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.)
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.
The BBC has released the first trailer for its upcoming adaptation of J.K. Rowling'sThe Casual Vacancy, the Harry Potter author's first attempt at a novel for adults following the conclusion of her blockbuster teen wizard series. The drama stars a bevy of recognizable British faces, including Potter film franchise alum Michael Gambon alongside Line of Duty’s Keeley Hawes, The Hollow Crown’sRory Kinnear, Appropriate Adult’s Monica Dolan, Miss Marple’s Julia McKenzie and more.
Previously, on Downton Abbey: Rose’s parents are getting a divorce, which is sad and all but it means that (awesome) Shrimpie is back! Yes! Violet decides to help her ex-flirtation/possible affair Prince Igor (literally, his actual name) find his wife and enlists Shrimpie’s assistance. Mary goes to London to buy dresses and dump Gillingham; Anna spends her trip time casing the area where her rapist died. Lord Merton proposes to Isobel, Gillingham refuses to accept his new “totally dumped” status and Tom brings Sarah Bunting to dinner, wherein a massive and super awkward shouting match ensues. For more, see last week’s recap.)
Good news for the many people who’ve been enjoying new Masterpiece Mystery series Grantchester. Turns out the drama – the first season of which is currently airing on PBS stations around the country – has already been renewed for a second series by UK network ITV.
Fun fact: The renewal news actually was announced by ITV last winter and somehow I completely missed this, but hey, maybe we can all rejoice a little harder now we actually know how good the show is, yeah? (There’s something anticlimactic about a thing getting news that something’s already been renewed before you’ve even seen it. Or at least there is when one is trying to make excuses for totally spacing on this bit of info before…)
Anyway, the renewal news isn’t completely unexpected, as the mystery series was averaging a quite healthy 6.6 million viewers in the UK during its run, and – judging from early viewer commentary around here – seems fairly popular among US viewers as well.
Previously, on Downton Abbey: Mary’s “romantic getaway” is an epic failure, because all of a sudden she’s not nearly as into Lord Gillingham as she used to be. Baxter gets to keep her job, Thomas is scheming about something (we don’t know what, but do we really care?), the cops ask more questions about Bates and Mr. Green, several more people find out that Mary’s “sketching trip” was really not about drawing at all, and it turns out that the Dowager Countess had a sort of secret flirtation or something with one of Rose’s Russian Refugees back in the day when she visited Russia. Oh, and that guy is an actual prince. Because the Dowager’s life motto is basically go big or go home. There’s a lot more, so hit up last weeks’ recap if you need a refresher.)
This is technically the halfway point of the season, y’all. (Well, if we don’t count the Christmas episode, which will get tacked on to the end of this run here in the US. You get my point though. It’s all going so fast! How??!) Let’s dish this week, shall we?
Masterpiece has released the first US trailer for the upcoming lavish-looking remake of classic period drama Poldark. And – spoiler alert – it looks pretty fantastic. So much dramatic dialogue! Such gorgeous scenery! Plus, the cast doesn’t exactly strain one’s eyes, either, if you know what I mean.
The original Poldark screened on Masterpiece Theater in 1977 and starred Robin Ellis in the title role. It was one of the BBC’s very first costume dramas and was a smash success on both sides of the pond.
This updated version will star The Hobbit trilogyAidan Turner as Ross Poldark, a brooding British officer returning to Cornwall from the American Revolutionary War in 1793, who finds his home life much changed. He discovers that his father is dead, the family mine is long since closed, his sweetheart is pledged to marry his cousin. So, you know, there’s some drama.
Rejoice, Doc Martin fans! We may not have a new season of the uber popular Britcom to look forward to just yet, but you’ll still be able to get your Martin Clunes fix on public television this year. And, if you’re a fan of Sherlock Holmes as well, then this is probably your version of Christmas.
During its bi-annual spin through upcoming programmng known as the Television Critics Association Press Tour, PBS and Masterpiece announced a few new titles coming our way later this year, one of which happens to be the intriguing period mystery series called Arthur and George. Clunes, as it happens, plays the titular Arthur, otherwise known to the masses as Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Channel 4 has revealed the first trailer for its upcoming lavish ten-part period drama Indian Summers, which aims to tell the story of the final years of British colonial rule in India.
Following an assassination attempt at the Royal Club in Simla stories of promises, secrets, politics, power, sex and love play out as the British Raj begins to falter and a nation opens its eyes to the possibilities of freedom.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Julie Walters leads a massive all-star star cast that includes Harry Potter’sHenry-Lloyd Hughes, The Borgias Jemima West, Bedlam’s Nikesh Patel, Lilette Dubey, Mr. Selfridge’s Alexander Cobb, Craig Parkinson, Fiona Glascott and many more.
Previously, on Downton Abbey: Anna has to go shopping for Mary’s secret weekend getaway with Tony Gillingham. Related: Mary is the worst employer ever. Carson and Robert argue over the best spot for the village war memorial; Baxter tells Molesley the truth; Rose becomes obsessed with getting a wireless; Tom struggles with his internal identity for the 50th time and guest star Richard E. Grant arrives. For more, see last week’s recap.)
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