Category:Movies

Eddie Redmayne to Star in ‘Harry Potter’ Spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’

What do you do after you win an Oscar for playing the world’s most famous theoretical physicist? Join the Harry Potter universe, apparently.

Eddie Redmayne, who recently picked up the Best Actor statue for his performance as Stephen Hawking in biopic The Theory of Everything has officially been cast as the lead in Potter spinoff/pseudo-prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

He will play “magizoologist” Newt Scamander, author of the famous Hogwarts textbook that gives the film its title. 

Category:Drama

Queen Victoria’s Early Life to Get the Period Drama Treatment From ITV

In their ongoing search for an heir apparent to global hit costume drama Downton Abbey, which is ending after its sixth season, ITV has decided to greenlight a new dramatic adaptation of the life of one of England’s greatest monarchs, Queen Victoria.

This ambitious eight-part drama – titled simply Victoriawill focus on the beginning of her lengthy 63-year reign. Queen Victoria ascended to the throne when she was just eighteen years old, so, happily there’s plenty of story there.

 

Category:Drama

Watch: New Previews for the ‘Poldark’ Remake Coming to PBS

With the US premiere of Poldark, the splashy remake of the classic period drama of the same name, less than a month away, the PBS promotional machine has begun to kick into gear. Which, happily, means more trailers, more footage and more fun things for us to look at featuring this series’ exceptionally talented (and yeah, pretty attractive) cast.

Based on Winston Graham’s popular series of novels, Poldark stars The Hobbit’s Aidan Turner as a swoon-worthy Ross Poldark, a long-suffering hero who returns home from fighting in the Revolutionary War to discover that his father is dead, his sweetheart has been pledged to marry his cousin and his family mine has been lost. So, you know, drama. Turner is joined by The White Queen’s Eleanor Tomlinson as maid turned eventual love interest Demelza, along with Heida Reed, Kyle Soller, Phil Davis, Jack Farthing and more.

PBS and Masterpiece have released a couple of new trailers to help us all get in the proper period drama spirit, and, man, does this show look beautiful

Category:Comedy

Get Your First Look at ‘Vicious’ Season 2

The highly anticipated second season of Vicious, the ITV sitcom which stars acting legends Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi as a bickering, co-dependent gay couple, is almost upon us. It seems like we’ve been waiting for this forever, which in some ways, we have, since Series 2 was commissioned in September 2013 and the first season originally aired here in the US last summer. So, yeah, bring on new episodes! We are sooo ready for them

The second season will once again be comprised of six half-hour episodes. McKellen and Jacobi are both returning (obviously) as the titular “vicious” couple, along with regular cast members Frances de la Tour (as Stuart and Freddie’s BFF Violet) and Iwan Rheon (as Ash, their younger upstairs neighbor). 

British (Irish) Actors You Should Know: Aidan Turner

If you are a frequent visitor to Telly Visions, you may already know about the remake of the 1975 drama/romance series Poldark coming to PBS in June. If you haven’t heard, this new version stars Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark, an English Revolutionary War soldier who has returned home to Cornwall only to find his world turned upside down.

The series was very well received by viewers in the UK earlier this year, particularly the female audience. Poldark and its star became a social media sensation evidenced by the fact that Twitter handles such as Poldark’s Hair and Poldark’s Pecs starting popping up. Not since Mr. Darcy in his wet shirt has such a swoon-worthy fuss been made about a literary page to small screen character.

Therefore, I felt it timely and appropriate to introduce those of you unfamiliar with Aidan Turner to this Irish actor and bona fide heartthrob. The following are examples of most of Turner’s featured roles leading up to Poldark.

Category:Drama

How Should ‘Downton Abbey’ End? Watch the Cast Weigh In

One of the only good things about knowing for sure that Downton Abbey’s ending after next season is that it gives Julian Fellowes and company plenty of time to plot satisfying resolutions to all the main story and (hopefully) give all the major characters an appropriate happy ending.

Determining what those endings should look like though will doubtless occupy those of us that think and obsess and write about British TV through the rest of the year. How can we say goodbye to these characters? What sort of endings do we want to see for them? And what sort of closure do we need from their current story arcs?

Fans apparently aren’t the only people thinking about these obviously super important issues. Masterpiece put together a cute video featuring several of the series’ major cast members contemplating the question of what sort of ideal endings they’d envision for their characters next year. 

Category:Movies

The New 'Crimson Peak' Trailer is Terrifying and Also Kind of Gorgeous

Full-length trailers for Crimson Peak, director Guillermo del Toro’s latest foray into Gothic horror have arrived, and if you are at all into the prospect of watching Tom Hiddleston swan about in fancy period dress as an emotionally conflicted romantic with an obvious deep, dark secret, this is the movie for you.

Provided you don’t mind blood, death or things that make you jump out of your seat. 

Category:Drama

Recapping ‘Mr. Selfridge’: Series 3, Episode 8

Previously on Mr. Selfridge: The store throws a big “Britain at Play” event to celebrate the official end of the war, and Harry gets tricked into promising his board members big investment returns after Vile Loxley worries about how much the event is costing. Victor Colleano decides to turn his lame jazz club into a lame gambling establishment because he thinks it will make more money that way. Grace Calthorpe breaks up with Gordon after she notices that they’re from two very different backgrounds, Violette realizes she wants to fight for Victor and Harry decides to propose to Nancy Webb, because Harry is an idiot. And George Towler, now officially the most awesome person on this show, convinces Grove to stop being a garbage person and take his son back.

(If you need more, last week’s recap is right here.)

Category:Drama

'Call the Midwife' Series 4 : Episode 8 Recap

Previously on Call the Midwife: Last week’s recap is right this way.

This week’s episode, which also happens to be the season finale, features closure, hope, tragedy and an imperiled happy ending. Plus the return of our beloved Chummy (Miranda Hart) back from her temporary assignment as head of the mothers’ and babies’ home!  Just your typical Call the Midwife, right?

Category:Drama

Watch: Trailer for the BBC Adaptation of ‘Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell’

Rejoice, fellow book fans: The first trailer for period fantasy drama Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell has arrived!

The BBC’s seven-part series will adapt the massively popular book of the same name by Susanna Clarke, which stars Bertie Carvell and Eddie Marsan as two nineteenth-century men in an alternate history where magic is widely acknowledged but rarely practiced. The cast also includes Charlotte Riley, Alice Engle, Marco Warren, Samuel West and more.

            

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