Watch a Scene from “Birdsong,” Airing Tonight on Masterpiece!

Premiering tonight on Masterpiece Classic, watch Part One of Birdsong, an adaptation of Sebastian Faulkes’ best-selling novel of the same name.

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.

Click through for a sneak peek at a scene from Birdsong and get a feel for the film before you tune in tonight!

The Great Doc Martin (Re)Watch Continues – Series 4, Episodes 5 and 6!

The great Doc Martin viewing marathon continues here at Telly Visions – and we’re just one week from the Series 5 premiere! One week! And I’m so close to being all caught up! I feel all sorts of accomplished, you guys.

Anyway, we continue on with Series 4 this week, with “The Departed” and “Midwife Crisis.” These two episodes, while problematic in ways mostly pertaining to Martin and Louisa and the general feeling that their storyline just seems to have stalled emotionally, were actually very entertaining. And, while one did (once again) feature some more obnoxious and uncomfortable presentations of gender issues, it wasn’t nearly so rage inducing as “Driving Mr. McLynn” from last week. Maybe I’m just feeling kinder because I’m so close to completely the rewatch, I don’t know. But at least these episodes felt fun for the most part, even when heavier plots were featured.

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.

Sherlock Series 2 is Almost Here – So Watch Another New Masterpiece Promo!

FYI, the Friday News Roundup will return next week with a special double edition. With all this WETA UK excitement around here, it’s…possible that I am completely the tiniest bit behind on my news reading. Thanks for understanding, folks!

We’re just 16 days away from the Series 2 premiere of Sherlock on Masterpiece Mystery! That's like two weeks! Practically nothing! (You can all expect the use of exclamation points and all caps around here to increase in direct proportion to how close we are to these epiosodes airing. You have been warned.)

Anyone want to see another new promo for the upcoming (amazing) episodes? Obviously. So, click through and have a look at the second official Masterpiece trailer, just released last week.

Announcing WETA UK: Bringing You The Best in British Programming 24 Hours a Day

We’re very proud to share some extremely exciting news here today– starting June 2, WETA Television will be launching WETA UK, an innovative channel devoted to presenting British television programming at its best, around the clock, seven days a week. The new, local channel will feature classics, new favorites, and contemporary series currently airing in Britain.

“British programming has long proven popular with our audience on our principal channel, WETA TV 26,” said Kevin Harris, vice president and television station manager of WETA. “WETA UK will offer television viewers throughout Greater Washington the opportunity to watch even more of the British drama and comedy that they enjoy. The channel will be a nice complement to our existing television services: WETA TV 26, WETA Kids and WETA HD.”

WETA UK will present a full schedule of great British programming options – from dramas, to comedies, to mysteries, to science fiction series. The channel will be a top destination for viewers seeking the finest television offerings — from an array of major U.K. producers — including classics from the BBC.

WETA UK will be available free over the air on Channel 26.2 in Greater Washington. On subscription services, the channel can be found on Comcast 265, Cox 800, FiOS 474 and RCN 39. There will be reminders about all this technical stuff when we get a bit closer to launch. :)

I can barely express how excited I am for the launch of this new channel and all the amazing programs we’ll get to watch together. My personal all-time favorite television series ever – the sci-fi hit Doctor Who – will be among the programs in our initial line-up, alongside other television gems, both classic and contemporary.

Settle in for the next few weeks – we’ll be featuring regular updates and profiles of shows you can expect to see on WETA UK, along with a few long-winded diatribes from me about my particular favorites among this lot.

Today, just celebrate with us and our big news! But let us know - are you excited about the upcoming WETA UK channel? What would you most like to see on it, program-wise, in the future?

David Tennant to Star in BBC America’s World War II Mini-Series “The Spies of Warsaw”

It’s David Tennant’s birthday today, so this post seems particularly appropriate. Happy Birthday, Doctor!

Former Doctor Who star David Tennant is set to star in BBC America’s newest co-production, The Spies of Warsaw. Based on the Alan Furst novel of the same name, the four-part miniseries is set in Poland, Paris, London and Berlin in the years leading up to World War II, as German and French intelligence officers are locked in a life and death struggle in the espionage arena.

The former Tenth Doctor will play Col. Jean-Francois Mercier, a decorated hero of the first World War who is “drawn into a world of betrayal and intrigue in the diplomatic salons and back alleys of Warsaw" while serving as a military attaché at the French embassy. Janet Montgomery (Entourage, Black Swan) will co-star as Anna, a Parisian lawyer for the League of Nations, with whom Mercier has a passionate affair.

Other members of the frankly stellar-looking ensemble cast include Torchwood’s Burn Gorman, The Hour’s Anton Lesser and The Bourne Ultimatum’s Dan Fredenburgh and White Heat’s Richard Lintern among many others.

Filming is slated to begin in Poland next month. No word yet on an airdate either in the UK or here in the States, but the miniseries is slated to premiere as part of BBC America’s Wednesday night Dramaville block when it arrives.

I’m tremendously fond of Tennant (loved loved loved his Doctor) and have missed seeing him on my television screen the past couple of years. So, I’m extra pleased that this latest project of his will be airing here in America, as I don’t think his last one (Single Father) ever did. Very exciting news! Anyone else out there big Tennant fans? Are you looking forward to seeing him in a different sort of role?

Source: BBC America

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!

Amazing Internet Things: Jimmy Fallon Presents “Downton Sixbey”

Honestly, can there ever be too many Downton Abbey interent parodies? Of course not! And just when you thought nothing could be as good as the “Downton Arby’s” send-up from a couple of weeks ago, here comes late night host Jimmy Fallon, doing his best to change your mind with his spoof on the popular British costume drama called “Downton Sixbey.”

The series’ title is a reference to Studio 6B, where Fallon tapes Late Night, and the clip chronicles the behind-the-scenes lives of those who put on the talk show, which bears a striking resemblance to a certain Edwardian great house.

Plus, Brooke Shields shows up. It’s hilarious. Click through and have a look for yourself.

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.

The Friday News Roundup: Another Friday the 13th Edition

Happy Friday the 13th, Telly Visions readers! Hopefully everyone has avoided any black cats or ladders or other bearers of super bad luck today.

But, even if it’s technically a possibly very unlucky Friday, it’s still News Roundup time! Click through for highlights from the world of British entertainment and pop culture, including tidbits from Downton Abbey, Titanic, Doc Martin, Sherlock, Poirot, Doctor Who, Planet Earth, Britain’s Got Talent and more!

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