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Category:Drama

'Broadchurch' Series 2: Meet the New Characters

Think back to August 2013. Besides the fact that the weather was likely much warmer than it is right now, you may recall that was also when the very first episode of Broadchurch aired on BBC America. An eleven-year-old boy’s body was found on the beach and his death was ruled a homicide. And our minds (for the next eight weeks at least) were occupied with the question, “Who killed Danny Latimer?”

In the course of the investigation DI Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and DS Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) pursued leads involving friends and neighbors of the Latimer family. Even Danny’s dad, Mark (Andrew Buchan) was considered a suspect at one point.

In the end, however, Ellie Miller’s own husband, Joe (Matthew Gravelle), confessed to and was arrested for the child’s murder. This bombshell shattered both of the families involved and shook all Broadchurch citizens, not to mention the viewing audience, to their core.

In case you weren’t aware, the US premiere of the next installment of Broadchurch is nigh. It’s Wednesday, March 4th at 10 pm on BBC America to be exact.

I’ve not watched any of the new episodes in advance but I as I understand it, old cases will be revisited rather than jumping into a whole new murder investigation. I also gather from the UK ratings that the series two started strong, dropped sharply in the middle and rebounded for the finale. Having read that series creator Chris Chibnall envisioned the story as a trilogy; it’s understandable that the narrative could have gotten bogged down in the middle. Hopefully an exciting conclusion is on the horizon, especially considering that series three has recently been commissioned.

Despite my stringent desire to avoid spoilers, I thought it might be helpful to introduce you to some of the new faces you’ll be getting to know in the weeks to come. 

Category:Drama

Watch: The Extended PBS Trailer for ‘Wolf Hall’

We’re a little over a month away from the US premiere of the highly anticipated Tudor-era series Wolf Hall and PBS has released a new, extended trailer with a ton of heretofore unseen footage from the period drama.

Based on the Booker Prize-winning novels by Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall tells the story of Thomas Cromwell, a blacksmith’s son who rose to greatness in the court of Henry VIII, ultimately becoming one of the most powerful and influential men in England. Cromwell, among many other things, was one of the primary architects behind the Protestant Reformation in England and helped engineer the dissolution of King Henry’s marriage to Katherine of Aragon so that he might wed his mistress Anne Boleyn.

Tony and Olivier Award-winning actor Mark Rylance plays Cromwell, Homeland’s Damian Lewis plays Henry VIII and Claire Foy plays Anne Boleyn. They’re joined by a rather fantastic array of British talent, including Jonathan Pryce, Jessica Raine, Mark Gatiss, Joanne Whatley and more. 

Category:Drama

This New Trailer for the BBC’s ‘Poldark’ Remake is Amazingly Good

The BBC has released a new trailer for their upcoming remake of classic period drama Poldark and it’s jam-packed full of dramatic music, war flashbacks, gorgeous scenery, romantic tension and more.

Happily, this clip is 100% different from the teaser trailer that PBS and Masterpiece dropped last month – more new footage for us! Another bonus, the BBC clip focuses on who the characters are and giving us a little explanation of what’s going on, so this is actually great for those viewers who may not now anything about the first Poldark but are curious about this one, since it’s such event programming for both the BBC and PBS. 

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Get Your First Look at Martin Clunes as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

ITV has released the first trailer for its upcoming three part series Arthur and George, a three-part drama based on an intriguing series of events in the life of famed Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Set in 1903, the story focuses on Conan Doyle’s real-life attempts to clear George Edaliji, an Anglo-Indian solicitor who is serving time in Pentonville Prison after being (falsely) accused of a series of attacks on livestock in Staffordshire that have become known as the The Great Wyrley Rippings.

Beloved Doc Martin star Martin Clunes sheds his Britcom snarkiness to play Conan Doyle,     joined by The Guilty’s Arsher Ali as Edaliji. Other cast includes Hattie Morahan, Charles Edwards, Art Malik, Emma Fielding and Sandra Voe. 

Category:Drama

Watch the First PBS Trailer for ‘Wolf Hall’ Coming In April

The highly anticipated television adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall (and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies) is set to air on Masterpiece this April and PBS has released its first teaser trailer for the Tudor-era drama.

The six-part series follows the meteoric rise of Thomas Cromwell, a lowly blacksmith’s son who eventually became one of the most powerful men in England as chief advisor to King Henry VIII. Cromwell was one of the primary architects of the English Reformation and helped to engineer the dissolution of Henry’s marriage to Katherine of Aragon so that he could marry his mistress Anne Boleyn.

Tony and Olivier Award-winning actor Mark Rylance stars as Cromwell, along with Homeland’s Damian Lewis, Upstairs Downstairs’ Claire Foy, Call the Midwife’s Jessica Raine, Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss, Jonathan Pryce and more. (Yeah, the cast for this is pretty amazing, right?)  

Category:Drama

Watch Julie Walters in the Trailer for ‘Indian Summers’

Channel 4 has revealed the first trailer for its upcoming lavish ten-part period drama Indian Summers, which aims to tell the story of the final years of British colonial rule in India.

Following an assassination attempt at the Royal Club in Simla stories of promises, secrets, politics, power, sex and love play out as the British Raj begins to falter and a nation opens its eyes to the possibilities of freedom.

Two-time Academy Award nominee Julie Walters leads a massive all-star star cast that includes Harry Potter’s Henry-Lloyd Hughes, The Borgias Jemima West, Bedlam’s Nikesh Patel, Lilette Dubey, Mr. Selfridge’s Alexander Cobb, Craig Parkinson, Fiona Glascott and many more.

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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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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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. 

Category:Drama

Watch: Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis in ‘Wolf Hall’ Trailer

The BBC has released the first trailer for the highly anticipated Tudor drama Wolf Hall, which will adapt author Hilary Mantel’s bestselling pair of Booker Prize-winning novels (Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies) for the small screen.

The six-part drama will follow the meteoric rise of Thomas Cromwell, from lowly blacksmith’s son to one of the most powerful men in England as chief advisor to King Henry VIII. Cromwell was one of the main architects of the English Reformation, helping to engineer the dissolution of Henry’s marriage to Katherine of Aragon so that he might marry his mistress Anne Boleyn. Cromwell was also instrumental in negotiating Henry’s fourth marriage to Anne of Cleves, and instituted widespread, extensive religious reforms. 

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