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Get a Look Behind the Scenes at the Upcoming ‘Poldark’ Remake

The highly anticipated BBC remake of classic series Poldark is currently filming in the UK and interest in the series is understandably high. The original Poldark starring Robin Ellis – which also screened on Masterpiece Theatre in the 1970s – was one of the BBC’s first costume dramas, and was massively popular on both sides of the pond.

This time around The Hobbit and Being Human star Aidan Turner is taking on the role of Ross Poldark, opposite The White Queen’s Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza. Several other familiar faces, including Blandings’ Jack Farthing and Whitechapel’s Phil Davies are also part of the sprawling cast. Set in 1793, the drama follows the story of a brooding British officer returning from the American Revolutionary War who finds his home life much changed with his father dead, the family mine closed and his sweetheart pledged to marry his cousin.

Filming on the new Poldark began in April across Cornwall and Bristol, and thankfully several official outlets have been tweeting some sneak peek photos over the course of the summer on how things are getting along.

Have a look at some of the most interesting snaps below. And since what everyone’s clearly waiting for is a look at Turner in period dress – yes, that’s there too.

Get a Look Behind the Scenes at the Filming of 'Mapp and Lucia'

Production on the BBC’s upcoming three-part remake of Mapp and Lucia is officially under way, and you can now get your first look at the many famous faces who will be bringing the residents of Tilling to life.

The comedic drama will be based on the novels by author E.F. Benson, originally published during the 1920s. Our story begins when Mrs. Emmeline Lucas, known to her friends as Lucia, decides to take a holiday in the charming Queen Anne town of Tilling and runs into – and almost immediately afoul of – Miss Elizabeth Mapp, its designated social ringleader. Chaos (predictably) ensues.

Two-time Academy Award-nominee Miranda Richardson is playing Mapp opposite The Hour’s Anna Chancellor as Lucia. Our leading ladies will be joined by The League of Gentlemen’s Steve Pemberton as Lucia’s devoted BFF Georgie Pillson, as well as Sherlock star Mark Gatiss as Raj Army veteran Major Benjy.

Mapp and Lucia is tentatively slated to air later this year, but you can get your first look at the new series now, thanks to the wonders of Twitter. The official BBC One account and several members of the Mapp and Lucia cast and crew have helpfully shared a handful of behind the scenes filming photos, and everyone looks fantastic, basically:

See Two More ‘Sherlock’ Behind the Scenes Pictures From Series 3

Two new images from Sherlock Series 3 filming have been released by the BBC and while – yet again – they don’t show any actual episodic shots that are clear enough to figure out what’s going on, they’re still quite lovely to look at. (These have apparently been out for a week or so, but what with all the other Sherlock news of late, seem to have passed under our radar. Apologies!)

The behind-the-scenes pictures show stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman filming the upcoming third season and show various dramatic expressions worn by Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.

I think we’re all assuming these two must be from sometime near or around filming of the Holmes/Watson reunion and subsequent fall-out, right? Everyone looks so angsty! Freeman’s expression here is particularly amazing. That better be in an episode.

See the new shots for yourselves below, courtesy of the BBC.

Who Needs CGI?: First Look at Benedict Cumberbatch Filming Smaug in 'The Hobbit'

The second installment of director Peter Jackson’s epic The Hobbit trilogy, subtitled The Desolation of Smaug, will open in theaters on December 13. Fans everywhere have been beside themselves with anticipation basically since the credits rolled on An Unexpected Journey last December, eager to see J.R.R. Tolkien’s story continue.

Of course, the main thing we’re all excited about is basically what it says on the tin – this is the one that’s got the dragon in it. Yeah, we will finally meet the titular and legendary Smaug the Golden in this installment, and, if the initial trailer where we finally get to hear him speak is any indication, he’s going to be pretty impressive.

And, of course, many of us would argue he was always going to be pretty impressive given the fact that such an impressive actor is behind-the-scenes. Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, who seems to have a different movie out every other week for the duration of 2013, is playing Smaug – or, at the very least providing his voice (which you can here in the trailer above) and doing the motion capture work that is turned into Smaug through the magic of the folks at the Weta Workshop. (Who, obviously, is not our WETA, but who we like quite a bit all the same. Gollum is awesome.)