‘Sherlock’s’ Martin Freeman Does ‘Star Wars’ Skit for BBC’s Children in Need

Martin Freeman, channeling his inner Jedi Master. (Photo: BBC)

One of the best things about Fall is the return of the BBC’s annual Children in Need charity telethon, which generally features celebrity appeals, comedy sketches and musical performances, all in the name of raising money for a good cause.

The UK tends to do these sort of specials fairly often see also: the annual Red Nose Day and Sport Relief events. Thankfully, they usually turn out pretty great, and this year appears to be no exception.

Sherlock star Martin Freeman appeared in what was probably the evening’s best bit – a Star Wars-themed sketch in which Warwick Davis, with assistance from robotic friends C3PO and R2-D2 was charged with locating the film’s biggest fan in order to trigger the first Children in Need totalizer of the night. (This means they get to push a big button that reveals how much money has be raised so far, so it’s actually pretty cool, if you ask me.)

How spiffy is Twelve's new holiday outfit? (Photo: BBC)

‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special to Get Theater Screening This Holiday Season

Apparently watching British television at your local multiplex is a super trendy activity now?

Following on the heels of the announcement that the upcoming Sherlock Victorian-themed one-off episode would screen in cinemas around the US, we can also start planning to see this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special on the big screen too. Yes, BBC Worldwide and Fathom Events have announced that this year’s holiday installment of the iconic sci-fi series will run for a special two-night event in US theaters December 28 and 29 at 7:30pm (local time) in nearly 300 theaters across the U.S.

A production still from "Keeping Up Appearances" Season 1 (Photo: BBC)

Flashback Friday: ‘Keeping Up Appearances’

Two weeks and twenty-five years ago, Keeping Up Appearances debuted on the BBC. Created by acclaimed comedy writer Roy Clarke (Last of the Summer Wine and Open All Hours were also his) and directed by Harold Snoad, this fan favorite ran for five series with a total of forty-four episodes.  In many PBS viewers’ minds, Keeping Up Appearances epitomizes the term “Britcom” and it’s still regularly shown in re-runs in the UK and the US.

David Tennant and Catherine Tate in "Doctor Who" Season 4. (Photo: BBC)

David Tennant and Catherine Tate Reunite for New ‘Doctor Who’ Audio Series

Good news, Doctor Who fans: David Tennant and Catherine Tate are coming back!

Well, sort of.

No, the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble won’t be making a return appearance on the iconic television show - though we did see a brief glimpse of them both in a flashback during the recent Season 9 episode The Girl Who Died. Instead, the pair are reuniting to record three new audio dramas with a full cast for Big Finish, which will tell more stories of the adventures that Ten and Donna had together during her time in the TARDIS.

(And we’ll just ruthlessly not think about the manner in which Donna left the TARDIS. Never gonna be over it. Ever.)

‘Sherlock’ Special to Receive Theatrical Screening in January

These outfits are so great. (Photo: Courtesy of © Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films and BBC Wales for BBC One and MASTERPIECE)

Good news: We know the title of the upcoming Sherlock special, and we know it’s airing in America on January 1 at 9pm, thanks to Masterpiece and your local PBS station. Additionally, we also know we’ll be seeing new Sherlock on the same day as our friends in the UK, for the first time ever.

The cherry on top of this sundae of awesome is that after you get your feelings about The Abominable Bride under control following its television premiere, you can go see it again in a movie theater with fellow Sherlock fans!

Yes, Sherlock is getting its first big-screen theatrical release, and is expected to screen in over 500 theaters across the United States.

This is almost too pretty to eat. (Photo: Love Productions)

‘The Great British Baking Show’ Recap: The Final

The day has finally arrived; a culmination of the past nine weeks of baking triumphs and blunders. But before we tuck into the deliciously stress-filled finale of The Great British Baking Show, you can review last week’s semi-final recap here. In fact, if you want to go back and remember how the whole series unfolded, you can check out recaps of every episode this season right here and relive the sweet and savory, the joy and the tears (mostly Ruby’s).

And so the field of 13,000 applicants had finally been whittled down to the three amateur bakers deemed most talented by Paul and Mary. Ruby, Frances and Kimberly faced off for one last trio of challenges In hopes of earning the Baking Show championship title. They had to impress the judges with their technique, flavors and originality – not a walk in the park (or down the aisle) by any means.

Throwback Thursday: ‘Mr. Bean’

A quarter of a century ago TV viewers met Rowan Atkinson’s Mr. Bean for the first time and he’s been a beloved buffoon around the world ever since.

But did you know Atkinson actually started developing Bean well over a decade before he debuted on television in 1990? This idea of a man-child with a unique way of looking at the world came to Rowan when he was an electrical engineering student at the University of Oxford. He honed the character in front of audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe and comedy festivals in places like Montreal. 

Watch: ‘Downton Abbey’s’ Lily James in New BBC 'War and Peace' Adaptation

Lily James (and her amazing outfits) star in the BBC's new "War and Peace". (Photo: BBC)

If you’re a fan of especially elaborate period dramas – or possibly just had to take a lot of English classes in college – you’re going to be pretty excited about this news.

The BBC is set to release a new adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel War and Peace, and the event series is being described as “one of the most ambitious” ever produced for the corporation.

‘The Great British Baking Show’ Recap: The Semi-Final

On last week’s episode of The Great British Show, our contestants were stretched to their limits without any gluten and had to rise to the occasion without eggs or any other dairy. Youth won out over experience as we bid farewell to Christine and Ruby was awarded yet another jewel for her Star Baker tiara. For a look at the all the alternative baking shenanigans, check out the recap here.

The four remaining bakers who advanced to the semifinal had to pull out all the stops to survive French week. As if deciphering Mel and Sue’s Franglais wasn’t enough, they had to whip up bakes from appetizers to desserts all originating from the land across the Channel.

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