'Last Tango in Halifax' Recap: Series 3, Episode 5

Previously on Last Tango in Halifax: Last week's recap is right this way. 

Okay, are any of you out there starting to replace Celia with Gary as your pick for most annoying, selfish character this series? Someone please tell me what is wrong with that man! Let’s take a look at Mr. Jackson’s behavior as well as the other happenings in this week’s recap.


The Full Trailer for ‘Spectre’ is Pretty Awesome Actually (And Andrew Scott is In it!)

The full trailer for upcoming James Bond film Spectre is here and it’s definitely worth the wait.

Stars Daniel Craig, Ben Whishaw, Naomi Harris and Ralph Fiennes are all back for this latest 007 adventure, joined by a bunch of fresh faces, including the clearly villainous Christoph Waltz and two new Bond girls in the form of Monica Belluci and Léa Seydoux.

Spectre will be the twenty-fifth installment in the Bond franchise and, thus far, appears to be director Sam Mendes biggest/most dramatic entry yet - and that’s kind of saying something, after Skyfall – if the trailer is anything to go by.  (Mendes has said this will be his last go-round with James Bond in the director’s chair, so it seems he’s aiming to go out on a high note.)

Michelle Dockery to Star in ‘Good Behavior’ Pilot for TNT

As the clock ticks down to the (sniff!) end of megahit costume drama Downton Abbey, fans can take some comfort in watching the stars of the show line up their next projects in a post-Crawley family world.  Sure, it’s not the same as the show continuing – though let’s all keep the dream of a prequel series alive in our hearts okay?! – but it’s in many ways comforting to know that we’ll still get to see our favorite Downton-ian actors starring in new things in the coming months.

Joanne Froggatt was the first to announce her post-Downton plans – she’ll be playing well against type as a Victorian serial killer in a drama for UK network ITV – and now Michelle Dockery has signed on to star in a new pilot for TNT called Good Behavior, a project which also seems a pretty big change from her role as heroine Mary Crawley. 


Recapping 'Poldark': Season 1, Episode 5

Previously, on Poldark: The best episode of the season happens! People do things and are likeable! It’s amazing! Specifically, Ross and Demelza break the news to the rest of their town that they’re married and they get a variety of reactions: some people are happy for them (Verity), some people think it’s a terrible idea (Ross’ investors) and some people are basically just laughing at them (pretty much everybody else).  But that’s okay, because Ross and Demelza are too adorable to care about what the rest of the world thinks of them. Verity even visits Namara to bond with Demelza and teach her how to do noble lady things like dance and fold napkins.  Meanwhile, Uncle Charles drops dead, fueling Francis shame spiral of poor life decisions even further, and the attempts to mine Wheal Leisure continue, which means I learn more about mining techniques than I’ve ever cared to know. The Warleggans crash Christmas dinner with the extended Poldark clan because they are trash garbage people and things are super awkward, but it all ends happily when Ross confesses to Demelza that he’s in love with her, and she tells him she’s pregnant.

Man, they cram a lot of stuff into one episode of this show! 


'Last Tango in Halifax': Series 3 Episode 4 Recap

Previously on Last Tango in Halifax: Last week's recap is right this way

Just watching this episode made me weary what with all the grief and the fussy baby and the paranoid, illegitimate son and such; however, the need to recap is stronger than the need to sleep. So onward and upward…

How I’d Change the Emmys: A Telly Addict’s Perspective

You’ve probably already heard that the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced their annual Emmy nominations earlier this week. Therefore, you may be wondering why I’m writing about American primetime television awards when this blog focuses on UK entertainment. Well, as we’re all aware, Anglophilia has taken hold here in the States and that interest is reflected nowhere more clearly than in the area of television shows and the people who act in them.

If you are an even mildly avid Emmy observer you will have noticed some changes this year. The miniseries category is now called the “limited” series. Also the variety genre has been split into two distinct parts – the talk and sketch categories. Based on the popularity and influence of all things British, I suggest that the Academy could make a few more additions to its awards lineup.


First Look at Benedict Cumberbatch in Rehearsals for 'Hamlet'

After nearly a year of planning, excitement and record-breaking ticket sales, the time is almost upon us – Benedict Cumberbatch’s production of Hamlet is slated to open this August for a three-month run in London’s West End.  And, with opening night nearing, rehearsals for the show are officially underway, and the first photos of the cast have been released.

You can see a full gallery at the Guardian’s website, which includes full details about the production’s various cast members, which include Cirian Hinds as Claudius, Jim Norton as Polonius, Sian Brooke as Ophelia, Anastasia Hill as Gertrude and lots more


‘Doctor Who’ Season 9 Trailer Features Missy, Monsters and Maisie Williams

Another awesome thing thanks to San Diego Comic Con – after months and months of waiting, we finally got our first look at the highly anticipated new season of Doctor Who. Stars Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Michelle Rodriguez were on-hand at the show’s big Hall H panel to introduce the Season 9 trailer,

The clip, which features lots of action, danger and drama – as well as lots of monsters old and new – certainly maintains the darker tone that was a hallmark of Capaldi’s first season, though at least it looks like some of the conflict between Twelve and his Companion Clara has been worked out (or at least has died down).

Oh and Missy (the new female incarnation of the Doctor’s old friend/nemesis the Master) is definitely back, though the trailer is unclear about whether she’s on the side of the good guys this time around or not. Also, there’s a Dalek!

A Chat with 'Vera's' Brenda Blethyn

A few weeks ago I received a press release in my email from Acorn TV alerting me, as a blogger, that the streaming service was about to premiere a new episode of Vera Series 5 every Monday for the entire month of July.  (Editorial note: For those of you without Acorn TV access, Series 5 of Vera begins on WETA on July 17, and on other PBS stations around the country beginning at various points this month. Enjoy!)

What really caught my eye, however, were these words - INTERVIEW OPP: Brenda Blethyn. I immediately shot off a reply to Acorn’s publicity assistant expressing my keen interest to interview the Academy Award nominated actress. After over a dozen emails and lot of re-watching of Vera episodes, I found myself sitting in my living room yesterday morning waiting for a conference call from Brenda Blethyn herself. 

This being my first interview with a well-known actress (or anyone really for that matter), I was a bit nervous and more than slightly giddy. Nonetheless, as soon as I got the first question out of the way, Ms. Blethyn put me at my ease. I know it’s not very professional to gush about your interview subject and perhaps I should be more objective, but I just have to say that Brenda was gracious, generous with her laughter and obviously very passionate about her work. I was already a fan of her acting and now, after speaking with her, I’ve gotten the distinct impression she’s a pretty awesome human being as well.

But enough from this star-struck blogger; please enjoy the conversation I shared with Brenda Blethyn wherein we discussed cast changes, Vera’s fashion sense and why she enjoys playing our favorite Northumberland and City police officer, DCI Stanhope.


Get Your First Look at the Upcoming ‘Sherlock’ Special

I ’m officially home from a wonderful long weekend at San Diego Comic Con, also known as nerd nirvana. I saw a lot of cool stuff and geeked out about a lot of things, so bear with me as I recap a few of them.

Probably the best thing I saw at Comic Con this past weekend was a panel featuring several members of the Sherlock cast and crew, including creator Steven Moffat, executive producer Sue Vertue and star Rupert Graves.

The group chatted and took questions from fans for roughly an hour, touching on wide ranging topics from the show’s upcoming Victorian special episode to how to write comedy to what makes Sherlock so popular. It was a very enlightening and entertaining panel, just from a topical sense – and that’s before they dropped the first new Sherlock footage we’ve seen in the better part of two years. 


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