Watch the Trailer for Richard Hammond’s Crash Course

Raise your hand if you’ve ever said the following sentence: “I love Top Gear and I don’t even like cars!” I’ve certainly said it before, and I imagine the same sentiment will probably hold true for the latest addition to the Gearhead family, as well.

BBC America’s doing a new project with Top Gear star Richard Hammond, called Richard Hammond’s Crash Course, set to premiere in a little under two weeks. This isn’t a proper Top Gear “spin-off,” per se, more a distant cousin, I guess – but it does feature Hammond travelling all over the United States to try out driving some massive, dangerous and awesome looking vehicles, including a tank, a trash compactor, and an airport fire engine.

Click through for a look at the series trailer for yourself!

Watch the New Trailer for Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein; Encore US Screenings This Summer!

Due to popular demand, director Danny Boyle’s award-winning 2011 production of Frankenstein will return to cinemas worldwide this summer as part of this year’s National Theatre Live program. The play features Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch opposite Jonny Lee Miller (recently tapped to play the lead in CBS’ unfortunate upcoming Holmes adaptation), with the two actors alternating between the roles of the Creature and Victor Frankenstein during every other performance. The pair recently became the first in history to share the Best Actor prize at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards for their work in this production.

As you’ll see in the new trailer – which incorporates actual footage from the show – the play does a tremendous job using creative visuals to tell the story of Dr. Frankenstein and the monster he creates. If you missed out on seeing this production onstage or when it screened in cinemas last year, I cannot encourage all of you strongly enough to catch it this time around. It’s fantastic. (Personally, I’m partial to the Miller as Frankenstein/Cumberbatch as the Creature set-up, but both versions are brilliant.) Click through to take a look for yourself, and see how to find out screening information near you!

Great Expectations, Part One: Episode Dish

Sidebar: I need a new name for our programming discussion style posts that don’t belong to a particular ongoing series. Any suggestions? Eternal gratitude on offer, FYI.

Masterpiece Classic is currently airing the BBC’s latest adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel Great Expectations. This version was created to celebrate to mark the bicentennial of Dickens’ birth – another, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, will be airing in a couple of weeks. While I have never been much of a Dickensian, I do have an automatic interest in anything that has this many great actors in it: Gillian Anderson – whom we already know can do Dickens credibly from her turn in Bleak HousePoirot’s David Suchet, Ray Winstone, Vanessa Kirby from The Hour and newcomer (at least to me) Douglas Booth. There was also quite a bit of press around this adaptaion when BBC One aired it at Christmas, thus I have been looking forward to trying it out for myself.

Click through and let’s dish Part One – so far, my feelings are a bit of a mixed bag, but I’m definitely curious about where we’ll go in Part Two this weekend. Would love to hear others’ thoughts!

First Photo From “Ripper Street” Released, Period Crime Drama Coming to BBC America This Fall

BBC America has announced that new period police drama Ripper Street will premiere this Fall as part of their ongoing Wednesday night “Dramaville” block. The eight-part series is set in and around Whitechapel in London’s East End, during the aftermath of the Jack the Ripper murders in 1889.

Created by Mistresses writer Richard Warlow, Ripper Street will star MI-5’s Matthew Macfadyen (Swoooooon!), Game of Thrones’ Jerome Flynn, The Twilight Saga’s Myanna Buring and Luther’s David Dawson. The period piece will focus on the infamous H Division, the police precinct which is charged with keeping order in Whitechapel following the Ripper killings.

Filming is currently underway in Dublin and the first official cast photo has been released. Click through to take a look for yourself!

Get An Early Look at a Scene from Tonight’s Great Expectations!

The newest adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations premieres tonight at 9pm on Masterpiece Classic! Starring Gillian Anderson, Douglas Booth, David Suchet, Ray Winstone and Vanessa Kirby, it’s a haunting reimagining of a story that many of us know by heart. (And it’s pretty beautiful to look at, too.)

Click through for a sneak peek at a scene from tonight’s premiere! In it, we see Pip’s first trip to Satis house and his fateful first meeting with the decidedly creepy Miss Havisham, who dresses in a bedraggled wedding gown and doesn’t bother with the inconvenience of shoes.

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!

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