Louise Penny’s Still Life – Update on the CBC Movie Adaptation

In August I posted about an interview with author Louise Penny that I heard on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) about her latest Chief Inspector Gamache novel, The Beautiful Mystery.  I mentioned that the CBC was adapting the first novel of the series, Still Life, into a tv movie.

Now, Ms. Penny reports on her blog that filming has already started in the Eastern Townships of Québec.  Also (very exciting) is the news that Nathaniel Parker of Inspector Lynley fame has been cast in the role of Gamache.  I take it as a hopeful sign about the quality of the production that such a well-known and accomplished actor is playing the lead.

In the coming weeks I’ll let you know about some brand new ITV and BBC commissions that we can look forward to, and I’ll also pass along the premiere dates for drama and crime shows debuting early in the new year.

In fact, now that I think of it, here are three that you won’t want to miss:

Ripper Street – January 19 and Spies of Warsaw – February 6 — both on BBC America.  Also, Justified – January 8 on FX.

NaNoWriMo and Call the Midwife

These two things aren’t related at all, but I thought I’d better mention them both before I go silent for a while.

This year I’m attempting NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for the first time.  Madness!  For those of you who haven’t heard of it, it’s an annual international movement that sees a whole bunch of people try to write their own novel (or at least 50,000 words of one) during the month of November.  Here’s a link if you’re curious.

As I’m usually rather a slow writer (sigh) this is a real challenge for me and I haven’t been able to stay on top of my blog entries.

However, I did want to suggest that you check out Call the Midwife.  The last episode of the first season aired on PBS on November 4th but all the episodes are available online until around December 4th.  The show is about the tragedies and triumphs of a group of midwives working in East London in the 1950s.  It’s really well done – acting, production values, the lot.  It might tide you over as you wait for January 6th and the season three premiere of Downton Abbey.

Fans will be happy to know that the BBC has commissioned a second series that will air in the UK in mid-2013.  There is also going to be a Christmas special this year — although it will likely take a while to make it over here.

Happy viewing and wish me luck.  I’m going back under!

How Did I Miss This! Foyle’s War Returns!

Yippee!  I’m sorry — I know this is probably a bit too much enthusiasm for the mere return of a television show — but I can’t help it.  I loved Foyle’s War.  Michael Kitchen in the role of war era DCS Foyle was truly fantastic, as were the rest of the cast, the production values, the stories, etc.  It’s been three years and I’d given up hope that there would be any more episodes but now…  ITV, Acorn Media and PBS are bringing Foyle’s War back for three new two-hour episodes to air in summer 2013 as part of Masterpiece Mystery.  The show will pick up in the early post-WWII days and Foyle will now be a Senior Intelligence Officer involved with MI5.  Honeysuckle Weeks will also return as loyal sidekick Sam who is now a politician’s wife.

This news was released on September 12th so I’m way behind the curve here, but now that I know you can be sure that I’ll pass along all the exciting details, promos etc., that I come across.

Anyone else excited, albeit to a more reasonable degree?