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Category:Drama

Rejoice: ‘Downton Abbey’ Has Been Renewed For Series 6

It’s official: On the eve of its fifth season finale in the UK, ITV has confirmed that Downton Abbey will return for a sixth series.

All together now: Yaaaaaaay!

This news shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone, given the truly global success enjoyed by Downton. Series 5 has averaged over 10 million viewers per episode in the UK this Fall. But, as with any show that is so universally beloved, it’s a relief to know that we aren’t going to have to say goodbye to the Crawley clan anytime soon. 

Category:Drama

‘Call the Midwife’ Renewed for a Fifth Series

It’s official: As filming wraps up on the fourth series of award-winning emotional tearfest Call the Midwife, the period drama has been renewed for a fifth season by the BBC.

The ladies of Nonnatus House are already slated to return for a Christmas special at the end of this year, with a full fourth season coming in the early part of 2015 (January for the lucky ducks in the UK, late March for those of us in America). But now, before these new episodes even have screened anywhere, the show’s been given a fresh order for an additional eight-part fifth series, set to screen in 2016. Whew.

This announcement is actually not that surprising, given that Call the Midwife is one of the UK’s most-watched dramas since it launched in 2012, averaging over ten million viewers per episode over all three series, and 11.4 million tuning in to the Series 3 premiere last year. Additionally, the show has proved an admirable performer for PBS here in the States, and has developed quite the enthusiastic fanbase. 

Category:Drama

Crime Drama ‘DCI Banks’ Will Return for a Fourth Season

It’s official: ITV has renewed gritty contemporary crime drama DCI Banks for a fourth season.

The series, based on Peter Robinson’s novels, stars Stephen Tompkinson as DCI Alan Banks alongside Andrea Lowe as DS Annie Cabot and Doc Martin’s Caroline Catz as DI Helen Morton. Series 4 will be comprised of six new episodes, which will explore three separate mysteries.    

Category:Drama

‘Morse’ Prequel ‘Endeavour’ Officially Renewed for a Third Season

Fans of Inspector Morse prequel series Endeavour, you can all rest easy - ITV has officially renewed the detective drama for a third series!

The detective series will return with four new episodes, and will pick up following the shocking events at the end of Series 2, which concluded with Morse in police custody, framed for a crime he didn’t commit, while his partner DCI Thursday seemed close to death after being shot in the chest.

The third series will once again by written by Lewis creator and Morse scribe Russell Lewis, and will apparently be set in 1967. 

Category:Drama

It’s Official: ‘Sherlock’ Will Return for a Special and a Fourth Season!

Fans everywhere can rejoice: The BBC has officially confirmed that Sherlock will return for a one-off special and a three-episode Series 4!

[Yes it’s okay if you start screaming now.]

Even though the entire cast and creative team has been discussing this for ages as a done deal, it’s nice to get the official word that the fourth season is happening (plus the bonus of an extra episode!) Stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will return as Sherlock and John and presumably solve the mystery of why Moriarty’s face was plastered everywhere in London at the end of last season (and hopefully deal with the fallout from the Mary situation that left a lot of fans scratching their heads). 

Category:Drama

‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’ Will Return For A Third Season

Good news for mystery fans! The Australian period series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries has been officially renewed for a third season by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), according to the show’s official Facebook page. (Yes, Miss Fisher isn’t strictly a British show – but as a Commonwealth country, Australia kind of counts, and, many fans of British mysteries have seemingly fallen in love with the show and its exceptionally well-dressed heroine. We can make an exception, I think.)

Based on the best-selling novels by Kerry Greenwood, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries follows the adventures of a glamorous female detective in 1920s Australia who battles injustice with a sharp wit and a pearl-handled pistol.  Essie Davis plays the fabulous Phryne Fisher, opposite Nathan Page as Detective Inspector Jack Robinson, Ashleigh Cummings as Miss Fisher’s loyal companion and assistant Dot and Hugo Johnstone-Burt as Constable Hugh Collins.

Category:Drama

Crime Drama ‘Vera’ to Return for Series 5

Popular British crime drama Vera will officially be back for a fifth season!

Based on the characters from the popular series of novels by Ann Cleves, the show follows the obsessive and driven Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope as she tries to crack some of the toughest cases in Northumberland.

Brenda Blethyn will once again reprise her role as Vera; however, she’ll be getting a new sidekick this year. Long-time cast member David Leon, who played Vera’s loyal right-hand man Joe Ashworth, has departed the show, as his character has finally received a promotion. Vera will be joined instead by newcomer DS Aiden Healey, played by Stella’s Kenny Doughty.

Other returning cast members include Jon Morrison, Cush Jumbo, Kingsley Ben-Adir and Riley Jones

Category:Drama

Shakespeare Miniseries ‘The Hollow Crown’ is Getting a Sequel; Benedict Cumberbatch Confirmed to Take Part

Excellent news for Shakespeare fans! Popular series The Hollow Crown is getting a sequel, of sorts! The original four-part miniseries adapted four of Shakespeare’s history plays – Richard II, Henry IV, Part One, Henry IV, Part Two and Henry V – into a single chronological narrative. This second set of history plays – which doesn’t actually have a name yet – will feature adaptations of Richard III and Henry VI (filmed in two parts, instead of three).

These productions will reunite the creative team from Neal Street Productions, including director Sam Mendes, who were behind the original BAFTA-winning Hollow Crown films.  Dominic Cooke, former Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre, will direct all three new installments.

“The critical and audience reaction to The Hollow Crown series set the bar high for Shakespeare on screen,” said executive producer Pippa Harris. “Neal Street is delighted to be making the concluding part of this great History cycle.” 

Category:Drama

'Call the Midwife' to Return for a Fourth Season in 2015

If there’s one positive thing to be said for the life of an American British TV fan – besides the fact that we all obviously have impeccable taste in what to watch – it’s that we tend to get a lot of good news about our favorite shows at oddly convenient times. For example, we know that department store period drama Mr. Selfridge will be back for a third season, and Series 2 hasn’t even started in the States yet. (It premieres March 30.) Fans can rest easy already about it's future - which is a luxury we don't get for most shows! 

Happily, there’s some similarly excellent news for fans of popular period drama Call the Midwife. The BBC has officially renewed the show for a fourth season, which is slated to go into production later this year, with an eye to an early 2015 transmission. 

Category:Drama

It’s Official: ‘Mr Selfridge’ Renewed for Series 3

While the second season of popular department store drama Mr. Selfridge hasn’t even aired in the US yet – and actually hasn’t finished screening in the UK yet either – fans everywhere can rest easy in the knowledge that Series 2 won’t be our last trip to the store.

Selfridge has officially gotten the green light for a third season, despite the fact that the ITV drama has struggled a bit in the ratings opposite the BBC’s Sunday night adventure drama The Musketeers. It’s still averaging around six million viewers a week, however, which is probably why it scored a renewal.  Well, that and the fact that it’s also been quite successful with international audiences, particularly here in the US on Masterpiece.

 ''We're delighted to commission a third series of 'Mr Selfridge',” said ITV Head of Drama Steve November in a press release. “It's been very pleasing to see how the audience have reacted to 'Mr Selfridge' and the vibrant and inspirational world the production team have created.''

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