The Great Doc Martin (Re)Watch Continues – We Finish Series 3 and Start Series 4!

Our great Doc Martin viewing marathon continues this week here at Telly Visions, as we polish off Series 3 (“Happily Ever After”) and get started on Series 4 (“Better the Devil”). This is all very exciting as we’re so close to getting caught up – and I’m already looking forward to the premiere of Series 5 on WETA in just a few short weeks (April 28th!).

From a macro perspective, I’ve really enjoyed almost everything about Series 3, and I can only hope the quality of the episodes stays this high as we continue on. It’s a tremendous improvement over the first two seasons, even if I really can’t entirely put my finger on why. It’s something to do with balance and self-awareness, I think. Though I do have some problems (again) with the Martin and Louisa plot, but, well…we’ll get to that in a minute.

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: The Unintentionally Shorter Edition

Happy Friday, Telly Visions readers! This week’s News Roundup is possibly a bit on the lighter side – which I should probably apologize for, as I expect it’s my fault that I got a bit hung up in making our new Facebook Timeline for WETA. (Our station has done some great things and there are some really are some fantastic photos so, you know, check it out if you like us.)

Anyway – back to British things! Click through for a look at all (most of?) the news that’s fit to type from the world of British entertainment this week, including Luther, Downton Abbey, Titanic, Being Human, Doctor Who, Upstairs Downstairs, an American remake of Mistresses and lots more!

 

Amazing Internet Things: Welcome to Downton Arby’s

It doesn’t look like the trend of Downton Abbey parodies is slowing down anytime soon, which is really just a bonus for those of us that are fans of the show, because they just keep getting better and better. (I sincerely hope these things just keep coming from now until Series 3 screens. I will happily watch all of them!)

This latest bit of Downton fun is a wonderfully clever send up from the folks behind Yahoo’s new series of sketch comedy shorts that transplants the Edwardian drama into the world of fast food franchises. Lord Grantham must find a prospective son-in-law to marry one of his daughters so that the family’s Arby’s restaurant won’t get shut down by Corporate. Hilarity ensues.

Click through and take a look for yourself! The opening shot is priceless and this clip’s take on Thomas and O’Brien is spot-on. All in all, you'll probably be surprised by how funny this actually is - this premise shouldn't work nearly as well as it does. But it's hilarious!

One Month to New Doc Martin on WETA!

Yes, it’s official – we’re one month away from new Doc Martin! Yup, Series 5 starts on WETA beginning Saturday, April 28. Excited yet? (I am, though I’ve still got to get us through The Great Doc Martin (Re)Watch first. But, I am confident we can do it!).

To celebrate this momentous occasion, here are a few Series 5 goodies. Click through the jump for a look at the ITV promo for Series 5 that aired in the UK, as well as a couple newly released American promo photos. And then let the countdown to the new season begin!

First Teaser Trailer for Doctor Who Series 7 Arrives!

The very first official Doctor Who Convention took place over the weekend in Cardiff. Though I personally was engaged in some fairly active wailing and gnashing of teeth over the fact that I wasn’t there to be part of what I assume to be the most awesome event ever, something good did come out of it those of us who couldn’t take part.

As a special sneak peek for fans attending the convention, the first trailer for Series 7 was premiered – and it’s now online! In case you were curious, it also looks awesome (and is so much longer than I expected!). There’s lots of footage from the upcoming Wild West episode, some creepy new monsters, Amy wielding a gun, and a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot of Sherlock’s Rupert Graves, who is guest starring this season.

Click through to see the brand new teaser for yourself and take a look at the first official photo of new Companion Jenna-Louise Coleman while you’re at it!

Would You Watch Downton Abbey: The Movie?

In the aftermath of the Golden Globes in January, several stories surfaced that Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes was considering turning his hit costume drama into a feature film. The Sun reported at the time that Fellowes was “virtually mobbed” at the Globes afterparty and was seen talking to numerous film executives about the possibility of Downton: The Movie. (How these folks know what people at these parties talked about specifically, I don’t know, but let’s go with it, for the sake of discussion.)

Downton star Hugh Bonneville insisted that fans jumped to conclusions after reading the reports from the Globes and denied that a feature film is being planned. Given the fact that the show’s cast and crew are all neck deep in filming Series 3, I doubt very much that a movie is being planned right now. But I don’t think that necessarily means we can rule out seeing a Downton film in the not-too-distant future.

Click through for more – and proof that I’ve spent way too long thinking about this!

The Great Doc Martin (Re)Watch Continues – Series 3, Episodes 5 and 6!

The great Doc Martin viewing marathon rolls on this week here at Telly Visions with two more episodes from Series 3, “The Holly Bears a Prickle” and “Nowt So Queer.” And my general continued opinion: Series 3 is by far the best thing this show has ever done. It’s quirky and busy and occasionally really, uncomfortably strange, but oh, it’s so much fun and such an improvement over the initial episodes. I am already sad that there is only one more episode left in this season after these two. Sniff!

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: 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!

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