Category:Drama

‘Call the Midwife’ Renewed for a Fifth Series

It’s official: As filming wraps up on the fourth series of award-winning emotional tearfest Call the Midwife, the period drama has been renewed for a fifth season by the BBC.

The ladies of Nonnatus House are already slated to return for a Christmas special at the end of this year, with a full fourth season coming in the early part of 2015 (January for the lucky ducks in the UK, late March for those of us in America). But now, before these new episodes even have screened anywhere, the show’s been given a fresh order for an additional eight-part fifth series, set to screen in 2016. Whew.

This announcement is actually not that surprising, given that Call the Midwife is one of the UK’s most-watched dramas since it launched in 2012, averaging over ten million viewers per episode over all three series, and 11.4 million tuning in to the Series 3 premiere last year. Additionally, the show has proved an admirable performer for PBS here in the States, and has developed quite the enthusiastic fanbase. 

Category:Movies

Watch: New ‘Paddington’ Trailer Featuring the Voice of Ben Whishaw

The story behind the first live action movie based on beloved British children’s character Paddington Bear has been…well, a tiny bit dramatic. The initial excitement surrounding its teaser trailer gave way to a creepy internet meme based on the fact that live-action Paddington actually looked more than a bit like he might stalk you than cuddle. The film’s original voice of Paddington, Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth, dropped out in the midst of production and had to be replaced.

But, apparently nothing can keep a good bear down for long. Paddington is back with an all-new trailer featuring the voice talents of its new lead voice actor, none other than the fantastic Ben Whishaw. (You probably know him as Q from the latest James Bond sequel Skyfall or as Shakespeare’s King Richard II in The Hollow Crown.) 

Watch the new trailer - and hear Paddington actually talk! - below. 

Category:Drama

Enjoy ‘Death Comes to Pemberley’? Five Jane Austen Works You Can Stream Online

The period mystery Death Comes to Pemberley, which recently aired on Masterpiece on PBS stations around the country, imagines what life might have held in store for two of beloved author Jane Austen’s most famous literary creations, Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, after they found their happily ever after together. However you feel about this sequel series – and there are certainly differing opinions about the existence of sequels such as this – the drama has served as a timely reminder of just how incredibly awesome Austen’s work is. If Death Comes to Pemberley has reignited your love for all things Austen, we’re here to help.

Let’s take a quick look at five Austen adaptations that you can watch online – from the classic to the contemporary. 

Category:Drama

Recapping ‘The Paradise’: Series 2, Episode 6

Previously, on The Paradise:  The long-awaited Paradise Expansion begins as the store opens its new Food Hall. Moray is all kinds of jealous and pouty because he’s afraid if the it expands too much he won’t be able to afford to buy back The Paradise when the Westons inexplicably decide to sell it back to him for reasons that are yet to be determined. Anyway, he starts his Flirt with Katherine plan, which is first, a jerk move and second, just very poorly thought out, though it does make Weston angry.  He retaliates by constantly praising and promoting Denise at work, which makes Moray really jealous or something because he assumes she should be spending all her time helping him figure out how to get his store that was legally purchased by someone else back. He even wants Denise to say no to a store-sponsored trip to Paris.

Confession time: This season is a struggle. Mostly because I can’t find a character to really latch on to/root for. I feel like it should be Denise, but why is she being such a dishrag when it comes to her boyfriend? Why has Katherine lost most of her fire and drive? Why is Clara a complete pod person now? What is even happening?

Category:Drama

Shakespeare and Benedict Cumberbatch Remind Us Why We Love BBC Drama

Benedict Cumberbatch has been everywhere lately – appearing on The Graham Norton Show, getting his own wax figure, filming the sequel to The Hollow Crown, and doing loads of press for the impending release of his latest film, The Imitation Game. And now, apparently, he’s serving as a BBC spokesperson these days – starring in a fantastic new clip that highlights the corporation’s impressive drama line-up.

But honestly – and I say this as a fan – Cumberbatch is probably the least exciting part of this clip for those of us who love British drama, as he very rightfully plays second fiddle to the outstanding parade of quality BBC programs featured. 

 

Category:Comedy

Saying Goodbye to 'Miranda': A Look Back

It’s official. Miranda Hart has announced that after a three series run, her what- I –call successful sitcom Miranda will be coming to a close. The comedienne revealed her plans on BBC Radio 2 with this statement. "So I'm doing two Christmas specials, but they are going to be the finale of the show, full stop." 

It’s hard to believe that this sitcom debuted in the UK five years ago since it seems only yesterday I found my first Miranda episodes on YouTube. I’ve been a fan ever since. Here was a woman who could make fun of herself on so many levels including her size, her social awkwardness, and her upper middle class upbringing. I immediately identified with her humor - so much so that I bought the entire series on DVD even though it was only available on Region 2 which means I had to invest in a “multi-region” DVD player. I’ve even had Miranda viewing parties with my friends. Éclairs and wine were served. I think Ms. Hart would approve.

From the moment she invited us into the joke shop she bought with her sizeable inheritance, we knew that Miranda was a woman who marched to a different drummer. Her kooky sense of fun made us want to join right in.

Miranda’s supporting cast of memorable characters deserves their fair share of the kudos too of course. Let’s face it, without Miranda’s overbearing mother, Penny (Patricia Hodge); Stevie (Sarah Hadland), Miranda’s childhood friend and store manager; Tilly (Sally Phillips), Miranda’s boarding school chum and friendly nemesis; and the lovely Gary (Tom Ellis), Miranda’s on-again, off-again boyfriend, our heroine would just be a rather tall woman who loves to gallop and falls down a lot.

There will be so many things to miss when Miranda and company say their goodbyes at Christmas. Let’s revisit a few of the elements that make this sitcom so enjoyable.

Category:Drama

Watch: ‘The Fall’ Season 2 Full Trailer

The first full trailer for the highly anticipated second season of uber-creepy serial killer drama The Fall has been released by BBC Two and, surprise, the show doesn’t look like it’s going to get any warmer or fuzzier as the story goes on.

The Fall stars Gillian Anderson (of The X-Files fame) and Jamie Dornan (of soon to be 50 Shades of Grey fame) and tells the story of DSI Stella Gibson, a hard, but talented detective who is on the trail of a serial murderer who’s been targeting young professional women. However, thanks to the twist that makes this show more interesting than your average procedural, we already know that the killer is Paul Spector (Dornan), an unassuming everyman with a charming wife and family at home. (Dornan got a BAFTA nomination for his work in this role, which is both disturbing and sympathetic in turns.)

Category:Movies

Dead Funny Films: British Horror with a Playful Side

Halloween is just around the corner, that time of year when it’s fun to be scared. Or so they say. I’m not a big fan of traditional horror films, but I’ve found that those with a decidedly pronounced sense of humor can be quite entertaining indeed. At the very least a light, funny moment here and there can make all the blood and gore a little easier to take. Shaun of the Dead is probably the best example of a horror flick with an equal amount of comedy.

However, ten years after its release Shaun is a classic of this blended genre and you, my dear thrill seekers, are perhaps looking for something a bit more under the radar. The following is a list of horror comedies you can find on-line to satisfy your craving for a “dead funny” film.

Category:Other

J.K. Rowling to Publish New ‘Harry Potter' Story for Halloween

If Halloween wasn’t already one of your favorite holidays, if you love the Harry Potter books at all, it’s probably about to start moving its way up to Number One on your list in fairly short order.

Why? Well, in the wizarding universe created by J.K. Rowling, Halloween is basically like Christmas for young witches and wizards, but this year it’s Potter fans worldwide that are the ones getting a present. The author has announced that she’ll be releasing a new short story from the world of Hogwarts on October 31. (!!!!!)

Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch Does His Best Beyonce For Graham Norton

It’s official: Benedict Cumberbatch can do anything. Or, even if he can’t, watching him fail at something is guaranteed to be more fun than watching basically anyone else succeed.

So, if you’re having a bad day – today, or tomorrow or six weeks from now – just bookmark this page, so that you can forever have this clip at your finger tips, because it is 100% guaranteed to make you smile.

The Internet’s Favorite British Celebrity – was a guest on The Graham Norton Show this weekend to promote his upcoming Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game. He shared his spot on the red couch with Call the Midwife’s Miranda Hart and Harry Potter’s Timothy Spall, but there’s absolutely no doubt that the Sherlock star is the one who stole the show. 

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