Limited Showing for Brits at this Year's Golden Globes

As I sat down Sunday night to watch the 75th Golden Globes ceremony, I expected to see plenty of black on the red carpet and hear statements of solidarity with the Time’s Up movement against sexual harassment. It was defiant and joyous and culminated in a stirring speech by Oprah Winfrey.

However if I'm honest, my main purpose for tuning in was to see how many Brits would snag those gleaming orbs that signify excellence in the television and film industries. By my count there were six actresses and eight actors from the UK and Ireland competing in eight different performance categories. Eight chances to demonstrate the superiority of British thespians!

Alas, only three were victorious. Let's take a look at the winners and the roles that earned them this particular accolade.

Watch Benedict Cumberbatch in Trailer for New Drama 'Patrick Melrose'

Benedict Cumberbatch rocking a very distinct look in "Patrick Melrose" (Photo: Sky/Showtime)

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is headed back to the small screen this year. (And no, I’m sorry to keep having to reiterate this bad news every time the man gets a new project, but it’s not for another season of the popular detective drama. At least not yet. Keep the dream alive, folks.)

This time, Cumberbatch has the starring role in the upcoming five-part drama Patrick Melrose. Based on a series of semi-autobiographical novels by Edward St. Aubyn, it follows the story of an aristocratic playboy and his journey from a traumatic childhood through alcoholism, heroin addiction, recovery, marriage and fatherhood. 

Kate Beckinsale to Star in Upcoming ITV Drama 'The Widow'

Chloe Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale in Amazon film "Love and Friendship" (Photo: Roadshow Pictures/Amazon Studios)

Film star Kate Beckinsale has been tapped to star in ITV’s upcoming thriller The Widow. The eight-part series comes from screenwriting brothers Harry and Jack Williams, the men behind recent popular British dramas Liar and The Missing.

Beckinsale is probably best known these days for her role in the Underworld films, where she plays a vampire named Selina who regularly feuds with werewolves and kicks butt in leather pants. She also recently starred in Jane Austen adaptation Love and Friendship, as well as Marc Webb’s The Only Living Boy in New York. (And you may remember her for her starring roles in early 2000s films like Pearl Harbor, Serendipity and The Aviator.)

The Widow follows the story of a woman whose life falls apart after she learns her husband has died in a plane crash. That is, of course, only the beginning.

‘Call the Midwife’ Season 7 Will Premiere on PBS this Spring

 (Image courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2017)

If you loved the recent Call the Midwife holiday special but are sad that it was just one episode, here’s a bit of good news to kick off your 2018. Call the Midwife Season 7 isn’t too far away!

The drama’s seventh season is currently slated to premiere in the U.K. this winter, likely within the month of January at some point if previous seasons are anything to go by. But U.S. viewers won’t be too far behind! 

In Memoriam 2017

As 2017 comes to an end, we here at Telly Visions pause to remember those we have lost in the British entertainment industry over the past twelve months.

These losses have touched the fields of television, film and literature equally. As fans we have mourned the deaths of people who brought thrills, tears and laughter into our lives. We thank them for sharing their talents with the world and they will continue to live on in our memories through the work they left behind.

'Call the Midwife' Holiday Special 2017 Recap

(Image courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2017)

Winter has definitely come to Poplar and this year’s Call the Midwife holiday special dramatizes an actual event in English weather history called the Big Freeze of 1962-63. The Thames froze over and for 62 consecutive days,  snow lay on the ground across the south of the country.

But for our midwives, it's business as usual. While the weather wreaks havoc on the plumbing and local milk supplies, an apparent tragedy transforms into a miracle and a family is released from decades of abuse.

‘Last Tango in Halifax’ Christmas Special Recap: Part Two

A Buttershaw family Christmas seance  (Image courtesy of BBC/Red Productions/Matt Squire)

Previously on the Last Tango in Halifax Christmas special, Caroline was changing jobs and moving to a new house with her mother, step-dad and youngest son in tow. No one seemed pleased about it. Robbie suffered a potentially fatal injury which convinced Gillian that her deceased ex-husband was haunting their barn. Last but not least, a local am-dram troupe flattered Celia by asking her to step into their production of Blithe Spirit. This snowballed into Celia recruiting Alan to join the cast when another member fell ill at the last minute.

In this second and final holiday episode, we learn more about Caroline’s motivation for taking on a new job at a challenging school. Gillian’s guilt finally gets the better of her and the Halifax Players face yet another set-back, but who will come to the rescue?

Get Your First Look at Period Drama ‘The Miniaturist’

Romola Garai and Anna Taylor-Joy in "The Miniaturist" (Photo: Courtesy of The BBC/MASTERPIECE)

The BBC has released two clips from upcoming period drama The Miniaturist, a tense, lush-looking series based on the mega-popular novel of the same name by Jessie Burton. The three-part drama is a Masterpiece co-production, meaning that it’ll be heading to the U.S. next year on PBS.

The Miniaturist follows the story of a young woman in 17th century Amsterdam who, excited for her new life as the wife of a prosperous merchant, finds herself in a world of betrayal and fear instead.

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