Sherlock Series 3: First Episode Title Revealed!

As previously mentioned, after what feels like a waiting period of basically my entire life, filming has officially begun on the highly anticipated third series of Sherlock. And now, straight from the horse’s mouth – or rather, from its computer, thanks to the Twitter account of co-creator Mark Gatiss – we know the official name of the first episode of the new season.

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We’ll Miss You, Captain Peacock: “Are You Being Served?” Star Frank Thornton Passes Away at 92

Fans of British comedy will be saddened to hear of the passing of Frank Thornton, the remarkable character actor who was probably best known for his portrayal of Captain Peacock on long-running, popular Britcom Are You Being Served?.

Thornton, who was 92, died peacefully in his sleep at his home on London on Saturday, March 16, according to his longtime agent David Daley. He is survived by Beryl, his wife of 67 years, their daughter Jane and three grandchildren.

"He was a great friend and consummate performer who was the glue who really held Are You Being Served? together," said co-creator Jeremy Lloyd.

Click through for the BBC report on his passing, as well as clips and links.

Sherlock Series 3 Starts Filming Today: Take a Tour of 221b Baker Street

Fans have been waiting for this day for so long, it probably ought to be some sort of official international holiday, but at last, it is finally here – filming on the highly anticipated third series of Sherlock begins today.

Set designer Arwel Wyn Jones has been tweeting up a storm during the past few weeks of pre-production and has recently shared what is possibly his best behind-the-scenes photo yet. With filming imminent, Wyn Jones has tweeted a pretty fantastic complete panoramic view of the full set for the 221b Baker Street flat, all dressed and fancy and up close and personal.

The Best of Red Nose Day 2013: The Office, The Vicar of Dibley and More!

The BBC’s annual Red Nose Day charity telethon to benefit Comic Relief took place yesterday (March 15) and, just like every year, there were many hilarious gags and skits featured, all for a good cause. While my favorite Red Nose Day sketch of recent years is still probably the amazing Uptown Downstairs Abbey, there were some real winners this time around as well, most notably the returns of both The Office and The Vicar of Dibley, and a particularly hilarious mashup of Call the Midwife and Doctor Who.

Watch clips from my three favorite bits under the jump.

Get a Behind the Scenes Look at Mr. Selfridge!

We're getting close to the premiere of new Masterpiece drama Mr. Selfridge. This period drama stars Jeremy Piven as visionary American entrepreneur Harry Gordon Selfridge and chronicles the founding of the famous Oxford Street department store that still bears his name today. I mean, of course it'll still be packed with loads of secondary characters and drama and intrigue and fabulous outfits, but that's the basic central theme of the thing.

Selfridge was particularly successful at restructuring the public's attitude toward shopping in the early 1900s, and turned it into a fun and desirable social activity for high society ladies. It seems like it ought to be pretty fun.

Get a look behind the scenes of this new series - including new footage and some backstage dish from the cast and producers, as they talk about the history of the period, including Selfridge's many accomplishments and rather dramatic personal life. Give it a look below.

New Doctor Who Companion Jenna-Louise Coleman Sticking Around for Series 8

Jenna-Louise Coleman, who will be the latest companion to Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor full time when Doctor Who returns for the back half of its seventh season on March 30, is apparently going to be sticking around the TARDIS for a while. Coleman has confirmed that she – and her alter ego Clara/Oswin Oswald – will be returning for Series 8.

Coleman revealed this news during an interview on Radio 5 Live with Richard Bacon. Unfortunately, she also confirmed that we might be waiting a bit to see Series 8 because the show will take a four month filming break following production on the 50th anniversary special (whatever that turns out to be) in order to accommodate Smith’s role in upcoming film How to Catch a Monster. Filming on the new episodes will resume in September, likely on the Christmas special episode for 2013 – so it seems a safe guess that we probably won’t see any of the actual Series 8 episodes before 2014.

Benedict Cumberbatch Confirms Sherlock Series 4!

Congrats to everyone for surviving the horrifying ten month wait with little-to-no Sherlock news to speak of whatsoever, because apparently we have reached the promised land and the floodgates of Series 3 information have opened. Following the announcement of the official start of production on Series 3 and first episode read-through yesterday, there’s actually even better news to share. (Yes, really.)

[Normally I feel a bit bad about doing two posts on the blog in a row about the same topic, but since this news really is pretty exceptionally awesome, I hope everyone will forgive me.]

 

Sherlock Series 3 Production is Finally Underway!

Nope, that’s not a typo in the headline – the event we’ve all been waiting for is finally happening – production on the highly anticipated third series of Sherlock is officially underway! While actual filming doesn’t commence until next Monday (March 18), the cast assembled for a read-through of the script of the first episode slated to be shot for the new season. No idea what episode they read today, but since co-creator Mark Gatiss has traditionally been the fastest writer to finish his Sherlock scripts, the smart money is on this being the one based on reunion story The Empty House, whatever they choose to call it. (Start stockpiling your tissues now, maybe?)

The best part of all of this is that finally there is actually some new Sherlock information to report – carry on reading for some new production details, casting tidbits and a slightly larger version of what is possibly the best new photo ever (which you can see to your left).

The BBC is Making a Zombie Show. Really.

With the rampant success of AMC’s The Walking Dead, it’s apparent that zombies and post-apocalyptic everything are pretty much all the rage right now. Therefore, it shouldn’t really be that surprising that another network is taking a crack at making a zombie show, though I have to admit that I certainly didn’t expect that the next one would be coming from England, even if BBC Three is famous for their edgy sci-fi fare.

While I’m still annoyed at BBC Three for cancelling the excellent drama The Fades after just one season, this actually looks interesting enough that I’m going to have to get over that.

It’s called In the Flesh and it’s a three-part miniseries that seems to be more Warm Bodies than Walking Dead. (Though really it visually looks a lot like 28 Days Later. I watch too much zombie stuff, I think.) What makes this series interesting is its unexpected premise – instead of a horror-based zombie outbreak overrunning the world kind of thing, it’s more exceptionally creepy character piece. Because the zombies are the main characters.

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