Missing 'The IT Crowd'? Here are Some Workplace Sitcoms You Should Watch Instead

If you are a fan of The IT Crowd like me, you too have been on pins and needles over the past few years. Back in the summer of 2010, we left co-workers Roy, Moss, and Jen celebrating the relatively successful outcome of their boss, Douglas Reynholm’s divorce trial, secure in the assumption that we’d be seeing them again quite soon.

Little did we know that our expectations were premature. After all, before Series 4 even aired, the show’s creator Graham Linehan announced that IT Crowd would be returning in 2011 for a fifth series.

Hurray! We were innocent and carefree. We had no reason to believe we’d never hear Roy ask if someone had turned their computer off and back on again.

Except it didn’t (and hasn’t) quite worked out like that. We’re still waiting. So here’s some advice on what to watch in the meantime.

ITV's Gay Comedy 'Vicious' Renewed for Series 2

From the how on earth did I miss this bit of news files…..

ITV’s Vicious, the gay comedy starring the legendary Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi has been officially renewed for a second series. The comedy had already been confirmed to be returning for a Christmas special at the end of this year, but its fate beyond that point had been up in the air.

ITV’s Director of TV Peter Finchman announced the renewal news at the recent Edinburgh International Television Festival, calling Vicious “a very bold sitcom with a wonderful cast”.

Read on for more.

'Downton Abbey' Star Allen Leech to Join Benedict Cumberbatch’s 'The Imitation Game'

Big news for Downton Abbey fans – another of its leading men is has been cast in a major film, starring opposite some faces you’ll definitely recognize.

Allen Leech, the man who plays everyone’s favorite former-chauffeur-turned-upstairs-aristocrat Tom Branson, confirmed an ealier report in British paper The Mirror that he will be making the jump to Hollywood features, alongside several other notable British stars. Leech is set to join the cast of The Imitation Game, an upcoming biopic about noted British great Alan Turing, which has already signed Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch and Oscar nominee Keira Knightley as its leads. Read on for more.

'Luther' Won’t Have a Series 4 But a Big-Screen Prequel is in the Works

There’s good news and bad news for fans of dark and gritty crime drama Luther this week. Good news: US audiences will finally get the chance to see the series’ third season as part of a special multi-night viewing marathon on BBC America beginning September 3 (that's tonight!) at 10pm. Bad news: Creator Neil Cross seems quite adamant about the fact that there won’t be a Series 4, due to the increasingly busy schedule of star Idris Elba.

“The show’s finished,” Cross told an audience at the Edinburg Television Festival. “Idris, as he should be, he’s gone on to be a big movie star.”

This is very upsetting, when one considers that Luther is definitely one of the best and most well-made crime dramas on television currently, though there’s probably something to be said for going out on top. But, that doesn't mean we've seen the last of DCI John Luther though - a feature film may be in the works. Read on.

New BBC Drama Trailer Shows Off Footage from 'Sherlock', 'The Musketeers' and More

The BBC released a new trailer yesterday highlighting its forthcoming slate of “Original British Drama” – a montage of both new and returning series that’s meant to get us all excited for the great programs – both new and old – headed our way from Auntie Beeb in the not too distant future.

Spoiler: This clip does its job really well.

The trailer – which is extremely well put together and very theatrical – shows off several of the BBC’s most highly anticipated properties, including the returns of Sherlock and Ripper Street and several new premieres, including period drama The Musketeers with Peter Capaldi, The Escape Artist with David Tennant, The Great Train Robbery, Quirke, By Any Means and What Remains.

Granted, none of these series get to highlight more than a handful of super quick glimpses of new footage – but we don’t think you’ll mind so much. Watch for yourselves below.

Watch: The First Trailer for 'Downton Abbey' Series 4

Everyone remain calm. The moment we have all been waiting for is finally here.

The first trailer for Downton Abbey Series 4 has arrived. And it is a joy to behold.

The minute-long clip gives us our first look at Downton and the Crawley clan in the wake of the tragic loss of Matthew at the end of last season. Much of the clip focuses on what appears to be Mary’s attempt to move on without her husband, but we get a glimpse of nearly every major character – and a few new faces as well.

There’s laughter and tears and fistfights and kissing and meaningful glances and just, well. Basically everything you’d expect from Downton Abbey. Watch for yourself below and swoon

'Sherlock' Director Confirms Fake Scenes Filmed to Keep Fans in Suspense

Fans worldwide are waiting with baited breath for the return of popular mystery series Sherlock – not only because it’s one of the best shows on television, but because everyone’s dying to find out how in the world the consulting detective survived a drop off the top of St. Bart’s hospital without actually dying. We’ve all wanted to know how Sherlock did it since the closing credits of The Reichenbach Fall, basically and with filming on Series 3 wrapping up this week, it seems like we’re finally close to getting some answers.

Except, well, maybe not. To what should be the surprise of no one that’s ever watched any program crafted by Steven Moffat, things aren’t necessarily what they seem. Turns out, the Sherlock folks have been playing their cards even closer to the vest than usual, in anattempt to preserve the secrecy of the script for premiere episode The Empty Hearse. Want to know more? Read on.

British Actresses You Should Know: Romola Garai

Thought it might be time to spotlight another woman during our British Actors and Actresses You Should Know series, so here’s a look at a one of the most interesting up and coming ladies in the field, Romola Garai. You’ve probably seen here in something, whether it was her star turn in news drama The Hour, her role in Best Picture-nominated film Atonement or her dance moves in sequel Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. (It’s also possible you heard about her speech at the 2013 BAFTA Awards, which got really personal, really quick about the recent birth of her child and made more than a few headlines.)

But, regardless of how much or how little you know about this actress, her career to date is so varied that it’s likely you’ve missed a few of her projects along the way. Here’s a look at some of them – and why they’re worth your time.

'Scott and Bailey' Renewed for Series 4!

Good news for fans of female-led mystery series Scott & Bailey – the popular ITV drama has been renewed for a fourth series!

Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones will return as Rachel Bailey and Janet Scott, two detective constables with very different personalities who are part of the fictional Murder Investigation Team in Manchester. Amelia Bullmore will also return as DCI Gill Murray and, additionally, will write four episodes of the new season.

Executive producer Nichola Shindler is “thrilled” by the drama’s impending return. “"It's rewarding to think the public have become so familiar with the characters and taken them to heart,” she said. “With this new series, we have the chance to explore great story ideas and continue developing those characters."

Scott & Bailey has consistently been a strong ratings performer for ITV and has been one of the network’s most successful new dramas in recent years (barring a certain worldwide smash hit named Downton Abbey). The most recent season finale pulled in a 27% audience share for them, averaging about 7.1 million viewers.

"ITV Drama without Scott and Bailey would be unthinkable,” said ITV Director of Drama Scott November. “Its reputation for quality storytelling and great characterization precedes it and it's become a firm favorite with ITV viewers."

Production is slated to begin on Series 4 in Spring 2014, with an eye toward a transmission date later that year. In an extra tidbit of good news for local fans – DC area Scott and Bailey lovers can expect to see the third series of the drama pop on our WETA UK this Fall. Keep an eye out – and take a look at a trailer for the third season while you wait.

 

The Cornetto Trilogy: Zombies, Coppers, Robots and Friends

Last Thursday I spent six and a half glorious hours in a movie theater watching a once in a lifetime movie marathon. Dubbed the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, this line-up was comprised of three films – Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and brand new release The World’s End. The marathon was so named because each film features scenes and references to the British ice cream dessert called a Cornetto (similar to our Drumstick here in the States).

A collaboration between actors Simon Pegg , Nick Frost and director/writer Edgar Wright, these three movies are not sequels. They are stand-alone stories with unique characters which delve into the separate genres of horror, action and science fiction.

That’s not to say there aren’t common themes of course. The overall premise of the series is that an unthinkable evil has encroached on a peaceful English village/neighborhood and our heroes must survive or conquer the threat. Also the very useful skill of fence jumping plays a relevant part in each film.

Among other things. Read on.

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