BBC America Promos

Category:Drama

Watch an Extended Trailer for BBC America’s ‘Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond’

Biographical drama Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond will premiere as part of BBC America’s Dramaville block beginning January 29. The story follows the life of Ian Fleming, author of the famous James Bond novels, who was also a World War II spy, and a notorious playboy in his own right. (It's said he used a bit of his personal life as inspiration for Bond.)

Previously we had a brief teaser snippet promoting the series that showed us basically nothing, other than that, hey, Dominic Cooper exists and is in this show. Luckily, we now have an extended look at the four-part co-production between BBC America and Sky Atlantic. 

Category:Sci-Fi

BBC Fantasy Drama ‘Atlantis’ Comes to the US This November, Has Already Been Renewed for Series 2

Fantasy adventure drama Atlantis has been recommissioned for second series by the BBC, well ahead of its premiere here in the US. This isn’t that surprising, though, as Atlantis was the biggest new Saturday night drama series launch across all BBC channels when it premiered in the UK this Fall. Makes sense that the BBC would re-up it before it had even finished airing its first run.

The series, which is produced by Merlin co-creators Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps, follows the adventures of Jason (Jack Donnelly), a young Greek hero who arrives on the mysterious island of Atlantis. Along with his new friends Hercules (Mark Addy) and Pythagoras (Robert Emms), they battle against some of the most famous names in Greek legend, while Jason searches for the secrets of his destiny.  All three main actors will be returning for the second season, along with Jemima Rooper, Aiysha Hart, Sarah Parish, and Juliet Stevenson. 

American audiences will get their first chance to see Atlantis this November, as the series will premiere on BBC America on November 23. Read on for more details.

Category:Drama

British Hit Broadchurch Comes to America This August

Broadchurch, the murder mystery series that basically took over the UK for several weeks earlier this year, is officially coming to America later this summer. The eight-part drama will premiere on August 7 at 10pm, as part of BBC America’s Dramaville block and will run through September. 

The show delivered record ratings for ITV, was the most tweeted about British drama ever, and was pretty much all anyone was talking about in the world of entertainment while it was on. This is a fact of which you are probably already aware if you have spent any time at all trying to avoid Broadchurch spoilers online in recent weeks. It’s rough out there. (But it’s so worth it if you can make it through without finding out the ending!)

The series stars Doctor Who’s David Tennant and Twenty Twelve’s Olivia Colman as two detectives investigating the shocking murder of an eleven year old boy in a quiet seaside resort town where everyone is suddenly a suspect. BAFTA winner Vicky McClure, Who alum Arthur Darvill and Harry Potter actor David Bradley are all also part of the stellar cast.

The first American trailer for the series was just released by BBC America, and it does a great job of conveying the drama’s overwhelming sense of tension while flashing through a great many of the characters who may or may not be murder suspects.  

Category:Sci-Fi

Zombie Drama In the Flesh Gets Second Season, BBC America Premiere

BBC Three’s odd little zombie drama In the Flesh comes to the US starting tonight (June 6) on BBC America, which is airing the series as a special event over three consecutive nights this weekend.

Yes, zombies are basically the new vampires. With the massive success of AMC’s The Walking Dead and upcoming summer blockbuster World War Z about to hit theaters any day now, you can’t turn around without tripping over a member of the undead. So, it’s not really that surprising that even British telly wants to get in on the whole post-apocalyptic zombie thing. What makes In the Flesh stand out, however, is its unexpected premise.

The drama tells the story of 18-year-old Kieran, who is suffering from Partially Deceased Syndrome – also known as PDS or basically, being a zombie.  Thanks to the magic of modern medicine, Kieran’s zombie condition has been successfully treated enough to allow him back out into society and so he must return home  to his small Northern village and face the things he did as a mindless monster.  He also has to deal with the small problem that he kind of wanted to be dead in the first place.

Get a sneak peek at the first episode below.

Category:Sci-Fi

Two New Doctor Who Trailers for the Second Half of Series 7

We’re just days away from the return of Doctor Who on BBC One and BBC America on March 30. To celebrate our patience, or perhaps just drive us even crazier with anticipation, two new trailers have been released – one from each network – that are chock full of new footage from the last eight episodes of Series 7.

Spoilers, sweetie: The new season looks awesome

Category:Sci-Fi

It’s Official: Doctor Who Series 7 Returns on March 30 on Both Sides of the Pond

It’s official: the second half of Doctor Who Series 7 will premiere on March 30 on both BBC One and BBC America. This means that we’re only a couple of months away from finding out answers to some of the questions posed by Christmas special The Snowmen - most importantly, just what exactly is going on with the mysterious identity of new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman’s character. (Is she reincarnating through time? A particularly pretty robot? An alien? Who knows, but here’s hoping the twist is an interesting one.)

The back half of Series 7 will be comprised of eight episodes, which will include installments from several fantastic writers, including showrunner Steven Moffat, Sherlock scribe Stephen Thompson, Luther creator Neil Cross, and (amazing) fantasy author Neil Gaiman, who penned unforgettable Series 6 episode The Doctor’s Wife, which is maybe my favorite thing this show’s ever done.

Category:Drama

Get a Better Look at Ripper Street, Premiering in America This Weekend

BBC One’s new crime drama Ripper Street makes its way across pond this weekend to BBC America, giving US viewers a chance to see the gripping, often grisly, period drama for themselves.

The eight-part series stars Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothberg (among others) and is set in London’s  ll focus on the investigations of the H Division of the London police department and their attempts to battle crime and keep the peace in the East End. It premieres tonight at 9pm on BBC America and I can’t imagine I’m the only Anglophile out there who is curious to check it out.

Watch the opening scene from the gritty looking new thriller under the cut – and let me know what you think, does this look like something you’d watch? Or does it cross the line into too dark?

Category:Drama

Watch the First Episode of The Hour Series 2 Online Before It Premieres!

Series 2 of The Hour officially kicks off on BBC America starting November 28 (it’s already airing in the UK, but we’ll only be a couple of weeks behind, woohoo!).  However, there’s no reason to wait that long if you’re really dying to see where the story of Hector, Bel and Freddie goes in the new season. (Or just really like Ben Whishaw in suits. I won’t judge.)

BBC America has made the full first episode of Series 2 available online prior to its official broadcast start date, so you can settle down this weekend and dig right in.

Category:Drama

Get Your First Look at Series 2 of The Hour, Premiering on BBC America November 28

The Hour, the series that many called Britain’s answer to Mad Men last year, is back for a second series this month. If you’ve never seen The Hour, well, it’s sort of what would happen if you crossed Mad Men with HBO’s The Newsroom and also you were given the extra bonus present of Ben Whishaw in snazzy 1950s suits as the icing on top. (Yes, newly swoony geek girls everywhere, this is your new Q from the latest Bond film, Skyfall. He’s also quite a good actor. Enjoy.)

Series 1 ran here in America in the summer of 2011 and was one of my surprise favorite dramas last year –extremely well-acted, very suspenseful, and the sort of intelligent television that respects it viewers enough to assume that they’re going to keep up with it.

The news drama returns to BBC Two tomorrow night in the UK, but we won’t have to wait very long to see Series 2 for ourselves here in the States, as The Hour will premiere as part of BBC America’s Dramaville block on November 28, so we’ve only got a couple of weeks to wait! Huzzah!

Click through for all the latest on the return of this fabulous – two trailers, some cast interviews, and a quick way to catch yourself up on Series 1 in 90 seconds.

Category:Drama

New BBC America Teaser for Ripper Street, Series Set to Premiere January 2013

BBC America has released their first preview for upcoming period thriller Ripper Street starring Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothberg. Set in the Whitechapel neighborhood in the immediate aftermath of the Jack the Ripper murders, Ripper Street  will focus on the infamous H Division of the London police department and their attempts to keep the peace in the East End following these grisly crimes.

The first (supertiny) teaser for this highly anticipated series aired following the closing ceremonies of the London Olympics, but this is the first clip in which we can actually see some real footage from the show. Well done, BBC America, for starting the promotional wheels for this series turning earlier rather than later – and not just because the BBC’s tendency to drop trailers two weeks before series premieres is often occasionally frustrating.

Anyway, this clip is well worth a look – Macfadyen is looking predictably dishy in period dress and his performance seems predictably solid, even in these brief snippets. What’s most interesting here, though, is the show’s surprisingly dark and grisly tone. This shouldn’t be a total surprise, given that the series is set right after the Ripper murders, but sense of atmosphere, of place and moment in history, is palpable.  I’m intrigued! Hopefully, this won’t doesn’t turn out to be some sort of boring procedural cop drama that happens to feature detectives in period dress, because I quite like the feel of this thing so far. Take a look for yourselves below. 

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