Watch: The Extended PBS Trailer for ‘Wolf Hall’

We’re a little over a month away from the US premiere of the highly anticipated Tudor-era series Wolf Hall and PBS has released a new, extended trailer with a ton of heretofore unseen footage from the period drama.

Based on the Booker Prize-winning novels by Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall tells the story of Thomas Cromwell, a blacksmith’s son who rose to greatness in the court of Henry VIII, ultimately becoming one of the most powerful and influential men in England. Cromwell, among many other things, was one of the primary architects behind the Protestant Reformation in England and helped engineer the dissolution of King Henry’s marriage to Katherine of Aragon so that he might wed his mistress Anne Boleyn.

Tony and Olivier Award-winning actor Mark Rylance plays Cromwell, Homeland’s Damian Lewis plays Henry VIII and Claire Foy plays Anne Boleyn. They’re joined by a rather fantastic array of British talent, including Jonathan Pryce, Jessica Raine, Mark Gatiss, Joanne Whatley and more. 


ITV Confirms ‘Broadchurch’ Will Return for a Third Season

Good news for fans of dark, interesting and occasionally creepy detective shows! British network ITV has officially confirmed that Broadchurch has been renewed for a third season.

The announcement that the detective drama would return for another go-round came as the credits rolled on its Season 2 finale. Stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman are both set to return as Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller. Other cast details and filming details will be announced at a later date apparently, but word around the internet is that Season 3 is currently slated to air in early 2016 in the UK, much as it did this year. 


'Downton Abbey' Recap: Series 5, Episode 8

Previously, on Downton Abbey:  Cora and Rosamund track Edith to London, where she’s fled with Marigold and convince her not only to return to Downton with the child, but that lying about the Drewes ability to take care of the child is enough cover for her to just adopt her. Sure, okay. Isobel gets engaged to Lord Merton, but his hellspawn sons ruin the dinner party the Crawleys throw in their honor. Daisy mopes about the state of progressivism in the world. Rose and Atticus are so adorable they are basically made of kittens and puppies and also they get engaged. Isis is diagnosed with cancer because this show hates me so much. There’s more stuff, but just see last week’s recap.)

It’s the penultimate episode of the season and there is a lot going on. Let’s dish. 


‘Black Mirror’ Reflects a Dark Future: Why You Should Watch It Anyway

If you haven’t yet experienced the newest British sensation from Netflix, Black Mirror, I’m here to make a proper introduction. That and perhaps to forewarn those of you who have heard this techno-thriller series is the new Twilight Zone. Yes, both shows are anthologies of unrelated stories and characters. Both use science fiction as the apparatus for delivering messages about societal issues.

However, for fans of that groundbreaking fantasy horror series of the early 1960’s, please know there are no aliens, dream states, time travel or creepy children in Black Mirror. Instead creator Charlie Brooker speculates about what the dangerous combination of new technologies and the less wholesome side of human nature can spawn. This was post-watershed TV in the UK, not prime-time, family-friendly network fare. Many of the episodes have sexual elements, adult language and violent themes.

That being said, I was fascinated and slightly freaked out by the dystopian scenarios portrayed in these disturbing tales of admonition. Could we be that close to developing technologies that can fully activate the some of the most harmful human instincts we possess? The answer seems to be a resounding yes.

If the description thus far intrigues you, I have prepared a quick guide to all six Black Mirror episodes which can currently be found streaming on Netflix. Since the sequence you watch them in doesn’t really matter, I have ordered them from the episode that I found least compelling to the one that really blew me away. 


This New Trailer for the BBC’s ‘Poldark’ Remake is Amazingly Good

The BBC has released a new trailer for their upcoming remake of classic period drama Poldark and it’s jam-packed full of dramatic music, war flashbacks, gorgeous scenery, romantic tension and more.

Happily, this clip is 100% different from the teaser trailer that PBS and Masterpiece dropped last month – more new footage for us! Another bonus, the BBC clip focuses on who the characters are and giving us a little explanation of what’s going on, so this is actually great for those viewers who may not now anything about the first Poldark but are curious about this one, since it’s such event programming for both the BBC and PBS. 


'Downton Abbey' Recap: Series 5, Episode 7

Previously, on Downton Abbey:  Edith’s boyfriend Michael Gregson is officially declared dead and everyone ignores the fact that the timeline of this show has become so wonky that he has both only been dead a year and also somehow has a two-year old daughter. Whatever! Anyway, Edith mopes and ends up basically doing a snatch and grab of her illegitimate child and fleeing to London. Bates, who super sucks, accuses Anna of trying to keep herself from getting pregnant, but it all works out in the end because he confesses that even though he totes wanted to kill Green and plotted out how he’d do it, he couldn’t go through with it in the end. Anna’s relieved. Baxter forces Thomas to see Dr. Clarkson, who tells him to stop his weird conversion therapy treatment. Mary gets a new hairdo and there’s a horse race. Yeah, kind of a lot happens. Just see last week’s recap.)

Alrighty, now that we’re all caught up – time for Episode 7. Let’s do this, folks! 


Get Your First Look at Martin Clunes as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

ITV has released the first trailer for its upcoming three part series Arthur and George, a three-part drama based on an intriguing series of events in the life of famed Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Set in 1903, the story focuses on Conan Doyle’s real-life attempts to clear George Edaliji, an Anglo-Indian solicitor who is serving time in Pentonville Prison after being (falsely) accused of a series of attacks on livestock in Staffordshire that have become known as the The Great Wyrley Rippings.

Beloved Doc Martin star Martin Clunes sheds his Britcom snarkiness to play Conan Doyle,     joined by The Guilty’s Arsher Ali as Edaliji. Other cast includes Hattie Morahan, Charles Edwards, Art Malik, Emma Fielding and Sandra Voe. 


Watch the First PBS Trailer for ‘Wolf Hall’ Coming In April

The highly anticipated television adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall (and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies) is set to air on Masterpiece this April and PBS has released its first teaser trailer for the Tudor-era drama.

The six-part series follows the meteoric rise of Thomas Cromwell, a lowly blacksmith’s son who eventually became one of the most powerful men in England as chief advisor to King Henry VIII. Cromwell was one of the primary architects of the English Reformation and helped to engineer the dissolution of Henry’s marriage to Katherine of Aragon so that he could marry his mistress Anne Boleyn.

Tony and Olivier Award-winning actor Mark Rylance stars as Cromwell, along with Homeland’s Damian Lewis, Upstairs Downstairs’ Claire Foy, Call the Midwife’s Jessica Raine, Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss, Jonathan Pryce and more. (Yeah, the cast for this is pretty amazing, right?)  


'Downton Abbey' Recap: Series 5, Episode 6

Previously, on Downton Abbey:  Rosamund comes to visit and realizes Edith’s hidden her illegitimate daughter away at the farm down the hill; they both then realize the farmer’s wife completely hates Edith. Anna suddenly, and for no reason, seems to be the cops’ key suspect in the Green murder now, because they are terrible at their jobs. Mercifully, Tom dumps Sarah Bunting and she leaves town. Simon Bricker visits Downton (again) and gets into a fistfight with Robert when he discovers Bricker in Cora’s bedroom. Awkward. Charles Blake tries to convince Mabel Lane Fox to get back together with Tony Gillingham now that Mary’s broken up with him, because this storyline is just that embarrassing.  For more, see last week’s recap.)

Time for Episode 6! (Does anyone else feel like this season is going by both lightning fast and slow as molasses? Just me? It’s so strange.)


"Last Tango in Halifax" to Return for a Fourth Season

This may seem surprising news to American fans, who haven't even seen Season 3 yet, but popular romantic drama Last Tango in Halifax has already been given the green light for a fourth season! The BBC officially announced the renewal via their Twitter account, following the conclusion of the show's third season run in the UK. 

The series stars Sir Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid as an older couple who found a second chance at love with one another thanks to the power of social media, fifty years after they first met. Sarah Lancashire and Nicola Walker play Alan and Celia's grown children, who lead rather drama-filled lives of their own.


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