The News Roundup – Remembrance Sunday Edition

We call today Veterans Day here in the United States, it’s referred to as Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth Countries, some folks still like to call it Armistice Day, or even Poppy Day, but, nevertheless, the sentiment is all the same – when we all take a moment to reflect and to say a heartfelt thank you to all the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve in the armed forces, whatever country they may hail from. We’re grateful for your sacrifice!

Time for our (mostly) weekly News Roundup! Click through for the latest from around the world of British entertainment news, including bits and bobs on Downton Abbey, The Paradise, Sherlock, Luther, Doctor Who, Skins, The Hour and more!

The BBC’s period department store drama The Paradise has been renewed for Series 2.

Neil Gaiman talks a bit about his upcoming episode of Doctor Who.

The BBC’s annual Children in Need charity show will take place on November 16, with lots of performers already announced.

Star Martin Freeman is still shocked by the high ratings for Sherlock Series 2 in the UK.

BBC Director George Entwhistle has resigned amid massive controversy about a false news reporting that a former senior politician was involved in a child abuse scandal. BBC News is reporting that Catherine Johnson seems a favorite to replace him.

Downton Abbey is “likely” to get a Series 4, according to creator Julian Fellowes. Fellowes also says that he’s considering making Downton more “multicultural” and willing to confront racial issues in future episodes.

Get a first look at Geordie Shore Series 4

Ben Whishaw talks The Hour Series 2, hinting that the new series is much darker and more shocking than the first season.

Director JJ Abrams has finally confirmed that Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is playing the villain in Star Trek. Which, we all figured out like six months ago, but okay.

John Barrowman says he has yet to be approached about a possible return to Doctor Who.

Misfits star Robert Sheehan does a Q&A about his new BBC comedy Me and Mrs. Jones.

Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence to remake BBC comedy Feel the Force for ABC.

BBC Three orders two-part drama One Day Like This, starring Coronation Street’s Sacha Parkinson, Skins’ Lily Loveless and more.

Skins star Lily Loveless gives a behind-the-scenes report on the filming of Series 7.

Benedict Cumberbatch and James McAvoy look set to team up for director Bill Condon’s film about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The three leading ladies from The Inbetweeners Movie are set to star in their own coming of age comedy, Drifters.

Doctor Who star David Tennant is lending his voice to the Star Wars: The Clone Wars cartoon!

Confirmed: Crime drama Luther started filming its third season this month.

Ten Classic British TV Shows That Failed as American Remakes.

The Britannia Awards, hosting by Alan Cumming, will air on BBC America this Sunday, November 11.

PBS submits Sherlock, Wallander and Great Expectations for TV Movie/Miniseries consideration for both the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Red Dwarf writer and co-creator Dave Naylor talks about the new series currently wrapping up in the UK and where the show might go from here.

How did I not know this: Sixth Doctor  Colin Baker is apparently doing this season of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of HereThis interview about it is pretty fun.

Debate: What should happen in the Downton Abbey Christmas special? [WARNING: Spoilers for Downton Series 3 in there!]

Here’s a nice piece about Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens and his current Broadway show The Heiress from Playbill magazine.

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is possibly set to star in Absolutely Anything, which is technically the next Monty Python movie. Sort of. Um….

Downton Abbey Revisited – a behind-the-scenes retrospective special with a sneak peek at Series 3 – will air on PBS stations this November.

A few more details have surfaced about Neil Gaiman’s upcoming Doctor Who episode next year.

Matt Smith talks the Doctor Who Christmas special and his future as the Eleventh Doctor.

Lovely interview with Sherlock’s Louise Brealey from the Evening Standard.

Many of episodes of Masterpiece Theatre host Alistair Cooke’s Letter from America are now available online.

An interesting article that wonders whether the public’s love of programming such as Downton Abbey influenced the election.

CBS has given Sherlock Holmes adaptation Elementary the coveted post-Super Bowl broadcast spot.

If you read something about Dame Maggie Smith having health problems recently, the lady herself says that rumor wasn’t true.

Downton Abbey is bigger than ever, says the Atlantic Wire.

Want to know what the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff is like? The Telegraph does a nice profile of the attraction’s new home.