‘Mr. Selfridge’ Recap: Season 4, Episode 1

Jeremy Piven and Katherine Kelly in "Mr. Selfridge" Season 4. (Photo: Courtesy of (C) ITV Studios for MASTERPIECE)

Previously, on Mr. Selfridge: There is too much to put in this paragraph. We’ve got recaps though, so check them out if you need a memory refresh.

Welcome back, folks, as we kick of the fourth – and, yes, final – season of period drama Mr. Selfridge. Whether we’ll be sad or happy that this is the show’s last run remains to be seen, but we’ve certainly had something of a roller coaster ride over the last three years – for both good and ill. Let’s get to it!

‘Call the Midwife’ Season 5 Comes to PBS Stations This Spring

The ladies of "Call the Midwife" Season 5. (Photo: Courtesy of Red Productions Ltd 2015)

Mark your calendars: Popular period drama Call the Midwife is set to return to PBS stations this Spring! 

The highly anticipated fifth season will premiere on PBS stations nationwide beginning April 3. Call the Midwife will join a formidable block of British programming on Sunday nights that includes the second season of mystery series Grantchester and the fourth and final run of period drama Mr. Selfridge.

Get a Look at Julian Fellowes’ New Post ‘Downton’ Drama ‘Doctor Thorne’

Everyone in "Doctor Thorne" DOES look quite posh... (Photo: ITV)

Even though fans here in the U.S. are still deep in the start of our mourning period for Downton Abbey, which just wrapped up its six year run on Masterpiece, creator Julian Fellowes’ next project is already here.

His first post-Downton project is (no surprise) also a splashy period piece called Doctor Thorne. The three-part drama, adapted from the Anthony Trollope novel of the same name, kicked off on ITV in the UK this past weekend, and looks like a lot of fun. The ensemble cast is full of familiar faces, including Rev’s Tom Hollander, Deadwood’s Ian McShane, Community’s Allison Brie and more. 

‘Downton Abbey’ Recap: The Series Finale

The "Downton Abbey" cast, together one last time. (Photo: Courtesy of (C) Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television Limited 2015 for MASTERPIECE)

Previously on Downton Abbey:  Bertie’s cousin dies, and suddenly he’s a Marquess. This is great news for Edith, or at least it is until Mary drops the bombshell about her sister’s illegitimate daughter. Bertie’s shocked that Edith didn’t trust him with the truth and breaks things off with her. Everyone’s furious with Mary (and deservedly so) and she gets a lot of lectures from everyone in her family, before realizing that her shoddy behavior is because she’s upset about breaking up with her boyfriend. Thanks to a final pep talk from Violet, Mary finally admits that she wants to marry Henry and, after a quick detour by Matthew’s grave, the two arrange the world’s fastest wedding ceremony.  Elsewhere, Molesley discovers that he’s actually a pretty great teacher when he just acts like himself, and Thomas’ depression over not being able to find a new job reaches such a low point that he tries to kill himself.

(If you need a more in-depth refresher, last week's recap is right this way.)

‘Inspector Morse’ Prequel ‘Endeavour’ Has Already Been Renewed for a Fourth Season

Roger Allam and Shaun Evans back in "Endeavour" Season 2. (Photo: Courtesy of (C) ITV for MASTERPIECE)

Huzzah for mystery fans – Inspector Morse prequel series Endeavour has been officially renewed for a fourth season!

Shaun Evans and Roger Allam will once again return as young Endeavour Morse and his partner Detective Inspector Fred Thursday. The new fourth season will be set in 1967 and is due into go into production on location in Oxford in late Spring 2016. Endeavour creator and Morse writer Russell Lewis will once again be writing the scripts. 

‘Downton Abbey’ Recap: Season 6, Episode 8

Oh, Mary. (Photo: Courtesy of Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television Limited 2015 for MASTERPIECE)

Previously on Downton Abbey: Mary’s boyfriend Henry Talbot invites the whole Crawley clan and their various hangers on down to the Brooklands race track to watch him and his friend Charlie Rogers drive. They all go and make a day of it, but, sadly, there’s a terrible accident during the race, a car catches fire and Charlie is killed. Henry is devastated, and somehow this is enough of an emotional catalyst to convince Mary that the two of them have to break up, because their lives are too different or some dumb reason. Tom, who has apparently been spending most of his free time writing Henry/Mary fanfiction, is pretty upset about this, and repeatedly attempts to mansplain to Mary that she’s making a terrible choice with her dumb female emotions that are blinding her to Henry’s perfection. (Shut up, Tom. We all know he’s right about Henry, but he could stand to not be such a jerk about it.) In happier news, Molesley passes his special exam, and is offered a job as a teacher at the village school (YAY!), Bertie Pelham proposes to Edith (even though she hasn’t technically said yes yet) and Mrs. Hughes teaches Carson a lesson about his constant complaining regarding her cooking. Oh, and ROBERT GOT A NEW PUPPY OMG.

(If you need a more in-depth refresher, last week's recap is right this way.)

‘Downton Abbey’ Recap: Season 6, Episode 7

Racetrack chic looks super great on Lady Mary. (Photo:  Courtesy of Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television Limited 2015 for MASTERPIECE)

Previously on Downton Abbey: The Board of Governors decides to turn the village hospital over to the larger institution in York, and proceeds to nominate Cora to replace Violet as President of the local board. Violet is furious and feels betrayed, and everyone around her decides that the best plan of action is just to act like she’s a doddering idiot. Daisy, who is jealous of the attention Mr. Mason’s paying Mrs. Patmore, decides to continue her new role as The Ultimate Worst, by acting out towards both of them and sabotaging their friendship. Carson is something of a disappointment as a husband, Mary and Henry Talbot finally kiss and Robert decides that it’s time to finally start cutting the staff, so Thomas is basically fired. Thomas cries about this, because somehow the writers think that we feel bad for him, despite them doing nothing to show us how the character has changed or grown in the past three years. And the Crawleys open Downton Abbey to the public for a day to raise money for the hospital, and are quite surprised to learn that a lot of people are super (grossly) curious about how the other half lives.  

(If you need a more in-depth refresher, last week's recap is right this way.)