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The Great Doc Martin (Re)Watch Continues – Series 3, Episodes 3 and 4!

First – a quick apology for taking an unscheduled week-long hiatus with this blog series! There were some technical difficulties (i.e. laptop fail) which necessitated going back to the drawing board and rewriting this. I’m going to pretend this delay made the post you’re about to read even better than it was before. Let’s hope that’s true!

After surviving some technical difficulties, at last it’s time to continue our great Doc Martin viewing marathon continues with two more episodes from Series 3, "City Slickers” and “The Admirer.” I have to say you guys – I don’t know what happened, exactly, but I’m enjoying Series 3 so much! It might be the fact that the show seems to have finally addressed some of its problems in the way that some of its central stories are presented (the handling of the Martin/Louisa relationship first and foremost), but there also seems to be a subtle shift in tone across the entire canvas, and there’s been a really perfect balance of characters and storylines featured per episode so far. I so hope it stays this good though the rest of this season!

Anyway, onward! Click through and come chat with me about the next two episodes in our rewatch, and feel free to leave your thoughts, favorite moments, funny lines, etc. in the comments.

The Friday News Roundup: Happy Early St. Patrick's Day Edition

Happy Friday, Telly Visions readers – and happy early St. Patrick’s Day! Though, honestly, for my fellow DC residents – what happened to all the nice weather, huh? Let’s try and escape the gloom, shall we, with some of the best tidbits from around the world of British entertainment this week.

Click through for this week’s News Roundup – featuring bits and bobs from Downton Abbey, Friday Night Dinner, EastEnders, Doctor Who, Britain’s Got Talent, The Only Way is Essex and lots more!

Take a Look Behind the Scenes of Julian Fellowes’ Titanic Mini-Series!

If you’re hoping for a period drama fix during Downton Abbey’s hiatus, you’re probably looking forward to Downton creator Julian Fellowes upcoming Titanic mini-series. It’s pretty much looking a lot like Downton: The "I’m on a Boat!" Edition, so I’m into it on basic principle.

Titanic is airing on ABC in April here in the States, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking. The cast is top-notch, featuring Linus Roache, Toby Jones, Geraldine Somerville, Timothy West, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Sophie Winkleman, Celia Imrie and more.

Click through for a behind-the-scenes clip that introduces us to some of the series’ cast and gives us a feel for the scale of the show. As an extra bonus for those of you who are interested, you can also watch a second Titanic trailer, which provides a much better look at characters and plots and is just generally all around awesome.

 

Watch the First Masterpiece Trailer for Sherlock Series 2!

Get ready, Sherlockians, the game countdown to Series 2 is officially on! The very first Masterpiece Mystery promo for Sherlock has been released!

It looks awesome. There are snippets from all three upcoming episodes – A Scandal in Belgravia, The Hounds of Baskerville and The Reichenbach Fall – and Sherlock not only gets punched in the face, but sports a very iconic-looking deerstalker!

So, without further ado – click through, give it a watch and leave your reactions in the comments! Only 53 days to go!

Amazing Internet Things: The Downton Abbey Rap is Here

So, this has happened. I suppose in some sense it was only a matter of time. But, Downton Abbey: The Rap (called simply “Downton”) is here. And it’s pretty much everything you never knew you needed in an internet song about your favorite show.

Or, as creator Adam WarRock says, the song is “The best rap song about an early 20th century period drama centered around property law that you'll ever hear. Believe that.”

And it so is.

“Downton,” which samples "Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)" by Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz, is super catchy and full of in-jokes that fans will enjoy. (My personal favorite line is the one about wanting to tell Carson all about “these haters all around me/gossiping snakes/like Thomas and O’Brien when they’re on a smoke break.” Amazing.)

Click through to take a listen for yourself. It’s totally worth it.

 

Inspector Morse Prequel Endeavour Commissioned for a New Four-Part Series

Earlier this year, UK broadcaster ITV aired a one off TV-film prequel to the beloved Inspector Morse mysteries. Called Endeavour, the drama features Shaun Evans stepping into the role made famous by John Thaw for a look at the beginning of the detective’s career. The prequel, set in 1965, chronicles Endeavour Morse’s early days on the force in Oxford, when he is given the career making opportunity to investigate the murder of a fifteen year old girl.

Those of us in America haven’t even seen Endeavour for ourselves yet – it’s slated to air this summer on Masterpiece Mysterybut, even so, all the Morse fans out there can breathe an early sigh of relief. The one-off film proved so popular for ITV that the drama is already set to return for a full series. Four two-hour episodes have been confirmed, to be filmed on location in Oxford later this year, presumably for a 2013 broadcast. Roger Allam will also return as young Morse’s senior partner Inspector Fred Thursday, as well as James Bradshaw who plays Dr. Max Debryn. Thaw’s daughter, Abigail, will also make further guest appearances in the new episodes.

“It was fantastic that the audience responded so warmly to Endeavour,” said Sally Haynes of the ITV Drama Commissioning team. “Shaun’s portrayal of a legendary character was captivating and Endeavour thoroughly deserves a series – there’s so much more we can do with the character."

Source: ITV Press Centre

Skins Set to End in 2013 with Special “Celebratory” Final Series

E4 has decide to end its groundbreaking teen drama Skins next year. The series, however, will go out with a bang – its seventh season will consist of three two-hour specials that are slated to screen next year and bring back several former cast members, in what Channel 4 is promising will be a “celebration of a truly iconic series.”

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. The cast was also regularly changed from series to series.

Click through for details on what familiar faces we might see as the popular series signs off.

First Masterpiece Sneak Peek at Sherlock Series 2!

After looking at Benedict Cumberbatch’s shockingly blonde hair color for his upcoming project Parade’s End earlier this week, I realized that here at Telly Visions we have been remiss in sharing one particularly awesome bit of video that some of you may not have seen yet.

Now that Sherlock Series 2 has aired in the UK, we’re gearing up for the American premiere – which means that new promotional material has slowly started cropping up – and the first American sneak peek at the new series is online! Personally, I’m sort of ashamed I hadn’t gotten this clip up on the blog already – but I’ll do my best to correct my error on that score right now.

Click through for an official Masterpiece sneak peek - a scene from the first episode of Series 2, called A Scandal in Belgravia. And I promise, even if you’ve seen it already, it’s worth another watch. The three-minute clip features stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman ,Mark Gatiss, Buckingham Palace, some truly great dialogue and, oh yeah, Cumberbatch wandering around a Royal residence wearing only a sheet. Enjoy.

 

The Friday News Roundup: How is There Still So Much Downton Abbey News Edition

It’s Friday - everyone’s favorite day of the week! While this is obviously due to it being the start of the weekend and all – it’s one of my favorite days of the week because it means News Roundup time! The day I get to cram in all the fun random things that didn’t – at the very least, haven’t yet – merited a post of their own, but are too interesting to never mention at all. (This explains the incredibly eclectic nature of the things you’ll find here, by the way.)

Anyway, click through for some of the best tidbits from the world of British entertainment news this week, including loads of Downton Abbey goodies (what hiatus?), Doctor Who, puppet chat shows, Richard Hammond’s next show about cars, Coronation Street, all those upcoming American remakes, and more!

Torchwood’s John Barrowman to Star in ABC Period Drama Pilot, “Gilded Lilys”

Everybody wants to be like Downton Abbey! ABC is currently developing its own period drama pilot for next season called Gilded Lilys. The project is being described as an upstairs-downstairs look at the opening of the first true luxury hotel built in New York City in 1895.

Now the American costume drama is set to have a very British lead – Torchwood and Doctor Who star John Barrowman has joined the cast for the pilot (and presumably the series, should it get picked up). Barrowman will play Julius Ashford Lily (see, the “Lilys” of the title are the family, get it?), the charming playboy son of the family

Produced by Shonda Rhimes and Betsey Beers (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice), the series boasts an already impressive cast list, including Brian F. O'Byrne, Blythe Danner, Madeline Zima, Matt Lauria, Matt Long, Brigid Brannagh, Maury Sterling and Sarah Bolger.

Barrowman is fantastic, obviously, and I'm quite fond of Bolger thanks to her great performance on The Tudors, but I’m not sure what to think of this pilot. It’s clearly trying to take advantage of America’s current mania for costume productions (thanks, Downton!). To be frank, I’m not instantly in love with the concept, but I'm at least a little bit curious. So we’ll see how we go.

And while I still expect to see Barrowman return to Doctor Who for some sort of appearance (even if it’s tiny) during the 50th anniversary festivities next year, I do wonder what this pilot means for the likely future of Torchwood. If this series is successful, have we seen the last of Gwen and Captain Jack?

Source: TV Guide

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