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Watch a Scene From Tonight’s Great Expectations Finale!

Great Expectations concludes on Masterpiece Classic tonight.

While there was a lot to like about Part One, particularly the stellar performances of the bulk of the cast, it was also a dark and difficult episode in a lot of ways as well. It should be very interesting to see how this adaptation handles moving into the part of this story where more of the action is and when so many of the more complicated and ambiguous character moments take place.

Click through and have an early look at a scene from tonight’s finale – and let us know what you think about this production!

The Great Doc Martin (Re)Watch Continues – Series 4, Episodes 2 and 3!

Our great Doc Martin viewing marathon continues here at Telly Visions this week as we dive into Series 4. We’re so close to the Series 5 premiere now – and to finishing our rewatch! (Or, well, at least to it becoming an “actual” watch) I can’t wait to get to the part where I’m watching episodes you guys haven’t seen already!

Up this week, we have “Uneasy Lies the Head” and “Perish Together as Fools.” Several readers have said that Series 4 is occasionally (often?) frustrating going, so I’m simultaneously curious and anxious about how these episodes are going to go.

Because some of these criticisms about this season are – well, at least they seem so after three episodes – pretty well-grounded. The Martin and Louisa storyline does seem to have oddly stalled despite her being pregnant, Edith is annoying even though it makes sense to have her around, and Martin’s reactions to the baby news haven’t been ideal (save a small scene here and there). Series 3 handled balancing multiple plots and characters arcs more deftly, and the problem of a lack of perspective for Louisa seems to have gotten exponentially worse. We’ll have to see how things progress…but I’m nervous now.

Anyway, onward! Click through and come chat with me about the next two episodes in our rewatch, and feel free to leave your thoughts, favorite moments, funny lines, general rants, whatever, in the comments.

Great Expectations, Part One: Episode Dish

Sidebar: I need a new name for our programming discussion style posts that don’t belong to a particular ongoing series. Any suggestions? Eternal gratitude on offer, FYI.

Masterpiece Classic is currently airing the BBC’s latest adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel Great Expectations. This version was created to celebrate to mark the bicentennial of Dickens’ birth – another, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, will be airing in a couple of weeks. While I have never been much of a Dickensian, I do have an automatic interest in anything that has this many great actors in it: Gillian Anderson – whom we already know can do Dickens credibly from her turn in Bleak HousePoirot’s David Suchet, Ray Winstone, Vanessa Kirby from The Hour and newcomer (at least to me) Douglas Booth. There was also quite a bit of press around this adaptaion when BBC One aired it at Christmas, thus I have been looking forward to trying it out for myself.

Click through and let’s dish Part One – so far, my feelings are a bit of a mixed bag, but I’m definitely curious about where we’ll go in Part Two this weekend. Would love to hear others’ thoughts!

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!

Get An Early Look at a Scene from Tonight’s Great Expectations!

The newest adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations premieres tonight at 9pm on Masterpiece Classic! Starring Gillian Anderson, Douglas Booth, David Suchet, Ray Winstone and Vanessa Kirby, it’s a haunting reimagining of a story that many of us know by heart. (And it’s pretty beautiful to look at, too.)

Click through for a sneak peek at a scene from tonight’s premiere! In it, we see Pip’s first trip to Satis house and his fateful first meeting with the decidedly creepy Miss Havisham, who dresses in a bedraggled wedding gown and doesn’t bother with the inconvenience of shoes.

Would You Watch Downton Abbey: The Movie?

In the aftermath of the Golden Globes in January, several stories surfaced that Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes was considering turning his hit costume drama into a feature film. The Sun reported at the time that Fellowes was “virtually mobbed” at the Globes afterparty and was seen talking to numerous film executives about the possibility of Downton: The Movie. (How these folks know what people at these parties talked about specifically, I don’t know, but let’s go with it, for the sake of discussion.)

Downton star Hugh Bonneville insisted that fans jumped to conclusions after reading the reports from the Globes and denied that a feature film is being planned. Given the fact that the show’s cast and crew are all neck deep in filming Series 3, I doubt very much that a movie is being planned right now. But I don’t think that necessarily means we can rule out seeing a Downton film in the not-too-distant future.

Click through for more – and proof that I’ve spent way too long thinking about this!

Whitechapel Series 3 Comes to BBC America on March 28!

Crime drama Whitechapel recently concluded its third season run in the UK, but Americans won’t have to wait very long to see the series’ new cases for themselves. BBC America has announced that Series 3 will premiere on the cable network as part of their Wednesday night “Dramaville” block starting on March 28.

If you’ve never seen Whitechapel before, it’s an extremely well put together crime series that features modern-day murder cases which are “inspired” by famous cases of the past and played out over multiple episodes. (Series 1 was Jack the Ripper and Series 2 was the Kray twins.) The format of Series 3 has undergone a bit of a shakeup – now we’re getting six episodes split into three two-part stories, rather than one single mystery spread over three episodes. Bit of an adjustment, but the quality of this show is so high that I think that giving them more episodes to work with can only lead to good things.

Click through for a look at BBC America’s new trailer, which gives us a pretty good idea of what sorts of cases Series 3 will focus on (read: still extremely creepy and scary).

Sherlock Series 3 Set to Film in “Early 2013”

Some depressing news for Sherlock fans surfaced last week – we’re going to have to settle in for a pretty long wait to see Series 3 of the detective drama.

Beryl Vertue, one of Sherlock’s executive producers told BBC in-house magazine Ariel that the third series is currently slated to start filming in “early 2013.” Vertue also said that at the moment it’s too early to confirm (or even speculate apparently) airdates for the new episodes.

The third series was announced in January immediately following the end of the season two run in the UK. At the time, Steven Moffat hinted that it “wouldn’t be that long” between seasons, but apparently the packed schedules of the series’ cast and crew may be making that promise difficult to keep.

Stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are busy filming a couple of major feature films at the moment (the Star Trek sequel and The Hobbit, respectively) and Moffat himself is occupied making the seventh season of Doctor Who. (I do wonder how the Who 50th anniversary schedule next year is likely to impact Sherlock production/airdates as well, but more on that in the months to come, I expect.)

At least we can console ourselves for a little bit with Series 2 here in the States – just 48 days away! But we better enjoy it while we can, because we’ll be in for another grueling hiatus in order to find how the story continues after the season finale. We should probably start stockpiling fan videos and song parodies now.

Source: Ariel

Take a Look Behind the Scenes of Julian Fellowes’ Titanic Mini-Series!

If you’re hoping for a period drama fix during Downton Abbey’s hiatus, you’re probably looking forward to Downton creator Julian Fellowes upcoming Titanic mini-series. It’s pretty much looking a lot like Downton: The "I’m on a Boat!" Edition, so I’m into it on basic principle.

Titanic is airing on ABC in April here in the States, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking. The cast is top-notch, featuring Linus Roache, Toby Jones, Geraldine Somerville, Timothy West, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Sophie Winkleman, Celia Imrie and more.

Click through for a behind-the-scenes clip that introduces us to some of the series’ cast and gives us a feel for the scale of the show. As an extra bonus for those of you who are interested, you can also watch a second Titanic trailer, which provides a much better look at characters and plots and is just generally all around awesome.

 

Watch the First Masterpiece Trailer for Sherlock Series 2!

Get ready, Sherlockians, the game countdown to Series 2 is officially on! The very first Masterpiece Mystery promo for Sherlock has been released!

It looks awesome. There are snippets from all three upcoming episodes – A Scandal in Belgravia, The Hounds of Baskerville and The Reichenbach Fall – and Sherlock not only gets punched in the face, but sports a very iconic-looking deerstalker!

So, without further ado – click through, give it a watch and leave your reactions in the comments! Only 53 days to go!

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