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'Call the Midwife' Recap: Series 5 Episode 4

Trixie and Linda Lanyard Photo: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2015)

For some of the residents of Poplar, it was a week of upheaval. A young man’s dreams are shattered only to be given a second chance. Tears are back full force as Sister Julienne struggles with a tragic birth and, finally, our love triangle that’s been simmering for weeks could be coming to an amicable resolution. Read on for all the details!

The Trailer for ‘The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses’ Looks Amazing

Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III. (Photo: BBC)

The BBC has released another trailer for its upcoming sequel to The Hollow Crown. Subtitled The Wars of the Roses the series is the centerpiece of the corporation’s big celebration to mark the 400th anniversary of playwright William Shakespeare’s death.

The original Hollow Crown aired in 2013 and adapted four of the Bard’s history plays – Richard II, Henry IV Pts. 1 and 2 and Henry V – into a single chronological narrative, and had the same actors play the same roles across all the plays. This second series is comprised of adaptations of Richard III and Henry VI, though they’re streamlining the latter into two films, rather than three. (Which, on the whole, is probably a good decision.)

These plays recount the story of the titular Wars of the Roses, when two families – the Plantagenets and the Lancasters – battled for control of England’s crown. 

'Mr. Selfridge' Recap: Season 4, Episode 4

Harry as a director is kind of hilarious, yeah? (Photo: Courtesy of (C) ITV Studios for MASTERPIECE)

Previously, on Mr. Selfridge: The gang goes to France for a press junket because why not.  While they’re there, Harry spends a ton of money on this trip, including free booze and accommodations for the reporters, a big party and jewelry for the dreadful Dolly girls. Frank gets wasted because he’s having an existential crisis about his life, and sleeps with a gossip columnist. Miss Mardle returns from New York to see Grove because Crabbe told her about his terminal illness. Full of guilt about his adultery, Frank tells Kitty they should maybe reconsider having a child together. The Dollys somehow get a movie audition, which one of them doesn’t show up for, because they’re terrible. And when the film producers can’t afford to keep the project afloat, Harry offers to bankroll it so the girls can have their dream job. Too bad he was supposed to give that extra cash to the large, cartoonish looking mob guy he owes money to. Oh, well.

Want more details? Last week’s recap is right this way.

Let’s get to it, I guess. 

Mr. Selfridge Recap: Season 4, Episode 3

Harry doing his best pensive thinking in some gorgeous scenery. (Photo: Courtesy of © ITV Studios Limited 2016 for MASTERPIECE)

Previously, on Mr. Selfridge: Harry continues to make poor life decisions, whether they’re about his romantic partners, his children or his businesses.  He’s busy staying out all night drinking and doing other gross things with the Dolly sisters, and setting up new, only vaguely legal investment schemes with smarmy Jimmy Dillon.

Elizabeth Arden visits the store and Kitty is completely starstruck – even more so when Elizabeth offers her a job in New York. Rosalie decides to put on a charity event to benefit the orphanage of the newspaperman who’s out to ruin her family. Jeremy Piven remains the world’s worst ugly crier.  And Mr. Grove is suddenly diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer, because that’s literally the only way the show can make anyone have anything close to sympathy for him at this point. 

Want more details? Last week’s recap is right this way

On with the show, shall we?

Fan Favorite Miranda Hart to Return to ‘Call the Midwife’

Miranda Hart will be back as Chummy. Yay! (Photo: BBC/Neal Street Productions)

Call the Midwife fans, the moment you’ve been hoping for has arrived at last: Star Miranda Hart is officially returning to the popular period drama

Hart has played fan favorite Chummy Noakes since the series’ first season, but the actress departed the show at the end of Season 4.  Since then, Hart has been busy wrapping the final season of her sitcom Miranda and starring opposite Melissa McCarthy in the feature film Spy. 

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