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‘Death Comes to Pemberley’ to Air on Masterpiece This October

Heads up, Jane Austen fans – Pride and Prejudice sequel Death Comes to Pemberley has an official American airdate.

The lavish period drama was previously announced as part of the Masterpiece lineup on PBS for 2014, but dates have only recently been set for the premiere. Death Comes to Pemberley will officially screen on Sunday nights at 9pm from October 26 – November 2. 

More details below.

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BBC ‘Poldark’ Remake Headed to Masterpiece in 2015

Good news for fans of lavish period dramas – the BBC’s splashy upcoming remake of the classic period drama Poldark is coming to America on Masterpiece in 2015.

Interestingly enough, the original Poldark also screened on Masterpiece Theater in the 1970s, and starred Robin Ellis in the title role. Poldark was one of the BBC’s first costume dramas and remains beloved on both sides of the Pond.

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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Vanessa Redgrave to Pop Up on ‘Call the Midwife’ Next Season

Iconic actress Vanessa Redgrave has been a part of the Call the Midwife cast since the show began in 2012, as the voice of Jennifer Worth (née Lee), whose memoirs provide the basis of the show and whose frequently heartwarming, occasionally treacle-y voiceover narration bookends each episode.

Her narration has become as much as part of the show as the midwives themselves – as evidenced by this Red Nose Day spoof from a couple years ago – so it’s a relief to know that Redgrave will indeed be continuing on in her role as the voice of reason and perspective, even though Jessica Raine – who plays the younger Jenny – has departed the canvas for the time being.

But that’s not all: Redgrave herself will actually appear herself in the period drama’s fourth season. The seventy-seven year old actress will appear in the 2014 Christmas special, which has just begun filming, playing the mature Worth onscreen for the first time.  My best guess: A later in life Worth explains how she knows all these stories when she left the midwives in 1959. After all, Worth did maintain a lifelong friendship with the residents of Nonnatus House, so it would make sense. 

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Julie Walters to Star in Period Drama ‘Indian Summers’, Slated for Masterpiece Airing in 2015

Prepare yourselves, Anglophiles, your next sumptuous period drama fix is here. Or it will be, in the not too distant future. 

Titled Indian Summers, this forthcoming drama from Channel 4 and PBS stars iconic actress Julie Walters in a ten-part series focused on the final years of British colonial rule in India. Basically, it seems as though this series is meant to be a sort of Indian Empire Downton Abbey, telling the story of the decline of the British Empire and the rise of modern India, from all sides. (Or, that’s what I’d like it to be, so that’s how I’m choosing to interpret the initial plot synopsis at any rate.)

Walters, who is a two-time Academy Award nominee and played Molly Weasley in the Harry Potter movies, will be joined by an all-star cast that includes fellow Potter alum Henry-Lloyd Hughes, The Borgias Jemima West, Bedlam’s Nikesh Patel, Lilette Dubey, Mr. Selfridge’s Alexander Cobb, Craig Parkinson, Fiona Glascott  and many more.  Indian Summers marks Walters’ first role since her appearance in Shakespeare miniseries The Hollow Crown a few years ago. 

Read on for a more detailed breakdown: 

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Martin Clues to Play Sherlock Holmes Creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Worlds colliding! Well, sort of, at least. Doc Martin star Martin Clunes has signed up to play Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in an upcoming drama for British network ITV. Whilst it’s not exactly Clunes scoring a guest spot on popular mystery series Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, it’s close enough for me.

The three-part series, called Arthur and George, will adapt Julian Barnes’ novel of the same name, which is loosely based on an intriguing series of genuine events in the life of 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.

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Recapping ‘Mr Selfridge’: Series 2, Episode 8

Previously on Mr. Selfridge: Harry comes back from his Not at All Sekrit Trip to Germany and discovers he’s getting blasted in the English press over the fact that Vile Loxley’s government committe allegedly sold the army poor quality boots on his recommendation. Harry and Agnes join forces to track down Henri’s irritating French ex-girlfriend Valerie, who clears him of embezzlement charges so he can be set free. Henri helpfully used his time in jail to realize he’s into Agnes, who’s busy getting ready to marry Victor. Delphine, who remains the worst friend ever, convinces some obnoxious American film stars to come shop in Selfridges so Harry can feel like a special snowflake. Vile Loxley tries to get Mae to come back to him and she tells him she wants a divorce. She also tries to make things right with Harry, who responds by (awesomely) throwing her out of his house.

How are we already at the season finale? How? At least it’s an extended episode, but still. Anyway, lots to talk about! Onward! 

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'Call the Midwife' Series 3: Episode 8 Recap

Previously, on Call the Midwife: You can catch up everything that happened during last week’s episode this way.

Okay, did everyone have their hankies ready for the finale of Call the Midwife Series 3?  As the saying goes, I have good news, bad news and for lack of a better term, bittersweet news that in fact is a new beginning for one of our major characters. So I’ve decided to begin with the good news…

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Damian Lewis, Mark Gatiss, Jessica Raine and More Join Cast of ‘Wolf Hall’

Homeland star Damian Lewis heads a rather lengthy list of impressive British talent slated to take part in upcoming period drama Wolf Hall, based on the pair of Booker Prize-winning, bestselling novels – Wolf Hall and sequel Bring Up the Bodies – by Hilary Mantel.

Mantel’s novels put a somewhat new spin on the story of Thomas Cromwell, a key adviser to King Henry VIII and a leading force behind the Protestant Reformation in England who has been presented as a rather unlikeable figure, historically speaking.  Cromwell, the son of a blacksmith, enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame, first when he served under Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, then later as a key minister to the King himself. He was instrumental in bringing widespread religious reform to England, helping to engineer the annulment of King Henry’s first marriage and his wedding to Anne Boleyn, as well  as her subsequent fall from grace. Plus a whole lot more.

Read on for details. 

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Get Your First Look at David Tennant in ‘Gracepoint,’ the US ‘Broadchurch’ Remake

Fresh off the news that former Tenth Doctor David Tennant would be returning to his gripping role as DI Alec Hardy for another season of the sublime series Broadchurch, we can now get our first look at Tennant’s American-style take on the same role.

Upcoming Fox series Gracepoint – which is slated to air Thursdays this Fall – is an Americanized remake of Broadchurch, in which Tennant is reprising his role as the lead detective, though he’ll be called Emmett Carver this time around. In the US version, however, his partner will be played by Emmy-winning Breaking Bad actress Anna Gunn, rather than BAFTA-winning Twenty Twelve actress Olivia Colman.

However the new show will also center on the mysterious murder of a young child and follow the story of its impact on the small town (the titular Gracepoint) as the detectives attempt to find his killer. According to Kevin O’Reilly, the head of programming for FOX, Gracepoint *will* have a different ending (i.e. a different killer) than Broadchurch, so get your speculation engines started on that now. 

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Its Official: David Tennant and Olivia Colman to Return for ‘Broadchurch’ Series 2

Mystery fans the world over can breathe a sigh of relief today – ITV has officially confirmed that stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman will both be returning for the highly anticipated second series of Broadchurch.

The pair will also be joined by several other familiar faces in Series 2 – including Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan, who portrayed the parents of Danny Latimer, the young boy whose murder started it all, as well as Doctor Who’s Arthur Darvill, who plays local vicar Paul Coates.

The first season of Broadchurch centered around the investigation – lead by Tennant’s tortured DI Alec Hardy and Colman’s more empathetic DS Ellie Miller – into the mysterious death of a young boy, and the impact the case had on the small town of Broadchurch and its residents.  It was also fairly remarkable for the simple fact that it told a self-contained story and actually solved the case at the end – and is still coming back for another season. What will Series 2 look like? How do you follow up the Danny Latimer case with something else? We’ll have to wait and see, because creator Chris Chibnall and the folks at ITV are keeping story details on serious lockdown.   

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