Category:Culture

Celebrate Robert Burns Night with Some Scottish Telly

You don’t have to be a poetry fan to be familiar with the work of Scottish national poet, Robert Burns. In fact if you’ve ever sung Auld Lang Syne at a New Year’s Eve party, you have performed a piece of Burns’ work.  

So beloved is Burns to his fellow countrymen that he was named the greatest Scot of all time in a STV poll in 2009. In fact, Burns’ birthday is celebrated as an unofficial Scottish holiday with suppers held in his honor on or around January 25th. These traditional gatherings are organized around the world, in people’s homes and in swanky halls. No matter where it’s held or how fancy the event, however, there are certain elements that are a part of all Burns’ suppers.

Just a quick look around YouTube will demonstrate the range and scope of these celebrations in honor of Scotland’s favorite son. 

 

British Actors You Should Know: Rupert Graves

  Our British Actors You Should Know series rolls on this week by profiling an actor that a lot of you will be at least passingly familiar with – because he’s in Sherlock, and we know how much everyone loves Sherlock. (With good reason!) But, how much do you know about the cast that’s bringing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories into the modern age?

Since we’ve already covered leads Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in this series, it seems only fair to make our way through the rest of the 221b Baker Street gang as we can. Up this week: Rupert Graves, an exceptionally talented actor who’s been working steadily in British film and television for over 25 years, so you’ve probably seen him in a lot of things already. You may just not have known you have.

Read on for some Graves-themed viewing suggestions and let us know what we’ve left off the list in the comments!

Category:Online

Sherlock Ruins All Your Favorite TV Shows in This Awesome Animated Clip

Many US Sherlock fans have had to engage in some serious online acrobatics to avoid finding out anything about the mystery series’ highly anticipated third season in the three-week interim between its UK and US broadcasts.

Avoiding spoilers can sometimes come down to luck, the right choice in friends, and an appropriate amount of material stock piled with which to distract yourself, so you don’t go looking. Consider this some fodder for that last bit. We’ve still got two weeks in Series 3 to go!

This extremely fan clip poses the valuable question - what if the great detective himself attempted to watch TV? YouTube artist Only Leigh (who is also behind the hilarious “Fangirl” videos  that will ring true for anyone who spends any time at all online) has created a hilarious animated short that imagines what it must be like to watch TV with Sherlock. And his many deductions.

Don’t worry – there aren’t any spoilers for Sherlock Series 3 in this clip. Though there are a bunch for several other shows.

(Most notably Breaking Bad, Gossip Girl, Dexter and Mad Men. So proceed with caution.)

Watch Sherlock Spoils Everything (though honestly shouldn’t it be A Study in Spoilers??) after the jump. It’s totally worth it.

Category:Online

This Fan Made 'Downton Abbey' LEGO Set is Out of This World Awesome

Sure, we’ve seen some awesome Downton Abbey-inspired creations from all around the internet over the past few years, but this one might just take the cake.

Twenty-four year old Eric Stevens of Rochester, New York built an amazing replica of the house and characters from everyone’s favorite costume drama as a Christmas present for his girlfriend – and it all looks amazing. 

Stevens not only re-created the gorgeous Downton estate in LEGO form, he also put together tiny versions of the Crawley family – including Robert, Cora, Mary, Edith, Sybil and Dowager Countess Violet – as well as several of the series’ popular servants, such as Carson, Thomas, Bates and Branson (back when he was in chauffeur mode). Sadly missing are Anna and Mrs. Hughes, but I guess we can’t have everything.  Which is actually bearable in this instance, just because the rest of it is so fantastic.

Read on for more details and an interview with the (clearly very talented!) creator.

Category:Drama

'Sherlock' Series 3: Let's Discuss 'The Empty Hearse'

Previously, on Sherlock: It’s been two years, everyone’s become suitably obsessed with the central mystery heading into Series 3- the great Sherlock Holmes was forced to fake his own death in order to protect the lives of  John Watson, Greg Lestrade and Mrs. Hudson after his arch-enemy Moriarty shot himself in the head. We knew he survived. John does not. How’d he do it? Well, hopefully we find out tonight.

Yes, it’s true. After two years of waiting – two years of Benedict Cumberbatch starring in approximately 87 other projects, fandom freak outs and the release of a completely different Holmes show – it’s finally here. Sherlock is back. Really really really. Not a drill. Not a joke. It is time.

So, take a deep breath. It’s time to talk about The Empty Hearse

Category:Drama

'Downton Abbey': Let's Discuss Series 4, Episode 3

Previously, on Downton Abbey: The estate hosts its first big house party since Matthew’s death, complete with a performance by a world-renowned opera singer, a new man for Mary (sort of), a crisis of self-worth for Tom, a super-creepy valet named Green who sexually assaults Anna, and a ridiculously over-the-top focus on card games that utterly no one cares about. Molesley still doesn’t have a job, and has to fill in as a footman at Downton, which he feels is beneath him.  Edna works on flirting with Tom and getting him stupid drunk. Alfred makes sauces like a champ. And Cora is actually the least annoying person on the show for once. 

Time for an all new Downton Abbey! Who's ready to talk about it?

Category:Drama

The Game Is On: Why 'Sherlock' is the Best Bit of TV You Should Be Watching

For Sherlock fans across the country, January 19 is basically a national holiday. Yes, it’s the day we’ve all been waiting for – the premiere of the highly anticipated third season of this beloved mystery series with The Empty Hearse.

So whether you’re a hardcore fan who’s already mainlined the Series 3 episodes through a proxy server sixteen times, a newcomer who stumbled onto a random episode on Netflix, or someone who just has a friend that won’t shut up about that Benedict Cumberbatch guy, Sherlock is what you should be doing on Sunday night.

But why? Sunday nights are already slam packed with great television options – trust me, I know, my DVR exists in a permanent state of tears about this situation – so why should you devote any of your precious viewing time to this random British show starring that guy with the crazy sounding name that takes multi-year hiatuses and emotionally destroys your life?

It’s difficult to attempt to distill my love for this show down in to bite size chunks that don’t make me sound crazy, but, let’s give it a whirl.  

Category:Comedy

Jennifer Saunders Says an ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ Movie is Happening

Joy! Funny lady Jennifer Saunders - better known to many of you as the amazing Edina Monsoon on worldwide comedy hit Absolutely Fabulous – says we may not have seen the last of Eddie and Patsy just yet.

The beloved cult series has had an exceptionally erratic history – it  ran for three seasons on the BBC between 1992 and 1995, had a two-part “finale” television film in 1996, was resurrected for two more seasons from 2001-2003, then had a few one-off specials until it finally (we thought) ended for good in 2005. It returned (again) for a trio of anniversary specials in late 2011, and that’s been the last we’ve heard of it. But not for much longer apparently. 

Category:Drama

The CW Set to Air ‘Labyrinth’ with ‘Downton Abbey’ Star Jessica Brown Findlay

If you’ve been missing Lady Sybil on megahit costume drama Downton Abbey, you’ll be glad to know that you’ll at least be able to see her portrayer on your television screens again very soon.

The period fantasy series Labyrinth, which aired on the UK network Channel 4 last Spring, is finally making its way Stateside. Teen-focused network the CW announced at this week’s Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour that they have picked up the drama as an “event” series for 2014.

Downton’s Jessica Brown Findlay stars, headlining a cast list that’s stuffed full of recognizable British talent, including Great Expectations’ Vanessa Kirby, Merlin’s Katie McGrath, Doctor Who’s John Hurt, Harry Potter’s Tom Felton and Once Upon a Time’s Sebastian Stan

Read on for more details!

Category:Drama

‘DCI Banks’: Mystery Fans, Get Your First Look at Series 3!

Gritty contemporary mystery series DCI Banks was officially renewed for a third season last June, but we haven’t heard much about what Series 3 might look like. Happily, that’s no longer true, as we now officially have our first look at the drama’s next set of episodes.

DCI Banks will return for a new six-part series starring Ballykissangel’s Stephen Tompkinson, Andrea Lowe and Doc Martin’s Caroline Catz. Series 3 will based on three of Peter Robinson’s  novels, and two episodes will be devoted to each of the three stories entitled Wednesday’s Child, Piece of My Heart and Bad Boy

Now ITV has released the first trailer for DCI Banks Series 3 and it has the same dark and gritty feel we’ve come to expect from this show. It’s also surprisingly tense for something that’s only a minute long.

Watch for yourselves below.

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