Sherlock’s Lara Pulver: From Irene Adler to Bond Girl (Sort Of)

Sherlock guest star Lara Pulver, who stock has risen considerably in the wake of her turn as an often intriguingly dressed (or not) Irene Adler in A Scandal in Belgravia, will soon star as another rather infamous woman. Pulver has been tapped to portray the wife of James Bond creator Ian Fleming in a new drama for Sky Atlantic.

The new-four part series, tentatively titled Fleming, will explore the life of the 007 scribe, which was frequently as dramatic as any Bond film. According to Variety, the series will be set during World War II when British Naval Intelligence recruited the future author for its undercover campaign against the Nazis. Fleming’s wartime experience provided much of his inspiration for Bond and in true art-imitating-life fashion, Fleming himself was also a bit of a womanizer with a taste for alcohol. (What do you want to bet he liked his martinis shaken, not stirred?)

Downton Dish: Let's Talk Everything You Need to Know About Episode 5

Previously, on Downton Abbey: Everyone cries. That’s all. Oh, all right, fine – tragedy strikes the Crawley family when Sybil has unexpected complications following the birth of her daughter, Thomas gets a little too up close and personal with the Hottest Footman in Northern England, Isobel’s crusading ways leave her stuck having to eat Ethel’s cooking, and supersleuths Bates and Anna finally clue in to the fact that Vera killed herself (keep your day jobs, kids).

As Series 3 rolls on, it’s not quite clear how Downton is going to manage to top the emotional rollercoaster of last week’s episode, but you’ll have to read on to find out.

Amazing Internet Things: Sesame Street Does Downton Abbey

You knew this had to happen sooner or later. Everyone’s favorite children’s show Sesame Street has finally taken on everyone’s favorite costume drama Downton Abbey, and the result is basically as adorable as you’d expect. This parody will officially air on Sesame Street on Monday when Season 43 debuts, but you can get an early look at it right now because, well, that’s what the internet is for, right?

The Upside Downton Abbey skit features a clever take on the opening-piano-music theme song, as well as super cute Sesame Street muppet versions of the Dowager Countess and Mr. Carson. (Oh, how I wish that it also had Robert or Mary in it, because, well, I would just love to see a puppet version of either of them. Imagine Mary’s dress!) The Dowager is having a bit of a struggle to enjoy her tea and crumpets, because at Upside Downton Abbey, their house is, as you may have guessed, upside down. And, as one might expect with this character in any iteration, the Dowager is a bit resistant to change, even when tea is involved. Watch for yourselves below.

Ripper Street Renewed for Series 2

The gentlemen in H Division will apparently be sleuthing out violent killers a bit longer – a second series of period crime drama Ripper Street has been confirmed by the BBC/BBC America co-production team. The series stars Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg as detectives in Victorian London’s East End, solving crimes in the wake of the grisly Jake the Ripper murders.

Production on the eight-episode second series is slated to begin sometime this Spring, and new episodes will premiere sometime in 2014. Given the fact that the American airing of Ripper Street is only about three weeks behind the UK, it seems safe to assume we can expect a similar set up next year. (Not perfect, but easily manageable. And, hey, it could be worse.) Details below.

Sherlock Series 3: First Production Hints and Tidbits

So, it’s pretty safe to say that a lot of us out here are all waiting intently anxiously rabidly patiently with a great deal of longing for the return of Sherlock for Series 3. With the news that Series 3 production has been pushed back until March, we’ve all been vaguely despondent and increasingly starved for any information about the new episodes. (This is why stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman get asked about the show whenever they do a public appearance, even if it’s for some other project. People are dying for any new tidbit no matter how small.)

What do we know? The basics: Series 3 filming starts in March, will probably run into some point in May, and we’ll likely see a UK transmission date of very late 2013 (my personal guess is Christmas). America, despite everyone’s best intentions, I don’t think we’ll be seeing Sherlock on our side of the Pond until 2014.

But fear not, fellow Sherlock fans, though we’ve all got a significant wait still to go no matter where we live, the wheels have finally started to turn a bit on Series 3. (FINALLY!) Though principal photography doesn’t start until March, the magical people behind-the-scenes are starting to get things rolling. Click through for the latest behind-the-scenes news on the return of everyone’s favorite consulting detective, including confirmation of our first Series 3 director, early details on what sorts of villains we might see and some fun photos from production team.

Amazing Internet Things: Downton Abbey as a Nintendo Game

Because obviously, you’ve wondered – what would Downton Abbey be like as a video game? Well, that’s exactly the kind of question the internet (and our Amazing Internet Things series in general) is there to answer for you. (Spoiler: Get ready to miss your old school video console a whole lot.)

This little gem of a clip re-imagines everyone’s favorite costume drama as a Super Nintendo-style quest RPG. In theory, you’d play a new footman who must complete various tasks for members of the Crawley family and their staff, including fetching fancy cigars for Robert and fluffing pillows in the guest rooms with Anna. In short: I would give anything for this to be a real game!

Downton Dish: Let's Talk Everything You Need to Know About Episode 4

Previously, on Downton Abbey: Tom’s behavior means he and Sybil have to flee Ireland, Ethel gives her son to his grandparents, Anna and Bates have a whole episode where their main storyline is whether they get letters from each other (zzzzzzz…), Carson hires the most attractive footman in Northern England, and Robert should not be trusted with Monopoly money, let alone an estate fortune.

Series 3 rolls on this week with an episode packed with emotional moments large and small and one shocking, unexpected twist. Click through and let’s get to chatting.

Supernatural Drama Being Human is Back for Series 5: Your First Look

Supernatural drama Being Human returns for its fifth series this winter with a whole new feel thanks to the fallout from last year’s cast changes. Damien Molony, Michael Socha and Kate Bracken are back as the central trio of vampire Hal, werewolf Tom and ghost Alex, but this season will be the first without any of the original core Being Human cast members taking part. Dun dun dunnnn….

If you think that feels like a reboot, well, you’re probably right. Given the strange limbo feeling of last season, which tried its best to mix the old and the new Being Human together and threw in an apocalypse on top, it’s a move that’s probably for the best. It’s still a pretty big change to take in though, especially for those of us who’ve been here since Series 1. It’s going to take some adjusting. However, in the good news department, Phil Davis, formerly of Whitechapel and Sherlock, joins the cast as new (fairly disgusting) bad guy Captain Hatch. The first full trailer for Series 5 has also just arrived and even skeptical me has to admit that it looks pretty good. Here’s hoping!

It’s Official: Doctor Who Series 7 Returns on March 30 on Both Sides of the Pond

It’s official: the second half of Doctor Who Series 7 will premiere on March 30 on both BBC One and BBC America. This means that we’re only a couple of months away from finding out answers to some of the questions posed by Christmas special The Snowmen - most importantly, just what exactly is going on with the mysterious identity of new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman’s character. (Is she reincarnating through time? A particularly pretty robot? An alien? Who knows, but here’s hoping the twist is an interesting one.)

The back half of Series 7 will be comprised of eight episodes, which will include installments from several fantastic writers, including showrunner Steven Moffat, Sherlock scribe Stephen Thompson, Luther creator Neil Cross, and (amazing) fantasy author Neil Gaiman, who penned unforgettable Series 6 episode The Doctor’s Wife, which is maybe my favorite thing this show’s ever done.

First Look at Sherlock Star Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange

Production has officially begun on That WikiLeaks Movie with Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch. Now known as The Fifth Estate – presumably to avoid having to pay the licensing fee to David Bowie to use previously rumored title The Man Who Sold the World - the film is set to dramatize the controversial life of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after the 2006 launch of the WikiLeaks website. (Personally I’m rather sad about the loss of the previous title, if only because it seems a much better fit.)

Written by The West Wing alum Josh Singer, the film is based on the books Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website and Wikileaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy. Bill Condon, most recently of The Twilight Saga, is directing and has assembled an all-star cast that’s positively bursting with familiar faces and talent, including Daniel Bruhl, Laura Linney, Anthony Mackenzie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens and more. Translation: it’s got “awards bait” written all over it.

Still and all though, since this movie is basically the reason that production on Sherlock Series 3 got pushed back, it better be excellent, right? Weigh in for yourself below and get your first look at Cumberbatch as Assange – yes, complete with trademark white-blonde hair. It’s a bit of an adjustment to be sure (and a look that I doubt will set many teenage girls screaming a la his appearance in Star Trek), but oddly, creepily Cumberbatch really does looks like Assange. It’s merely unfortunate that Assange himself is, in fact, a bit creepy looking. See the larger version below.

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