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Watch: The Trailer for the 'Sherlock' Special is Here!

Finally, the moment has arrived – the full trailer for the upcoming Sherlock special is here!

And, for those of us who’ve been waiting almost two years for anything featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, this is basically water in the desert. This could be the worst trailer in the world, and it probably wouldn’t matter, because we’re all so desperate for new material.  

So it’s probably a good thing that the new trailer is fantastic then.


First Look at ‘Inspector Lewis’ Season 9

Despite a bit of back and forth that occasionally seemed to leave the future of the popular mystery series in doubt, Inspector Lewis is returning for a ninth season. Stars Kevin Whatley and Laurence Fox are back as Robbie Lewis and James Hathaway, alongside Angela Griffith as DS Lizzie Maddox.

The slate of six new episodes – which will be retaining the one-hour format, two-part mystery first used in Season 7 – marks yet another chapter in the occasionally confusing history of Lewis, itself a spinoff of popular drama Inspector Morse. Lewis seemingly wrapped up its run back in 2013, when star Whatley wanted to pursue other projects or possibly just take a break from a character he portrayed for something like 20 years. (They even gave Lewis a happy, looking off into the sunset with a beer ending. Things seemed pretty done.)

But, happily, the show returned for something of a surprise eighth season in 2014 and was renewed for Season 9 back in April. Huzzah! 


PBS Previews ‘Indian Summers’, Premiering on Masterpiece in September

Lavish period drama Indian Summers begins on Masterpiece this September. The nine-part stars the always amazing Julie Walters as the glamorous doyenne of a group of English socialites living in India in 1932 during the time of the British Raj.

The series has something of a Downton Abbey meets Jewel in the Crown vibe – the promos indicate that there are plenty of class issues, ill-advised romantic entanglements, beautiful sets and incredibly gorgeous costumes to go around.

PBS has released a new trailer that not only features Walters at her sort of overdramatic, fabulous best, but also adds in a bit more context than some of the initial British promos – you know for those of us who aren’t quite as familiar with this time period and/or location in history. 


World War II Drama ‘Home Fires’ to Air on PBS This Fall

Good news for those who like period drama - PBS has announced that World War II-set series Home Fires will be part of the Fall Masterpiece lineup this year!

Acclaimed British actresses Francesca Annis (Cranford, Jane Eyre, Wives and Daughers) and Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey, the Pierce Brosnan era of Bond films) lead an impressive ensemble cast that includes Ruth Gemmell, Mark Bonnar, Claire Rushbrook, Mark Bazeley, Frances Grey and Ed Stoppard.

The six-part series follows a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community with the shadow of World War II casting a dark cloud over their lives. The isolated village couldn’t feel further away from the impending bloodshed and battlefields and yet it is not immune from the effects of war.

As the conflict takes hold, and separates the women from their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers, the characters find themselves under increasing and extraordinary pressures in a rapidly fragmenting world.


Colin Morgan to Star in BBC Drama ‘The Living and the Dead’

Merlin’s Colin Morgan and Line of Duty’s Charlotte Spencer have been cast as the leads in upcoming BBC supernatural thriller The Living and the Dead.

The six-part drama will take place in Somerset in 1894 and follow the story of a brilliant young couple who inherit a farm that’s almost as old as the countryside itself. The two move in, determined to start a new life together. But their presence in this isolated corner of England starts to unleash strange, settling and dangerous supernatural phenomenon that will start to threaten their marriage.

Woooo, ghosts, right?  (It’s gotta be ghosts, yeah?)


‘Doctor Who’ Season 9 Trailer Features Missy, Monsters and Maisie Williams

Another awesome thing thanks to San Diego Comic Con – after months and months of waiting, we finally got our first look at the highly anticipated new season of Doctor Who. Stars Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Michelle Rodriguez were on-hand at the show’s big Hall H panel to introduce the Season 9 trailer,

The clip, which features lots of action, danger and drama – as well as lots of monsters old and new – certainly maintains the darker tone that was a hallmark of Capaldi’s first season, though at least it looks like some of the conflict between Twelve and his Companion Clara has been worked out (or at least has died down).

Oh and Missy (the new female incarnation of the Doctor’s old friend/nemesis the Master) is definitely back, though the trailer is unclear about whether she’s on the side of the good guys this time around or not. Also, there’s a Dalek!


‘Arthur and George’ to Premiere on Masterpiece This September

The US premiere date has been set for mystery series Arthur and George, a new drama starring Doc Martin’s Martin Clunes as Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The series will air on Masterpiece on PBS stations nationwide beginning Sunday, September 6, at a special time of 8pm.

For the many fans anxiously awaiting new seasons of both Doc Martin and modern-day Holmes drama Sherlock, this announcement should come as good news – of course, it’s not quite the same, but Arthur and George should prove a decent enough way to pass the time for two fanbases who are very accustomed to waiting. 


Claire Foy, Matt Smith and More Set to Star in Netflix Series ‘The Crown’

Everyone’s getting into the British drama game these days, including powerhouse streaming service Netflix. Best known for buzzy dramas such as House of Cards and Daredevil, the online-only distributor is set to launch a new series called The Crown, an original decades-spanning drama about Queen Elizabeth II and the prime ministers who helped shape post-war Britain.

The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

The series is based on Peter Morgan’s award-winning play The Audience – the stage version of which recently netted star Helen Mirren both the Olivier and the Tony for Best Actress for her performance as Her Majesty the Queen.  The play used the weekly meetings (audiences) given by Queen Elizabeth to her prime ministers as a framework to tell the story of her remarkable life and reign.


‘Downton Abbey’s’ Joanne Froggatt Signs on to Play a Victorian Serial Killer

One of the most interesting things about Downton Abbey drawing to a close is seeing what sorts of projects its many fantastic actors are signing up to do next after the doors of Highclere close forever. (Or at least until a prequel or sequel series gets greenlit; let’s all keep that dream alive.)

First out of the gate appears to be star Joanne Frogatt, who plays everyone’s favorite long suffering house-turned-ladies maid Anna Bates. Anna has certainly dealth with more than her fair share of tragedy over the course of Downton’s run – enduring a brutal rape, suffering through her husband’s lengthy trial for murder and eventually ending up arrested herself at the end of last season before having her name cleared. So, after playing such a long-suffering character, it’s no surprise that Frogatt seems to have gone in a completely different direction for her first post-Downton gig.

She’ll be starring in a two-part drama for ITV called Dark Angel, which aims to tell the story of Victorian poisoner Mary Cotton, who used adultery, bigamy, fraud and murder to “better” herself socially and financially before being convicted and hanged for her crimes in 1873.


Period Drama 'The Crimson Field' Begins June 21 on PBS

Heads up for those who love dramatic World War I stories! Period drama The Crimson Field finally comes to America this week on PBS stations nationwide.

The six-part series tells the story of World War I’s frontline medics – their hopes, fears, triumphs and tragedies. In a tented field hospital on the coast of France, a team of doctors, nurses and women volunteers works together to heal the bodies and souls of men wounded in the trenches. The hospital is a frontier: between the battlefield and home front, but also between the old rules, hierarchies and a new way of thinking.

Game of Thrones Oona Chaplin, MI-5’s Hermoine Morris and Scott & Bailey’s Suranne Jones star as volunteer nurses who must deal daily with injuries, casualties and death. (In some ways it’s a bit like Call the Midwife but set during the Great War.) These women arrived in France in 1915, as part of the Voluntary Aid Detachments (or VADs), who were the first volunteers at the field hospitals there. 


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