Endeavour – First Trailer for the upcoming ITV series

Endeavour, the one-off prequel to the classic series Morse based on the novels of Colin Dexter, performed well for ITV last year so they commissioned a full series of four episodes.  The series is set to begin airing sometime between April 13th and April 19th with an episode entitled Girl about the death of a young woman that everyone except Morse is ready to put down to natural causes.

ITV has just released the first trailer for the series.

The original one-off Endeavour was aired by PBS.  It was a quality production with fine acting by leads Shaun Evans (the young Morse) and Roger Allam (his boss, DI Fred Thursday) and hopefully PBS will pick up this new series as well.

Orphan Black Premieres Saturday on BBC America

BBC America’s sci-fi conspiracy thriller mashup Orphan Black premieres this Saturday at 9pm.  Early reviews are positive and promise plenty of action and twisty suspense as well as very solid acting by star Tatiana Maslany — no matter which of her cloned selves she’s playing!

If you’re curious, the first three minutes of the show are available now on BBC America.  Non US viewers can check out this video (and others including introductions to some of the main characters)  on Orphan Black’s youtube channel.

Sherlock Update

There’s no official airdate for series 3 (although winter 2013 is still being forecast) but filming did start yesterday.

The name of the first of the three new episodes has been released – The Empty Hearse – a play on the title of Conan Doyle’s original story, The Adventure of the Empty House, in which Sherlock miraculously returns from his watery grave.

Also revealed, by Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, is that there will be at least one more season after this one.  Yeah!

Just a little while longer now…

Scott & Bailey Series Three

Fans of this cop show about two female officers, their tricky cases and their tangled personal lives, can enjoy the third series starting on Wednesday, April 3rd at 9pm on ITV.  To see a promo for the series and a synopsis of the first episode check out this link.

Veronica Mars Movie!

The excellent news that a Veronica Mars movie is finally going to be made has already been widely reported, but as a fan of the show I couldn’t resist passing along the info myself.

The show, cancelled after only three seasons due to low viewership, was about a teenage girl sleuth who delivered comeuppance to evil-doers through the wily use of smarts, guts and experience.

Veronica Mars has been off the air for over five years but fans (few in number perhaps, but mighty in enthusiasm) as well as star Kristen Bell and creator Rob Thomas, never gave up hoping that a Veronica Mars movie might someday be made — despite a lack of enthusiasm on the part of the studio.

Rob Thomas decided to use Kickstarter to try to get the money he needed to make it happen.  Kickstarter is an online fundraising tool that invites individuals to help fund creative projects by making contributions.  There are often giveaways attached to your contribution, from T-shirts and digital downloads of the completed project, to the chance to be an extra in the film or to attend the red carpet premiere.

Thomas set a goal of two million dollars with only a month in which to raise it.  That number was reached within the first 10 hours.  We, the fans, have spoken!

The movie is going to film over the summer and have a digital and limited theatre release early in 2014.

It’s an interesting idea that has a lot of potential, allowing fans to directly contribute to the creation of the projects that they want to see.

Any US fans-to-be can check out the first two seasons of the show streaming online on the WB.

Foyle’s Fans Rejoice — New Series Promo

Finally, here it is – the promo for the new series of Foyle’s War due to start Sunday, March 24th at 8pm on ITV.  There will be three episodes in this series and if the trailer is anything to go by then the drama and danger is going to be ratcheted up quite a bit.

As far as I can tell, the PBS showing won’t be until the summer.  I’ll provide an update when I find out more.

Aside:  If Foyle’s War isn’t for you then you could try Our Girl, also on the 24th.  This one-off BBC drama follows a young woman from angry teen to dedicated army medic.

New BBC Drama Commissions Announced

As if there wasn’t already enough new British drama to look forward to, in February the BBC announced a whole host of new drama commissions.  When these shows are eventually broadcast (likely not until at least 2014 in most cases) it seems as if there will be something for everyone:  gothic period pieces, haunting mysteries, spy thrillers, Pride and Prejudice meets murder – even  Atlantis based adventures!


Aside: For any UK readers — remember that crime series Broadchurch is currently airing on Monday nights and that Shetland will be broadcast this Sunday and Monday.