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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Headlines BBC ‘Gunpowder’ Drama

Kit Harrington rocking his best 17th century look (Photo: BBC)

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan wondering how you’ll pass the time during the series’ (likely quite lengthy) hiatus, don’t worry. You won’t have to go that long without seeing its star Kit Harington on your television screen again.

The Thrones actor has the leading role in upcoming BBC series Gunpowder, a three-part drama which tells the story of the infamous Gunpowder Plot. This is the 17th conspiracy that meant to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I, so that a Catholic monarch could be restored to the throne of England. 

BBC Annouces 'Luther' Will Return for a Fifth Season

Idris Elba as John Luther (Photo: BBC)

In rather unexpected, but completely fantastic news, the BBC has announced that gritty crime drama Luther will return for a fifth season.

The critically acclaimed series will be back for a new four-part season, once again starring Idris Elba in the role for which he received a Golden Globe, SAG and Critics Choice Award. (Not to mention an enormous career boost.) Series creator and writer Neil Cross will also be back as well, and basically anything feels possible right now.

Richard (Clive Swift) and Hyacinth Bucket (Patricia Routledge) under the mistletoe. (Photo: Courtesy of BBC Worldwide)

Dated or Delightful: British Telly Comedy Christmas Specials

How well do British TV series from the past hold up? Are they classic gems that transcend generations or are they old-fashioned and representative of a particular period in time? In this installment of our Dated or Delightful series, we look at nostalgic BBC Christmas specials of the 1970's through the 1990's.

In this installment of Dated or Delightful, we look at nostalgic BBC Christmas specials of the 1970's through the 1990's. 

Watch the Trailer for the Third and Final Season of ‘The Fall’

Gillian Anderson in "The Fall". (Photo: BBC/Netflix)

The BBC has released the first teaser for the third season of psychological thriller The Fall, and it’s basically guaranteed to seriously stress you out.

The crime drama stars Gillian Anderson as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, on the hunt for uber-creepy serial killer Paul Spector, a normal-seeming married man who secretly stalks and murders successful, young professional women.  Spector is played by 50 Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan, and is basically terrifying. 

The Trailer for ‘The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses’ Looks Amazing

Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III. (Photo: BBC)

The BBC has released another trailer for its upcoming sequel to The Hollow Crown. Subtitled The Wars of the Roses the series is the centerpiece of the corporation’s big celebration to mark the 400th anniversary of playwright William Shakespeare’s death.

The original Hollow Crown aired in 2013 and adapted four of the Bard’s history plays – Richard II, Henry IV Pts. 1 and 2 and Henry V – into a single chronological narrative, and had the same actors play the same roles across all the plays. This second series is comprised of adaptations of Richard III and Henry VI, though they’re streamlining the latter into two films, rather than three. (Which, on the whole, is probably a good decision.)

These plays recount the story of the titular Wars of the Roses, when two families – the Plantagenets and the Lancasters – battled for control of England’s crown. 

Get Your First Look at ‘Hollow Crown’ Sequel ‘The Wars of the Roses’

Benedict Cumberbatch, probably hoping for a horse, in "The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses" (Photo: BBC)

This week, the BBC announced that they are planning an all-out celebration to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death this spring. The month-long BBC 2016 Shakespeare Festival will kick off on the Bard’s birthday – April 23 – and include exiting new programming across all the corporation’s television, radio, online and educational platforms.

A centerpiece of this festival will be the premiere of the highly anticipated sequel to 2013’s critically acclaimed series The Hollow Crown.

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