Drama

The 'Sherlock' Series 2 Finale Airs Tonight: Get Ready for 'Reichenbach' with a Sneak Peek and A New Interview!

Hope everyone is suitably emotionally prepared excited for the Series 2 finale of Sherlock tonight at 9pm. It is – and I promise I’m not exaggerating on this point – the single best hour and a half of television you will see all year. It’s that good.

And trust me, you will never in your life lament the fact that this show only has three episodes per series more than in this episode’s final two minutes. Protip: Be ready for anything, and maybe have a lot of some Kleenex nearby.

But, first – get in the mood by watching a sneak peek at a scene from tonight’s ep, as well as a fabulous new interview with creator Steven Moffat and star Benedict Cumberbatch about the finale. It’s all under the cut!

And make sure you come back by Telly Visions after the episode airs, because I am going to need people to help me with all my emotions talk about this episode with.

 

Downton Abbey Roundup: Series 3 Filming Continues and All Sorts of Rumors Are Flying!

As filming continues on the highly-anticipated third series of Downton Abbey, the internet is alight with rumors about what will happen in these upcoming episodes and what would we could expect from the show should it continue – as we all hope – into a Series 4 and beyond. Consider this the first in what will likely be a series of Downton gossip roundups, where we try and fill the Crawley-shaped holes in everyone’s lives while we wait for the hiatus to pass.

WARNING: Everything past the jump could be considered a bit spoilery, so please proceed with caution. While nothing has been officially confirmed about the majority of the speculation that is about to follow, the bulk of it is based on a few facts that we do know about the upcoming season. So, decide for yourself if you’re interested in such things before going further.

Still interested in some pretty unsubstantiated wild internet gossip? Then click right on through for a roundup of all-things-Downton from the past few weeks.

Coming Soon to WETA UK: Lark Rise to Candleford

Up next in our series of little mini-introductions to some of the great programming you can expect to see on WETA UK, is the costume drama series Lark Rise to Candleford. Based on Flora Thompson’s trilogy of semi-autobiographical novels about the English countryside, the series is set in the small Oxfordshire hamlet of Lark Rise and the wealthier neighboring town of Candleford towards the end of the 19th century.

This is one of the other WETA UK programs I’m most excited to settle in and start watching. I only ever caught a few episodes from the first series - I think I was in the process of moving around the time my local PBS station first started airing it and fell out of watching and never went back – but from what I can remember the show is wonderful, full of charming characters and sweet stories. I’m really looking forward to the chance to watch the rest of it! Click through for some basics and a look at Series 1.

Just Announced: BBC Hit Call the Midwife Coming to PBS This Fall!

Our PBS Annual Meeting is taking place in Denver this week– I’m not there, sadly, but I’m hearing about lots of great things and series announcements coming out of it already and it’s only barely under way.

The most exciting bit of news to emerge so far today – it’s been officially announced that hugely popular BBC One drama Call the Midwife will be coming to a PBS station near you this Fall. The series, which aired this past winter in the UK, was the most successful (i.e. highest-rated) drama for the BBC since 2001. (PS: It’s also really good!)

Want to know more? Click through for a quick synopsis and a look at the BBC’s trailer for the show.

'Sherlock' Series 2 Continues, Or, Why 'The Hounds of Baskerville' is My Favorite S2 Episode

The second series of Sherlock merrily rolled on last night with an adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous story, The Hound of the Baskervilles, re-imagined as The Hounds of Baskerville, complete with beautiful shots of the moors, a dodgy government research facility, lots of nods to the original stories, and some seriously fantastic performances all around.

To be fair, Hounds is not technically the best episode of Series 2 – that honor belongs to series finale The Reichenbach Fall and the subsequent intense emotional devastation it causes – but it is, hands down, my favorite, precisely because it manages to do so many things at once: terrify you, impress you, and make you really feel for the characters. It’s frightening, it’s clever, it’s a believable modern update of the Conan Doyle story that general audiences are most familiar with, it’s funny, and it’s full of really wonderful character development too. (I adore it so much!) Reichenbach is a better episode, probably the best the show's ever done, but Hounds is the one I can come back to over and over without the need for therapy or loads of Kleenex.

Why? Click through and find out!

 

Watch the Full Q&A Session From Masterpiece's 'Sherlock' Premiere Event in New York!

The recent Masterpiece Sherlock premiere event in New York was certainly one of the coolest events I’ve ever attended – and I think pretty much everyone in the crowd that night would probably agree with me. The event in and of itself was beyond fun, but the great fans and the palpable sense of excitement in the air just made it a hundred times better. So, while you’re waiting for Series 2 to continue tonight, why not pretend like you were there? (Speaking of tonight – “The Hounds of Baskerville” is my favorite episode this season, by the way. Not “best” – that’s “Reichenbach” – but the one I enjoy the most that doesn’t cause me extensive emotional devastation. More on that later!)

Over 10,000 people entered to be one of the lucky couple hundred that won a chance to attend this event. The Q&A panel following the episode screening was livestreamed all over the world, and the event was also recorded so that it could be made available online.

Click through for the full panel in all its glory – the 47 minute Q&A session with Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton, Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat, producer Sue Vertue and star Benedict Cumberbatch. It would be impossible to really capture the energy and excitement that was virtually vibrating all through that room, but this does give you a pretty good idea. And of course, our lovely panel is charming and thoughtful and wonderful throughout.

Some great questions were asked, so if you’re a Sherlock fan and you’ve not seen this yet, do yourself a favor and block off some time to sit down and give it a go. It’s fascinating and funny and really awesome.

White Heat Comes to the States on BBC America This Week

Starting this week on BBC America, you can catch BBC Two drama White Heat. This six-part series chronicles the lives of seven friends over the course of five decades, following the lives, loves and destinies shaped by the political and social events of each era, connecting the dots of relationships born and broken over time until they are reunited in the present day by the death of one of their own.

Created by acclaimed British screenwriter Paula Milne (The Virgin Queen, I Dreamed of Africa), the drama follows the seven characters from 1965, when they share student housing, to Margaret Thatcher’s election in 1979, to the end of her reign in 1990. The series is apparently somewhat autobiographical for Milne and focuses heavily on the women’s movement.

The cast of characters include the rebel with a cause Jack, played by Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman), the beautiful artist Lilly, played by MyAnna Buring (The Twilight Saga, The Descent) and the radiant and fierce Charlotte, played by Claire Foy (Upstairs Downstairs, Little Dorrit).

White Heat premieres tomorrow night (Wednesday, May 9) as part of BBC America’s “Dramaville” block, but click through for a look at a trailer for the new series now.

Sherlock Series 2 is Here: Let's Dish "A Scandal in Belgravia"

Sherlock is finally back in America! (To say that I am so excited about this is probably the understatement of my year.) Series 2 premiered last night with the episode “A Scandal in Belgravia,” which is based on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story A Scandal in Bohemia and introduces us to one of Holmes’ most famous adversaries, Irene Adler. (Fun fact: This is actually the only Conan Doyle story that Adler ever appears in – and the story itself is much, much shorter than this episode, actually. Yet, she is one of the most enduring figures in the Holmes canon.)

Series 2 really is probably the best TV you will watch all year. No, really. No matter what sorts of problems anyone might have with this episode (and, to be fair, I have a few), it’s really remarkable television and it’s just such a shame that we only get three episodes of this brilliance a season. It’s that good.

Anyway, if you’re itching to dish “A Scandal in Begravia,” click right on through for a wide variety of ramblings from me on the subject. And, as always, leave thoughts, comments, favorite lines, general likes, disagreements and other sundry items in the comments below.

Sky1’s All Star “Treasure Island” Comes to Syfy This Weekend

Because I know what everyone probably really wants: report and pictures from the New York Sherlock Series 2 event should be coming tomorrow! But as this post is also relevant info for the weekend, wanted to make sure and share before it got outdated.

Sky1’s recent television adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island is coming to America this weekend. Per the official press release, in a special, one night only movie event, Syfy will present a fresh, new spin on the classic tale, Treasure Island. Stevenson’s swashbuckling adventure story about fantastical treasure, youthful courage and murderous greed will premiere this Saturday, May 5, from 7-11pm.

The cast in this production is particularly top-notch – comedian Eddie Izzard (The Riches, Ocean’s 12) stars as Long John Silver, and is joined by Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit), Donald Sutherland (Ordinary People, Pride and Prejudice), Rupert Penry-Jones (Whitechapel), Daniel Mays (Outcasts), Philip Glenister (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes) and more.

Click through for an extended trailer that gives you a great look at the adventure drama and its fantastic cast.

Coming Soon to WETA UK: MI-5

Up next in our series of little mini-introductions to some of the great programming you can expect to see on WETA UK, the popular and critically acclaimed spy thriller MI-5. The series follows the work of a clandestine team of British Security Service agents that battles terrorism, organized crime and other threats to national security.

The drama originally ran for ten seasons in the UK and just aired its finale last October. It’s dark, gritty and suspenseful, with a wonderful cast and unpredictable storytelling. Click through for some basic details and a look at Series 1.

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