The Great 'Doc Martin' Watch Finishes Series 5

Our Doc Martin viewing marathon here at Telly Visions has finally, officially caught up, getting all the way through Series 5 this week. I feel ever so accomplished and pleased!

Before we start chatting about the actual last two episodes – I did want to take a second and say thank you to everyone who has for read and commented and been generally thoughtful and wonderful through this whole series. While I am very much not looking forward to having to wait through the hiatus with everyone else, it’s also just really going to feel strange not to sit down and wrestle with my personal thoughts about Martin and Louisa and romance and gender issues and strange neighbor every week. So, thanks for making it so fun. These recaps will of course return for Series 6, and I hear we’re airing the Doc Martin movies in June on WETA and those sound different/strange enough that I think writing about them will be fun so keep an eye out for that next month.

Oh, and I do want to keep doing more of these series re-watch kinds of things. They’re fun! So if you have any suggestions about what else might make an interesting weekly show to chat about, let me know in the comments. Current things under consideration: Sherlock Holmes (I’m a big Sherlockian, but have only seen about a third of the Jeremy Brett TV series), Doctor Who, Lark Rise to Candleford and Life on Mars. However, I am open to suggestions, so throw any and all ideas at me please.

So, onward! Click through and come chat with me about “Cats and Sharks” and “Ever After,” and, as always, feel free to leave your thoughts, favorite moments, funny lines, general rants, whatever, in the comments.

Amazing Internet Things: Jimmy Fallon Does “Downton Sixbey” Part II

Talk about things that make your weekend! Late night host Jimmy Fallon pulled out a second installment of his hilarious Downton Abbey parody called “Downton Sixbey” on Thursday night

If possible, this is even funnier than the first episode. In this installment. A monologue lackey tries to become a full “jokeman” by writing the perfect Kardashian joke, O’Flannigan remains horrible, Hedith demonstrates her talents, Questlove discovers that being heir to Downton Sixbey comes with some perks (including antique afro picks), and Whoopi Goldberg shows up as Questlove’s mother, all in the space of eight minutes. Click through and have a look for yourself.

Friday News Roundup: Happy Memorial Day Edition

It's officially summerrrrrr! Or at least it’s about to be! Happy Friday everyone, happy long weekend and Happy Memorial Day, a little bit early. Hope everyone has a fantastic holiday!

While you are waiting for your early release from work to get started on all your holiday plans, take a spin through this week’s News Roundup for tidbits and goodies from around the world of British entertainment. Click through for more on Downton Abbey, Sherlock, The Fades, Doctor Who, Misfits, Bedlam, Twenty Twelve, Eurovision 2012 and more!

Take a Look at Elementary, CBS’ New Sherlock Holmes Series

Last week during CBS’s upfront Presentation, an annual tradition where the big networks share their slate of new and returning series for the Fall season, it was announced that the “modern day take” on Sherlock Holmes known as Elementary had been picked up as a new series.

CBS President Les Moonves offered up a preview of Elementary during the network’s presentation – it’s a bit of a trailer and a behind-the-scenes featurette mashed up in one – that gives us our first look at the show and its stars Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Holmes and Watson. Personally, I’m not so crazy about the fact that this series exists, generally, but you never know, it could surprise me.

Click through and take a look at the promo for yourself and then let’s talk it out.

Watch the First Trailer for Upcoming James Bond Movie, Skyfall

When you think of Great Britain, a few iconic images, people and places tend to come to mind instantly – and James Bond is probably one of them. Even people who don’t like spy movies tend to enjoy Bond films – the cars, guns and gadgets are kind of hard to resist. Plus, I have to respect any franchise that’s capable of reinventing itself so many times over so many years (it’s the Whovian in me, I suppose). Skyfall will be the twenty-third installment in the Bond franchise, with star Daniel Craig returning for a third go as the famous spy.

Honestly, I’m really more of a Sean Connery-as-Bond kind of girl, if I had to pick just one, but it must be said that Craig really is a fabulous Bond too. Skyfall also has an all-star supporting cast, including Dame Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Helen McCrory, Naomie Harris, Albert Finney and Ben Whishaw. Click through for a look at the film’s first teaser trailer, which will probably get you pretty excited for this even if you thought previous effort Quantum of Solace was a hot mess.

Coming Soon to WETA UK: Coupling

Another program coming to the WETA UK line-up this summer that’s worth checking out is the fabulous sitcom Coupling. Created by Steven Moffat - yup, the same guy that’s currently in charge of Doctor Who and Sherlock – the comedy focuses on the dating adventures and relationship mishaps of six friends in their thirties.

The series was inspired by Moffat’s relationship with his wife, producer Sue Vertue, to such an extent that two of the comedy’s characters bear their names. Honestly, for all that I struggle sometimes with Moffat’s writing of women in some of his other productions; he has a fantastic handle on relationships here. Coupling is very funny and surprisingly honest.

Coupling originally aired from May 2000 to June 2004, winning a “Best TV Comedy” prize at the British Comedy Awards in 2003. It had decent enough ratings in the UK, and developed something of a cult following here in America. It’s hilarious – well worth watching if you’ve never seen it, and deserving of a re-watch if you have. Click through for some basics and a look at Series 1.

The 'Fall' Has Happened – Let’s Dish the 'Sherlock' Series 2 Finale

The Sherlock Series 2 finale screened last night here in America and it’s probably not an exaggeration to say that the photo below is an accurate representation of the reactions of almost everyone who watched it. (Plus probably some crying. I don’t know how to find a cat video where it’s simultaneously shocked and sobbing, but someone let me know if that exists.)

 

Just to put this out there: “The Reichenbach Fall” is the single best episode of television I’ve seen this year. Hands down, bar none, it’s that good. Funny, clever, tense, exciting, surprising and sob-your-guts-out emotional, I don’t think that there’s been an episode of TV in recent memory – for any show – that’s put me through the wringer like this one. I laughed, I cheered, I yelled at my TV screen, I sobbed. It was amazing.

So, let’s dish about it! Click through for a few of my thoughts on the Series 2 finale, loads of general emotional flailing, and a bit of speculation about where we go from here. Do come chat with me in the comments – would love to know what people thought about this episode, as well as your theories about what happens next.

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.

 

The Great Doc Martin Watch Continues On with Series 5 – Episodes 5 and 6

Our Doc Martin viewing marathon here at Telly Visions is currently making its way through Series 5 – up this week “Remember Me” and “Don’t Let Go.” It’s odd – we’re two thirds of the way through Series 5 now, and it doesn’t entirely feel like we’ve made a tremendous amount of progress storyline-wise. (Though, I suppose that's possibly because we keep coming back to the same emotional ground? Not sure.)

The two episodes up this week had both a lot to recommend them, as well as some difficult moments. Will be especially interested to hear the thoughts of others this week – as a I personally can’t quite decide how I feel about them, though I think that I’m generally on the more positive-than-not side. Mainly because even though several storyline events were frustrating to watch, it was still compelling television.

At any rate, onward! Click through and come chat with me and, as always, feel free to leave your thoughts, favorite moments, funny lines, general rants, whatever, in the comments.

The Friday News Roundup: The Short and Sweet Edition

Happy Friday, folks! Let’s jump right in to this week’s News Roundup – pausing only briefly to express relief that we seem to be actually back on a weekly schedule again, hurrah! It’s a bit on the shorter side this time out – but there’s some great little nuggets about all sorts of shows to make up for it.

So, click through for this week’s dose of interesting news from the land of British (and British-related) entertainment, including Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Absolutely Fabulous, The Only Way is Essex, Being Human and more!

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