And, you know, if you’re busy bookmarking things to read once your power goes out, here is a handy dandy pile of fun things to read, courtesy of our News Roundup. Click through for a bunch of goodies from all around the world of British entertainment, including Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Parade’s End, Miranda, Doctor Who, The Hour, The Great British Bakeoff, Made in Chelsea and lots more.
Tickets for the British Museum’s Pompeii exhibit are already selling out and it doesn’t open until March. (I want to gooooo!)
Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch cracks the top five in Glamour UK’s Sexiest Man of the Year list – now trailing only winner Robert Pattinson, Tom Hiddleston, Johnny Depp and Michael Fassbender. Not bad company!
In related news, the Style Network is going to be airing Made in Chelsea in America – from the beginning! Begins November 12.
Fan site HBO Watch speculates about when BBC Two drama Parade’s End -with Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall – might air in the US.
Fun travel read: A Guide to Sherlock Holmes’ London
John Simm would like the chance to reprise his role as the Master on Doctor Who. However, sadly, he later downplayed the chance of that actually happening.
Gaming site Kotaku reviews the new Sherlock Holmes video game. (Can you believe such a thing exists??)
Interesting rumor of the moment: Benedict Cumberbatch to play Wikileaks’ Julian Assange?
When is an “Unfilmable” Book Actually Filmable? This article’s ostensibly about Cloud Atlas, but touches on Jane Austen and Sherlock Holmes as well.
Brendan Coyle says the cast of Downton Abbey all know when the show is going to end.
5 Sherlock Holmes Characters We Want on Elementary, per the Seattle Post Intelligencer.
CBS is apparently going to make an American version of The Great British Bake Off. Welp, I’m sure that will go well.
Intersting read about how long-running series Shameless is finally coming to an end – when is enough enough for TV programs?
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Sherlock win big at ITV’s Crime Thriller Awards.
Amazing comedy Rev is apparently getting an American remake because the universe hates me.
Game of Thrones’ Mark Addy and Downton Abbey’s Siobhan Finneran are among the cast set to star in the second series of BBC One’s The Syndicate.
Next year, Doctor Who is apparently doing an episode called Journey to the Centre of the Tardis. Here’s a tiny guest star spoiler photo from Bleeding Cool.
BBC America’s Copper – a drama about an Irish cop in 1860s New York City and the network’s first original series production – has been renewed for a second season.
Martin Freeman calls The Hobbit “the biggest film [he’ll] ever do.”
This isn’t really news because we all already knew it, but still nice to see Doc Martin Series 6 officially confirmed by ITV.
Maria Doyle Kennedy – of The Tudors and Downton Abbey fame – has signed on for BBC America’s new drama Orphan Black.
Jonny Lee Miller says he didn’t realize how “entertaining” Sherlock Holmes as until he started portraying the famous detective in CBS’ Elementary.
Toby Jones says that being a guest on Doctor Who was cooler than playing Alfred Hitchcock in The Girl.
Interesting piece in the Independent: Given the current troubles at the BBC, ITV’s reputation is gaining ground. (Though, I’m quite sure they also need to thank Downton!)
Author Neil Gaiman is writing a second episode of Doctor Who and it’s looking likely his ep will air at some point in the back half of Series 7.
A pretty solid feature in the Telegraph on former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies and his new children’s series Wizards vs. Aliens.
In more Russell T. Davies news, looks like it’s pretty official the former showrunner won’t be involved with the Doctor Who 50th anniversary next year.
This article sort of makes me irritated, but, in the interest of sharing: Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch’s Polarizing “Cumberbitches” from Newsweek’s “The Daily Beast.”
Great interview with actress Romola Garai, Dominic West and BenWhishaw about the second series of The Hour.
In related news, Cultbox has a preview story about The Hour Series 2 up.
Downton Abbey’s Series 3 ratings in the UK are up over Series 2 and looking pretty good.
The Baskerville Effect: Apparently a real medical condition, named after the famous Sherlock Holmes story.
Eugh, Fox is apparently adapting British comedy Gavin and Stacey for American. (Expect a blog post on this topic shortly.)
Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood has not been canceled, according to creator Russell T. Davis, but rather is “in limbo.”
While a second series of spy thriller Hunted has yet to be confirmed, star Melissa George has already discussed what a second outing might be like.