Anyway, give yourself a clockwatching break and catch up on the latest from around the world of British television, including Merlin, Doctor Who, Primeval, Whitechapel, The Paradise, Hunted, Top Gear, Red Dwarf and more!
So, apopos of nothing, here’s Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch reading a chapter from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, as part of the Big Read project.
The Express: Home of Crazy Internet Rumors Since….Forever. Now they’re reporting that Benedict Cumberbatch is in talks to be the next James Bond villain in 2014.
Primeval creator Adrian Hodges will adapt Giles Morton’s book White Gold for Channel 4.
Excellent crime drama Whitechapel is set to return for a fourth series on ITV1.
Good look at the BBC’s upcoming spy thriller Hunted over at the Guardian.
The Red Dwarf cast discusses the new series that starts next week.
The BBC is set to actually publish the book that plays a significant role in the Doctor Who mid-season finale.
Watch the latest Series 2 trailer for Charlie Brooker’s spoof dram A Touch of Cloth.
Looper director Rian Johnson wants to direct an episode of Doctor Who.
Skins stars Kaya Scodelario and Joe Dempsie have joined the cast of Channel 4’s new four-part drama Southcilffe.
Former Saturday Night Live star Andy Samberg apparently loves the BBC because he’s allowed to swear on TV.
Doctor Who star Arthur Darvill says his exit from the TARDIS is “exciting” and “emotional.”
The video clip from the London Olympics featuring Queen Elizabeth and James Bond has been voted the top moment that changed UK TV. (Um…okay?)
More Arthur Darvill goodness: he talks to the Telegraph about his Doctor Who departure and plans for the future.
Channel 4 has commissioned a new drama called Dates from Bryan Elsley, the creator of Skins.
Elementary star Jonny Lee Miller appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman this week.
More from the Late Show: Letterman also interviewed British Prime Minster David Cameron.
Very interesting read from BBC News – on Britishisms and the Britishisation of American English.
Get a look at Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens in the trailer for Vamps, a new film from Amy Heckerling (of Clueless fame).
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is not ruling out the possibility of writing another novel set in the Potter universe.
Interesting read in the Guardian about new BBC drama The Paradise: Do viewers really need more period drama?
More The Paradise and the BBC’s decision to try and launch a period drama outside of the traditional Sunday night timeslot.
Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch chats with the Huffington Post about Elementary, Star Trek and all those recent misquotes.
BBC America has cast Tatiana Maslany as the lead in Orphan Black, their latest original series.
Rumor has it that singer Adele has secretly recorded the theme song for new James Bond film Skyfall.
In honor of Elementary, Entertainment Weekly’s Weekend Book Pick is Sherlock Holmes-based. I am intrigued.