Poirot is Back in Elephants Can Remember

Get ready everyone — on Sunday, June 9th from 8 to 10 David Suchet is back as Poirot on ITV.  Elephants Can Remember, which also sees the return of mystery novelist Ariadne Oliver, will be the first of the final five Poirot stories that Mr. Suchet has yet to bring to life.  The series will culminate with Curtain — Poirot’s last case.

Interesting Aside: Elephants Can Remember was actually the last Poirot novel that Agatha Christie wrote.  To ensure that both fans and the character received a satisfying conclusion, she had written Curtain decades earlier.  She kept the manuscript locked away in the bank until she could no longer write and then she authorized its publication – the last novel published before her death.

PBS is due to air these episodes in 2014.  I’ll send along details as they become available.

The Fall Available Online Now

Just a reminder to North American viewers that as of today (May 28th) all five episodes of the first series of the BBC’s serial killer crime drama The Fall are available streaming online on Netflix.

The BBC’s deal with Netflix gives viewers the opportunity to watch the series while it’s still being broadcast in the UK.

Also good news for fans is that a second series has been commissioned.  It appears that the first series may end on a cliff hanger so that the second series will pick up with the same killer rather than with a fresh case.

Happy marathon viewing!

BBC America Announces Premiere Dates for Luther and Broadchurch

Well, we’ll have to wait until September 3rd for the BBC America premiere of Luther series 3, but then they’re going to give it all to us over four consecutive nights from Tuesday to Friday – so mark your calendars.

Also announced was the Wednesday August 7th premiere of Broadchurch.  The eight-part series aired earlier this spring on ITV and was very well received.  It has already been re-commissioned for a second series.  It stars Olivia Colman and David Tennant and follows the investigation of and the turmoil surrounding the murder of a child in a small English town.

In the Flesh, a three-part zombie rehabilitation miniseries, will also be shown over consecutive nights starting Thursday, June 6th.

The 13 episode second series of Copper will begin on Sunday, June 23rd.

You can check out synopses for each show and promos for Copper, Broadchurch and In the Flesh here.

Luther Series 3 Coming This Summer

Fans of the BBC’s Luther can look forward to a summer broadcast of series three.  Idris Elba!  Ruth Wilson!  No exact date yet but it’s soon my friends.  Soon.

I’ll send along further info about the BBC America air date, trailers, etc., as they become available.

Summer and Fall PBS Premiere Dates – Last Tango in Halifax, Foyle’s War, The Paradise and More

In addition to Inspector Lewis on June 16th and Endeavour on July 7th, the following PBS premiere dates have been announced:

On Sunday, August 18th one-off The Lady Vanishes will air. This is a new dramatization of the novel The Wheel Spins — first translated into film by Hitchcock.

Also in August, from Sunday the 25th, Masterpiece will show Silk – a legal drama starring Rupert Penry-Jones (MI-5, Whitechapel).

Starting Sunday, September 8th will be the charming comedy/drama Last Tango in Halifax starring Derek Jacobi (Brother Cadfael!) and Anne Reid. The six part series is about childhood sweethearts who reunite after nearly 60 years. An old theme perhaps, but done very well here.

Overlapping with Last Tango and creating very good Sunday viewing, the three new episodes of Foyle’s War will air starting Sunday, September 15th.

Next is The Paradise, a period drama based on a novel by Émile Zola, which takes place in one of the early department stores — it actually aired before Mr. Selfridge in the UK. It will begin its eight episode series on Sunday, October 6th.

PBS will make all of these episodes available online for a limited time after their airdate.

Case Histories Series Two and an Inspector Lewis and Endeavour Update

The second series of Case Histories, the Edinburgh detective series based on the novels of Kate Atkinson, is due to premiere on the BBC on May 19th at 8:30pm.

The first episode in series two will be based on Atkinson’s novel Started Early, Took My Dog.  Private detective Jackson Brodie (played by Jason Isaacs of Harry Potter – Lucius Malfoy — fame) will have to deal with lost children and broken families.  Synopses for all three episodes are available here.

The first series was broadcast on PBS so I’ll keep my eyes peeled for any news of a North American showing.

Speaking of PBS premiere dates – the final season of Inspector Lewis is set to begin airing on PBS on Sunday, June 16th at 9 and will consist of three episodes.  The first full series of the Morse prequel Endeavour will start on Sunday, July 7th at 9 with four episodes.

Also, UK viewers don’t forget that the two-part Blitz era Murder on the Home Front begins tonight (Thursday, May 9th) at 9pm on ITV.

The Bletchley Circle Gets a Second Season

There’s good news today for fans of The Bletchley Circle.  ITV announced that it has commissioned a second series that will consist of four 60 minute episodes which will tell two distinct two-part stories.

The new series will pick up in 1953 about a year after the events of the first.  Our four code-breakers have all moved on with their lives and careers but are pulled back into crime solving when another former wartime colleague is due to hang for a crime she didn’t commit.

The second two-part story will deal with human trafficking.

Those of you watching the first series on PBS take note that the final episode is only available online until this Sunday, May 12th.

New BBC Crime Drama The Fall

The BBC’s five-part crime drama The Fall starring Gillian Anderson will premiere on Monday May 13th.  Anderson’s DSI Stella Gibson comes to Belfast from the MET to help catch a serial killer.  From the outset the audience knows who the killer is, so this is less a whodunit than a can they catch him type of drama.

The good news for US, Canadian and Latin American fans is that Netflix is going to make the show available soon after it airs in the UK — apparently on May 28th.

If you can’t view the trailer on the BBC site you can catch a slick teaser trailer here.