Other Shows of Interest

It's Tiny, But BBC One's Promo for Ripper Street Still Packs a Lot of Atmosphere

The BBC used the closing ceremonies of the London Olympics last night to kick off their promotional campaign for upcoming period/crime drama Ripper Street, with what I assume must be one of the shortest teaser trailers in existence.

“As the sun sets on the Olympics, darkness rises,” intones an ominous sounding voiceover, as three men chase (presumably) a criminal through a shadowy alley. That’s literally it as far as new footage goes, but since Ripper Street is pretty high on my list of 2012 programs I’m excited about, I don’t mind so much. It’s all terribly atmospheric.

Created by Mistresses’ writer Richard Warlow and starring MI-5’s Matthew Macfadyen, Game of Thrones’ Jerome Flynn, The Twilight Saga’s Myanna Buring and Luther’s David Dawson, this eight-part period drama will attempt to make the oft-depicted Jack the Ripper murders interesting again by focusing on the aftermath of the famous crimes instead of identity of the murderer. Ripper Street will dramatize the life of London’s H Division, the police precinct charged with keeping order in the Whitechapel neighborhood in the days following the Ripper killings.

Click through and take a look. There’s certainly not enough (any?) actual footage to make any sort of judgment about the series, but if this sort of thing is your cup of tea, it’s enough to get you excited for more.

Watch the First Ten Minutes of Inside Men, Premiering Wednesday on BBC America

BBC America will begin airing Inside Men, BBC One’s popular thriller from earlier this year, starting tomorrow, Wednesday, June 20. This cleverly plotted drama tells the story of three security company employees who plan a multi-million dollar heist from their own employer. Think Ocean's Eleven, but without the casinos and Vegas.

The four-part drama is the story of their armed robbery of a cash counting house and the events that lead up to it, as well as the psychological study of the motivations and morals of three simple, everyday men who become criminals.

Inside Men stars Luther’s Steven Mackintosh as John, manager of the counting house who has become fed up with his humdrum lifestyle. His two accomplices include depot security guard Chris, played by Hustle’s Ashley Walters and forklift driver Marcus, played by another familiar face from Luther, Warren Brown. It looks really good!

Want to see for yourself? Click through for a look at the series trailer, as well as a sneak peek at the first ten minutes of the first episode.

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!

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!