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

(Editorial note: Sorry for the lack of updates this week - Lacy's been out in San Diego at Comic Con, but expect regular service to resume this week. In the meantime, on to the recap!)

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

This episode takes us through a roller-coaster of emotions. It starts with a celebration, offers up some reconciliation and a pair of marriage proposals is added to the mix for good measure. Alas, it ends in tragedy. If only it could be different, but this is Last Tango in Halifax so what can you expect?


Recapping 'Poldark': Season 1, Episode 3

Previously, on Poldark:  Everyone loves to talk about mining. Ross is thinking about reopening his father’s mine (Wheal Leisure) and has to jump through a lot of hoops – including his cousin’s anger – to secure the funding to do so. In personal matters, Ross’ life also continues to be terrible – despite his fixation on Elizabeth and their constant flirtation, he’s crushed to learn that she’s pregnant and committed to staying with Francis.   Luckily, Demelza is there to help out, and shares Ross’ love of mining (UGH SHUT UP ABOUT MINING) so get ready for that flirtation to get going, I guess. And Awesome Verity Poldark manages to finally meet a nice man, find out he maybe murdered his wife, forgive him, watch him shoot her brother in a duel and break up with him, all in one episode. Go on, girl. 

And now that we're all caught up - onward! 


'Last Tango in Halifax': Series 3, Episode 2 Recap

Previously on Last Tango in Halifax: The Season 3 premiere recap is right this way

Welcome back and we’re jumping in right where we left off in the last episode of with Alan and his newfound son, Gary Jackson, meeting for the first time. It’s a veritable love fest; Alan feeling like he’s always known Gary from the moment he “clapped eyes” on him, Gary not judging Alan for using his mother in a moment of weakness.

Alan explained about how he’d married Gillian’s mum, Eileen, on the rebound and that when he met Gary’s mum at work she reminded him of his true love Celia. He said they were old enough to know better, and after it happened Mary left so he never knew there was a baby. Alan would like to think if he had been aware he would have done the right thing no matter how difficult.


‘Arthur and George’ to Premiere on Masterpiece This September

The US premiere date has been set for mystery series Arthur and George, a new drama starring Doc Martin’s Martin Clunes as Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The series will air on Masterpiece on PBS stations nationwide beginning Sunday, September 6, at a special time of 8pm.

For the many fans anxiously awaiting new seasons of both Doc Martin and modern-day Holmes drama Sherlock, this announcement should come as good news – of course, it’s not quite the same, but Arthur and George should prove a decent enough way to pass the time for two fanbases who are very accustomed to waiting. 


Recapping 'Poldark': Season 1, Episode 2

Previously on Poldark: Ross Poldark returns from the Revolutionary War in America to find that everyone thought he was dead and has moved right on with their lives, among other Very Bad Personal Issues. Ross’s father has passed away and left the estate in such ruin that he has almost no inheritance, his sort of girlfriend Elizabeth has gotten engaged to his cousin Francis and the family servants are somehow still living in his house with hay and a bunch of random barn animals. Welcome home, dude. Elizabeth marries the cousin while literally everyone Ross knows tries to convince him to give up on Cornwall, move to London and start over. He’s not having it because he has like an emotional attachment to the land or something to that effect, but he does do a lot of moping around about it before coming to that decision. Oh, and he rescues a random street urchin who turns out to be a super pretty girl named Demelza and hires her to be his kitchen maid. And, for future reference, Ross went to school with a smarmy dude named George Warleggan, who is a banker and an obviously terrible person and they hate each other, so that will surely turn out well. 

Second episode, folks! Let's do this! 


'Last Tango in Halifax': Series 3 Episode 1 Recap

Welcome back to the new series of Last Tango in Halifax! It’s less than two months since Alan (Derek Jacobi) and Celia (Anne Reid) were wed in that lovely Christmas ceremony. But as you know, things can never run smoothly for long in the Buttershaw/Dawson clan.

This week viewers witnessed an engagement and an infidelity from an unlikely character with unexpected consequences. Also a family friend finds himself in legal and financial trouble.
Read on for more.


ITV Commissions ‘Prime Suspect’ Prequel Series ‘Tennison’

ITV has commissioned a new prequel series, entitled Tennison, which aims to do for Prime Suspect what Endeavour did for Inspector Morse – namely, tell the story of the early days of one of British television’s most famous detectives: Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison.

The six-episode drama will be penned by Prime Suspect’s original writer, Lynda LaPlante, and will show a young Tennison just starting out in her career, revealing why she became such a complex and formidable character. 


Recapping ‘Poldark’: Season 1, Episode 1

It’s finally happened – the highly touted, highly anticipated remake of classic romantic period drama Poldark, starring The Hobbit’s Aidan Turner and a host of other very pretty people, has arrived.

So let’s talk about it. 


Claire Foy, Matt Smith and More Set to Star in Netflix Series ‘The Crown’

Everyone’s getting into the British drama game these days, including powerhouse streaming service Netflix. Best known for buzzy dramas such as House of Cards and Daredevil, the online-only distributor is set to launch a new series called The Crown, an original decades-spanning drama about Queen Elizabeth II and the prime ministers who helped shape post-war Britain.

The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

The series is based on Peter Morgan’s award-winning play The Audience – the stage version of which recently netted star Helen Mirren both the Olivier and the Tony for Best Actress for her performance as Her Majesty the Queen.  The play used the weekly meetings (audiences) given by Queen Elizabeth to her prime ministers as a framework to tell the story of her remarkable life and reign.


Benedict Cumberbatch Returns for a New Series of 'Rumpole' Radio Plays

Excellent news for Benedict Cumberbatch fans – a new series of radio plays based on Rumple of the Bailey are slated to air this summer on BBC Radio 4!

This is good news for those of us who feel like we maybe have been going through a bit of Cumberbatch withdrawal of late. Yes, a new Sherlock special is headed our way later this year, Marvel’s Doctor Strange is on the horizon and his West End turn in Hamlet is slated for later this summer, but since the Oscar campaign for The Imitation Game wrapped in February, there’s been much less Cumberbatch to go around. Happily, we seem to be done with that for a bit.

The first installment of this four-part series will be Rumpole and the Portia of Our Chambers and will air on Friday, July 3 at 2:15pm. The series will once again be based on the Rumpole of the Bailey books written John Mortimer, adapted by Richard Stoneman and produced by Marilyn Imrie.  


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