Drama

Whitechapel Returns for a Third Series in the UK - Watch the Trailer for Yourselves!

Crime drama Whitechapel returned to ITV for a third series in the UK last night, though this time it’s put together a bit differently than previous outings. Unlike the first two seasons, which were both based on a single event/case played out over three episodes, the new season is being split into three two-part stories, for a total of six episodes. Stars Rupert Perry-Jones, Phil Davis and Steve Pemberton are all back as DI Joseph Chandler, DS Ray Miles, and historian (of a sort) Edward Buchan.

Click through for a look at the ITV trailer for Series 3 for yourselves. No word on when we might see this series of Whitechapel in the States just yet. But, since BBC America aired the first two seasons so recently, there’s every reason to hope we won’t have to wait too long to see the third. Keep your fingers crossed!

Downton Discussion: What You Need to Know About Episode 4

The second series of Downton Abbey continues, as we rolled through the fourth episode this week. While I didn’t completely love this episode quite as much as last week’s, it was still full of loads of drama and a great many twists and turns that will doubtless have long-lasting repercussions for everyone at Downton, both upstairs and down. And I’m just guessing that it probably made you cry.

Click through for a look at some of the big moments from this episode, a few nitpicks and some speculation about the back half of the season. Feel free to chime in with any thoughts, observations, and things I might have left out in the comments!

Preview a Scene from Tonight's New Downton Abbey!

A brand new episode of Downton Abbey airs tonight at 9pm on Masterpiece Classic! Is everyone suitably excited? Given how fantastic last Sunday’s episode was, I am expecting great things as several storylines kick into high gear.

Click through for a look at a scene from tonight’s installment. If you’ve missed anything, you’ve still got a few hours to catch up on the full episodes available online. Or hit our archives for a look through the big things you’ll need to know.

Sherlock Plus Doctor Who Equals Possibly the Greatest (Unintentional?) TV Crossover Ever

Those of us who are fans of both of Steven Moffat’s current productions – Doctor Who and Sherlock – all basically harbor a secret dream that one day someone on one of those series is going to make some sort of wink-wink-nudge-nudge reference to the other and then we’ll all basically pass out from an overload of geek joy. (There’s even an entire sort of interesting fandom subset called “Wholock” which basically exists to further crossover ideas and things. Internet, you really never fail to impress me.)

Except it appears that that sort of actually happened? Maybe? Well, we’re not sure. But it might have.

Click through for the full story – and don’t worry, those that are concerned about spoilers, even though I’m about to talk about something that takes place in a Series 2 episode, it reveals nothing of the plot unless you were unaware that The Hound of the Baskervilles involves some creepy outdoor settings.

Downton Discussion: What You Need to Know About Episode 3

The second series of Downton Abbey rolls on, as we’ve just finished the third episode this week. After a somewhat slower episode last week, things are cracking right along once again on both the war and the home fronts. Full disclosure: I will definitely may have some nits to pick once we get into the specifics of this installment, but I feel I should say that as a whole I loved this episode to pieces. It's probably my favorite of the second series thus far.

We continue to see how the war abroad is bringing about significant changes in the day-to-day life of Downton, there’s some drama, emotional upheaval, character development and more. Click through for a look at some of the big moments from this week’s episode, and share your thoughts in the comments!

A Look at the BBC’s New World War I Drama “Birdsong"

The BBC’s long-awaited television adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' best-selling novel Birdsong premiered in the UK last night, taking over the Sunday night drama spot from Sherlock. (And given that Sherlock got nearly 10 million viewers an episode – huge numbers for the Beeb – Birdsong has some rather big shoes to fill!)

Reviews from the UK are rather glowing thus far and people are throwing around phrases like “achingly bleak and romantic,” “a triumph,” and “a glorious tale of love and war.” Okay, okay, you got my attention TV reviewers. I'm intrigued.

The World War I drama stars Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn, The Pillars of the Earth) and Clémence Poésy (In Bruges) as Stephen and Isabelle, two young lovers who have a fairly all-consuming – and, yes, tragic – affair. Longing looks and angst abound. And then, of course, there’s the whole problem of the war.

Birdsong is written by Abi Morgan, who also penned recent films The Iron Lady and Shame. According to the BBC press release, the series “moves between 1910 and 1916, telling the story of Stephen Wraysford's passionate and erotic, but ultimately doomed, affair with Isabelle Azaire before the war, and the enduring effect it has on him as he fights amidst the blood and gore of the trenches.”

Click through for a look at a BBC preview for yourselves. Birdsong is slated to debut in America this Spring on Masterpiece.

Get a Sneak Peek at Downton Abbey’s Third Episode!

A brand new episode of Downton Abbey airs tonight at 9pm on Masterpiece Classic! Hope everyone is suitably excited! (You should be. I watched a screener of this episode. It’s really good.)

Click through to whet your appetite for tonight with a sneak peek at a scene from the newest installment. If you’ve missed anything – you can catch the first two episodes online or read up on what happened.

It's Elementary: Sherlock Set to Return for Series 3

Series 2 of Sherlock concluded this past weekend in the UK to excellent ratings, loads of critical acclaim and a generally rapturous fan reaction all over the internet. While Americans have to wait until May 6 (109 days!) to see the drama’s second season for themselves, a happy piece of news has surfaced that might make everyone feel a little (a lot) better while they’re counting down the days.

Immediately after the conclusion of the second series finale, titled The Reichenbach Fall, Sherlock co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss both tweeted some fantastic news - Series 3 of the popular detective drama is confirmed.

This news comes despite some…how shall we put this…delicately phrased statements to the press from both cast and crew in the days leading up to the finale which implied that the second series might be Sherlock’s last. But, apparently, Series 3 has always been planned. Both showrunners confirmed that a third outing was commissioned by the BBC at the same time as Series 2. Basically, this means everyone involved did a fairly masterful job of keeping this news under wraps all year, so, well played gentlemen!

No word yet on when we can expect the third series of Sherlock on either side of the pond, though it’s looking like early in 2013 as the soonest possibility, though it’s likely that it could get pushed back a bit further than that, due to the schedules of all involved.

Moffat will have to juggle some heavy Doctor Who production (rumor has it that they’re shooting the entire next 13 episode season in one go), and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are both busy doing some major Hollywood filming (Star Trek and The Hobbit) for the next few months. Neither actor has commented on Series 3 as yet, though they’ve both said they’d like to do it in recent interviews, and, well, it’s doubtful that we’d be making a third season without Sherlock or John. Thus, the (waiting) game is on!

Downton Discussion: What You Need to Know About Episode 2

The second series of Downton Abbey continues! In the season’s second episode, the main plots revolving around the war didn’t advance very far, but we got lots of smaller character moments to make up for it.

We continue to see how the war is affecting everyday life at Downton, as well as impacting those who live there. Click through for a look at some of the big moments from this week’s episode, and share your thoughts in the comments!

Preview the Sherlock Series 2 Finale, “The Reichenbach Fall”

Viewers in the UK are watching the Series 2 finale of Sherlock tonight, and while we have to wait a bit longer (112 days! Not that I am counting or anything!) for the new episodes to air here in America, that doesn’t mean that we can’t have a little taste of what’s coming for ourselves.

The Reichenbach Fall is written by Steve Thompson, who wrote Series 1 episode The Blind Banker. Based on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story The Final Problem, this episode features the return of Sherlock’s nemesis Moriarty. Click through for a look at BBC’s trailer for the finale, set to haunting song “Sinnerman” by Nina Simone, as well as a new scene from the episode, courtesy of a recent talk show appearance by star Martin Freeman.

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