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Category:Drama

‘Death Comes to Pemberley’ to Air on Masterpiece This October

Heads up, Jane Austen fans – Pride and Prejudice sequel Death Comes to Pemberley has an official American airdate.

The lavish period drama was previously announced as part of the Masterpiece lineup on PBS for 2014, but dates have only recently been set for the premiere. Death Comes to Pemberley will officially screen on Sunday nights at 9pm from October 26 – November 2. 

More details below.

Category:Drama

BBC ‘Poldark’ Remake Headed to Masterpiece in 2015

Good news for fans of lavish period dramas – the BBC’s splashy upcoming remake of the classic period drama Poldark is coming to America on Masterpiece in 2015.

Interestingly enough, the original Poldark also screened on Masterpiece Theater in the 1970s, and starred Robin Ellis in the title role. Poldark was one of the BBC’s first costume dramas and remains beloved on both sides of the Pond.

Set in Cornwall in 1793, it tells the story of a man named Ross Poldark, a brooding British officer returning from the American Revolutionary War who finds his home life much changed. He finds his father dead, the family mine long since closed, his house wrecked and his sweetheart pledged to marry his cousin. 

Category:Drama

Julie Walters to Star in Period Drama ‘Indian Summers’, Slated for Masterpiece Airing in 2015

Prepare yourselves, Anglophiles, your next sumptuous period drama fix is here. Or it will be, in the not too distant future. 

Titled Indian Summers, this forthcoming drama from Channel 4 and PBS stars iconic actress Julie Walters in a ten-part series focused on the final years of British colonial rule in India. Basically, it seems as though this series is meant to be a sort of Indian Empire Downton Abbey, telling the story of the decline of the British Empire and the rise of modern India, from all sides. (Or, that’s what I’d like it to be, so that’s how I’m choosing to interpret the initial plot synopsis at any rate.)

Walters, who is a two-time Academy Award nominee and played Molly Weasley in the Harry Potter movies, will be joined by an all-star cast that includes fellow Potter alum 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.  Indian Summers marks Walters’ first role since her appearance in Shakespeare miniseries The Hollow Crown a few years ago. 

Read on for a more detailed breakdown: 

Category:Drama

Martin Clues to Play Sherlock Holmes Creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Worlds colliding! Well, sort of, at least. Doc Martin star Martin Clunes has signed up to play Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in an upcoming drama for British network ITV. Whilst it’s not exactly Clunes scoring a guest spot on popular mystery series Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, it’s close enough for me.

The three-part series, called Arthur and George, will adapt Julian Barnes’ novel of the same name, which is loosely based on an intriguing series of genuine events in the life of 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.

Category:Drama

Damien Lewis ,Mark Gatiss, Jessica Raine and More Join Cast of ‘Wolf Hall’

Homeland star Damien Lewis heads a rather lengthy list of impressive British talent slated to take part in upcoming period drama Wolf Hall, based on the pair of Booker Prize-winning, bestselling novels – Wolf Hall and sequel Bring Up the Bodies – by Hilary Mantel.

Mantel’s novels put a somewhat new spin on the story of Thomas Cromwell, a key adviser to King Henry VIII and a leading force behind the Protestant Reformation in England who has been presented as a rather unlikeable figure, historically speaking.  Cromwell, the son of a blacksmith, enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame, first when he served under Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, then later as a key minister to the King himself. He was instrumental in bringing widespread religious reform to England, helping to engineer the annulment of King Henry’s first marriage and his wedding to Anne Boleyn, as well  as her subsequent fall from grace. Plus a whole lot more.

Read on for details. 

Category:Drama

1960s Medical Drama 'Breathless' Comes to Masterpiece This Summer

It’s official: Splashy-looking British period drama Breathless is set to premiere on Masterpiece this summer.

The drama follows the lives of a group of doctors and nurses in a 1960s London hospital, a world in which everything and everyone has their place. But underneath this veneer simmers a cauldron of lies, deceptions and guilty secrets, driven by love, ambition and sex. To be honest, it sounds (and even looks!) a bit like a medical drama version of AMC’s critical darling Mad Men.

Category:Comedy

‘Vicious’ Starring Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi to Premiere on PBS Stations in June

It’s official: Gay British comedy Vicious – which stars acting legends Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi – will make its American debut this summer on PBS stations nationwide beginning June 29.

Vicious follows the story of elderly gay couple Freddie (McKellen) and Stuart (Jacobi) who have been living together in the same Covent Garden flat for nearly 50 years. An incredibly co-dependent duo, their primary activities seem to be centered around bickering with one another, making sarcastic comments and walking the dog, but there is, nevertheless a deep love between them. However, the couple finds their lives turned upside down by the arrival of their new young upstairs neighbor, played by Game of Thrones' Iwan Rheon in a much, much less creepy role then you’re generally accustomed to seeing him on Sunday nights these days. 

Category:Drama

‘Miranda’s’ Tom Ellis to Star in ‘Rush’ For USA Network This Summer

A familiar British face will be the leading man in an upcoming American drama this summer. Miranda star Tom Ellis is taking on the lead role in USA Network’s new series Rush, playing a once-successful ER doctor whose addiction to pills and other drugs leads him to set up his own shingle as a professional “fixer” who handles awkward cases and procures off-the-record medial goods for L.A’s elite.

Ellis is probably best known to British television fans for his role as Miranda Hart’s dishy love interest on her sitcom Miranda, but he’s also had roles on EastEnders and appeared for a short time on US series Once Upon a Time as the drama’s original Robin Hood. He’ll be playing main character William Rush who, on the surface, sounds more than a bit like a male (and medically focused) version of Scandal’s Olivia Pope.

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Get Your First Look at 'Vera' Series 4

Attention British mystery fans! ITV has released the official trailer for the critically acclaimed four season of Vera, which is set to premiere later this month in the UK and (hopefully) very soon thereafter in the US!

Based on author Ann Cleeves’ series of popular novels, the drama follows the obsessive and driven Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope as she tries to crack some of the toughest cases in Northumberland alongside her trusted right-hand man and surrogate son Joe Ashworth. Stars Brenda Blethyn and David Leon are both back as the series’ leads.

Series 4 will be comprised of four stand-alone episodes, though titles for the full set have not yet been announced. In the opening episode, called On Harbour Street, Vera investigates the mysterious death of pensioner Margaret Kraszewski, who is found stabbed on a busy Newcastle train at the height of rush hour.

Category:Drama

David Tennant’s ‘The Escape Artist’ Heads to PBS Stations This Summer

Good news for fans of former Doctor Who star David Tennant! The Tenth Doctor’s recent BBC mini-series The Escape Artist is finally coming to America and will premiere on PBS stations nationwide beginning Sunday, June 15 as part of the new season of Masterpiece Mystery.

Created and written by David Wolstencroft, the three-part drama originally aired in the UK last Fall. It stars Tennant alongside a great cast that includes Sophie Okonedo, Tony Kebbell  and Ashley Jensen. It follows the story of talented barrister (that’s British for lawyer) Will Burton, who is known for never losing a case and for his ability to get obvious criminals out of tight legal corners. (That’s why he’s called “The Escape Artist”, after all!)

But when Burton agrees to defend a notorious murder suspect and manages to get him off on a technicality, the decision comes back to haunt him. Dun dun dunnnn! 

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