August 2013

'Sherlock' Director Confirms Fake Scenes Filmed to Keep Fans in Suspense

Fans worldwide are waiting with baited breath for the return of popular mystery series Sherlock – not only because it’s one of the best shows on television, but because everyone’s dying to find out how in the world the consulting detective survived a drop off the top of St. Bart’s hospital without actually dying. We’ve all wanted to know how Sherlock did it since the closing credits of The Reichenbach Fall, basically and with filming on Series 3 wrapping up this week, it seems like we’re finally close to getting some answers.

Except, well, maybe not. To what should be the surprise of no one that’s ever watched any program crafted by Steven Moffat, things aren’t necessarily what they seem. Turns out, the Sherlock folks have been playing their cards even closer to the vest than usual, in anattempt to preserve the secrecy of the script for premiere episode The Empty Hearse. Want to know more? Read on.

British Actresses You Should Know: Romola Garai

Thought it might be time to spotlight another woman during our British Actors and Actresses You Should Know series, so here’s a look at a one of the most interesting up and coming ladies in the field, Romola Garai. You’ve probably seen here in something, whether it was her star turn in news drama The Hour, her role in Best Picture-nominated film Atonement or her dance moves in sequel Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. (It’s also possible you heard about her speech at the 2013 BAFTA Awards, which got really personal, really quick about the recent birth of her child and made more than a few headlines.)

But, regardless of how much or how little you know about this actress, her career to date is so varied that it’s likely you’ve missed a few of her projects along the way. Here’s a look at some of them – and why they’re worth your time.

'Scott and Bailey' Renewed for Series 4!

Good news for fans of female-led mystery series Scott & Bailey – the popular ITV drama has been renewed for a fourth series!

Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones will return as Rachel Bailey and Janet Scott, two detective constables with very different personalities who are part of the fictional Murder Investigation Team in Manchester. Amelia Bullmore will also return as DCI Gill Murray and, additionally, will write four episodes of the new season.

Executive producer Nichola Shindler is “thrilled” by the drama’s impending return. “"It's rewarding to think the public have become so familiar with the characters and taken them to heart,” she said. “With this new series, we have the chance to explore great story ideas and continue developing those characters."

Scott & Bailey has consistently been a strong ratings performer for ITV and has been one of the network’s most successful new dramas in recent years (barring a certain worldwide smash hit named Downton Abbey). The most recent season finale pulled in a 27% audience share for them, averaging about 7.1 million viewers.

"ITV Drama without Scott and Bailey would be unthinkable,” said ITV Director of Drama Scott November. “Its reputation for quality storytelling and great characterization precedes it and it's become a firm favorite with ITV viewers."

Production is slated to begin on Series 4 in Spring 2014, with an eye toward a transmission date later that year. In an extra tidbit of good news for local fans – DC area Scott and Bailey lovers can expect to see the third series of the drama pop on our WETA UK this Fall. Keep an eye out – and take a look at a trailer for the third season while you wait.


The Cornetto Trilogy: Zombies, Coppers, Robots and Friends

Last Thursday I spent six and a half glorious hours in a movie theater watching a once in a lifetime movie marathon. Dubbed the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, this line-up was comprised of three films – Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and brand new release The World’s End. The marathon was so named because each film features scenes and references to the British ice cream dessert called a Cornetto (similar to our Drumstick here in the States).

A collaboration between actors Simon Pegg , Nick Frost and director/writer Edgar Wright, these three movies are not sequels. They are stand-alone stories with unique characters which delve into the separate genres of horror, action and science fiction.

That’s not to say there aren’t common themes of course. The overall premise of the series is that an unthinkable evil has encroached on a peaceful English village/neighborhood and our heroes must survive or conquer the threat. Also the very useful skill of fence jumping plays a relevant part in each film.

Among other things. Read on.

The Great 'Doctor Who' Rewatch: The End of the World

Previously, on Doctor Who: Simple shopgirl Rose Tyler meets a leather jacket-clad stranger called the Doctor who rescues her from living plastic, introduces her to aliens and invites her to go on adventures all over time and space. It’s fantastic.

Our recap series continues this week with The End of the World. This is the the Ninth Doctor’s second adventure, and is really our first proper Doctor Who story, featuring a trip into the future, a great number of fairly bizarre aliens and a mystery to solve. So click through, come chat and leave your thoughts in the comments!

Ten Second 'Downton Abbey' Teaser Released; Full Trailer Coming August 31

Get excited, people: The first teaser trailer for Downton Abbey Series 4 is here.

Well, sort of. Sure, it doesn’t contain any actual footage. Yes, it’s only just over ten seconds long. (Even the first Sherlock Series 3 teaser – which pretty much defined tease – gave us more to work with than that!) But even so, this super brief promos is still going to make you excited in spite of yourself.

The clip features merely a tiny snippet from the show’s opening credit sequence set to a voiceover by the Dowager Countess. “You have a straightforward choice before you. You must choose either death or life,” intones the most awesome lady on television, and clearly must be speaking to her granddaughter Mary about the fallout from last season’s dramatic (and heartbreaking) finale. Though I suppose she could be talking to either Robert or Cora as well, but Mary certainly makes the most sense.

Watch for yourself below.

'Foyle's War' Returns This September: Have a Look at the First PBS Preview

New episodes of popular mystery series Foyle’s War will premiere on Masterpiece Mystery beginning September 15. The three new two-hour installments – the first in three years - are called The Eternity Ring, The Cage and Sunflower. This new season will chronicle the further adventures of Christopher Foyle, now a Senior Intelligence Officer with MI-5 as he gathers secret intelligence in support of Britain’s security, as the country transitions from World War to Cold War.

Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks are both back as Foyle and his loyal assistant Samantha Stewart – and, as significant things have changed in both their lives, their working relationship will also undergo some shifts. Particularly when Samantha ends up photographed with a suspected Russian agent in the first episode. Dun dun dunnnn…

Only a few weeks to go until we can see the new episodes for ourselves. In the meantime, console yourself with this brand new PBS trailer, which contains a couple snippets of new footage.

First Look: Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Capaldi and Dan Stevens in 'The Fifth Estate'

Now that filming is wrapping up on Sherlock Series 3 (finally) , fans of series star Benedict Cumberbatch are already looking forward to the upcoming release of his next big project – the buzzy film The Fifth Estate, in which the actor takes on the role of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

New photos - including the official poster - have been released (courtesy of the film's official Facebook page) from the upcoming drama, which chronicles the story of Assange, the 2006 launch of the controversial Wikileaks website and the disintegration of his relationship with right-hand man Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the author of Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange At the World’s Most Dangerous Website.

The new pictures give us a look not only at Cumberbatch, but several other very familiar British faces, including Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens and recently-annouced Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi

Missing 'Downton Abbey'? Here's What You Should Watch Instead

Welcome to the next installment in our new series here at Telly Visions where we try and ease the (occasionally absurdly long) hiatus-es of some of our favorite British shows by offering alternative suggestions of things you should watch while you're waiting for new episodes to return. Got a suggestion for another show for the Watch-a-like series? Let us know in the comments!

One of the darkest times of the year is upon us – the wait for the next new season of megahit costume drama Downton Abbey. It’s already been an eternity more than a few months since Series 3 concluded and we’re all getting a little impatient for the return of the Crawley clan. Plus, the show’s US premiere won’t take place until January 2014, so we’ve still got a ways to go on in our marathon wait.

So, what better time to try out a new drama to help you through the Downton doldrums? Here are a few suggestions to ease your Crawley separation anxiety, based on several of the factors that make that popular drama so addicting. (If you just can’t get enough period costumes in your life, this list is for you.)

Take a read through these – and leave your thoughts in the comments!

Finally the First Trailer for 'Doc Martin' Series 6 is Here!

The wait is almost over – or, at the very least, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Yes, really, a first look trailer for Doc Martin Series 6 has been released – giving us our first new footage of Martin Ellingham and the wacky residents of Portwenn in well over a year. (Possibly over two years if we’re counting on UK time? But let's not make ourselves feel worse, shall we?)

Stars Martin Clunes and Caroline Catz are both back, alongside Dame Eileen Atkins, Ian McNeice, John Marquez and more, as Martin and Louisa appear to be settling back into both raising a baby and working together. Oh, and maybe actually getting married finally.

At any rate, following the dramatic and difficult events of Series 5, it looks as though things have reverted a bit more to form in the new season – this trailer has the same kind of quirky, communal feel as Doc Martin’s first couple of seasons and already seems an improvement in tone over Series 5. (It certainly seems to have found its charm again, at least!)

See for yourselves below.

British Actors You Should Know: John Simm

At work and with my friends, I often find myself recommending British series and movies wherein I spend the majority of my time just trying to explain who the actors are. Even people who are familiar with shows like Downton Abbey, for example, may still draw a blank when you mention the name Hugh Bonneville. You know…the 5th Earl of Grantham.

British telly looms large in my life, but I realize that’s not the case for everyone. Therefore, I’ve made it my self–appointed mission to bring the existence of many fine British actors into the mainstream consciousness of American TV and movie watchers. For this installment, my choice is the talented English actor, John Simm.

Why? Read on.

The Great 'Doctor Who' Rewatch Begins: Rose

This is not a drill: The Great Doctor Who Rewatch is here at last! I realize that I’ve been promising to get to this series for months and months now, so I’m pretty excited (and oddly relieved) to get started on this thing finally. Thank you to everyone that’s hung in there waiting for me to not quite be so excruciatingly slow, and double thank you to the people that have asked me when I was ever going to get around to doing this thing. Harassment generally works, so make a note of it.

Ever since we finished the Great Doc Martin Rewatch, I’ve been itching for something new to watch and write about. I ultimately decided that The Great Doctor Who Rewatch seemed to be an obvious choice for one of these reap series here on the blog – several readers have expressed interest in chatting about it and we’ve been airing the series (well, onward from the 2005 “reboot”) on WETA UK, so it feels like a good fit. Plus, as I know I have mentioned ad nauseum by now around here, it is my favorite show. Finding ways to talk about it is never going to be the problem.

So, here we are, done dusted and official, the Great Doctor Who Rewatch begins right now. But first, a bit of history: Doctor Who holds the Guinness World Record as the longest running science fiction television program in the world. It premiered on November 23, 1963 and has pretty much just kept going ever since. However, the show did take quite a substantial break after 1989 (with a small break for a television film in 1996) until it was re-launched in 2005 under showrunner Russell T. Davies. This is known in some Whovian circles as the “reboot”, and it’s where our Great Rewatch will get started. (I love all things Who but even I’m not sure if I could get us through every episode of both the new AND classic series. Maybe someday!) The 2005 re-launch featured Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth incarnation of the Doctor alongside companion Billie Piper, and, well, it’s been pretty successful ever since.

So, sit back, relax, and let’s chat about a time traveling alien, his human companion(s), and their adventures through time and space in a blue police box.

'Vera' Update: Trailer for Series 3 and Series 4 Already Confirmed!

Good news for fans of good stories and strong female characters: British mystery series Vera is returning for a third series in the UK shortly (and hopefully it won’t be too long thereafter for the rest of us, either!)

Based on author Ann Cleeves’ series of popular novels, the drama follows obsessive 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.

Watch the trailer for the new episodes below.

First Look at 'Whitechapel’s' Return: Watch the Series 4 Trailer

Good news for fans of dark and compelling crime dramas: Murder mystery series Whitechapel will be back for a fourth series in the not too distant future!

While few actual story details for Series 4 have been released, we do know that once again there will be three two-part stories spread over the show’s run, much like Series 3. Specifics of what those mysteries might be have yet to be unveiled, but the first trailer for Series 4 has been released and it looks so, so good.

Stars Rupert Perry-Jones, Phil Davis and Steve Pemberton are all back as DI Joseph Chandler, DS Ray Miles, and historian (of a sort) Edward Buchan.

In this new clip, it would appear that Jack the Ripper enthusiast (Ripperologist?) Buchan has released a new book with a brand new theory – that the neighborhood of Whitechapel is plagued with terrors because of the fact that some people believe the Gates of Hell are located in the shadow of Christchurch.

While the odds of Whitechapel Series 4 actually featuring a Buffy the Vampire Slayer-style battle against a London Hellmouth seem high, Pemberton’s delivery is nevertheless compelling enough to make you very interested in what the story is actually going to turn out to be. In short: This trailer is awesomely creepy. Watch for yourselves below.

Back To School – British Telly Style

It’s hard to believe another school year is about to begin. I reckon just like their American counterparts, British children are busily loading up their backpacks and rucksacks with new biros and pencils with fresh pink rubbers (a.k.a erasers) on the ends. No doubt they’re looking forward to donning their smart school uniforms for the first day of school.

During the year ahead, these students may be worried about passing maths or revising for their GCSEs. But more likely, they’re probably just hoping that their regular instructor will fall ill and be replaced by an unseasoned, unsuspecting supply teacher. Or is he?

The task of challenging young minds has been a subject often tackled in wonderful British films such as Goodbye Mr. Chips, To Sir with Love, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The History Boys which all featured dedicated, passionate pedagogues.

But if we’re talking telly, far more often it’s the comic side of the teaching profession that we see. Let’s look at a few examples of less than perfect sitcom educators:

WATCH: Dame Judi Dench in the Trailer for 'Philomena'

The great Dame Judi Dench making a new movie is almost always worthy of comment – and her latest project looks like no exception. Add in the fact that it’s directed by The Queen’s Stephen Frears and you have what ought to be a surefire recipe for a great film.

Dench stars opposite Steve Coogan in upcoming drama Philomena, which tells the true story of one woman’s search for her lost son, and the unlikely friendship formed with the disgraced journalist who helps her along the way. Dench plays Philomena Lee, a woman who was sent away to a convent as a pregnant teen in 1952. She gave birth to a son, who was subsequently taken away from her and sent to America for adoption. Threatened with damnation if she ever revealed the secret of her illegitimate child, Lee nevertheless spent the next fifty years of her life searching for her lost son with the help of journalist Martin Sixsmith (played by Coogan). Just guessing we should probably bring some tissues.

British Actors You Should Know: Benedict Cumberbatch

Really, you all knew this one was coming, right?

This particular British Actor You Should Know is probably someone you’ve at least heard of at some point in the past year – Benedict Cumberbatch has won many (well-deserved) accolades for his performance on Sherlock, but after playing That Bad Guy Whose Name We Won’t Mention in Star Trek Into Darkness, suddenly the entire world seems to fancy that British guy with the great cheekbones and amazing voice. It’s okay. We do too. (Yours truly especially. Obviously.)

However, it seems worth mentioning that Cumberbatch’s career encompasses a lot more than Sherlock and Star Trek – this versatile actor has done a little bit of everything, and done it all awesomely. You should watch all of it. Here's a look at why.

Missing 'Doc Martin'? Here's What You Should Watch Instead

Welcome to another new series here at Telly Visions where we try and ease the (occasionally absurdly long) hiatus-es of some of our favorite British shows by offering alternative suggestions of things you should watch while you're waiting for new episodes to return. Carmen’s up first, but you guys just wait till I get to the Sherlock section….

Being a British telly addict in the States can be difficult at times. Never mind there are fewer episodes per series than Americans are used to – I’ve learned to accept the fact and concede that I prefer quality over quantity. But we also have to wait our turn until all our eagerly anticipated programs debut in their homeland first. Fair enough maybe, but it is hard to be patient so much of the time. (I’m sure you heard the whine in your head as you read the preceding sentences.)

Take for example, the newest series of the fan favorite, Doc Martin. It’s set to air in the UK sometime during ITV’s autumn schedule - which probably means no Doctor Ellingham for the Yanks until the spring of 2014 at least. So rather than whinge about it, I’m here to offer some alternative viewing suggestions, just to hold you over until the real Doc Martin comes along.

'Austenland' Trailer: Is This the Best Theme Park Ever?

Are you ready to go to Austenland? A new movie – clearly aimed squarely at Anglophiles – sure hopes so. This is the film adaptation of Shannon Hale’s novel of the same name, and will likely delight all the Jane Austen fans out there – and maybe convert a few new ones. (Yes, I am an absolute sucker for this kind of movie, I’m sorry. Not really.)

The Americans' Keri Russell plays Jane, a thirty-something New Yorker who is obsessed with the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice. Yes, the one with Colin Firth. Everyone in her life is aware of her obsession (which probably would be hard to hide if you too had a giant cardboard Firth cutout in your home.) Therefore, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that when her great aunt passes away she leaves Jane a trip to Austenland in her will. Austenland is the “world’s only immersive Austen experience,” which basically appears to be a literary Six Flags with the benefit of period dress. (And something which we will probably all wish was real by the end of the movie.) Sadly, Jane’s role at the Austen theme park that we are studiously not calling a theme park will only be an “orphan of no fortune”, because her aunt couldn’t afford the aristocracy upgrade. Womp womp.

As generally happens in these sorts of stories, Jane becomes involved in an Austen-esque love triangle of her own, and is torn between J. J. Fields’ standoffish Mr. Henry Nobley and Martin, the obvious nice guy she probably won’t realize is the nice guy until the very end, played by Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie. Since we have all likely read our Austen, everyone should be able to predict what’s going to happen here, but the trailer sure does make the journey look fun.

'The Bletchley Circle' Series 2 Set for Spring 2014 on PBS!

Another fabulous bit of news coming out of the summer leg of the Television Critics Association Press Tour – PBS announced that the highly-anticipated second series of mystery hit The Bletchley Circle will air on Sunday nights in Spring 2014. Series 2 will once again be paired with Call the Midwife and Mr. Selfridge, when both those series return with new episodes. (This would seem to indicate that you can expect the series to air at roughly the same time it did this spring, but, of course, we’ll let you know an exact date once that’s confirmed.)

The second season will continue to follow the story of the four women – all former Bletchley Park codebreakers – who use their skill at deducing patterns and decoding puzzles to solve crimes. Series 2 will be comprised of four episodes, rather than three, which will tell two self-contained stories, each spread across two of the sixty-minute installments. Stars Anna Maxwell Martin, Rachel Stirling, Sophie Rundle and Julie Graham are all set to return.

Click through for more!

Amazing Internet Things: Malcolm Tucker is the Twelfth Doctor

Before he was cast to play the Twelfth Doctor on Doctor Who, actor Peter Capaldi was probably best known for his performance as foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker on The Thick of It. The actor has obviously done a tremendous amount of other great work besides this on screens both large and small, but, well, Malcolm does tend to be one of the characters people remember. Which, probably has a lot to do with the swearing.

Given this fact, it seems natural that the internet’s first reaction upon the announcement of Capaldi’s casting as Twelve was to make a mash-up video combining both Doctor Who and The Thick of It into a forty second burst of awesomeness that you’ll sort of wish was actually real. In short, if you’ve ever wondered what Malcolm Tucker might be like as a Time Lord, well, this video is for you. (And the answer is, surprisingly the same.)

Two things you should know going in: 1.) This clip is hysterical, even if you’ve never seen The Thick of It and 2.) It is full of profanity, because that’s basically the secret language of Malcolm Tucker. Don’t watch this if you’re at work or if a lot of strong language bothers you or maybe even if there is anyone standing near you at home that might overhear.

'Death Comes to Pemberley' Set for Masterpiece Airing in 2014

PBS is giving its presentation at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour this week, which means lots of information on new and returning programming for fans. Woohoo! One of the biggest announcements to come out of the TCA event this week is that Masterpiece has acquired period drama Death Comes to Pemberley and will be broadcasting the Pride and Prejudice sequel in 2014.

The three-part adaptation is based on the 2011 P.D. James novel of the same name, which tells the story of famous Austen couple Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy six years into their marriage and combines a look at their life together with a murder mystery. As preparations are being made for a ball at Pemberley, the discovery of a corpse brings an abrupt and shocking halt to proceedings.

“With its combination of Jane Austen, P.D. James, and this great cast, Death Comes to Pemberley hits the jackpot for MASTERPIECE fans,” says Masterpiece Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton. “Haven’t we all wondered what Elizabeth Bennet’s marriage to Mr. Darcy would be like? And there’s a murder!”

Read on for more details.

British Actors You Should Know: Peter Capaldi

We figured: You get cast to play the Doctor, you get bumped up our British Actors You Should Know List. It seemed fair.

After much speculation and trepidation on the part of Doctor Who fans worldwide, the announcement has been made that Scottish actor Peter Capaldi will take on the 12th regeneration of the Doctor. I, for one, am quite chuffed about this choice as I have been an admirer of Mr. Capaldi’s work for some time.

Also, I’m interested to see how Steven Moffat and company will handle the necessary changes as they transition from Matt Smith, the youngest actor to play the Time Lord, to Capaldi who, at 55 years of age, ties with First Doctor William Hartnell for oldest actor to inhabit the part. Come to that, how will his companion Clara take the news?

Anyhow, it’s very exciting times indeed.

Now, if at this point you’re saying “Who is this Capaldi chap?” I’m willing to bet you’ve seen at least one of his wonderful performances over the past 30 years. But if you actually don’t know Peter Capaldi, whether you’re Whovian or not, I’m here to say he really is a British actor you should know and here are some reasons why.

Did You Know the 'Downton Abbey' Theme Song Has Words?

Everyone knows the oh-so-familiar opening chords of the Downton Abbey credits, right? (Yes, it’s okay if you’re totally humming it in your head right now.)

But, what you probably don’t know is that the distinctive tune that plays as we watch Isis stroll the bucolic estate grounds actually has words that go along with it. Or at least it does now. (And, apparently, has for a while.)

Don Black, an Academy Award-winning English lyricist who penned several of the early James Bond themes, as well as Born Free, for which he won the Oscar for Best Song in 1966, was tasked with coming up with lyrics for one of the most recognizable theme songs in TV today. The name of the Downton theme is officially ‘Did I Make the Most of Loving You?’ and, given the various emotional events of Series 3, may leave fans a little choked up once they read the lyrics.

It’s Official: Doctor Who's New Twelfth Doctor Is…

The identity of the new Twelfth Doctor was announced today in a rather unprecedented BBC One live program – which was simulcast here in the States on BBC America. After about twenty-five minutes of interviews from Doctor Who alumni past and present – including Peter Davison, Bernard Cribbins, Jenna Coleman, Janet Fielding, headwriter Steven Moffat and more – during which the BBC drove us all absolutely crazy with tension and teasing and waiting, the official announcement of the new Doctor was made.

And it’s kind of a doozy, y’all.

The Twelfth Doctor will be played by well-known British character actor Peter Capaldi. You may have seen him as Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It, in his turn on as the new Head of News during The Hour’s second series, or as the villainous John Frobisher in Torchwood’s Children of Earth miniseries. He’s a fantastic actor – and an exceptionally exciting choice to play Twelve. (Though I’ll be honest, I was kind of secretly hoping for a Time Lady – or Ben Whishaw. But I am overall happy with this pick.)

First PBS Preview for BAFTA Winning Drama 'Last Tango in Halifax'

British romantic drama Last Tango in Halifax – which won the 2013 BAFTA for Best Drama Series in the UK – will get its US premiere on PBS stations this Fall, beginning September 8.

The six-part series stars Sir Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid as two childhood sweethearts, who are now widowed and in their 70s, who find one another again through the magic of the internet (thanks, Facebook!). They fall in love all over again and the result is a drama that’s charming, funny and just the tiniest bit bittersweet. Halifax isn’t solely about a septuagenarian will they/won’t they romance however, it also incorporates storylines featuring their struggling grown-up children and their relationships with one another.

The first PBS promo for this acclaimed drama has officially arrived – and although it’s certainly just a teaser (clocking in at just thirty seconds), it’s still exceptionally adorable. Watch below.

WATCH: The First Teaser for 'Sherlock' Series 3!

Everyone, stay calm – it’s finally happened. After months and months and months of waiting and wailing and gnashing our collective teeth trying to survive the Great Hiatus – we can finally (FINALLY) see a bit of the highly-anticipated third series of Sherlock for ourselves.

This particular clip was broadcast to close out BBC One’s summer replay of Sherlock Series 2. All week long fans have been encouraged to stick around to the very end of The Reichenbach Fall for a special treat and, as a reward, a brand new teaser trailer for the upcoming season was aired.

Granted, this clip is literally (maybe) twenty seconds long, so don’t get your hopes up for huge revelations within. Still and all, however, this is the first real and official look at the highly anticipated new season of Sherlock – and for those of us who’ve been counting down the days until the series’ return, pretty much since the Reichenbach credits ended – this is like water in the desert.

Watch it for yourselves:

'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Special to Be Simulcast Around the Globe

Doctor Who fans around the world are going to have to synchronize their sonic screwdrivers to make sure they catch the iconic series’ highly-anticipated 50th anniversary special this November. In an unprecedented move (at least for anything that isn’t Prince William’s wedding), the BBC has decided that the Who anniversary episode will be simulcast around the world, in an effort to avoid spoilers and online leaks ruining the special event for fans following its initial UK broadcast. This event is set to be the biggest drama simulcast in history. So, get excited, Whovians!

According to a statement released by BBC Worldwide in the Radio Times, the commercial entity responsible for the global distribution of Doctor Who and other series, “It's always been our ambition to work with our broadcast partners so that international Doctor Who fans can enjoy the 50th Anniversary special at the same time as the UK. We'll have more details soon about our very exciting global plans for November."