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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). 

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‘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.

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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

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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.” 

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'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. 

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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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New Series of 'Inspector Lewis' Commissioned by ITV

Good news for mystery fans! Despite the fact that many assumed last year’s seventh season of hit series Inspector Lewis would be the show’s swan song – it turns out that’s not actually true.

ITV announced that an eighth series of Lewis has been officially commissioned, and stars Kevin Whatley and Laurence Fox will both be back! Furthermore, the new episodes will flip the dynamic between the famous duo around quite a bit. 

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Popular Drama 'Last Tango in Halifax' Renewed for a Third Season!

  Good news: romantic family drama Last Tango in Halifax has been officially recommissioned for a third series by the BBC!

The drama, which just wrapped its second season in the UK over the Christmas holidays, has grown in popularity over the course of its run, achieving its highest ratings ever at over 7.6 million viewers for one episode. The show won the BAFTA for Best Drama Series following its first season in 2012.

Halifax follows the story of widowed couple Alan and Celia (played by Sir Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid), a pair of high school sweethearts who are reunited after sixty years thanks to the power of Facebook and bring together their respective dysfunctional families. Nicola Walker and Sarah Lancashire play Alan and Celia’s respective adult daughters, who both have their own dramatic and emotional personal; problems to deal with.

"I'm so happy we've got a third series, it's so exciting to be able to take these characters further and to find out loads more stuff about them, “ creator Sally Wainwright, who has also penned such hits as Scott & Bailey and At Home with the Braithwaites. “What's so great about writing for characters like Celia and Alan is that there is a wealth of back story to explore. Series three will be a whole new emotional ball game.”

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‘Foyle’s War’ to Return for Another Season!

Good news, mystery fans – Foyle’s War will return!

ITV, Acorn Productions and Eleventh Hour Films have commissioned an additional three feature-length episodes of the popular period crime drama.

Michael Kitchen will return as scrupulous widower Christopher Foyle, now a Senior Intelligence Officer with MI-5. Honeysuckle Weeks will also be back as Foyle’s loyal sidekick Samantha Stewart. The new season will once again be written by novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz.

The most recent series – which aired on Masterpiece Mystery this past Fall – was set immediately after the war, but the three upcoming episodes will focus more squarely on the Cold War and are inspired by real events.

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‘The Paradise’ Will Return for Series 2: Americans, Get Your First Look

Series 1 of the lavish department store drama The Paradise just wrapped up this week on Masterpiece Classic, so it will probably come as good news to fans of the show that the story’s not over yet.

The department store drama has already been renewed for a second season, thanks to strong ratings on BBC One last year. The drama, which averaged nearly six million viewers per episode in the UK, will return with eight new episodes in Series 2 (in fact, the new season is currently airing in Great Britain as we speak – er, type.)

As those who have watched the Series 1 finale know, Series 2 is already shaping up to be quite, um…dramatic. Read on for details -and just so you know, there be spoilers ahead if you haven’t finished Series 1 yet!

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