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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. 

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.

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’ Wraps Filming on Season 7

The final shot of Season 7 filming (Photo: Love Productions)

It feels like it’s been an age since the last season of Call the Midwife ended, even if it was only several months ago in reality.

The medical drama follows the story of a group of nurse midwives and nuns who care for the residents of the economically disadvantaged neighborhood of Poplar. Call the Midwife, of course, is so much more than that though – really digging into the personal stories of all the different women involved. (It’s also great if you happen to need a good cry for whatever reason.)

As TV fans go, Midwife viewers are pretty lucky. Though there are some big cast changes headed our way next season, the series has already been renewed through Season 9. (The upcoming run of the drama will only be the series’ seventh season.) If you love the midwives, you’ve got a lot to look forward to over the next few years.

The drama recently wrapped production on Season 7, and posted a pretty adorable cast photo to mark the occasion to its social media accounts