The 'Sherlock' Series 2 Finale Airs Tonight: Get Ready for 'Reichenbach' with a Sneak Peek and A New Interview!

Hope everyone is suitably emotionally prepared excited for the Series 2 finale of Sherlock tonight at 9pm. It is – and I promise I’m not exaggerating on this point – the single best hour and a half of television you will see all year. It’s that good.

And trust me, you will never in your life lament the fact that this show only has three episodes per series more than in this episode’s final two minutes. Protip: Be ready for anything, and maybe have a lot of some Kleenex nearby.

But, first – get in the mood by watching a sneak peek at a scene from tonight’s ep, as well as a fabulous new interview with creator Steven Moffat and star Benedict Cumberbatch about the finale. It’s all under the cut!

And make sure you come back by Telly Visions after the episode airs, because I am going to need people to help me with all my emotions talk about this episode with.

 

The Great Doc Martin Watch Continues On with Series 5 – Episodes 5 and 6

Our Doc Martin viewing marathon here at Telly Visions is currently making its way through Series 5 – up this week “Remember Me” and “Don’t Let Go.” It’s odd – we’re two thirds of the way through Series 5 now, and it doesn’t entirely feel like we’ve made a tremendous amount of progress storyline-wise. (Though, I suppose that's possibly because we keep coming back to the same emotional ground? Not sure.)

The two episodes up this week had both a lot to recommend them, as well as some difficult moments. Will be especially interested to hear the thoughts of others this week – as a I personally can’t quite decide how I feel about them, though I think that I’m generally on the more positive-than-not side. Mainly because even though several storyline events were frustrating to watch, it was still compelling television.

At any rate, onward! Click through and come chat with me and, as always, feel free to leave your thoughts, favorite moments, funny lines, general rants, whatever, in the comments.

The Friday News Roundup: The Short and Sweet Edition

Happy Friday, folks! Let’s jump right in to this week’s News Roundup – pausing only briefly to express relief that we seem to be actually back on a weekly schedule again, hurrah! It’s a bit on the shorter side this time out – but there’s some great little nuggets about all sorts of shows to make up for it.

So, click through for this week’s dose of interesting news from the land of British (and British-related) entertainment, including Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Absolutely Fabulous, The Only Way is Essex, Being Human and more!

Downton Abbey Roundup: Series 3 Filming Continues and All Sorts of Rumors Are Flying!

As filming continues on the highly-anticipated third series of Downton Abbey, the internet is alight with rumors about what will happen in these upcoming episodes and what would we could expect from the show should it continue – as we all hope – into a Series 4 and beyond. Consider this the first in what will likely be a series of Downton gossip roundups, where we try and fill the Crawley-shaped holes in everyone’s lives while we wait for the hiatus to pass.

WARNING: Everything past the jump could be considered a bit spoilery, so please proceed with caution. While nothing has been officially confirmed about the majority of the speculation that is about to follow, the bulk of it is based on a few facts that we do know about the upcoming season. So, decide for yourself if you’re interested in such things before going further.

Still interested in some pretty unsubstantiated wild internet gossip? Then click right on through for a roundup of all-things-Downton from the past few weeks.

Coming Soon to WETA UK: Lark Rise to Candleford

Up next in our series of little mini-introductions to some of the great programming you can expect to see on WETA UK, is the costume drama series Lark Rise to Candleford. Based on Flora Thompson’s trilogy of semi-autobiographical novels about the English countryside, the series is set in the small Oxfordshire hamlet of Lark Rise and the wealthier neighboring town of Candleford towards the end of the 19th century.

This is one of the other WETA UK programs I’m most excited to settle in and start watching. I only ever caught a few episodes from the first series - I think I was in the process of moving around the time my local PBS station first started airing it and fell out of watching and never went back – but from what I can remember the show is wonderful, full of charming characters and sweet stories. I’m really looking forward to the chance to watch the rest of it! Click through for some basics and a look at Series 1.

Just Announced: BBC Hit Call the Midwife Coming to PBS This Fall!

Our PBS Annual Meeting is taking place in Denver this week– I’m not there, sadly, but I’m hearing about lots of great things and series announcements coming out of it already and it’s only barely under way.

The most exciting bit of news to emerge so far today – it’s been officially announced that hugely popular BBC One drama Call the Midwife will be coming to a PBS station near you this Fall. The series, which aired this past winter in the UK, was the most successful (i.e. highest-rated) drama for the BBC since 2001. (PS: It’s also really good!)

Want to know more? Click through for a quick synopsis and a look at the BBC’s trailer for the show.

'Sherlock' Series 2 Continues, Or, Why 'The Hounds of Baskerville' is My Favorite S2 Episode

The second series of Sherlock merrily rolled on last night with an adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous story, The Hound of the Baskervilles, re-imagined as The Hounds of Baskerville, complete with beautiful shots of the moors, a dodgy government research facility, lots of nods to the original stories, and some seriously fantastic performances all around.

To be fair, Hounds is not technically the best episode of Series 2 – that honor belongs to series finale The Reichenbach Fall and the subsequent intense emotional devastation it causes – but it is, hands down, my favorite, precisely because it manages to do so many things at once: terrify you, impress you, and make you really feel for the characters. It’s frightening, it’s clever, it’s a believable modern update of the Conan Doyle story that general audiences are most familiar with, it’s funny, and it’s full of really wonderful character development too. (I adore it so much!) Reichenbach is a better episode, probably the best the show's ever done, but Hounds is the one I can come back to over and over without the need for therapy or loads of Kleenex.

Why? Click through and find out!

 

Watch the Full Q&A Session From Masterpiece's 'Sherlock' Premiere Event in New York!

The recent Masterpiece Sherlock premiere event in New York was certainly one of the coolest events I’ve ever attended – and I think pretty much everyone in the crowd that night would probably agree with me. The event in and of itself was beyond fun, but the great fans and the palpable sense of excitement in the air just made it a hundred times better. So, while you’re waiting for Series 2 to continue tonight, why not pretend like you were there? (Speaking of tonight – “The Hounds of Baskerville” is my favorite episode this season, by the way. Not “best” – that’s “Reichenbach” – but the one I enjoy the most that doesn’t cause me extensive emotional devastation. More on that later!)

Over 10,000 people entered to be one of the lucky couple hundred that won a chance to attend this event. The Q&A panel following the episode screening was livestreamed all over the world, and the event was also recorded so that it could be made available online.

Click through for the full panel in all its glory – the 47 minute Q&A session with Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton, Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat, producer Sue Vertue and star Benedict Cumberbatch. It would be impossible to really capture the energy and excitement that was virtually vibrating all through that room, but this does give you a pretty good idea. And of course, our lovely panel is charming and thoughtful and wonderful throughout.

Some great questions were asked, so if you’re a Sherlock fan and you’ve not seen this yet, do yourself a favor and block off some time to sit down and give it a go. It’s fascinating and funny and really awesome.

The Great Doc Martin Watch Continues On with Series 5 – Episodes 3 and 4

Our Doc Martin viewing marathon here at Telly Visions officially kicked off our journey into Series 5 last week, at long last! (Unfortunately, we’re still a week behind here versus what’s currently airing on TV 26, but well, this is a lot closer to being “on the same page” with everyone than I’ve ever been, so I’ll happily live with it.)

Let’s continue right along with Series 5 this week, then, shall we? Up next are “Boho with a Shotgun” (that’s really the episode title?) and “Mother Knows Best.” On the whole, Series 5 is still much more appealing generally than Series 4, though to be honest there’s not a tremendous amount of forward story movement in either of these episodes. Though there are some great character moments for almost all of our major players and that’s what a lot of us tune in for anyway. It's easy to live with.

Click through and come chat with me and, as always, feel free to leave your thoughts, favorite moments, funny lines, general rants, whatever, in the comments.

The Friday News Roundup: We're Back Again Edition

The Friday News Roundup makes a (another) triumphant return! Well, more like slinks backs into your lives after entirely too much excitement with Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch and Steven Moffat last week, but the first phrasing just sounds so much better. (There’s a chance this feature may ultimately end up becoming a biweekly one, but maybe not. We’ll see.)

Anyway, all is back to normal again and my life is sadly Cumberbatch-free once more except for my TV on Sunday nights, so let’s get back into what really matters, which is all the interesting bits and bobs from the world of British entertainment in the past couple weeks. Click through for tidbits about Sherlock, Downton Abbey, Parade’s End, Call the Midwife, Doctor Who, Top Gear, Rev and loads more.

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