The Friday News Roundup: Better Late Than Never Edition

Happy Friday (a little bit belatedly) Telly Visions readers! I’m absolutely sneaking this one in right at the wire, mainly because I’m an idiot who thought that I posted this earlier today when I hadn’t. Sigh. You can all stop laughing now, please.

Anyway, better late than never I expect – click through for a look at some of the most interesting things that happened in the land of British entertainment news this week, including Doc Martin, Sherlock, Downton Abbey, Frozen Planet, Titanic, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and more!

Make Room in the TARDIS: Doctor Who’s New Companion Announced!

We’ve known for a while now that current Doctor Who companions Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill would be exiting the TARDIS at some point during this upcoming season and ever since their departure was confirmed rumors have been flying about who their replacement(s) might be.

For a couple of weeks, the consensus online has been that former Who guest star Sophia Myles (better known to many as Madame de Pompadour from Series 4 episode The Girl in the Fireplace) was the frontrunner to replace Gillan, however, as it turns out, that’s not the case.

Click through for more details on the newest addition to the Who family – the good stuff’s under the cut in a (probably vain) attempt to protect those that don’t want to see any spoilers. This news has been everywhere the past 24 hours though, so if you’re one of those people, proceed with caution online for a bit. Onward!

Amazing Internet Things: The Story Behind “Keep Calm and Carry On”

It feels like a pretty safe guess that most Anglophiles probably own a copy of the "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster somewhere. (I do!) Some of us probably even own a parody or two of this in some form (Mine is “Keep Calm and Don’t Blink.”) But how many of us actually know the history behind it this saying? Or when exactly this image became so famous?

Barter Books has created a wonderful short video about the history of the iconic “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster that’s well worth watching. It’s fun and will leave you with a bit of a warm fuzzy feeling afterward. Check it out after the jump!

Whitechapel Series 3 Comes to BBC America on March 28!

Crime drama Whitechapel recently concluded its third season run in the UK, but Americans won’t have to wait very long to see the series’ new cases for themselves. BBC America has announced that Series 3 will premiere on the cable network as part of their Wednesday night “Dramaville” block starting on March 28.

If you’ve never seen Whitechapel before, it’s an extremely well put together crime series that features modern-day murder cases which are “inspired” by famous cases of the past and played out over multiple episodes. (Series 1 was Jack the Ripper and Series 2 was the Kray twins.) The format of Series 3 has undergone a bit of a shakeup – now we’re getting six episodes split into three two-part stories, rather than one single mystery spread over three episodes. Bit of an adjustment, but the quality of this show is so high that I think that giving them more episodes to work with can only lead to good things.

Click through for a look at BBC America’s new trailer, which gives us a pretty good idea of what sorts of cases Series 3 will focus on (read: still extremely creepy and scary).

Sherlock Series 3 Set to Film in “Early 2013”

Some depressing news for Sherlock fans surfaced last week – we’re going to have to settle in for a pretty long wait to see Series 3 of the detective drama.

Beryl Vertue, one of Sherlock’s executive producers told BBC in-house magazine Ariel that the third series is currently slated to start filming in “early 2013.” Vertue also said that at the moment it’s too early to confirm (or even speculate apparently) airdates for the new episodes.

The third series was announced in January immediately following the end of the season two run in the UK. At the time, Steven Moffat hinted that it “wouldn’t be that long” between seasons, but apparently the packed schedules of the series’ cast and crew may be making that promise difficult to keep.

Stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are busy filming a couple of major feature films at the moment (the Star Trek sequel and The Hobbit, respectively) and Moffat himself is occupied making the seventh season of Doctor Who. (I do wonder how the Who 50th anniversary schedule next year is likely to impact Sherlock production/airdates as well, but more on that in the months to come, I expect.)

At least we can console ourselves for a little bit with Series 2 here in the States – just 48 days away! But we better enjoy it while we can, because we’ll be in for another grueling hiatus in order to find how the story continues after the season finale. We should probably start stockpiling fan videos and song parodies now.

Source: Ariel

Amazing Internet Things: Sherlock vs. Doctor Who: The Musical

My ever-expanding personal “Wholock” obsession means that I watch a lot of random videos on the internet about two of my favorite topics: Sherlock and Doctor Who. Generally this newfound hobby results in lots of disappointment, but every so often you end up finding some real gems, as I’ve highlighted before.

This particular amazing internet thing actually comes to us straight from the Twitter of the man himself, executive producer Steven Moffat. Click through to see some truly creative video editing from YouTube user Lilsakee, in a clip which pits Sherlock vs. the Doctor, set to the tune of “Anything You Can Do” from Annie Get Your Gun. It’s pretty much guaranteed to leave you with a serious case of the giggles.

And don’t worry for those concerned about spoilers – while there are a couple of shots from Series 2 in this clip, it doesn’t give anything away about the new season!

The Great Doc Martin (Re)Watch Continues – Series 3, Episodes 3 and 4!

First – a quick apology for taking an unscheduled week-long hiatus with this blog series! There were some technical difficulties (i.e. laptop fail) which necessitated going back to the drawing board and rewriting this. I’m going to pretend this delay made the post you’re about to read even better than it was before. Let’s hope that’s true!

After surviving some technical difficulties, at last it’s time to continue our great Doc Martin viewing marathon continues with two more episodes from Series 3, "City Slickers” and “The Admirer.” I have to say you guys – I don’t know what happened, exactly, but I’m enjoying Series 3 so much! It might be the fact that the show seems to have finally addressed some of its problems in the way that some of its central stories are presented (the handling of the Martin/Louisa relationship first and foremost), but there also seems to be a subtle shift in tone across the entire canvas, and there’s been a really perfect balance of characters and storylines featured per episode so far. I so hope it stays this good though the rest of this season!

Anyway, onward! Click through and come chat with me about the next two episodes in our rewatch, and feel free to leave your thoughts, favorite moments, funny lines, etc. in the comments.

The Friday News Roundup: Happy Early St. Patrick's Day Edition

Happy Friday, Telly Visions readers – and happy early St. Patrick’s Day! Though, honestly, for my fellow DC residents – what happened to all the nice weather, huh? Let’s try and escape the gloom, shall we, with some of the best tidbits from around the world of British entertainment this week.

Click through for this week’s News Roundup – featuring bits and bobs from Downton Abbey, Friday Night Dinner, EastEnders, Doctor Who, Britain’s Got Talent, The Only Way is Essex and lots more!

Take a Look Behind the Scenes of Julian Fellowes’ Titanic Mini-Series!

If you’re hoping for a period drama fix during Downton Abbey’s hiatus, you’re probably looking forward to Downton creator Julian Fellowes upcoming Titanic mini-series. It’s pretty much looking a lot like Downton: The "I’m on a Boat!" Edition, so I’m into it on basic principle.

Titanic is airing on ABC in April here in the States, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking. The cast is top-notch, featuring Linus Roache, Toby Jones, Geraldine Somerville, Timothy West, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Sophie Winkleman, Celia Imrie and more.

Click through for a behind-the-scenes clip that introduces us to some of the series’ cast and gives us a feel for the scale of the show. As an extra bonus for those of you who are interested, you can also watch a second Titanic trailer, which provides a much better look at characters and plots and is just generally all around awesome.

 

Watch the First Masterpiece Trailer for Sherlock Series 2!

Get ready, Sherlockians, the game countdown to Series 2 is officially on! The very first Masterpiece Mystery promo for Sherlock has been released!

It looks awesome. There are snippets from all three upcoming episodes – A Scandal in Belgravia, The Hounds of Baskerville and The Reichenbach Fall – and Sherlock not only gets punched in the face, but sports a very iconic-looking deerstalker!

So, without further ado – click through, give it a watch and leave your reactions in the comments! Only 53 days to go!

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