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Missing 'Sherlock'? Here's What You Should Watch Instead

One of the most torturous times of year for any TV fan is the interminable wait between seasons of your favorite show. When that show only airs three episodes at a time and the wait between seasons is somewhere between one to two years? Welcome to the life of a Sherlock fan.

Since Series 3 is premiering in January, we can at least see the light at the end of the tunnel that is this particular Great Hiatus. But, even with this fantastic knowledge to sustain us, we’ve still got a couple of months to go before new episodes arrive, so now might be the perfect time to find a new show to help fill the consulting detective-shaped hole in your heart.

Here are several suggestions for Sherlock fans – each based on various aspects that make the show so appealing. Read on, and let us know what you think – or what you’d recommend instead!

Hugh Bonneville’s ‘Mr Stink’ Headed to PBS Stations This Christmas

Get ready for an unexpected and heartwarming treat this holiday season, coming to PBS stations nationwide. Mr. Stink, a feature-length drama adapted from the popular children’s novel written by David Walliams, will premiere this December, as part of PBS’s upcoming holiday programming line-up.

Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville stars as the titular Mr. Stink, a homeless man who is befriended by a lonely twelve-year-old girl named Chloe who invites him to live in the shed at the end of her family’s garden. It’s a role that seems to be about 180 degrees removed from the ultra posh Robert, Earl of Grantham, which is part of the reason it should be so fun to watch.

Read on for more details.

Watch: First Trailer for 'Ripper Street' Series 2

Ripper Street, the period drama focusing on a group of police officers fighting crime in London’s notorious Whitechapel district during the late nineteenth century, will be returning to BBC One at the end of October, with a US airing not too far behind.

Created by Richard Warlow, Ripper Street is set in the East End of London in 1889, during the aftermath of the “Ripper” murders. The series follows H Division, the police precinct from hell which is charged with keeping order in the chaotic streets of Whitechapel. H Division was responsible for policing a relatively small area of just 1¼ square miles, yet into that space were packed some 67,000 people; a seething, bustling mass of the poor and dispossessed.

And, even though the shadow of the Ripper murders may be receding, it doesn’t mean that east London has found any peace.

Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothberg are all back as crime solving trio Detective Edmund Reid, Detective Bennett Drake and Captain Homer Jackson in the second installment of the popular series. This time, they’ll also be joined by Being Human star Damien Molony as a new detective who’s clearly (as you’ll see in the trailer below) carrying around his own secrets with him.

It's Official: 'Sherlock' Series 3 to Premiere on PBS Stations Nationwide in January 2014!

The news that we’ve all been waiting for is finally here – the long awaited US premiere date for Sherlock Series 3 has been announced and it’s probably a lot closer than you were expecting.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will return as everyone’s favorite crime-solving duo beginning Sunday, January 19, according to an exclusive announcement from Entertainment Weekly. EW also released the first official promo image for the new season, which you can see below.

Yes, this is really happening. It’s okay if you need to take a deep breath.

US Cable Network Starz Looking to Commission ’White Queen’ Sequel Series ‘The White Princess’

Some serious good news has arrived for those that enjoyed lavish period drama The White Queen on Starz. Even though the Wars of the Roses are over, the series itself might not be. Sort of. Maybe. Cross your fingers.

The Telegraph is reporting that Starz, the US premium cable network which has been airing the Wars of the Roses drama this summer, is hoping to commission a sequel series, based on author Philippa Gregory’s The White Princess. Princess is also part of Gregory’s “Cousin’s War” series of novels, and follows the events depicted in The White Queen, The Red Queen and The Kingmaker’s Daughter, the trio of stories which formed the basis for the original series. The White Princess tells the story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of the titular White Queen Elizabeth Woodville, through her marriage to Henry Tudor and their reign together, which included the birth of multiple children, several rebellions and other various dramas.

The White Queen has received mixed reviews in the States, but seems largely popular among fans. It’s also done quite well in the ratings in America, averaging over 2.5 million viewers per episode, so it’s not a surprise that Starz is considering its options about whether or how to continue the franchise.

'Call the Midwife' 2013 Holiday Special to Air This December on PBS

While we’ve known for quite some time that the popular period drama Call the Midwife would be returning for a third series, we’ve been going for quite a few months now with little to no information beyond the fact that filming on the new season had begun, along with a quick snippet of new footage in a BBC drama trailer.

Well, rest easy, Midwife fans, we can now report that, well, there is news to report! It’s official: the Call the Midwife holiday special, slated to air Christmas Day in the UK, will be making its way Stateside just a few days later, on December 29, 2013. Mark your calendars and start your countdowns now.

Read on for more details - and a handful of new photos!

Amanda Abbington Reveals Her Guest Role in ‘Sherlock’ Series 3

As Sherlock fans the world over wait for official word about when the acclaimed mystery series might make its way back to our television screens, we’re all becoming more and more desperate for the tiniest snippet of information that might let us know what we can expect to see from Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and company in the upcoming episodes. But, since filming on the new series has wrapped, there’s even less new information to go on than there was previously, and the production crew seem to be playing things as close to the vest as possible to preserve the surprises of Series 3 for fans. Which, we can all agree, is wonderful, but it doesn’t feel that great whilst we’re in the midst of our own version of the Great Hiatus.

However, one bit of news has cropped up that seems worth sharing. Most of you know that the BBC confirmed back in March that Freeman’s real-life romantic partner (and Mr. Selfridge star) Amanda Abbington would be joining Sherlock Series 3 as an unidentified character who ““significantly impacts…the lives of John and Sherlock”.

Well, now we know who Abbington’s playing for sure – straight from the horse’s mouth.

'Last Tango in Halifax' Will Return For A Second Season; Filming on Series 2 Already Under Way

For those that enjoyed heartwarming romantic drama Last Tango in Halifax, you can look forward to spending more time with Alan, Celia and their various contentious family members next year. Halifax was renewed for a second series at the end of 2012, following its successful UK broadcast.

The series stars Sir Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid as a couple who find a second chance at love with one another, sixty years after they first met. Series 1 concluded with a cliffhanger on several fronts, as Alan suffered a serious heart attack, leaving the couple’s nuptials in doubt and fans questioning whether Celia might have to go through losing the love of her life – again.

First Look: David Tennant in Upcoming BBC Drama ‘The Escape Artist’

Former Doctor Who star David Tennant is seemingly everywhere at the moment – still riding high off the critical and popular success of mystery series Broadchurch, the actor is set to reprise his Time Lord role for the Who 50th anniversary special, and is gearing up to star in the American Broadchurch remake we’re all not quite sure how to feel about. Now he’s got yet another drama headed our way, starring in the new BBC miniseries The Escape Artist.

Created and written by David Wolstencroft, the three-part drama stars former Tenth Doctor Tennant alongside Tony Kebbell, Sophie Okonedo, 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 criminals out of tight legal corners. (That’s why he’s called “the Escape Artist”.) 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.

You can see a few snippets of footage in the BBC’s Fall “Original Briitish Drama” trailer, but this is our first proper look at the mini-series. Watch the trailer for The Escape Artist below.

First Look: Andrew Scott and Romola Garai in Cold War Drama ‘Legacy’

The first image has been released from upcoming BBC Two drama Legacy – which boasts a trio of recognizable British stars as its leads. The Cold War thriller stars Boardwalk Empire’s Charlie Cox, Sherlock’s Andrew Scott and The Hour’s Romola Garai (who recently showed up on our British Actresses You Should Know list).

The three are also joined by Simon Russell Beale – who recently won a BAFTA for his performance as Falstaff in The Hollow Crown - Olivia Grant, Christian McKay and Tessa Peake Jones.

Check out a bigger look first promotion image below – and tell us what you think is more dramatic – Scott’s mustache or the color on his jacket? (Amazing!)

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