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‘Inspector Morse’ Prequel ‘Endeavour’ Has Already Been Renewed for a Fourth Season

Roger Allam and Shaun Evans back in "Endeavour" Season 2. (Photo: Courtesy of (C) ITV for MASTERPIECE)

Huzzah for mystery fans – Inspector Morse prequel series Endeavour has been officially renewed for a fourth season!

Shaun Evans and Roger Allam will once again return as young Endeavour Morse and his partner Detective Inspector Fred Thursday. The new fourth season will be set in 1967 and is due into go into production on location in Oxford in late Spring 2016. Endeavour creator and Morse writer Russell Lewis will once again be writing the scripts. 

‘White Queen’ Sequel ‘The White Princess’ is Really Happening in 2017

Rebecca Ferguson as the original "White Queen". Who will star in the sequel series? (Photo: BBC/Starz)

Finally! After nearly three years of rumors, waffling and vague executive statements at press and promotional events, the sequel to The White Queen is actually happening!

Premium cable network Starz has officially commissioned The White Princess, based on best-selling author Philippa Gregory’s novel of the same name. The novel follows the story of Princess Elizabeth of York, daughter of White Queen Elizabeth Woodville, and focuses on her marriage to Henry Tudor (King Henry VII), which included the birth of multiple children, several rebellions and various other dramatic incidents.

‘Call the Midwife’ Renewed for a Sixth Season

Patsy, Barbara and Trixie are all heading into 1962. (Photo: BBC/Neal Street Productions)

It’s official: The BBC has renewed its popular period drama Call the Midwife for a sixth season, before a single episode of the drama’s fifth run has even aired. (They actually renewed it before the drama’s even aired its latest Christmas installment, if you want to be super technical about it.)

Season 6 will be comprised of a holiday special in 2016, and an additional 8 episodes in 2017.  This season will take the nuns and midwives into 1962.

The cast of "Indian Summers" Season 1. (Photo: Channel 4)

Period Drama ‘Indian Summers’ Will Return for a Second Season

Did you love the first season of period drama Indian Summers? Then you’ll be pleased to know that the show has been renewed for a second season

Season 2 will be comprised of ten episodes and will be set in 1935, three years after the events of the first season. 

“Our story moves forward three years, to a Viceroy’s last summer, a political gamble to stifle Independence and a great reckoning for Ralph, Alice and Aafrin” said Paul Rutman, creator of the series. 

World War II Drama ‘Home Fires’ to Get a Second Season

As you might have seen earlier this year, ITV has recommisisioned World War II drama Home Fires for a second season. (The show originally aired in the UK in the Spring of 2015, so you might be forgiven for missing that announcement back then.)

Home Fires follows the story of a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community. Led by the forthright and fiery Frances Barden (Downton Abbey’s Samantha Bond) and the authoritative Joyce Cameron (Francesa Annis), the ladies under the auspices of the Great Paxford Women’s Institute discover inner resources that chance their lives forever.

Through their own strength and resourcefulness, the eclectic band of local women – Frances’s sister Sarah, (Ruth Gemmill), downtrodden neighbour Pat Simms (Claire Rushbrook), pharmacist Erica (Frances Grey), local farmer Steph (Clare Calbraith) bookkeeper Alison (Fenella Woolgar), school teacher Teresa (Leanne Best) and butcher’s wife Miriam (Claire Price) – discover ways of improving the lives of their fellow villagers and offer a support network at a time of impending danger and crisis.

ITV Commissions New Episodes of 'Scott and Bailey'

ITV has ordered a new three-part special series of popular detective drama Scott & Bailey.

Stars Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp are back as Rachel Scott and Janet Bailey, the odd couple-ish crimefighting partnership forged over four previous series. This new season will feature a single crime story told over the course of all three installments, and will be “one of the biggest and darkest cases” that the detective duo has ever had to face.

The new three episode order marks a fairly significant format switch for the show, whose previous seasons clocked in at between six (Season 1) and eight episodes (Seasons 2-4) each. Of course, those episodes were all standalone installments in the sense that they lacked an overarching case between them – though I’d argue that many thematic and character beats carried over each week – instead of a serialized narrative.

ITV Confirms a Ninth Season of ‘Inspector Lewis’

It’s official: UK network ITV has announced that a ninth series of Inspector Lewis has been commissioned.

The popular mystery series’ ninth season will be comprised of six episodes, which will retain the one-hour format first used in Season 7.

Stars Kevin Whateley and Laurence Fox are both set to return, despite the fact that the future of the show has seemed somewhat up in the air in recent years, as the drama sort of wrapped up its run back in 2013, before returning for a surprise eighth season in 2014. It’s been rather dramatic, so it’s nice to have official confirmation that fans will definitely see the show again. Angela Griffin will also be back as DS Lizzie Maddox.

 

Aidan Turner’s New ‘Poldark’ Remake Renewed for a Second Season

The BBC has officially confirmed that its popular remake of period drama Poldark will return for a second season. The drama, which re-imagines the hit classic series for modern audiences, has been a hit for BBC One, with a consolidated average of 8.1 million viewers per episode to date. The first season Poldark hasn’t even premiered in the US yet, though it’s slated to air on PBS’ Masterpiece beginning this June.

(Truly, this thing where sometimes we get to find out that shows have been renewed before we even see them is sometimes the only thing that’s positive about being Americans who are a bit behind our British friends on matters of television.)

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