Last Tango In Halifax Series 2

Fans of this series starring Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid will be glad to know that series 2 is due to begin airing tomorrow (Tuesday, November 19th) at 9pm on BBC One.

The new series sees Alan recovered and he and Celia still determined to marry, but it still doesn’t look like it will be smooth sailing for the couple or for any of their family and friends.

You can watch a promo here.

The Wrong Mans

The first two episodes of this Hulu/BBC series are now available for free online at Hulu (Hulu Plus members can watch all six).  Two normal (okay, slightly oddball) guys get pulled into an international crime conspiracy/caper when one of them answers the wrong phone at the scene of an accident.

Curtain – A Promo for Poirot’s Last Case

Poirot confined to a wheelchair (and as particular as ever), Hastings widowed, and the pair of them back at Styles where they solved their first case.  It will be sad to see them go but it looks like it will be a quality send-off.  Check out the promo here.

You can also check out a recent interview with David Suchet, the actor who has played Poirot for 25 years, about what it has been like to inhabit such a beloved character for so many years.

Curtain will air Wednesday, November 13 at 8pm on ITV.

Two New Sleuths to Jump from the Page to the Small Screen

Television producers have novelists to thank for some of their most successful crime dramas.  The many fictional detectives that have inspired these series include gone-but-not-forgotten gems like Colin Dexter’s Morse and Ellis Peter’s Brother Cadfael, as well as perennial favorites such as Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.  Current adaptations that may eventually become classics themselves include Vera (based on Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope) and Case Histories (inspired by Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie).

Due to join this esteemed list (although it may take a while) are two new characters – M.C. Beaton’s PR agent turned PI, Agatha Raisin and Alan Bradley’s precocious 11-year-old chemist/detective Flavia de Luce.

Fans of any of these shows should check out the books, they’re well worth a read.  Fans of the books should check out the shows, they’re well worth a watch.