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‘Sherlock’ Special Gets an Airdate and Episode Title

Rejoice, Sherlock fans – we finally have some concrete news about the upcoming special episode!

The Victorian-themed installment of the detective drama will be titled The Abominable Bride and will air on January 1, 2016 at 9pm on Masterpiece.

This will mark the first time ever that US fans will get to see the new episode on the same day as the folks in the UK. (Accounting of course for time differences and such, so the same as with Doctor Who on BBC America these days.) It will also be our first bit of new Sherlock in two years. (Series 3 aired in January of 2014.) Start your countdown clocks now!

First Look at Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria in ITV’s New Drama

Earlier this Fall, Jenna Coleman announced that she was – for real this time – leaving Doctor Who. The reason that she’d decided to hang up her TARDIS key turned out to be a pretty good one –she’d been cast as the lead in ITV’s lavish eight-part drama based on the life of Queen Victoria.

The series – titled simply Victoria – will focus on the early life of the Queen, from her ascension to the throne at the age of 18, through her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. Victoria went on to rule for 63 years – Queen Elizabeth II just broke her record as longest-serving British monarch this past September – so there’s plenty of fodder for future seasons should the show prove itself successful. (Personally, I’d be so into this, so I hope that’s exactly what happens.)

Now Rufus Sewell (Zen, The Man in the High Castle) has officially joined the cast as Lord Melbourne, Victoria’s first Prime Minister. The two immediately connected and their close friendship became a popular source of gossip that threatened to destabilize the Government, angering both Tory and Whigs alike.

World War II Drama ‘Home Fires’ to Get a Second Season

As you might have seen earlier this year, ITV has recommisisioned World War II drama Home Fires for a second season. (The show originally aired in the UK in the Spring of 2015, so you might be forgiven for missing that announcement back then.)

Home Fires follows the story of a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community. Led by the forthright and fiery Frances Barden (Downton Abbey’s Samantha Bond) and the authoritative Joyce Cameron (Francesa Annis), the ladies under the auspices of the Great Paxford Women’s Institute discover inner resources that chance their lives forever.

Through their own strength and resourcefulness, the eclectic band of local women – Frances’s sister Sarah, (Ruth Gemmill), downtrodden neighbour Pat Simms (Claire Rushbrook), pharmacist Erica (Frances Grey), local farmer Steph (Clare Calbraith) bookkeeper Alison (Fenella Woolgar), school teacher Teresa (Leanne Best) and butcher’s wife Miriam (Claire Price) – discover ways of improving the lives of their fellow villagers and offer a support network at a time of impending danger and crisis.

PBS Releases a New Trailer for Final Season of ‘Downton Abbey‘

PBS and Masterpiece have released another trailer for the highly anticipated final season of Downton Abbey that is basically meant to capitalize on the fact that fans everywhere are basically drowning in a sea of emotions as they count down the days to the Season 6 premiere. (There’s also an earlier trailer here, in case you missed that and want to double whammy yourself with feels. Just FYI.)

This clip is 100% meant to capitalize on all of your nostalgia and affection and OMG, I still miss Matthew how is it possible it’s been like three years by interspersing voiceovers from the new season with clips of many of your favorite moments from episodes past. Along with an incredible ton of references to various permutations of the word “end” or “ending”.

Watch: The Trailer for the 'Sherlock' Special is Here!

Finally, the moment has arrived – the full trailer for the upcoming Sherlock special is here!

And, for those of us who’ve been waiting almost two years for anything featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, this is basically water in the desert. This could be the worst trailer in the world, and it probably wouldn’t matter, because we’re all so desperate for new material.

So it’s probably a good thing that the new trailer is fantastic then.

First Look at ‘Inspector Lewis’ Season 9

Despite a bit of back and forth that occasionally seemed to leave the future of the popular mystery series in doubt, Inspector Lewis is returning for a ninth season. Stars Kevin Whatley and Laurence Fox are back as Robbie Lewis and James Hathaway, alongside Angela Griffith as DS Lizzie Maddox.

The slate of six new episodes – which will be retaining the one-hour format, two-part mystery first used in Season 7 – marks yet another chapter in the occasionally confusing history of Lewis, itself a spinoff of popular drama Inspector Morse. Lewis seemingly wrapped up its run back in 2013, when star Whatley wanted to pursue other projects or possibly just take a break from a character he portrayed for something like 20 years. (They even gave Lewis a happy, looking off into the sunset with a beer ending. Things seemed pretty done.)

But, happily, the show returned for something of a surprise eighth season in 2014 and was renewed for Season 9 back in April. Huzzah!

Filming Begins on ‘Poldark’ Season 2

Everyone who is missing the always dishy Aidan Turner on their TV screens on Sunday nights can breathe a sight of relief – we’re one step closer to Poldark Season 2!

Filming on the period drama’s highly anticipated second outing is officially under way in Cornwall, which means that the odds are high that someone is probably riding a horse across a beautiful countryside backdrop or staring dramatically at the ocean right now.

A ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 6 Wishlist

Now that the trailer for Downton Abbey’s final season is out and airdates have been announced on both sides of the pond, the end of the series is starting to feel really real. Sure, we all knew the end was nigh and all that, but on some level many of us Downton fans sort of were operating as though the finale was never actually going to happen.

Some people – yours truly included – may now be finding themselves emotionally compromised or aggressively nostalgic over the thought of the show coming to a close. (Please take a wild guess at how loudly I shrieked when I saw this picture of Michelle Dockery and Dan Stevens together at a BAFTA event.) It’s like the stages of grief, basically.

But the end is happening, and it’s almost here. We’ve got about nine hours left to spend with the Crawley Clan and their various friends, servants and associates, so, here’s hoping that the show makes them count.

However, just because I am something of an emotional wreck about this situation does not mean that I don’t have a firm list of demands, hopes and general thoughts about things the show needs to make sure to deal with before we leave Highclere behind forever. And obviously we all need to talk about them.

PBS Previews ‘Indian Summers’, Premiering on Masterpiece in September

Lavish period drama Indian Summers begins on Masterpiece this September. The nine-part stars the always amazing Julie Walters as the glamorous doyenne of a group of English socialites living in India in 1932 during the time of the British Raj.

The series has something of a Downton Abbey meets Jewel in the Crown vibe – the promos indicate that there are plenty of class issues, ill-advised romantic entanglements, beautiful sets and incredibly gorgeous costumes to go around.

PBS has released a new trailer that not only features Walters at her sort of overdramatic, fabulous best, but also adds in a bit more context than some of the initial British promos – you know for those of us who aren’t quite as familiar with this time period and/or location in history.

The End is Nigh: Watch the Trailer for ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 6

The end of an era is upon us: ITV has released the trailer for the final season of Downton Abbey.

And it is fantastic.

It is also, as we all probably expected, a veritable five-alarm Kleenex fest, complete with loads of nostalgia, long looks, many repeated meta references to things ending, and the completely unfair use of Time to Say Goodbye as a soundtrack, just in case you weren’t already in a state of complete emotional collapse.

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