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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.

Watch the First Ten Minutes of Inside Men, Premiering Wednesday on BBC America

BBC America will begin airing Inside Men, BBC One’s popular thriller from earlier this year, starting tomorrow, Wednesday, June 20. This cleverly plotted drama tells the story of three security company employees who plan a multi-million dollar heist from their own employer. Think Ocean's Eleven, but without the casinos and Vegas.

The four-part drama is the story of their armed robbery of a cash counting house and the events that lead up to it, as well as the psychological study of the motivations and morals of three simple, everyday men who become criminals.

Inside Men stars Luther’s Steven Mackintosh as John, manager of the counting house who has become fed up with his humdrum lifestyle. His two accomplices include depot security guard Chris, played by Hustle’s Ashley Walters and forklift driver Marcus, played by another familiar face from Luther, Warren Brown. It looks really good!

Want to see for yourself? Click through for a look at the series trailer, as well as a sneak peek at the first ten minutes of the first episode.

First Look at Doctor’s Matt Smith and New Companion Jenna-Louise Coleman

The BBC has released the first official photos of Doctor Who star Matt Smith on location with brand new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman. Now we can actually get a look at Smith and Coleman together – if not strictly in action –and, I have to admit, this did sort of stoke my excitement for the series’ return. Shooting is well under way on the Doctor’s latest adventure and the second read-through featuring Coleman’s character took place this week at the BBC’s Roath Lock Studios, according to the network.

Doctor Who Series 7 is set to premiere this Fall, with Coleman taking over as the new companion in the TARDIS starting from the Christmas special. It’s been previously revealed that current companions Amy and Rory Pond (played by the fabulous Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill) will be departing the show during a “heartbreaking” storyline in the season’s fifth episode. For me, the jury’s out on Coleman until we see some actual footage. She looks adorable, but I can’t get anything about her character from a couple of pictures (other than the fact that I seriously covet that red bag she’s sporting). She looks awfully young, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, nor is it even particularly new ground for this show as far as casting goes. We’ll all have to wait and see.

One snap judgment I do have to share though: I love Eleven's new outfit! Click through and take a look for yourself!

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.

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.

Sky1’s All Star “Treasure Island” Comes to Syfy This Weekend

Because I know what everyone probably really wants: report and pictures from the New York Sherlock Series 2 event should be coming tomorrow! But as this post is also relevant info for the weekend, wanted to make sure and share before it got outdated.

Sky1’s recent television adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island is coming to America this weekend. Per the official press release, in a special, one night only movie event, Syfy will present a fresh, new spin on the classic tale, Treasure Island. Stevenson’s swashbuckling adventure story about fantastical treasure, youthful courage and murderous greed will premiere this Saturday, May 5, from 7-11pm.

The cast in this production is particularly top-notch – comedian Eddie Izzard (The Riches, Ocean’s 12) stars as Long John Silver, and is joined by Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit), Donald Sutherland (Ordinary People, Pride and Prejudice), Rupert Penry-Jones (Whitechapel), Daniel Mays (Outcasts), Philip Glenister (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes) and more.

Click through for an extended trailer that gives you a great look at the adventure drama and its fantastic cast.

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

Building the Titanic for Julian Fellowes’ New Mini-Series

Those of us who are looking for something to help tide us over until Downton Abbey Series 3 premieres probably already have our DVRs set for the American premiere of Downton creator Julian Fellowes latest project, the four-part miniseries Titanic.

The series is currently airing in the UK on ITV, where it has struggled with “sinking ratings” (ba dum bum) amidst stiff competition from other network offerings and some negative reactions from critics. It’s also basically Downton at Sea, but, personally, I’m okay with that as a general premise and am still excited to give it a try.

ABC is presenting the full mini-series this weekend to mark the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking – it premieres Saturday, April 14 starting at 8pm, with the conclusion airing Sunday, April 15 at 10pm. Click through for a couple of nifty behind-the-scenes videos which show how they went about creating the show’s costumes and its most important character – the Titanic itself.

 

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!

First Photo From “Ripper Street” Released, Period Crime Drama Coming to BBC America This Fall

BBC America has announced that new period police drama Ripper Street will premiere this Fall as part of their ongoing Wednesday night “Dramaville” block. The eight-part series is set in and around Whitechapel in London’s East End, during the aftermath of the Jack the Ripper murders in 1889.

Created by Mistresses writer Richard Warlow, Ripper Street will star MI-5’s Matthew Macfadyen (Swoooooon!), Game of Thrones’ Jerome Flynn, The Twilight Saga’s Myanna Buring and Luther’s David Dawson. The period piece will focus on the infamous H Division, the police precinct which is charged with keeping order in Whitechapel following the Ripper killings.

Filming is currently underway in Dublin and the first official cast photo has been released. Click through to take a look for yourself!

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