Acorn TV to Bring Back ‘Agatha Raisin’ for Second Season

Ashley Jensen as Agatha Raisin (Photo: Acorn TV)

Mystery series Agatha Raisin is getting a new lease on life, thanks to Acorn TV. The streaming service has greenlit a second season of the popular comedy-drama, stepping in to pick up the show after it was effectively canceled by UK network Sky.

Announced during their session at the winter edition of the Television Critics Association Press Tour, Agatha Raisin Season 2 will be the network’s first original commission. 

‘Victoria’ Season 2: "A Soldier's Daughter/The Green-Eyed Monster" Recap

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Previously, on Victoria: There is a way, way too much to summarize here. Here’s a quick guide to where we left everyone after Season 1 or, if you’re feeling particularly ambitious, we also have recaps of every episode

Admittedly, period drama Victoria started off in a fairly enviable position. Before a single minute of his sumptuous costumes and swoony romance was broadcast, pretty much everyone had dubbed it as ITV’s successor to the international phenomenon that was Downton Abbey. The thing no one could have really predicted though, is that Victoria actually turned out to be good.

There’s something about this show – the compelling characters, complicated relationships and proto-feminist attitude somehow combine into an absolutely perfect confectionery of actual history and period wish fulfillment. You can swoon over it, laugh with it, and wonder how far it’s willing to bend actual history to tell its story, sometimes all in the same hour. And Season 2 seems determined to take everything that worked for Season 1 and run with it, improving on what has come before. 

Star-Studded ‘Les Miserables’ Adaptation Headed to Masterpiece

Dominic West, David Oyelowo and Lily Collins at the "Les Miserables" read through (Photo: BBC/PBS)

The BBC and PBS Masterpiece are teaming up to bring a brand new version of famous novel Les Miserables to the small screen.

Award-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies, best known for his work on BBC period drama Mr. Selfridge and the corporation’s lavish 2016 version of Tolsoy’s War and Peace, will be adapting Hugo’s story. He promises that his version will delve more deeply into the issues and layers of the author’s original story, focusing on Jean Valjean and Javert’s cat-and-mouse relationship, set against the epic backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest.

Limited Showing for Brits at this Year's Golden Globes

As I sat down Sunday night to watch the 75th Golden Globes ceremony, I expected to see plenty of black on the red carpet and hear statements of solidarity with the Time’s Up movement against sexual harassment. It was defiant and joyous and culminated in a stirring speech by Oprah Winfrey.

However if I'm honest, my main purpose for tuning in was to see how many Brits would snag those gleaming orbs that signify excellence in the television and film industries. By my count there were six actresses and eight actors from the UK and Ireland competing in eight different performance categories. Eight chances to demonstrate the superiority of British thespians!

Alas, only three were victorious. Let's take a look at the winners and the roles that earned them this particular accolade.

Watch Benedict Cumberbatch in Trailer for New Drama 'Patrick Melrose'

Benedict Cumberbatch rocking a very distinct look in "Patrick Melrose" (Photo: Sky/Showtime)

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is headed back to the small screen this year. (And no, I’m sorry to keep having to reiterate this bad news every time the man gets a new project, but it’s not for another season of the popular detective drama. At least not yet. Keep the dream alive, folks.)

This time, Cumberbatch has the starring role in the upcoming five-part drama Patrick Melrose. Based on a series of semi-autobiographical novels by Edward St. Aubyn, it follows the story of an aristocratic playboy and his journey from a traumatic childhood through alcoholism, heroin addiction, recovery, marriage and fatherhood. 

Kate Beckinsale to Star in Upcoming ITV Drama 'The Widow'

Chloe Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale in Amazon film "Love and Friendship" (Photo: Roadshow Pictures/Amazon Studios)

Film star Kate Beckinsale has been tapped to star in ITV’s upcoming thriller The Widow. The eight-part series comes from screenwriting brothers Harry and Jack Williams, the men behind recent popular British dramas Liar and The Missing.

Beckinsale is probably best known these days for her role in the Underworld films, where she plays a vampire named Selina who regularly feuds with werewolves and kicks butt in leather pants. She also recently starred in Jane Austen adaptation Love and Friendship, as well as Marc Webb’s The Only Living Boy in New York. (And you may remember her for her starring roles in early 2000s films like Pearl Harbor, Serendipity and The Aviator.)

The Widow follows the story of a woman whose life falls apart after she learns her husband has died in a plane crash. That is, of course, only the beginning.

‘Call the Midwife’ Season 7 Will Premiere on PBS this Spring

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If you loved the recent Call the Midwife holiday special but are sad that it was just one episode, here’s a bit of good news to kick off your 2018. Call the Midwife Season 7 isn’t too far away!

The drama’s seventh season is currently slated to premiere in the U.K. this winter, likely within the month of January at some point if previous seasons are anything to go by. But U.S. viewers won’t be too far behind!