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It’s a Doctor Who Reunion (Sort Of): BBC America to Air Eight-Part Drama Broadchurch

What a lovely New Year’s present! BBC America has acquired the rights to ITV’s Broadchurch – an eight-part drama that follows the events that unfold in a small town after the murder of a young boy places their peaceful community smack in the glare of a major media spotlight. This series is supposedly inspired by Swedish drama The Killing (which had an infamous – and unfortunate – American remake), so it’s probably safe to assume that’s probably the sort of atmosphere we’re going for here.

Broadchurch made my Most TV Shows Anticipated of 2013 list in large part because of its fantastic ensemble cast, which includes Doctor Who alums David Tennant and Arthur Darvill. (Not even two weeks into the new year, and I’m already getting wishes granted. Good sign? Here’s hoping.) Former Tenth Doctor Tennant plays one of the detectives leading the investigation into the crime alongside his partner, played by Olivia Colman (who’s been in a multitude of British shows including Twenty Twelve and Peep Show). Fresh off his stint as a companion in the TARDIS, Darvill plays the town priest and the ensemble includes several other familiar faces, such as This is England’s Vicky McClure, Garrow’s Law’s Andrew Buchan and Marchland’s Jodie Whitaker.

The eight-part drama is written and created by former Torchwood headwriter and occasional Doctor Who scribe Chris Chibnall. There’s no airdate on either side of the pond for Broadchurch at present, though internet gossip seems to suggest a vague “Spring 2013” premiere for the UK. Given that the series is slated for BBC America’s Wednesday night Dramaville block, previous experience tells us that US transmission should be occurring somewhere roughly 3-4 weeks behind the UK airing. If the recent seasons of The Hour and Whitechapel, as well as new drama Ripper Street, are anything to go by, this would appear to be the pattern. Here’s hoping, at any rate!

Preview BBC America’s First Original Drama, “Copper,” Coming This Summer

BBC America is set to debut its first original scripted series this summer, a period crime drama called Copper.

Set in 1860s New York, Copper stars Tom Westen-Jones (MI-5) as Detective Kevin Cororan, who works in the city’s notorious Five Points neighborhood and tries to maintain his moral compass despite the turbulent times the city finds itself in. (Think Gangs of New York, it would seem.) Westen-Jones will be joined by a strong supporting cast comprised of Kevin Ryan (Tripping Tommy), Franka Potente (Run Lola Run), Kyle Schmid (Blood Ties), and Anastasia Griffith (Royal Pains).

Sound interesting? Click through for a bit more background on the series and a look at the extended trailer. Then leave your thoughts in the comments.

Hugh Bonneville’s Olympic Mockumentary Twenty Twelve Comes to BBC America This Week

Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville returns to American televisions this week with Twenty Twelve, a very contemporary, exceptionally dry comedy about the organizing committee charged with putting on the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Bonneville stars as Ian Fletcher, the harried Head of Deliverance for the London Games. He is joined by a strong ensemble cast, including Peep Show’s Olivia Coleman, Spaced’s Jessica Hynes, I’m Alan Patridge’s Amelia Bullmore, The Thick of It’s Vincent Franklin and Green Wing’s Karl Theobald. It’s also narrated by David Tennant, a guy you may have seen once or twice on Doctor Who.

Twenty Twelve premieres this Thursday, June 28th at 9pm on BBC America with three back-to-back episodes – but here’s where the scheduling gets tricky. The comedy will be moving to its regular timeslot of Saturdays at midnight, where it will join the network’s Ministry of Laughs comedy block starting June 30. BBC America will air both series of the show (13 episodes in total) over the next few weeks.

Click through to take a look at two trailers that ought to give you a pretty good feel for the comedy and its style of humor, as well as an interview with Bonneville in which he tells American audiences what they can expect from the show.

White Heat Comes to the States on BBC America This Week

Starting this week on BBC America, you can catch BBC Two drama White Heat. This six-part series chronicles the lives of seven friends over the course of five decades, following the lives, loves and destinies shaped by the political and social events of each era, connecting the dots of relationships born and broken over time until they are reunited in the present day by the death of one of their own.

Created by acclaimed British screenwriter Paula Milne (The Virgin Queen, I Dreamed of Africa), the drama follows the seven characters from 1965, when they share student housing, to Margaret Thatcher’s election in 1979, to the end of her reign in 1990. The series is apparently somewhat autobiographical for Milne and focuses heavily on the women’s movement.

The cast of characters include the rebel with a cause Jack, played by Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman), the beautiful artist Lilly, played by MyAnna Buring (The Twilight Saga, The Descent) and the radiant and fierce Charlotte, played by Claire Foy (Upstairs Downstairs, Little Dorrit).

White Heat premieres tomorrow night (Wednesday, May 9) as part of BBC America’s “Dramaville” block, but click through for a look at a trailer for the new series now.

Watch the Trailer for Richard Hammond’s Crash Course

Raise your hand if you’ve ever said the following sentence: “I love Top Gear and I don’t even like cars!” I’ve certainly said it before, and I imagine the same sentiment will probably hold true for the latest addition to the Gearhead family, as well.

BBC America’s doing a new project with Top Gear star Richard Hammond, called Richard Hammond’s Crash Course, set to premiere in a little under two weeks. This isn’t a proper Top Gear “spin-off,” per se, more a distant cousin, I guess – but it does feature Hammond travelling all over the United States to try out driving some massive, dangerous and awesome looking vehicles, including a tank, a trash compactor, and an airport fire engine.

Click through for a look at the series trailer for yourself!

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