ITV Announces a New Edwardian Drama in Wake of Downton Abbey’s Success

UK network ITV will follow up the success of costume drama Downton Abbey with another period piece set during the Edwardian era. The drama – provisionally titled simply Mr. Selfridge – will tell the story of visionary American entrepreneur Harry Gordon Selfridge who transformed Oxford Street with the store that still bears his name.

Per the official press release, “The drama will be set in 1909, at a time when women were reveling in a new sense of freedom and modernity. Harry wanted to indulge, empower and celebrate these women and so opened the doors of his lavish department store, on London’s famous Oxford Street. Click through if you'd like a few more details on the upcoming series' plot!

The Great Doc Martin (Re) Watch Moves on to Series 3!

Doc Martin won’t be airing tonight on WETA, but you can still get your Portwenn fix this week, because our great Doc Martin viewing marathon is rolling right along here at Telly Visions.

This week, we’re kicking off Series 3, with episodes “The Apple Doesn’t Fall” and “Movement.” My fingers are all crossed for some real forward momentum with some of these storylines that have been spinning their wheels for multiple episodes now. Here’s hoping!

So, come on, click through and come chat with me! Leave your thoughts, favorite moments, funny lines, etc. in the comments.

 

The Friday News Roundup: Feeling a Bit Like Spring Edition

Happy Friday, Telly Visions readers! (I know I can’t be the only person who felt like this was the slowest week ever, right?) Anyway, it’s Friday, at last, which means that it’s not just time for the weekend, it’s time for the News Roundup!

Click through for highlights from the world of British entertainment this week – including Downton Abbey, Titanic, Doctor Who, Being Human, Black Mirror, Upstairs Downstairs, that upcoming Only Fools and Horses remake and lots more! Did I miss something newsworthy? Leave a link in the comments!

Karen Gillan’s “We’ll Take Manhattan” Premieres This Weekend in the US!

Heads up for fans of Doctor Who Companion Karen Gillan, her latest project, the BBC Four docudrama We’ll Take Manhattan, finally has an official American airdate! The film will premiere here in the States this weekend, on March 3 at 8pm ET on the Ovation channel. The 1960s biopic features Gillan as the famous former top model Jean Shrimpton.

The Ovation channel is not available everywhere in the US, but you can see if you have access to it in your area by checking their website. I looked up my own address and we do seem to get it here in Northern Virginia, though I have to admit this isn’t exactly a network I’ve heard of before? But, you know, check your DVRs and program accordingly – since I’m sure you’ll be watchin Doc Martin with us on Saturday!

Click through for more details on the film, a trailer and a short scene clip. I’m very curious to see what Gillan can do in a role that appears to be very different from Amy Pond!

The Wait for Downton Abbey Series 3 Begins: New Casting Details and Our First Look at Shirley MacLaine

Production on Downton Abbey Series 3 is officially under way and filming started last week. This process will, of course, take quite some time, but it’s at least providing us with a few drips and drabs of new information to help get us through the long wait for new episodes.

Click through for a first look at guest star Shirley MacLaine on the Downton set, as well as some casting updates about several new additions we’ll be seeing next season.

Amazing Internet Things: A Truly Epic Sherlock/Doctor Who Crossover Video

Confession time: I think I have a problem. Specifically, a “Wholock” problem. And it’s sort of getting out of hand. Quite frankly, I blame the Best Rumor Ever from yesterday for keeping my brain on the Sherlock + Doctor Who = amazing track over the past twenty four hours. As a result, we end up with posts featuring epic “Wholock” crossover videos.

The “Wholock” phenomenon has been mentioned here before –it’s basically the brainchild of fervent fans who would like nothing better than to see some sort of crossover between Steven Moffat’s two series, Doctor Who and Sherlock.

Since these two shows do seem to share a great deal of the same fans, it was probably only a matter of time until something like this video was created. One particularly talented individual made a “Wholock” movie trailer that mashes up the storylines from both series’ recent seasons. And, seriously, it’s awesome.

HUGE WARNING THOUGH: While this video is, indeed, an incredibly amazing internet thing, it is also chock full of SERIOUSLY MASSIVE Sherlock Series 2 spoilers. Please tread with caution and just bookmark this page for later on if you’re avoiding such things until after the episodes air. For those who still want to see it, or have already spoiled themselves silly via other avenues, feel free to click right on through.

Rumor Has It: Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch to Play The Master for Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary?

This is just a rumor. It is clearly the Best Rumor Ever but it is still only a rumor, so take everything that follows with a mountain of salt. The Express reported this weekend that Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is being lined up to play Doctor Who arch-villain The Master for the iconic series’ 50th anniversary next year.

[Insert pause here for everyone to get the initial freakout out of their systems. I’ll wait.] Better? Okay. Breathe, and click through for more details.

Amazing Internet Things: Stuff The Dowager Countess Says

Since it’s our first Sunday without Downton Abbey, we could probably all use a little internet pick me up to help us get through the day. By now, most of you have probably seen some variation of the Stuff [Some Group or Person] Says video phenomenon. It’s been everywhere the past month or so and has given us some gems sending up seemingly every gender, city and occupation. Some of you might have even been getting a little tired of this meme – maybe you even started thinking that it wasn’t funny anymore – but I am here to present you with a bit of awesomeness that might change your mind.

I suppose it’s a sign that Downton Abbey has truly, officially “arrived” in mainstream American popular culture that someone actually decided to do a “Stuff The Dowager Countess Says” video. And, as you’d expect, it’s pretty fantastic. Click through to see for yourself!

The Great Doc Martin (Re)Watch Continues – “On the Edge”

The great Doc Martin viewing marathon continues with the two-part Christmas special “On the Edge.” I’m never sure whether holiday episodes like this count as part of the season that they follow or the one they precede and I’ve seen some conflicting reports as to how fans of the show tend to categorize it. But, since I believe it’s the only Christmas special the series ever did, I trust everyone knows which episode I’m talking about, whichever season you think it belongs in!

Anyway, whatever you call it, click through and come chat with me! Leave your thoughts, favorite moments, funny lines, etc. in the comments.

The Friday News Roundup: Last Roundup of February Edition

Hurrah, it’s Friday! It’s a rainy, somewhat dreary Friday in the DC area, but I suppose that does make me feel a bit more authentically British somehow. (Don’t judge.) This means, obviously, that it’s time for the best part of the week – the News Roundup!

Click on through for all the important bits from the world of British entertainment this week, including news on Downton Abbey, Eternal Law, Titanic, Doctor Who, Top Gear, Call the Midwife, Richard Hammond’s Crash Course, that new American remake of Only Fools and Horses, and more!

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