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Watch the First Masterpiece Promo for “Birdsong,” Premiering April 22!

Coming this weekend to Masterpiece Classic, watch the BBC’s adaptation of Sebastian Faulkes’ best-selling novel Birdsong.

Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Maryiln, The Pillars of the Earth) and Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter, In Bruges) star in this World War I drama, which tells the story of Stephen Wraysford's all-consuming love affair with Isabelle Azaire and the enduring effect their relationship has on him as he fights in the trenches.

The film is written by Abi Morgan, who also penned the recent critically acclaimed cinematic hits The Iron Lady and Shame. Birdsong premieres on April 22nd at 9pm.

Click through and take a look at the first Masterpiece promo for yourself. Get ready for angst and longing looks!

Tonight on Masterpiece: The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Premiering tonight on Masterpiece Classic, see a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ The Mystery of Edwin Drood, starring Matthew Rhys (Brothers and Sisters), Tamzin Merchant (The Tudors) and Freddie Fox (The Shadow Line).

Drood was Dickens’ final novel, which was left unfinished at the time of the author’s death. The story is a psychological thriller about provincial choirmaster John Jasper and his obsession with 17-year-old Rosa Bud, the fiancée of our titular Edwin Drood. Dickens’ death leaves the ending unknown, though he did provide a brief summary of the story in a letter.

Supplying a conclusion to this story has occupied authors and Dickens fans from the time of his death, so it should be interesting to see how this adaptation (from the producers of Little Dorrit) chooses to tackle the unknown ending - as far as I’m aware this particular film’s ending is original.

Click through for a preview and a sneak peek at a scene from tonight’s adaptation. And let us know what you think!

The Great Doc Martin (Re) Watch Continues - Series 4, Episode 4

The great Doc Martin viewing marathon continues here at Telly Visions this week as we continue on with Series 4. We’re two weeks from the Series 5 premiere, guys! And I’m so close to being caught up! It’s all very exciting.

Due to the fact that this series contains an odd number of episodes, we’re only covering one installment this week – “Driving Mr. McLynn.” There were apparently a great many things to say about this episode anyway (sorry in advance), and now we’re only four away from being all caught up, which means that I’ll finish Series 4 on the same day Series 5 premieres. How’s that for no waiting, huh? If only that could be arranged for every show I watch.

Series 4 continues to be this strange combination of interesting and intensely frustrating. “Driving Mr. McLynn” was an extremely strong episode though, and probably the best of the series so far, even though (as you’ll see) there are plenty of mindboggingly enraging character moments.

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

Obvious: Five Reasons You Should Watch Sherlock’s “A Study in Pink” Tonight [RE-POST]

This post originally went up in early November 2011 – the last time we re-aired Sherlock Series 1 (it’s been tweaked this time, but not much.) As we gear up for the Series 2 premiere in just a few short weeks, WETA is rebroadcasting the first series one more time to give people the chance to refresh their memories before the new episodes begin or see what all the fuss is about. If you haven’t seen Sherlock yet, please let me convince you to give it a try?

For those who’ve yet to experience the excellence that is the BBC's modern re-imagining of Holmes, you’re in luck, because we’re re-broadcasting all three episodes from the brilliant first series of Masterpiece Mystery's Sherlock on WETA over the next three weeks. The first installment, “A Study in Pink,” airs tonight at 9pm, and its two subsequent episodes will air on April 19 and 26, respectively.

If you haven’t seen this show yet, click through and get ready – I’m about to do my best to convince you to give it a go. Honestly, it’s one of the best things on television right now – maybe one of the best things ever –and, I promise, it is of an ultimate benefit to your life to park yourself in front of the television tonight.

Building the Titanic for Julian Fellowes’ New Mini-Series

Those of us who are looking for something to help tide us over until Downton Abbey Series 3 premieres probably already have our DVRs set for the American premiere of Downton creator Julian Fellowes latest project, the four-part miniseries Titanic.

The series is currently airing in the UK on ITV, where it has struggled with “sinking ratings” (ba dum bum) amidst stiff competition from other network offerings and some negative reactions from critics. It’s also basically Downton at Sea, but, personally, I’m okay with that as a general premise and am still excited to give it a try.

ABC is presenting the full mini-series this weekend to mark the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking – it premieres Saturday, April 14 starting at 8pm, with the conclusion airing Sunday, April 15 at 10pm. Click through for a couple of nifty behind-the-scenes videos which show how they went about creating the show’s costumes and its most important character – the Titanic itself.

 

Good But Slightly Less than Great Expectations: Let's Dish Part Two

Masterpiece Classic’s newest adaptation of Charles Dickens Great Expectations concluded this past Sunday night. Much like the drama’s first installment, the conclusion is a bit of a mixed bag – several really fantastic performances from the cast, beautiful imagery, a few interesting departures from the source material, and a story that occasionally felt too heavy on the plot specifics and too light on the emotional payoff.

So click through, and let’s talk about it. If you still need to catch up, you can watch both episodes online right now! (And then come talk about it.)

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!

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