Category:Drama

First Look at 'Call the Midwife' Series 4

It’s official: It’s almost time for a new season of Call the Midwife! Everyone’s favorite tear-jerking period drama is headed back to our screens for a fourth season (it’s already been renewed for a fifth, by the way) and the BBC has finally released the first trailer the show’s return.  It is, as you might expect, a rather potent mixture of tears, laughter, drama and a proposal for one of our favorite characters.

This season will mark the first without original Call the Midwife star Jessica Raines, but as we saw in the recent holiday special, while Nurse Jenny Lee is certainly missed, the show is more than capable of carrying on merrily (or sniffle-y or whatever you want to call it) along without her. In her absence, a few new faces will be joining the crew at Nonnatus House – Fresh Meat’s Charlotte Ritchie and Lark Rise to Candleford’s Linda Bassett, who will play nurses Barbara Gilbert and Phyllis Crane, respectively. 

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BAFTA 2015: Which is the Best British Film?

If the holidays are wrapping up and the cold, dark winter is truly setting in, it can mean only one thing. It’s awards season! For the UK film industry, the greatest accolade that can be bestowed is from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, BAFTA for short, which also happens to the name of the statuette presented to the winners. 

On this past Friday, the nominees for the 2015 BAFTAs were announced at the Picadilly headquarters of the Academy itself by perennial host Stephen Fry and his cohort Sam Claflin. While there might have been a few snubs, most of the expected names were announced. Of interest to British movie fans, The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game received multiple nods for acting, screenplay, director and best overall film. Ralph Fiennes, Rosamund Pike and Imelda Staunton also earned nominations for their impressive work in The Grand Budapest Hotel, Gone Girl and Pride respectively. A complete list of nominees can be found here.

Though a British organization, most of BAFTA’s awards are not limited to UK produced movies except for one – the Outstanding British Film category. Last year some of the nominees for this award had a tenuous claim to this distinction. In fact it was Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney that won this honor in 2014.

This year’s batch of outstanding movies are much more identifiably British and a good representation of UK filmmaking overall. Two are biopics of famous scholars, two are based on historical events set in the fairly recent past, one is a Scottish sci-fi thriller and the last is a CGI depiction of a beloved British children’s character. I’ve actually seen four out of the six films on the list and, despite a few disagreements based on my own personal tastes, would concur with a majority of  its candidates.

Let’s take a look at the nominees, shall we?

Category:Drama

'Downton Abbey' Discussion: Series 5, Episode 2

Previously, on Downton Abbey: Kind of a lot happened, actually. It’s 1924 now and the status quo from Season 4 continues. Mary’s still waffling between her equally dull and/or stalkery suitors and has decided that she’s going to sleep with Lord Gillingham to find out if she really likes him. Edith’s still mooning about over her hidden illegitimate child, which is now not so hidden – and also, walking around – down at the neighbor farmer’s house. Thomas is still blackmailing Baxter, who confesses to Cora she once stole a bunch of jewelry from an employer. Jimmy’s creepy ex-employer visits Downton and he gets fired after he hooks up with her. (Yuck.) Carson is chosen by the villagers to spearhead a local war memorial and he basically blackmails them into including Lord Robert too. Oh, and Edith sets the house on fire. (I said there was a lot.) For more, read the Season 5 premiere recap.)

Allright, y’all. Let’s do this. 

Category:Drama

Get Your First Look at ‘Death in Paradise’ Series 4

Mystery series Death in Paradise was faced with an unenviable task at the beginning of its third season – how do you reinvent a show whose premise is based on a rather grumpy detective sent to investigate murder in a tropical paradise when the actor who plays said detective has decided to leave the show?

As Season 3 began, that’s exactly what happened. Despite the show’s popularity, star Ben Miller, who played DI Richard Poole, decided he wanted to try other things, and was subsequently written out of the show. He was replaced by Kris Marshall, an actor whom many Americans had probably only known as Colin from popular Christmas rom-com Love Actually until that point. (He’s the guy that travels to Wisconsin in hopes of finding an American girlfriend.)

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Listen: BBC Radio 4’s Production of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s ‘Good Omens’ is Online

In case your holidays were a bit too hectic to fully appreciate the fabulousness that was BBC Radio 4’s recent dramatization of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s cult classic novel Good Omens, well you’re in luck. While the radio drama has finished its on-air run, the entire series is available to stream for free – regardless of where you live! – on the BBC iPlayer website.

First published in 1990, Good Omens subtitled The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, tells the story of the End Times. Sort of.  It involves an angel (Aziraphale) and a demon (Crowley) who quite like living on Earth, actually, and take it upon themselves to thwart the plans of the Antichrist, whose name is Adam. It’s kind of complicated. (But it’s awesome.) 

Category:Drama

Filming Officially Begins on the ‘Sherlock’ Special

Well, we might not be sure what to call it, whether it’s a holiday installment or what’s going on with those outfits from the first promo photo – but it’s official: Filming on the highly anticipated one-off episode of Sherlock kicked off today.

Category:Drama

Michael Kitchen Returns in a New Season of ‘Foyle’s War’

Get excited, mystery fans – an all new season of Foyle’s War is headed our way!

Star Michael Kitchen is back as Senior Intelligence Officer Christopher Foyle, along with Honeysuckle Weeks as his loyal assistant Samantha Stewart (now Wainwright), who is still struggling to balance her life working with Foyle and her life at home with her husband Adam.. Other returning cast members include Daniel Weyman as Adam Wainwright, Ellie Haddington as Hilda Pierce, Tim McMullan as Valentine and Rupert Vansittart as Sir Alec Meyerson.

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'Downton Abbey' Discussion: Series 5, Episode 1

Previously, on Downton AbbeyThere is too much. Just go investigate the Series 4 recaps for a bit if you need a refresher on last season.

It’s finally here! Downton Abbey Series 5 is finally here! I’m entirely too excited about getting back to these recaps, so let’s just jump right in, shall we? There’s a lot to discuss (surprise surprise) and some of it’s awesome, some of it's awful and some of it’s kind of weird.

In short: We have a lot to talk about. Let's jump right in. 

Category:Drama

The 'Broadchurch' Series 2 Trailer Looks Creepy and Amazing

Now that we're at the beginning of a new year, it's natural to look ahead and start anticipating the positive raft of great British TV that's headed our way in 2015. As I've mentioned before, one of my most anticipated shows this year is the second season of crtically acclaimed mystery drama BroadchurchThe first season of the show delivered record ratings for ITV and became something of a watercooler phenemoneon, clocking in as the most tweeted about British drama ever, earning rave reviews from critics and fans alike, and basically dominating all entertainment discussion during the weeks it was airing. Literally everyone wanted to know who killed Danny Latimer.

Given the phenomenal success of the first season, the announcement that the show would continue certainly wasn't surprising; however, the fact that the mystery's core murder case was wrapped up so neatly by season's end left most viewers scratching their heads about where the show could go from that point. Well, now we finally have a few clues, thanks to the release of the first UK and US trailers for Season 2. 

Category:Drama

A Winter Delight: ‘Grantchester’ Comes to ‘Masterpiece Mystery’

While I wouldn’t consider myself a mystery genre aficionado, I do enjoy a good whodunit from time to time. My view is that without interesting characters and the corresponding relationships between them, one detective series is pretty much like another. So when I first heard about Grantchester, I thought we were in for another cozy mystery show in the manner of Miss Marple or Midsomer Murders. After all, the lead character is a rural vicar who for whom crime solving becomes something of an avocation. 

But this seems to be something a bit different. 

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