Series 5 is finally here! I’m entirely too excited about getting back to these recaps, so let’s just jump right in, shall we? There’s a lot to discuss (surprise surprise) and some of it’s awesome, some of it's awful and some of it’s kind of weird.
In short: We have a lot to talk about. Let's jump right in.
Now that we're at the beginning of a new year, it's natural to look ahead and start anticipating the positive raft of great British TV that's headed our way in 2015. As I've mentioned before, one of my most anticipated shows this year is the second season of crtically acclaimed mystery drama Broadchurch. The first season of the show delivered record ratings for ITV and became something of a watercooler phenemoneon, clocking in as the most tweeted about British drama ever, earning rave reviews from critics and fans alike, and basically dominating all entertainment discussion during the weeks it was airing. Literally everyone wanted to know who killed Danny Latimer.
Given the phenomenal success of the first season, the announcement that the show would continue certainly wasn't surprising; however, the fact that the mystery's core murder case was wrapped up so neatly by season's end left most viewers scratching their heads about where the show could go from that point. Well, now we finally have a few clues, thanks to the release of the first UK and US trailers for Season 2.
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