Category:Drama

Recapping ‘Mr. Selfridge’: Series 3, Episode 1

Previously on Mr. Selfridge: There is too much. Let me sum up. If by “sum up” you mean, encourage everyone to just go skim the recaps from last season. There’s a lot.

Welcome back to another glittering, violently well-dressed, occasionally frustrating season of Mr. Selfridge. Let’s just jump right to it, shall we? 

Category:Drama

'Call the Midwife' Series 4 : Episode 1 Recap

Welcome back to another series of Call the Midwife! The time has come to return to Poplar to share in the joys and sorrows of this working class community and cheer on their most dedicated altruists, the nuns and nurses of Nonnatus House.

It’s 1960 and just as we’ve come to expect, change is a constant at the convent, especially when it comes to the staffing situation. To refresh your memory, Nurse Miller (Bryony Hannah) has left Poplar for Chichester where she will undergo her postulate training to become a nun. Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) has reassured Sister Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt) – and the viewers – that Cynthia will return. 

Category:Comedy

Filming Begins on ‘Doc Martin’ Season 7

It’s official – Doc Martin Season 7 is coming! To be fair, we all sort of assumed this to be the case already – either through just general fannish intuition, blind hope or the fact that star Martin Clunes offhandedly referenced heading back to Cornwall to start production in a recent interview.

At any rate, it’s at least nice to have official confirmation – straight from the horse’s mouth as it were.  ITV has officially announced the start of filming on Season 7, along with a few choice details about with the future has in store for the residents of Portwenn next year. 

Category:Drama

Confirmed: 'Downton Abbey' Will End After Season Six

It turns out that sometimes those crazy internet rumors actually turn out to be true, after all. 

So, yeah, it's official: Megahit costume drama Downton Abbey  will officially end after next season, ITV and PBS have confirmed

“Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years. Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end and Downton is no exception," Executive Producer Gareth Naeme said in a statement. "We wanted to close the doors of Downton Abbey when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so much by its fans. We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up."

Category:Sci-Fi

Celebrate Ten Years of "Doctor Who's' Return with This Amazing Fan Tribute

Ten years ago this March - March 26 to be exact - a beloved science fiction franchise made its return to the BBC after a nine year absence. It was called Doctor Who, and with the episode "Rose," Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston and his companion Billie Piper reintroduced the iconic alien with a blue police box to a whole new generation. Now, in 2015, it's hard to believe that it's actually been that long since Who came back to us - and that the show has since achieved an absolutely unprecendented (and frankly astonishing) level of global mainstream popularity. (I suspect if you asked the production team behind that long-ago Season 1, they never would have predicted this in about a million years.)

‘Sherlock’s’ Benedict Cumberbatch to Read at Reburial of King Richard III

The remains of infamous British monarch King Richard III will be reburied in Leicester Cathedral this week – almost three years after they were discovered buried under a car park in Leicester in 2012. The bones were extensively tested and verified via DNA to belong to the King, and will now be ceremonially reburied in the city where his body was returned following his defeat at the Battle of Bosworth Field.

Over 20,000 people visited the cathedral to pay their respects to the last Plantagnet king and view his coffin before its reburial on March 26.  In a weird twist that provides further evidence that he really is everywhere, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is set to take part in the ceremony by reading a poem specifically written to mark the occasion of King Richard’s reburial by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy

Category:Drama

Rumor Has It: ‘Downton Abbey’s’ Upcoming Sixth Season is Reportedly Its Last

Every since Downton Abbey Season 5 wrapped here in the US a few weeks ago, speculation about the show’s future has been rampant, pretty much everywhere. The start of filming on Season 6 has done little to tamp down on this topic, with another new speculative piece popping up every day.

What’s going on is this: Downton had already been renewed for a sixth season, which will likely screen in the UK this September and in America beginning in early January 2016. However, many of the cast’s contracts are ending following Season 6, and internet scuttlebutt says that many of them are ready to move on to other projects.

Popular entertainment site TV Line is now reporting that “multiple sources” have confirmed to them that Season 6 will, officially, be the show’s swan song.

But is this even true? Let's talk about it.

Category:Drama

‘Mr Selfridge’ Renewed for a Fourth Season

The third season of popular period drama Mr. Selfridge is about to kick off here in the US beginning March 29, but a bit of extra good news for fans has arrived just in time to celebrate the show’s return.

It’s official: ITV has already renewed the drama for a fourth season!

Star Jeremy Piven will once again reprise his role as the colorful but deeply troubled entrepreneur Harry Selfridge. Katherine Kelly will be back as everyone’s favorite socialite Lady Mae Loxley, and several other series regulars will also be returning for another season, including Sherlock’s Amanda Abbington (Miss Mardle),  Tom Goodman-Hill (Mr. Grove), Ron Cook (Mr. Crabb), Amy Beth-Hayes (Kitty), Trystan Gravelle (Victor), Sacha Parkinson (Connie) and Samuel West (Mr. Edwards). 

Category:Drama

Confirmed: The Upcoming ‘Sherlock’ Special Will Be ‘Victorian’

You may have noticed the blog’s been quite quiet for the last few days – this is because yours truly has been a bit busy at the annual SXSW Interactive festival in Texas. I learned a lot, including the tidbit referenced below.  It was awesome – but I am very glad to be home, and catching up on the tons of stuff it looked like I missed!

Sherlock fans everywhere are already counting the days until the release of the series’ new one-off special later this year – you know, the one that is totally, probably a Christmas special that no one is willing to call a Christmas special yet? Yeah, that one.

Anyway, the real point is that stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will definitely be back on our screens at some point in 2015, and that’s enough to make every kind of fan happy, right?

Another little tidbit sure to intrigue fans is that we now have official confirmation that the upcoming special isn’t going to be exactly what you’d call a normal episode. Executive producer Steven Moffat has confirmed that the special will be set in the Victorian period. 

Category:Other

Watch: Highlights From Red Nose Day 2015

This year has been a monumental one for Comic Relief, the British comedy-based charity co-founded by writer/director Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry three decades ago.

Comic Relief grew out of the success of Bob Geldolf’s Live Aid benefit concerts for Africa. Its efforts have united the people of the UK in raising money for aid organizations primarily in Africa and at home. 

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