Drama

‘Call the Midwife’ Christmas Special Recap

Patsy, Barbara and Trixie celebrate the holidays. (Photo: Courtesy of © Neal Street Productions 2015/ Nicky Johnson)

Previously, on Call the Midwife: In case you need a refresher on where we left things at the end of last season, we have recaps of every episode right this way.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in our favorite East End of London neighborhood, but when we meet up with the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House it would appear the normally festive season is turning out to be more stressful than joyful. 

Preview the New BBC Adaptation of Agatha Christie's ‘And Then There Were None’

The cast of "And Then There Were None" find themselves stranded. (Photo: BBC)

The BBC is set to debut a brand new television adaptation of Agatha Christie’s most popular work, And Then There Were None, this holiday season.

The new drama, produced as part of a celebration of Christie’s 125th birthday will feature an illustrious, all-star ensemble cast that includes Aidan Turner, Charles Dance, Miranda Richardson, Anna Maxwell Martin, Douglas Booth, Burn Gorman, Sam Neill, Toby Stephens and more. (Wow!)

‘Sherlock’ Gets Creepy in New ‘The Abominable Bride’ Trailer

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch, all dressed up like it's 1895. (Photo:  Courtesy of © Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films and BBC Wales for BBC One and MASTERPIECE)

It’s kind of been exciting watching the Sherlock promotional machine get into gear ever since the announcement that the series’ Victorian-themed special episode would air on New Year’s Day.

 And while we’re all justifiably sad that we’re only getting one installment with the Boys of Baker Street to tide us over until Season 4 (which, regrettably, won’t even start filming until early 2016), at least we’re getting almost as many Sherlock-related goodies – photos, interviews, trailers – as we would if this were actually a full season. (JK, I totally know that this is in no way the same. I’m just trying to make us all feel better.) 

Lily James, Paul Dano and James Norton in "War and Peace". (Photo: BBC)

Epic BBC ‘War and Peace’ Adaptation Gets American Airdate

The lavish new BBC adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel War and Peace has a US airdate – and, in exciting news for us Yanks on this side of the point – it won’t be too far behind the UK premiere.

War and Peace will be a four-week television event here in the US, with episodes simulcast on A&E, the HISTORY Channel and Lifetime, beginning Monday, January 18 at 9pm. It will then continue on Mondays from 9-11pm. (The drama kicks off in the UK on January 3.)

The cast of "Indian Summers" Season 1. (Photo: Channel 4)

Period Drama ‘Indian Summers’ Will Return for a Second Season

Did you love the first season of period drama Indian Summers? Then you’ll be pleased to know that the show has been renewed for a second season

Season 2 will be comprised of ten episodes and will be set in 1935, three years after the events of the first season. 

“Our story moves forward three years, to a Viceroy’s last summer, a political gamble to stifle Independence and a great reckoning for Ralph, Alice and Aafrin” said Paul Rutman, creator of the series. 

‘Sherlock’ Special to Receive Theatrical Screening in January

These outfits are so great. (Photo: Courtesy of © Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films and BBC Wales for BBC One and MASTERPIECE)

Good news: We know the title of the upcoming Sherlock special, and we know it’s airing in America on January 1 at 9pm, thanks to Masterpiece and your local PBS station. Additionally, we also know we’ll be seeing new Sherlock on the same day as our friends in the UK, for the first time ever.

The cherry on top of this sundae of awesome is that after you get your feelings about The Abominable Bride under control following its television premiere, you can go see it again in a movie theater with fellow Sherlock fans!

Yes, Sherlock is getting its first big-screen theatrical release, and is expected to screen in over 500 theaters across the United States.

Watch: ‘Downton Abbey’s’ Lily James in New BBC 'War and Peace' Adaptation

Lily James (and her amazing outfits) star in the BBC's new "War and Peace". (Photo: BBC)

If you’re a fan of especially elaborate period dramas – or possibly just had to take a lot of English classes in college – you’re going to be pretty excited about this news.

The BBC is set to release a new adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel War and Peace, and the event series is being described as “one of the most ambitious” ever produced for the corporation.

‘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.

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