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First American Trailer for Being Human Series 4!

Having just kicked off its fourth season in the UK, Being Human returns to televisions here in the United States beginning Saturday, February 25.

BBC America has just released the first promo for Series 4 and the way that they’ve chosen to frame up the new season is quite interesting, given the rather extensive behind-the-scenes changes happening to the show this year. Surprisingly, this approach actually sort of works for me, precisely because the tone is a bit unexpected. So, click through and have a look for yourself!

Amazing Internet Things: Every Doctor Who Story From 1963 to Now

Doctor Who is turning 50 next year, so it’s probably pretty safe to say that even the series’ most vociferous and dedicated fans might have a few gaps in their knowledge of the show and its history (Heck, I certainly do – rather large ones, actually - and I’m the biggest Whovian I know). In what is basically the coolest video to appear on the internet in ages, Youtube channel BabelColour has put together something that is both amazing and educational for fans both new and old.

This video takes 48 years of Who history – including the main series, all the spin-offs, the comedy special bits, trailers, really everything – and arranges everything in chronological order for a ten-minute romp through every episode and extra of the entire franchise. It’s fantastic (to steal the Ninth Doctor’s catchphrase), covering 784 episodes, 226 stories, and 11 Doctors - every adventure from William Hartnell’s The Unearthly Child to Matt Smith’s 2011 Christmas special The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe. It will make you want to watch every episode available, while simultaneously cursing the fact that there are 106 episodes that are still missing from the BBC archives. So, yes, you should click through and watch it right now. Really.

Whitechapel Returns for a Third Series in the UK - Watch the Trailer for Yourselves!

Crime drama Whitechapel returned to ITV for a third series in the UK last night, though this time it’s put together a bit differently than previous outings. Unlike the first two seasons, which were both based on a single event/case played out over three episodes, the new season is being split into three two-part stories, for a total of six episodes. Stars Rupert Perry-Jones, Phil Davis and Steve Pemberton are all back as DI Joseph Chandler, DS Ray Miles, and historian (of a sort) Edward Buchan.

Click through for a look at the ITV trailer for Series 3 for yourselves. No word on when we might see this series of Whitechapel in the States just yet. But, since BBC America aired the first two seasons so recently, there’s every reason to hope we won’t have to wait too long to see the third. Keep your fingers crossed!

Top Gear Season 18 Debuts on BBC America in April

BBC America has announced that Season 18 of Top Gear, everyone’s favorite series that is ostensibly about motor vehicles but really is so much more awesome than that, will debut here in the US on Monday, April 16. Yes, Top Gear really has run for that many seasons already, believe it or not. I had no idea. But, at any rate, going by the footage in this way-too-brief clip, it still looks as incredibly entertaining and fun ever. Despite the fact that it's a bit older than I thought!

Let’s be honest: I don’t even like cars and I love Top Gear. I have a feeling that I’m not the only person who feels this way either, given how popular the show’s become worldwide over the past few years. (And just for the record: one of the things I’m going to make sure I do if I ever get crazy famous is try to take the reasonably priced car for a spin. Just so that’s now written down somewhere for the sake of posterity.)

Click through for a look at the brand new BBC Two promo for Season 18, featuring an appearance from Ray Winstone, Richard Hammond at NASCAR, Jeremy Clarkson in a rather dreadful wig, and what appears to be the Stig’s “Italian cousin”.

Preview Being Human Series 4 – And Get Ready for Some Big Changes!

Supernatural drama Being Human returns to BBC Three in the very near future with a fourth series that features a shocking amount of changes, both on and offscreen. (Not to fret, American audiences, we can also freak out about these shifts ourselves very shortly, as Being Human will premiere on BBC America on February 25th). As a public service, all discussion about these changes will stay below the fold to protect those that might not want to know anything at all about the new series. (Though I doubt even the most stringent spoilerphobe has managed to avoid some of this news – better safe than sorry!)

So, click on through to get a first look at the brand new trailer for Series 4 and dish on some of the big changes headed our way.

Trailer and a New Cast Photo for Skins Series 6

Skins, E4’s sometimes risqué, often hilarious, and generally compelling drama focused on the lives of a group of teenagers in Bristol, will return for a sixth series in the UK starting January 23.

Created by the father-and-son writing team of Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain, Skins’ first season aired in 2007 and the show received both critical acclaim and complaints for its dedication to realistically depicting the issues facing modern teens, including family problems, sexuality, drugs, eating disorders, mental illness, death and, of course, loads of relationship drama. If you’ve only heard of this show via the dreadful American adaptation that appeared on MTV – well, suffice it to say that the original is extra superior in this particular case.

Click through for some goodies from the new series, including the first trailer and a new cast photo, which features stars Dakota Blue Richards, Will Merrick, Alexander Arnold, Freya Mavor, Sean Teale, Laya Lewis, Sebastian De Souza and Jessica Sula, as well as newcomer Sam Jackson (who will play a new character named Alex.)

Watch a Preview of Merlin Series 4: Coming to Syfy in January

Fantasy drama Merlin just aired its fourth series finale over the weekend in the UK, but American audiences won’t have to wait very long to see it for themselves. Merlin Series 4 is set to debut here in the States on Syfy this January.

Extra good news for Merlin fans: the show will be returning for a Series 5, though no word yet on when that will air on either side of the pond.

You can watch a full preview for the new series under the fold, as well as a sneak peek clip from season premiere, “The Darkest Hour”. Merlin returns to Syfy starting January 6!

Spoilers: Big Changes in the Works for Doctor Who Series 7

Steven Moffat has dropped several informational bombshells about the next series of Doctor Who during various promotional interviews and activities focused on the upcoming Christmas special. Obviously spoilers abound in this post – huge, honking spoilers – for the upcoming season of Who, so if you don’t want to know anything then absolutely please don’t click through the cut! (It's likely that some - probably a lot - of you have seen some of these already given that one's been plastered on just about every news outlet possible for the past couple of days, but I'd rather be safe than sorry.)

Another New Clip from the Absolutely Fabulous Christmas Special!

A new clip has been released for the Absolutely Fabulous Christmas special – and this time we get our first looks at the returns of Joanna Lumley's Patsy and Julia Sawalha's Saffy.

Click through for a look at Patsy and Eddie explaining something called the Kardashian syndrome to pop culture-challeged Saffy. It’s hilarious, and sadly just too short. But it’s really nice to see that Lumley and Jennifer Saunders still sparkle together.

Golden Globes: Lots of Love for British Actors as Downton Abbey Scores Four Nods

The Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning and they included many fabulous British actors in multiple categories, as well as several recent series you’ll recognize.

Masterpiece Classic’s Downton Abbey walked away with four nominations – for Best TV Movie or Miniseries, Best Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie (Hugh Bonneville), Best Actress in a TV Miniseries or Movie (Elizabeth McGovern), and Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Miniseries or Movie (Dame Maggie Smith).

Downton will face off against a fellow British hit - 1950s period drama The Hour – in the Best TV Movie or Miniseries category. The Hour stars Dominic West and Romola Garai also both grabbed nods for Best Actor and Actress in a a TV Miniseries or Movie. (Though, if you ask me, it is a crime that Ben Whishaw’s work in that series went unrecognized.)

In fact, the two lead acting in a TV Movie or Miniseries categories are almost exclusively British, with only one Yank making the cut in each. Among the Brits recognized on the men’s side, Bonneville and West are joined by Luther’s Idris Elba and Bill Nighy, nominated for his role in Masterpiece’s Page Eight. For the ladies, Emily Watson and Kate Winslet are nominated alongside McGovern and Garai.

Among the film nominations, former Hex star Michael Fassbender scored a Best Actor nod for his role in the somewhat controversial NC-17 sex addiction drama Shame. Tilda Swinton scored a Best Actresss nomination for her powerful performance in We Need to Talk About Kevin. And Kate Winslet is actually a double Golden Globe nominee, receiving a lead actress nod for her performance in the film Carnage, in addition to her nomination for Mildred Pierce.

Despite critical buzz for Gary Oldman, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Tom Hardy’s performances, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was completely shut out in the movie categories. Vanessa Redgrave’s much-lauded supporting performance in Coriolanus was ignored for the second time in two days (she didn't snag a Screen Actors Guild nomination either). Steven Spielberg’s Brit-filled War Horse earned a Best Drama nomination, but the man himself did not receive a Best Director nod. And somehow, Madonna’s Wallace Simpson drama W.E. managed to pull off a Golden Globe nomination – for Best Score.

Full list of nominees after the jump, if you’ve not seen them. Do you think the Globes got more right than wrong this year? Was something or someone obvious left off the list? Tell us in the comments.

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