September 2013

First Look: ‘Downton Abbey’s’ Lily James in Live Action ‘Cinderella’

Disney has begun production on its live-action adaptation of classic fairytale Cinderella. Principal photography is underway in London and as a tease for fans the studio has released its first promotional image featuring star Lily James.

You probably recognize James as wild child cousin Rose from Downton Abbey, but the actress has swapped her Scottish estate and penchant for jazz clubs for a starring role featuring glass slippers and a charming prince this time around.

Get a first look at her Cinderella below.

Benedict Cumberbatch in Talks to Do ‘Hamlet’ on the London Stage

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch starring in Hamlet in London? Sounds too good to be true, right?

Well, rumor has it that might be just what’s about to happen. So cross everything.

According to The Daily Mail’s theatrical columnist, Cumberbatch is in “advanced discussions” to return to the West End in the Fall of 2014, this time playing Shakespeare’s tortured Prince of Denmark. This would add the actor’s name to a distinguished list of modern Hamlets in recent years, which have included such stars as Ben Whishaw, David Tennant, Jude Law, Simon Russell Beale, John Simm and more.

Read on for what we know so far.

Several Familiar British Faces Sign on for Showtime’s ‘Penny Dreadful’ Series

A veritable festival of fabulous British actors have signed on to take part Showtime’s upcoming series Penny Dreadful in some capacity or other. The premium cable network is likely hoping that this horror-heavy genre piece will appeal to the same fanbase that flocked to its flagship Dexter series for the past seven years – and given that it’s Showtime, you know the series quality qill be quite high. So, win-win all around, really.

Penny Dreadful is being positioned as a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together classic horror stories into a new kind of adult drama. The general premise is that several of literature’s most iconic and frightening figures – including Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, classic figures from the Dracula novel and more – are all grappling with alienation and their own personal demons in Victorian London. Sounds kind of fascinating, huh?

Oh and did we mention this show’s going to be packed with British actors? Get details and watch the first teaser trailer below.

Having Withdrawal Now 'Broadchurch' Has Ended? Here’s What to Watch Instead

It is done. The final episode of Broadchurch: Series 1 aired on BBC America this week. After eight weeks of multiple dead ends and a few red herrings, we finally know who killed Danny Latimer. And quite a bombshell it was!

Understandably you might be experiencing a bit of withdrawal now that all the suspense and excitement is over. But never fear! The detective mystery is a genre that the Brits basically own. Just consider how many times the stories of Agatha Christie alone have been dramatized.

The next series of Broadchurch isn’t set to return until sometime next year so if you’re feeling a bit out of sorts and need a little whodunit pick-me-up, may I suggest a few series that might fit the bill?

British Actors You Should Know: Christopher Eccleston

Next up in our British Actors You Should Know series is a gentleman that a great many of you probably already do know – or at the very least have seen before because of a little science fiction program called Doctor Who.. But, did you know that Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston has done a lot more than play a Time Lord?

To what may be the surprise of some, Eccleston is actually a tremendously versatile actor who’s done roles in everything from drama to comedy – with that little bit of iconic sci-fi thrown in for good measure.

Take a look at some highlights from his career to date below: Do you have any favorites?

‘Sherlock’s’ Martin Freeman to Star in ‘Fargo’ Adaptation for FX

The worldwide success of BBC’s mystery series Sherlock has not only done wonders for reinvigorating the modern-day profile of one Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his works, it’s also made bona fide stars out of its two leads Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

Cumberbatch has been busy making all manner of feature films during his Sherlock down time – Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Fifth Estate, 12 Years a Slave, August: Osage County to name just a few – but Freeman’s been pretty locked up playing the titular character in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy for the past few years. Thanks to The Hobbit’s boffo box office (with two more films still to come), Freeman’s also well on his way to becoming a big star in his own right. But, what with being basically forced to spend the last two years filming in New Zealand, he’s really not had much of an opportunity to take on many new roles – certainly not at the level of his uber busy Sherlock co-star. So fans everywhere have basically been wondering what sort of role the BAFTA-winner would take on next.

Well, now we know.

WATCH: New 'Great Expectations' Trailer Featuring Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes

Director Mike Newell’s feature film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Great Expectations was originally supposed to be released last year – shortly after the premiere of the BBC series that starred Gillian Anderson – but has languished on the proverbial shelf for the better part of 2013. However, a film with this much talent involved (both in front of and behind the camera) was always going to see the light of day, we just had to wait a while apparently. It’s finally scheduled to hit theaters beginning November 8, and a full trailer has been released.

This particular adaptation – as all Dickens stories tend to be – is exceptionally British-ed up, featuring a ton of recognizable faces, including heavy hitters Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham and Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch. Other Brit stars include War Horse’s Jeremy Irvine, The Borgias’ Holliday Granger, Harry Potter’s Robbie Coltrane, David Walliams, William Ellis, Jason Flemyng and more.

Let’s be real, this movie will be worth the price of admission for the Bonham Carter swanning around in Miss Havisham’s tattered wedding dress scenes alone. This is the sort of role that seems right up her alley.

Watch the trailer – which is both creepy and lovely to look at – for yourself below.

Another New BBC Drama Trailer Shows Snippets of 'Call the Midwife', 'Death Comes to Pemberley'

A new trailer has been released touting even more of the great “Original British Drama” we will be treated to thanks to the BBC in the coming months. This clip is the second in what appears to be a series – the network released a trailer a few weeks ago touting several of its most popular new and upcoming series’, including Sherlock, Ripper Street, The Musketeers and The Escape Artist, which, of course, all looked wonderful.

This second promotional effort focuses on an entirely different set of shows set to premiere in the coming months – which means we get our actual (albeit very brief) footage from the new series of both Call the Midwife and Last Tango in Halifax, as well as first looks at several new dramas, including Death Comes to Pemberley, The 7:39, Common and Truckers.

Watch for yourselves below – and get ready to get excited!

Binge Watch Many of Your British Favorites: ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Sherlock’ and More are Headed to Hulu

Good news for fans of British television – we’re about to get even more online streaming options for many of our favorite shows! The Wall Street Journal reports that Hulu has closed a substantial deal with BBC Worldwide North America to add 144 different BBC titles to its streaming service within the next year. And “substantial” pretty much translates to “amazing” in this instance.

While this deal is non-exclusive (i.e you can find many of these titles in other places), high profile hits like Doctor Who, Sherlock, Luther and more are included. So far they’ve announced sitcoms like the ever popular Absolutely Fabulous, Twenty Twelve, and Fawlty Towers; dramas like Whitechapel and New Tricks; classics like the original House of Cards trilogy, and sci-fi hits like Life on Mars and Torchwood. While many of these programs are destined for Hulu’s subscription-only “Hulu Plus” platform, many will still be available for free streaming on its basic site.

The Great 'Doctor Who' Rewatch: Aliens of London

Previously, on Doctor Who: Rose and the Doctor take their first journey to the past together, meet Charles Dickens and investigate some creepy gas aliens who are animating the bodies of dead Cardiff residents in the late 1860s.

This week, it’s our first adventure in modern-day London, as you might have guessed from the episode’s title, and the story is basically what it says on the tin. It’s also our first Doctor Who two-parter, so dun dun dunnn, cliffhanger time! So sit back, relax, and come leave your thoughts, snark and general thoughts on Aliens of London in the comments.

WATCH: Teaser Trailer for New Benedict Cumberbatch Short Film ‘Little Favour’

Because Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has seemingly been involved in literally every other kind of production this year (not that we’re complaining, mind), it should come as no surprise that he’s also got a new short film project on the horizon.

Called Little Favour, the independent action thriller pairs Cumberbatch with Harry Potter’s Nick Moran and Arrow’s Colin Salmon. It follows the story of Wallace (played by Cumberbatch), when is contacted by a former colleague to help him out with a deal gone wrong.

Watch the first teaser trailer for yourself below.

Go Behind the Scenes of Shakespeare Series ‘The Hollow Crown’

Highly anticipated series The Hollow Crown is airing on PBS stations nationwide through October 11, so fans everywhere are getting the chance to see this award-winning Shakespeare production screen in the States at last.

The four plays that comprise The Hollow CrownRichard II; Henry IV, Part One; Henry IV, Part Two and Henry V – bring several of Shakespeare’s most acclaimed histories to life as a single chronological narrative, and explore the ideas behind kingship, including what it means to be a king, a subject, and a man. Starring a tremendously large group of epic British actors of all stripes, the entire thing is just a collection of really, fantastically well done Shakespeare, and absolutely worth your time for a few Fridays this Fall.

Luckily, Great Performances continues to feed our addiction to all things Hollow Crown-related by releasing a special behind-the-scenes mini-documentary about the production, entitled Shakespeare and the Divine Right of Kings. This twenty minute feature boasts exclusive interviews with the directors behind the films, as well as many of the gifted actors involved, including Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston, Rory Kinnear, Julie Walters and more.

New 'Downton Abbey' Clip Shows What's In Store for Lady Mary

Our lucky duck British friends get to start Downton Abbey Series 4 in the UK this weekend, so it’s understandable that we American viewers are both a.) a little jealous and b.) a lot desperate to see anything we can from the new season, to make our wait just a bit easier until January 5.

The new series starts six months after the tragic events of the Series 3 cliffhanger, and the Crawleys are all still attempting to deal with the fallout.

This latest clip just released by ITV won’t make the wait for Series 4 any shorter, but it’ll get you pretty excited to start making your countdown calendars as soon as possible. Take a look for yourself below. (Warning: there be spoilers here for anyone that’s yet to see the end of Series 3 yet, so tread with care!)

Happy Birthday, Telly Visions!

Yes, it’s true. Telly Visions officially turns two years old today! It’s kind of hard to believe that we’re already celebrating this blog’s second anniversary – it certainly doesn’t feel like it’s been that long. But, apparently that saying about time flying when you’re having fun is absolutely true.

Because 730 days and 618 posts later, here we are. And we certainly couldn’t be here without you. Thank you for being part of our blog family!

So sit back, and take a look at a few of our greatest hits, favorite things and big moments worthy of a highlight:

Filming Begins on Alan Turing Biopic ‘The Imitation Game’; Full Cast List Revealed

Filming officially kicked off this week on highly anticipated indie drama The Imitation Game, a drama that’s set to tell the story of British mathematician, cryptographer and all-around genius Alan Turing, who is credited with cracking the German enigma code during World War II. Sadly, however, despite his heroic efforts on behalf of his nation, Turing was prosecuted by the government for his homosexuality, underwent chemical castration as punishment and eventually committed suicide. It’s a terribly sad – and terribly moving – story that seems primed to be turned into an extremely compelling film.

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Turing, while Oscar-nominated actress Keira Knightley is set to star opposite him as Joan Clarke, Turing’s close friend and fellow codebreaker, with whom he had a complicated and lifelong friendship.

As for the rest of the cast, while we already knew that Downton Abbey star Allen Leech was set to take part – playing a Scottish spy – most of the other major roles had yet to be announced. With the official start of production, the full cast list for the film has been released – and it’s absolutely jam packed with British talent of all stripes.

BBC Releases New Behind the Scenes Photos From 'Sherlock' Series 3

When you spend two years (give or take a month or two) waiting for another season of one of your favorite dramas to come back, you take whatever little tidbits you can get along the way. Such is life for fans of mystery series Sherlock, currently slaving away through their own version of the Great Hiatus as we wait for word about when we can expect to see the drama’s highly anticipated third series on our television screens.

Luckily, the BBC seems to understand – or at least sympathize with – the desperation many feel as we continue to wait for word on a Series 3 transmission date, and appears to be doing its best to keep us supplied with news and behind the scenes tidbits as they’re able. Which is nice, even if they do seem to be working overtime to keep any and all substantive plot developments or spoilers out of the press. (Yes, yes, it honestly is lovely that they’re so committed to keeping the series a surprise for fans. But give us something, would you?)

So, in a continued gesture of goodwill toward the Fans Who Waited, the BBC have kindly released a new batch of behind-the-scenes photos from the recent Sherlock Series 3 filming. Granted, none of these shots reveal pretty much anything that you could constitute as a clue about what the drama’s third series will involve unless you were unaware that stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman or Mark Gatiss were all involved in the show in some capacity. But it kind of doesn’t matter. They’ll get you excited anyway.

Celebrate the Premiere of 'The Hollow Crown': Take Our Quiz Inspired by Shakespeare’s Henriad!


Highly anticipated Shakespeare mini-series The Hollow Crown premieres September 20 on Great Performances and – to the surprise of no one, mostly likely – we’ve got more than a few fans of this production (and the Bard, generally) around the office here. The series assembles four of Shakespeare’s most famous history plays - Richard II; Henry IV, Part I; Henry IV, Part Two; and Henry V – into a single chronological narrative, and stars such notable British thespians as Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston, Rory Kinnear, Michelle Dockery, Patrick Stewart, David Suchet and (a lot) more.

(If, for some reason, you’ve not heard of this production before, take a second to watch the UK and US trailers – and then cancel whatever plans you had for the weekend.)

To celebrate the launch of this highly anticipated drama, we put together a little character quiz based on some of the main figures featured in Shakespeare’s Henriad (that’s the fancy name for this particular quartet of plays). So if you’ve ever wondered whether you’re more a Richard II or a Hotspur, well, now’s your chance to find out.

Click here to take the quiz for yourself – and let us know which character you got in the comments!

'Downton Abbey' Star' Jessica Brown Findlay Joins Daniel Radcliffe in ‘Frankenstein’

Life after Downton Abbey continues picking up speed for star Jessica Brown Findlay. The former Lady Sybil has recently signed on to star in 20th Century Fox’s upcoming film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Fox’s version of the Frankenstein story – and there are several in development around Hollywood at the moment, because apparently Frankenstein fever is a thing now – will tell the tale through the eyes of the doctor’s assistant, Igor. (Who is, of course, not in Shelley’s novel at all, but we’ll let that slide because the premise is interesting, in a Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead kind of way.)

X-Men: First Class’ James McAvoy is set to play Victor Frankenstein, while Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe – who continues to do everything he can to take roles that are not like Harry Potter – will play Igor. Reports have Findlay playing a character called Lorelai, a circus performer who becomes close with Igor.

Oh, and Sherlock’s Paul McGuigan will be directing the film, so you know the movie will at the very least look incredible. Want more details on Findlay's post-Downton plans? Read on.


Just Like Being There: Watch the Complete 'Sherlock' Comic Con 2013 Panel Online

If you weren’t one of the lucky couple thousand people crammed into the San Diego Convention Center’s Ballroom 20 last July, then you missed a great chat with Sherlock creators Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and producer Sue Vertue about what we can expect from the drama’s highly anticipated third series.

Sure, you probably read some Comic Con summaries, and maybe even watched the video from the trio’s panel appearance at Zachary Levi’s charity Nerd HQ event, or pestered your friends who attended the convention for details. But there’s nothing like seeing things for yourself – and now, luckily, you can!

The full video of Sherlock’s first ever Comic Con panel has been released by PBS and you can watch all forty plus glorious minutes for yourselves at the link below.

WATCH: Colin Firth in the Trailer for 'The Railway Man'

Who wants to watch Colin Firth probably scoop up some more statues this awards season? Who doesn’t, right?

Firth, who’s not really made a big movie since his Oscar-winning turn as King George VI in The King’s Speech, is headed back to a multiplex near you. (And, yes, I know he was in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy the year after, but that film was an ensemble of Epic British Talent, not a starring vehicle for him, and it got shamefully overlooked at Oscar time to boot. Not that I am bitter about that still or anything. Much.)

Anyway. This time, Firth is starring opposite fellow Oscar winner Nicole Kidman in a film called The Railway Man. Based on his best-selling memoir, the film tells the true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who had been tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax discovers that the officer who tortured him is still alive, and sets off to confront him.

Here’s the trailer, which was just released last week.

'Downton Abbey' Cast and Creators Tease Series 4 Secrets

It’s true – we’re all counting down the days (Hours? Minutes?) until Downton Abbey returns. What will Series 4 have in store for us after the dramatic cliffhanger in Series 3? Who are all these new people we keep seeing in magazine spreads and entertainment articles? What will become of our favorite characters? Well, in a new clip from PBS, several of the Downton creators and cast give us (the briefest) look (ever) at what we can expect from the new season of everybody’s favorite costume drama.

Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame, Michelle Dockery and Laura Carmichael discuss what we can expect to see this season for Crawley daughters, including a period of mourning and darkness for Mary and a surprising evolution for Edith.

They also do superbrief introductions to three of the new faces we’ll be seeing around Downton this year. (Warning, there be spoilers here if for some reason you’ve not finished Series 3 yet.)

Brit TV Preview: Watch the Trailer for BBC's New Fantasy Drama 'Atlantis'

The first preview has been released for the highly anticipated new BBC fantasy series Atlantis, which is set to premiere on both sides of the pond later this year.

The drama is meant to be a replacement of sorts for popular sci-fi/fantasy drama Merlin which wrapped up last year and is headed by the same creative duo of Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy. While the streets of a mysterious lost city seem a far cry from the forests of Camelot, the trailer does have a similar feel – complete with mysterious prophecies, proclamations of destiny, fantastical monsters and a main character duo comprised of a strapping young hero and his occasionally goofy sidekick.

Basically this kind of looks like Merlin, but with Greek myths instead of Arthurian legend. Not that that’s a bad thing.

Watch the first trailer for Atlantis below and judge for yourself.

The Great 'Doctor Who' Rewatch: The Unquiet Dead

Previously, on Doctor Who: Rose and the Doctor take their first trip together and travel five billion years into the future to watch the literal end of the world, Rose meets her first aliens who actually look like aliens, has her first near death experience and we learn a bit about why the Doctor looks so sad all the time.

This week, we’re going back to the past to meet Charles Dickens, watch Nine turn into the world’s biggest fanboy, meet yet another interesting secondary character who sacrifices themselves for the Doctor, and witness Rose’s first real lesson in feminism. Click through and come chat with me and feel free to leave your favorite moments, funny lines, video clips or whatever floats your boat in the comments.

Dan Stevens Returns to Television (Sort of) in 'The Tomorrow People' Remake

Not to worry, Downton Abbey fans – if you’re still missing seeing star Dan Stevens and his performance as everyone’s favorite lawyer turned surprise aristocratic heir Matthew Crawley, you’ll soon be able to catch him on your TVs every week once more.

Or at least you’ll be able to hear him.

The Downton alum is set to lend his voice to the CW’s upcoming remake of classic British science fiction children’s show The Tomorrow People. He’ll be playing the voice of its biological computer TIM, according to reports from Entertainment Weekly. Want to know more? Read on.

Lara Pulver Teases Possible 'Sherlock' Return (Again): Do We Want to See Irene in Series 3?

Lara Pulver, the actress who is best known for her portrayal of dominatrix Irene Adler in Sherlock story A Scandal in Belgravia, remains a frequent topic of conversation among fans and journalists who enjoy the show, despite the fact that the episode in which she featured aired well over a year ago.

It may be due to the fact that general debate over her character never seems to quite die down, but every time Pulver does any sort of public event – whether it’s connected to another series she’s involved in (Da Vinci’s Demons for example) or just a random appearance – she’s always asked about Sherlock and whether or not she’ll be involved in the show again. Given that her portrayal of Irene was somewhat controversial at the time, this isn’t an incredibly odd occurrence, but what is interesting is that her answer seems to keep changing.

Catch Up on 'Foyle’s War' in Six Minutes or Less

Curious about all the buzz surrounding mystery series Foyle’s War? The drama, starring Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks, returns with new episodes beginning September 15 on Masterpiece Mystery. Given that this is the first bit of new Foyle’s War we’ve seen in somewhere around three years – and the fact that we all basically thought the series was never going to return at all – fans are justifiably excited.

The official Foyle’s War website, run by Acorn Media – who is one of the parties responsible for bringing the show back for another go ‘round, along with ITV and Eleventh Hour Films – has put together a crash course in all things Foyle’s that should catch you up with the basics of the show in time to tune in to the Mystery premiere on Sunday. Or just refresh your memory if you’ve gone a bit hazy about what’s previously happened on the show.

Ricky Gervais’ 'Derek' is Coming to Netflix

When I say Ricky Gervais, what comes to mind? Attention seeking, somewhat delusional Wernham Hogg Regional Manager, David Brent from The Office ?

Or the always controversial, sometimes snarky, host of the Golden Globes?

If so, then prepare yourself for a whole other side to this edgy writer, director and comic. It's my pleasure to introduce you to the heart of Gervais’ most recent series, Mr. Derek Noakes, star of the comedy-dramaDerek, which is coming to Netflix beginning September 12.

Get your first look below - and learn more about why you should give this series a try.

First 'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Details (and Poster!) Revealed

Fans the world over are basically counting the minutes (seconds? milliseconds?) until November 23, when iconic science fiction series Doctor Who officially turns 50. And now, finally, with the big day looming just over two months away, we finally have a few concrete details about what the anniversary special will look like.

The episode’s title has been revealed – it will be called The Day of the Doctor, which seems fitting given that there are at least three versions of the character running around in this installment. The episode will be 75 minutes long, and will feature Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor somehow coming into contact with David Tennant’s Tenth incarnation, as well as the return of former companion Billie Piper as Rose. Oh, and theoretically we’re going to get some answers to that whole “and John Hurt is also a Doctor” cliffhanger from Series 7 as well.

The official poster for the episode has also been released online by BBC America, and if this isn’t enough to push your anniversary excitement levels into truly dangerous territory, well. Despite the fact that Tennant’s Ten is sporting a much, much less fluffy hairdo than we may remember, this poster is awesome

Sherlock's Mark Gatiss to Make Directorial Debut with BBC's 'The Tractate Middoth' This Christmas

Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss is set to spruce up your holidays with a little horror this year – he’ll be bringing an adaptation of M.R. James’ The Tractate Middoth to BBC Two for Christmas. The drama will be accompanied by a new documentary on James – also presented by Gatiss – called Ghost Writer.

Gatiss, who also writes for Doctor Who fairly frequently, and is also the man behind upcoming 50th anniversary biopic An Adventure in Space and Time, will be making his directorial debut this holiday season with this bit of “festive horror”.

Plus, he’ll even be reunited with fellow Sherlock star. Una Stubbs, who plays everyone’s favorite landlady (not housekeeper) Mrs. Hudson on the mystery drama, has snagged a lead role in this gothic ghost story, alongside former Who companion Louise Jameson, The History Boys star Sacha Dhawan and I, Claudius’ John Castle. Other notable names in the cast include David Ryall, Eleanor Bron, Nick Burns and Roy Barraclough. Want more details? Read on.

Go Behind the Scenes of Wikileaks Drama 'The Fifth Estate'

A new behind-the-scenes featurette has been released for upcoming Wikileaks drama The Fifth Estate, which starsSherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch alongside Daniel Bruhl, Larua Linney, Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens and Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi among other terribly talented people. (If you haven’t seen the trailer for this buzzed-about, Brit actor-packed film yet, watch it here.)

This new clip doesn’t give us much in the way of new footage from the film – probably to avoid the possibility of spoilers – but rather sits down with director Bill Condon and several of the main cast members to ask them what it is about the story of Julian Assange and his little website that became a global controversy that made them want to be involved in the project. It’s pretty interesting.

British Actors You Should Know: Martin Freeman

The most fun part of the British Actors and/or Actresses You Should Know series is the chance to introduce people to the larger bodies of work of actors they may only be passingly familiar with (British performers do tend to make up a large portion of Hey, It’s That Guy references on the internet, after all.) Today’s installment is a perfect example of this – most fans of British television know him, but probably couldn’t tell you more than one or two things they’ve seen him in.

Many people are aware of Martin Freeman thanks to his work in The Office or, more recently, in Sherlock. However, fans who are only familiar with these performances may not know that Freeman has been a mainstay in British productions for years, and has participated in many great projects beyond these two.

Here’s a look at some of them – and why they’re worth your time.

Benedict Cumberbatch to Star as Explorer Percy Fawcett in 'Lost City of Z' Adaptation

In what should surely come as a surprise to no one at this point, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch looks set to add another intriguing film role to his already overstuffed resume of late. The actor is in talks to star in The Lost City of Z, an adaptation of the best-selling David Grann book of the same name.

Grann’s narrative nonfiction tells the story of British explorer Pecy Harrison Fawcett, who disappeared in the Brazilian jungle along with his son and another companion in 1925. The group had been attempting to locate a lost civilization hidden in the Amazon, which Fawcett claimed he had discovered and called the City of Z. They were never seen again, their bodies were never found, and their quest remains a great unsolved exploration mystery.

James Gray is set to direct from a script he adapted and word on the internet is that the project has been in development for several years, though it’s struggled with finding funding and a lead actor. Those problems certainly seem to have been solved at present, so fingers crossed.

Cumberbatch recently dropped out of Guillermo del Toro’s horror flick Crimson Peak, so perhaps Lost City of Z is the new role that’s set to replace it, since it would appear that all those rumors about the actor joining the cast of Star Wars Episode VII appear to be so much wishful thinking at this point. Which is fine by me, as this role frankly sounds a lot more interesting.

No word yet on when filming is expected to commence or when this might hit theaters, but given that we can still see Cumberbatch in The Fifth Estate, August: Osage County, 12 Years a Slave and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug before year’s end, it doesn’t seem like the wait for it is going to be terribly tedious or anything.

Thoughts? While it’s no Holmes or Hawking, this certainly sounds like yet another interesting real-life role for Cumberbatch to tackle. (And I can’t be the only one kind of getting an Indiana Jones vibe from this story, can I? Bring it on.)

Source: Deadline

How Exciting: Sir Ian McKellen to Play Sherlock Holmes!

In casting news that’s pretty much guaranteed to make you smile – and possibly wonder why this hasn’t happened before now – its official: The great Sir Ian McKellen is set to play Sherlock Holmes. McKellen will star in the film A Slight Trick of the Mind, a story about the legendary fictional detective that’s going to be quite different from almost anything we’ve seen before.

Based on the novel of the same name by Mitch Cullin, the story focuses on Holmes when he is 93, long-retired in Sussex and living with a housekeeper and her amateur-sleuth son. Holmes becomes haunted by an unsolved case from fifty years ago, of which he can only remember fragments: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife. With the great detective’s legendary mind starting to go and without the help of his devoted sidekick Watson, it may be the toughest case of his life. Sound interesting? Read on?

Daniel Radcliffe: From Harry Potter to Allen Ginsberg in 'Kill Your Darlings'

Since most of us pretty much watched Daniel Radcliffe grow up in front of us thanks to the Harry Potter films, it’s occasionally a bit disconcerting to see him taking on a role that’s so clearly not Harry Potter. (I realize this is unfair. I cannot help it despite myself.)

And yet, Radcliffe seems to finally be making his first definitive strides away from Potter typecasting with his latest role: He plays poet Allen Ginsberg in upcoming biopic Kill Your Darlings and, well. It looks as though his performance – and this movie in general – might surprise everyone.

It is 1944 in New York City, and a murder draws together the great poets of the beat generation. Radcliffe plays a young Ginsberg during his years at Columbia, and the film is based on a real-life murder mystery. Interested? Read on.

Missing 'The IT Crowd'? Here are Some Workplace Sitcoms You Should Watch Instead

If you are a fan of The IT Crowd like me, you too have been on pins and needles over the past few years. Back in the summer of 2010, we left co-workers Roy, Moss, and Jen celebrating the relatively successful outcome of their boss, Douglas Reynholm’s divorce trial, secure in the assumption that we’d be seeing them again quite soon.

Little did we know that our expectations were premature. After all, before Series 4 even aired, the show’s creator Graham Linehan announced that IT Crowd would be returning in 2011 for a fifth series.

Hurray! We were innocent and carefree. We had no reason to believe we’d never hear Roy ask if someone had turned their computer off and back on again.

Except it didn’t (and hasn’t) quite worked out like that. We’re still waiting. So here’s some advice on what to watch in the meantime.

ITV's Gay Comedy 'Vicious' Renewed for Series 2

From the how on earth did I miss this bit of news files…..

ITV’s Vicious, the gay comedy starring the legendary Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi has been officially renewed for a second series. The comedy had already been confirmed to be returning for a Christmas special at the end of this year, but its fate beyond that point had been up in the air.

ITV’s Director of TV Peter Finchman announced the renewal news at the recent Edinburgh International Television Festival, calling Vicious “a very bold sitcom with a wonderful cast”.

Read on for more.

'Downton Abbey' Star Allen Leech to Join Benedict Cumberbatch’s 'The Imitation Game'

Big news for Downton Abbey fans – another of its leading men is has been cast in a major film, starring opposite some faces you’ll definitely recognize.

Allen Leech, the man who plays everyone’s favorite former-chauffeur-turned-upstairs-aristocrat Tom Branson, confirmed an ealier report in British paper The Mirror that he will be making the jump to Hollywood features, alongside several other notable British stars. Leech is set to join the cast of The Imitation Game, an upcoming biopic about noted British great Alan Turing, which has already signed Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch and Oscar nominee Keira Knightley as its leads. Read on for more.

'Luther' Won’t Have a Series 4 But a Big-Screen Prequel is in the Works

There’s good news and bad news for fans of dark and gritty crime drama Luther this week. Good news: US audiences will finally get the chance to see the series’ third season as part of a special multi-night viewing marathon on BBC America beginning September 3 (that's tonight!) at 10pm. Bad news: Creator Neil Cross seems quite adamant about the fact that there won’t be a Series 4, due to the increasingly busy schedule of star Idris Elba.

“The show’s finished,” Cross told an audience at the Edinburg Television Festival. “Idris, as he should be, he’s gone on to be a big movie star.”

This is very upsetting, when one considers that Luther is definitely one of the best and most well-made crime dramas on television currently, though there’s probably something to be said for going out on top. But, that doesn't mean we've seen the last of DCI John Luther though - a feature film may be in the works. Read on.

New BBC Drama Trailer Shows Off Footage from 'Sherlock', 'The Musketeers' and More

The BBC released a new trailer yesterday highlighting its forthcoming slate of “Original British Drama” – a montage of both new and returning series that’s meant to get us all excited for the great programs – both new and old – headed our way from Auntie Beeb in the not too distant future.

Spoiler: This clip does its job really well.

The trailer – which is extremely well put together and very theatrical – shows off several of the BBC’s most highly anticipated properties, including the returns of Sherlock and Ripper Street and several new premieres, including period drama The Musketeers with Peter Capaldi, The Escape Artist with David Tennant, The Great Train Robbery, Quirke, By Any Means and What Remains.

Granted, none of these series get to highlight more than a handful of super quick glimpses of new footage – but we don’t think you’ll mind so much. Watch for yourselves below.

Watch: The First Trailer for 'Downton Abbey' Series 4

Everyone remain calm. The moment we have all been waiting for is finally here.

The first trailer for Downton Abbey Series 4 has arrived. And it is a joy to behold.

The minute-long clip gives us our first look at Downton and the Crawley clan in the wake of the tragic loss of Matthew at the end of last season. Much of the clip focuses on what appears to be Mary’s attempt to move on without her husband, but we get a glimpse of nearly every major character – and a few new faces as well.

There’s laughter and tears and fistfights and kissing and meaningful glances and just, well. Basically everything you’d expect from Downton Abbey. Watch for yourself below and swoon