Drama

Martin Freeman Teases 'Sherlock' One-Off Special, Implies We Might Wait a While for Series 4

It’s a good thing that Sherlock fans have already proven themselves singularly adept at waiting (apologies to Doctor Who’s Amy Pond, who really has nothing on these folks), because it’s sounding more and more like we’re settling in for another long test of our patience as we wait for Series 4. Or whatever might come next.

Star Martin Freeman, who’s been doing the media rounds of late in support of his new FX series Fargo, has been, predictably, getting asked quite a bit about when we might expect to see the next season of everyone’s favorite (consulting) detective drama. His answers have shed some light on the current situation, offering equally intriguing and depressing tidbits about what the next season of the show might look like. (And when we might see it.)

Get Your First Look at 'Vera' Series 4

Attention British mystery fans! ITV has released the official trailer for the critically acclaimed four season of Vera, which is set to premiere later this month in the UK and (hopefully) very soon thereafter in the US!

Based on author Ann Cleeves’ series of popular novels, the drama follows the obsessive and driven Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope as she tries to crack some of the toughest cases in Northumberland alongside her trusted right-hand man and surrogate son Joe Ashworth. Stars Brenda Blethyn and David Leon are both back as the series’ leads.

Series 4 will be comprised of four stand-alone episodes, though titles for the full set have not yet been announced. In the opening episode, called On Harbour Street, Vera investigates the mysterious death of pensioner Margaret Kraszewski, who is found stabbed on a busy Newcastle train at the height of rush hour.

Recapping ‘Mr. Selfridge’: Series 2, Episode 4

 

Previously on Mr. Selfridge: A massacre in Belgium has all the Selfridge’s boys itching to enlist, and Harry promises that their jobs will be there for them when they com home. Rose, Delphine and Mae join forces to co-chair a successful chocolate sale for the benefit of Belgian refugees and we learn that Miss Mardle apparently needs a twelve-step group for her chocolate-related feelings. Henri agrees to come back to work for Harry for six months, but definitely has something weird going on on the side. George Towler excitedly enlists in a burst of national pride; Victor tries to do the same, only to have his plans derail when his Uncle Joe dies. Lord Loxley is a vile criminal, to the surprise of no one. Harry and Rose work on fixing their marriage, and are oddly adorable together, possibly for the first time in the show’s history.

Another week, another episode. Let's get to it!

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Series 3 Episode 4

Previously on Call the Midwife: Read last week’s recap here.

This week’s installment was rather eventful. Several residents of Poplar found new meaning in their work. One regained her freedom and another shockingly lost his life far too young. These stories intertwine to form a fabric of triumph and tragedy. I propose we begin our recap on a more inspiring note; the bad news can be put on hold for a little while.

 

‘Merlin’s’ Colin Morgan Joins Series 2 of ‘The Fall’

Colin Morgan, star of popular BBC fantasy-adventure series Merlin, is finally heading back to our televisions. Morgan has been tapped for a lead role in the second season of dark and gritty serial killer drama The Fall, opposite Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan.

The Fall stars Anderson as DSI Stella Gibson, a hard, but talented detective who is on the trail of a serial murderer who’s been targeting young professional women. However, thanks to the twist that makes this show interesting, we already know that the killer is Paul Spector (Dornan), an unassuming everyman with a charming wife and family at home. Dornan received a BAFTA nomination for his work in The Fall, largely because of his uncanny ability to make such a disturbing and unlikeable figure strangely sympathetic at times.

Morgan will be featured the final three episodes of The Fall’s six-episode Season 2, and will play DS Tom Anderson, an officer who will work closely with DSI Gibson on the hunt for Spector, who ended last season fleeing with his damaged family as clues surrounding his crimes began to emerge.

Series 2 of Morse Prequel ‘Endeavour’ Premieres on Masterpiece on June 29

The highly anticipated second season of Endeavour has an official US air date at last! The Inspector Morse prequel is currently wrapping up its Season 2 run in the UK, and will then make its way fairly quickly to American shores, beginning on Masterpiece Mystery Sunday, June 29.

Shaun Evans returns as a young Endeavour Morse, along with co-star Roger Allam as Morse’s partner, DI Fred Thursday, as the two investigate various crimes in the 1960s. The series is written by acclaimed screenwriter Russell Lewis, who also wrote for the original Morse mysteries.

Endeavour follows the story of a young Morse the early days of his career, after leaving his Oxford college without taking a degree and joining the police force. Series 1 aired last summer as part ofMasterpiece Mystery to a very warm reception from fans who have embraced this additional chapter in the world of Inspector Morse.

The second season will also be comprised of four feature-length episodes: Trove, Nocturne, Sway and Neverland.

Recapping ‘Mr. Selfridge’: Series 2, Episode 3

Previously, on Mr. Selfridge: Harry continues his campaign to convince Rose he’s a changed man. Mr. Grove finally gets into a spot of trouble for being late all the time. Loxley uses Selfridge to find out information he can use to help his political aspirations; Mae gets the lock on her bedroom changed. Edwards and Kitty go on a date, because this show hates me. Selfridge and Henri get their bromance back on track, and Henri comes back to the store to help Agnes stage the big display of national pride that is the Empire Exhibition. However, the store celebrations are called off when news arrives that Germany has declared war on France, and England finds itself at war soon after.

Time for another week of drama! Let's get right into it.

Watch: ‘Downton Abbey’s’ Jessica Brown Findlay in Trailer for ‘Jamaica Inn’

Former Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay, while very much missed by all who love the Crawley clan, has really been doing rather well for herself since she took her leave from the gang at Highclere Castle.

After all, she’s starred in a movie with Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe, made a time-twisting medieval period piece based on a popular novel, and just recently finished filming with Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe. And now she’s got a brand new BBC drama headed our way.

David Tennant’s ‘The Escape Artist’ Heads to PBS Stations This Summer

Good news for fans of former Doctor Who star David Tennant! The Tenth Doctor’s recent BBC mini-series The Escape Artist is finally coming to America and will premiere on PBS stations nationwide beginning Sunday, June 15 as part of the new season of Masterpiece Mystery.

Created and written by David Wolstencroft, the three-part drama originally aired in the UK last Fall. It stars Tennant alongside a great cast that includes Sophie Okonedo, Tony Kebbell and Ashley Jensen. It follows the story of talented barrister (that’s British for lawyer) Will Burton, who is known for never losing a case and for his ability to get obvious criminals out of tight legal corners. (That’s why he’s called “The Escape Artist”, after all!)

But when Burton agrees to defend a notorious murder suspect and manages to get him off on a technicality, the decision comes back to haunt him. Dun dun dunnnn!

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