Category:Drama

The First Image from the ‘Sherlock’ Special Has Arrived

So, apparently I should write more features about Sherlock because it seems to invite some kind of cosmic magic wherein I have to write another new piece within 24 hours because some new bit of information has surfaced.

I mean, I’m okay with that if y’all are.

Anyway, what’s up today is that it looks like the first read through of the “Possibly Non Christmas” Christmas Special (there appears to be some debate about this) took place, and in honor of this momentous occasion the first official photo from the forthcoming one-off special has been released.

And it’s… rather not what anyone expected.

Category:Movies

Watch: Carey Mulligan and Michael Sheen in Trailer for ‘Far From the Madding Crowd'

Who’s up for a little Thomas Hardy at your local multiplex? A big screen adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd is headed our way next year, offering those of us who like our period drama with a bit of classical literary flavoring an option beyond Jane Austen.  Also, this just looks pretty awesome in general, if you ask me.

The film’s cast is top notch, as is really to be expected in dramas such as this, featuring The Great Gatsby’s (or Doctor Who’s if you’re really fond of the episode “Blink”) Carey Mulligan as our heroine, opposite Masters of Sex’s Michael Sheen, The Hollow Crown’s Tom Sturridge and dishy Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts.

Category:Drama

‘Sherlock’ Special Will Solve Moriarty Mystery, Series 4 Will Feature ‘Tragedy’

Just because we’ve got a ways to go before we see any new Sherlock on our screens doesn’t meant that there isn’t a pretty near constant stream of new things to talk about, as far as the show itself goes. This is what happens when you sign on for a Steven Moffat/Mark Gatiss production – as Doctor Who fans well know – because the show runners (and cast members, come to that) came seem to stop talking about the upcoming episodes at every available opportunity.

(It also helps that both Moffat and Gatiss are both great at saying a lot without actually giving you any real information at all, which helps keep the first of fan excitement well stoked.)

At any rate, thanks to a pair of recent interviews with Gatiss in the Radio Times, we now have some new official tidbits to pick over and endlessly speculate about, as concerns both the upcoming one-off special, which we’ll see at some point in 2015, and in Series 4 proper.

Let’s break it down, shall we? 

Category:Drama

British Telly Families I’d Like to Invite to Thanksgiving Dinner

I don’t have to tell you that Thanksgiving is not a holiday in the UK; however, as a British entertainment and culture blogger, a great deal of my attention is dedicated to how I might merge the traditions of my homeland and the island country with which I am quite honestly infatuated. Besides we’d all like a few British accents present at our family gathering, wouldn’t we?

Therefore I actually took the time to consider the following proposition – if I could invite a British TV family for a big holiday dinner (like Thanksgiving) who would I choose? Let me clarify – I’ve never cooked a Thanksgiving meal in my life so I obviously wouldn’t be hosting, but inviting myself to their gaff instead.

I’ve narrowed my picks narrowed it down to a short list and here are my top five.

Category:Culture

Watch Sainsbury’s Tear-Jerker of a Holiday Ad

Remember this adorable, sniffle-inducing John Lewis holiday advert featuring a boy, his penguin and a lesson on the meaning of friendship? Remember how it seemed like there was no way that any other Christmas commercial could possibly top its heartwarming perfection?

Well, it turns out that prediction might have been a bit premature. It would seem that UK supermarket chain  Sainsbury’s has decided to also go for the emotional jugular this year, with an five-Kleenex-alarm holiday ad built around the Christmas Truce of 1914 , a series of unofficial cessations of hostilities that occurred along portions of the Western Front during World War I. German and Allied soldiers, hearing Christmas hymns being sung, both stepped out of the trenches and met in no man’s land that day to exchange gifts, take pictures, sing hymns and, supposedly, play football (soccer, to us Americans).

Fair warning: You probably want to make sure you have some tissues handy before you push play. 

Category:Movies

Lily James and Richard Madden Star in Magical Live Action ‘Cinderella’ Trailer

Disney is bringing one of its most iconic animated heroines to life – in a film that’s positively stuffed full of fabulous British actors. The House of Mouse has released the first trailer for its live action version of film classic Cinderella – and it’s surprisingly good.

Downton Abbey’s Lily James trades in her flapper dresses for a ball gown as the titular Disney princess, and she gets the King in the North (also known as Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden) as her Prince Charming. 

Director Kenneth Bragnagh has assembled a top-notch supporting cast, including Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother, Cate Blanchett as Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, and The Borgias’ Holliday Grainger and James’ own Downton co-star Sophie McShera as the horrible stepsisters. 

Category:Drama

Watch: Masterpiece Releases New ‘Downton Abbey’ ‘Official’ Series 5 Trailer

We’ve got just over a month to go until Downton Abbey Series 5 premieres in America, and promotion surrounding the new season is starting to kick into high gear.

In addition to a flurry of interesting behind the scenes clips and cast interviews, PBS has released what it’s calling the “official” Series 5 trailer, a new thirty second spot that highlights the many secrets being kept by the various members of the Crawley family and their staff.

Dun dun dun.

This new trailer is an interesting combination of moments we’ve seen previously – in either the first teaser or the early Season 5 trailer – along with a handful of tantalizing new shots. Just enough to help stoke the fires of excitement speculation just a bit higher, yeah?

Category:Drama

Watch: ‘Broadchurch’ Series 2 Teaser Trailers

Good news! For those that have been patiently waiting ever since the news broke that there would, in fact, be a second season of the critically acclaimed series Broadchurch, there finally is in fact some news to share!  Bad news: It’s not entirely what you could call a substantial update, but at least it’s an update that promises there’s more to come! And there are new trailers to get excited over. They're just not very long ones. 

Over the past week or so, ITV has been steadily dropping teaser trailers heralding the highly anticipated return of their most popular murder mystery from last year.  There have been four new clips so far and while none of them show any actual new footage – unless you can count the fact that stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman exist and wear clothes outdoors as footage – they’re still pretty effective at ramping up the tension as we build toward the series’ second season. Which, according to these trailers, will be January 2015 for those lucky enough to live in the UK. (No word on American dates yet, sorry gang.)

And honsetly, when we've all gone this long with virutally no new Broadchurch-releated anything, it doesn't take that much to stoke fans' excitement. 

At any rate, these are well worth a watch, if only because we’ve all been so starved for any scraps of information about the new season of Broadchurch. Filming has been basically kept on lockdown and while Americans have had (the debatable trainwreck of) Gracepoint to keep us occupied, it’s been pretty hard not to notice that we literally have zero idea what Season 2 is going to entail. 

Category:Drama

Recapping ‘The Paradise’: Series 2, Episode 8

Previously, on The Paradise:  Moray and Denise are still having relationship drama ostensibly becaue Moray kissed Katherine, but there’s also the fact that he looks like a homeless person and can’t deal with Denise’s dreams of professional success. Weston’s basically started keeping Katherine a prisoner in her own home and is threatening to send her off to Europe alone and keep her away from Flora forever. Clara gets a new boyfriend when a super talented high-end photographer arrives at the store, and The Paradise sets up another uber-pointless store stunt wherein people have to wander through a haunted house in order to buy a highly anticipated final issue of a magazine serial, though it’s not clear if they can see in the dark enough to buy anything else.

Well, we’ve made it to the Season 2 finale, guys. Thanks for sticking it out with me. What sort of insanity can we expect in this, the last ever episode of The Paradise? I don’t even want to hazard a guess. 

Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch Does Impressions of Literally Everyone

If Benedict Cumberbatch seems to be a bit more, well… everywhere than usual of late, that would be because he’s been out doing the press rounds for the impending release of his buzzy Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game. (Which, if you haven’t watched the trailer for that yet, you can do so right here – and you really should it’s going to be equally everywhere this awards season).

This has led to a veritable avalanche of Cumberbatch-related print interviews, video snippets and Q&As on various social media platforms. It’s so much that even the most die-hard Cumber-enthusiast (such as myself) may have had a hard time sifting through the lot of it. That’s why it’s important to distill all this down to the essentials – which is exactly what this video is. It is awesome and it will make your day.

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