Category:Drama

Watch: The Creepy New Trailer for 'The Fall' Series 2

BBC Two has released the first trailer for the The Fall’s highly anticipated second season and it’s actually possible that this one is even creepier than the first. Dark and foreboding, it really makes you wonder what we’ve got to look forward to in Series 2.

The crime drama – which stars Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan  - 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. 

Things will pick back up right where we left at the end of last year, with Dornan’s serial killer Paul fleeing Belfast with his family in town, narrowly avoiding capture by DS Gibson. Additionally, Merlin star Colin Morgan has joined the cast for Series 2, playing an officer who will work closely with Gibson on the investigation

Watch the new trailer for yourselves below.

Category:Online

The 'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Special Redone in LEGO is Everything

Making LEGO versions of things has become a popular trend in fannish circles over the last few years (spurred on, no doubt, by the financial and critical success of The LEGO Movie, which is basically what it says on the tin). You have a favorite show or movie? Chances are, some uber-creative soul out there has LEGO-ized it for you, whether it’s bits from Sherlock episodes or Star Trek trailers or the Downton Abbey estate or  The Hobbit redone with mini-figures

Now someone has re-done last year’s Doctor Who 50th anniversary block-for-block and it is incredible. 

Category:Drama

'Last Tango in Halifax' Mid-Series Recap: Discuss the Dramatic Twists of Series 2

Like many of you, I’ve been faithfully watching  Series 2 of Last Tango in Halifax, a late-in-life romance/family drama. But half way through last Sunday’s episode I started to wonder why we haven’t done recaps of this exceedingly chat worthy show. I won’t lie, more than once I’ve rolled my eyes at the constant barrage of melodramatic circumstances that have befallen the Buttershaw/Dawson clan. But I’ve also witnessed authentic family dynamics that ring so true I feel that they are speaking directly to me. In my opinion, the merits outweigh the soap opera elements. In fact, I liken it to a more serious and decidedly adult-themed Brady Bunch for our time.

So Last Tango fans, here’s my rehash of the most important developments in the very eventful lives of our favorite West Yorkshire residents. So far this series has boiled down to three major themes: estrangement, money and babies.

Category:Drama

American Maggie Gyllenhaal Does Her Best British Accent in ‘The Honourable Woman’ This July

BBC Two political thriller The Honourable Woman will be making its way to America later this month, where we’ll all get to see the very American Maggie Gyllenhaal give us her best attempt at a British accent. American ladies doing British drama seems to be quite the thing now, what with actresses like Gillian Anderson and Elisabeth Moss crossing the pond to headline various dramas (The Fall and Top of the Lake, respectively).

In this eight-part drama, Gyllenhaal stars as Nessa Stein, and the Academy Award nominee is joined by an all-star cast that includes The Shadow Line’s Stephen Rea, Doctor Who’s Lindsay Duncan, The White Queen’s Janet McTeer, Broadchurch’s Andrew Buchan, The IT Crowd’s Katherine Parkinson and many more. 

Category:Drama

Is 'Endeavour' Just the Beginning? Other British TV Characters That Should Get a Prequel

Endeavour has recently returned to Masterpiece Mystery for a second series and I must say I find it to be the most compelling show on PBS’ very British Sunday night line-up.  So far DC Morse (Shaun Evans) has solved intricate cases dealing with beauty queens, ancient artifacts, a boarding school for girls and a century’s old mass murder. In addition, I’m looking forward to discovering how the Freemasons play into all the mayhem being unleashed in Oxford.

As advertised when it first aired last summer, Endeavour is the origin story of the beloved Inspector Morse, who was played by the late John Thaw in the orignial series of the same name. This prequel is not only an opportunity to allow fans of the original series to see Morse solve a few more murders, but a peek into the past to discover how the promising young Endeavour developed into the brilliant but somewhat sullen detective he became. We get to witness his growing affinity for opera and drink, as well as get a glimpse of some people who will follow him through his police career. Fans love little homages like that and new viewers get to meet a well-written character with a definite destiny ahead of him.

The concept of the prequel got me to thinking about other series that might want to employ this narrative device. While some shows are all about character development and uncovering the layers, so to speak, there are other personalities that are so mysterious, eccentric or enigmatic you can’t help wondering how they got that way. 

Category:Sci-Fi

BBC Releases Full 'Doctor Who' Series 8 Trailer

Rejoice, Whovians! The first full trailer for Doctor Who Series 8 has officially arrived and it’s pretty much everything we could have wanted and more.

After a couple of teaser trailers that featured little more than backlit shots of new Doctor Peter Capaldi and creepy voiceovers that sound like they could be from familiar characters, we’ve finally got a real look at footage from the new season. There are old enemies, new threats, a tyrannosaurus rex running past the Houses of Parliament, the Doctor riding a horse and a lot more.  It’s so awesome.

Watch and get excited:

Category:Drama

Get a Look Behind the Scenes at the Filming of 'Mapp and Lucia'

Production on the BBC’s upcoming three-part remake of Mapp and Lucia is officially under way, and you can now get your first look at the many famous faces who will be bringing the residents of Tilling to life.

The comedic drama will be based on the novels by author E.F. Benson, originally published during the 1920s. Our story begins when Mrs. Emmeline Lucas, known to her friends as Lucia, decides to take a holiday in the charming Queen Anne town of Tilling and runs into – and almost immediately afoul of – Miss Elizabeth Mapp, its designated social ringleader. Chaos (predictably) ensues. 

Two-time Academy Award-nominee Miranda Richardson is playing Mapp opposite  The Hour’s Anna Chancellor as Lucia. Our leading ladies will be joined by The League of Gentlemen’s Steve Pemberton as Lucia’s devoted BFF Georgie Pillson, as well as Sherlock star Mark Gatiss as Raj Army veteran Major Benjy.

Mapp and Lucia is tentatively slated to air later this year, but you can get your first look at the new series now, thanks to the wonders of Twitter.  The official BBC One account and several members of the Mapp and Lucia cast and crew have helpfully shared a handful of behind the scenes filming photos, and everyone looks fantastic, basically: 

Category:Culture

'Downton Abbey', 'Sherlock' Lead British Invasion as 2014 Emmy Nominations Are Announced

The 66th Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced this morning (July 10) so I thought it a good time to take an inventory of how some of our favorite actors from the UK fared with the Television Academy. If you're curious - the answer is - quite well, and in a few unexpected categories to boot! Let's take a look. If you’d like to see the complete list of nominees, regardless of their nationality, click here.

Category:Movies

First Look at Sir Ian McKellen Playing Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes currently holds the Guinness World Record for most frequently portrayed fictional character in film or television – over 70 actors have taken on the role of the world’s greatest detective, from Basil Rathbone to Jeremy Brett to Michael Caine to Benedict Cumberbatch.

There are currently two contemporary television properties (Sherlock, Elementary) and a feature film series (starring Robert Downey, Jr.) focused on the character, but we’re about to add yet another Holmes adaptation to the list –  a big screen adaptation called Mr. Holmes directed by Bill Condon (known most recently for his work on The Fifth Estate and several of the Twilight films) has just gone into production.

The movie will offer a slightly different take on the tale of the great detective –and will be set during the twilight of his life, as he battles old age, dementia and a growing obsession with an unsolved case. The great Sir Ian McKellen is set to play Holmes – yes, get the screaming out of your system now; it is perfect casting – as he grapples with the diminishing powers of his singular mind.

Filming officially gets under way this month, and we now have our first look at McKellen as Holmes (though there doesn’t appear to be a deerstalker in sight, sadly).

Take a look for yourselves below. 

Category:Theater

Watch: Martin Freeman Talks Playing Richard III

Martin Freeman’s performance as Shakespeare’s Richard III is currently in previews at the Trafalgar Theatre in London, as part of their “Trafalgar Transformed” series. The stage play officially opens this week, and tickets are still available for anyone who fancies a pop across the pond this summer.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with your Wars of the Roses, here’s how the story goes: In the aftermath of civil war, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, makes a hateful resolution to claw his way to political power at any cost. A master of manipulation, subtle wit and beguiling charm, he orchestrates his unlawful ascent by spinning a ruthless web of deceit and betrayal. His staunch ambition soon begins to weigh heavy, as the new ruler finds himself utterly alone and steeped in dread, forced to answer for his bloody deeds and face the horrifying consequences. (Keep this handy synopsis in your mind, too, because Freeman’s Sherlock co-star Benedict Cumberbatch will also be playing Richard Crookback in the not-too-distant future.)
But, even though the story is about manipulation and betrayal and murder, it’s not completely dark.

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